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The focus of groups in this research area is to design, synthesize and characterize new functional materials. While there is a strong emphasis on application, such new materials often provide interesting insights and leads into other areas of chemistry.

analitical chemistry
Analytical Chemistry

chemical chemistry Chemical Biology

inorganic chemistry Inorganic Chemistry

organic chemistry Organic Chemistry

physical chemistry Physical Chemistry

polymer science Polymer Science

supramolecular chemistry & materialsSupra- molecular Chemistry
& Materials

Relevant Research Groups

Len Barbour
Research Summary:
In the Barbour group we exploit the principles of Crystal Engineering to design new functional materials. In particular, we are interested in the encapsulation of small compounds by noncovalent molecular assemblies. This includes sorption of gases into lattice interstices as well as the capture of substrates in molecular capsules or tubules assembled by means of hydrogen bonding or amphiphilic interactions.
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Catharine Esterhuysen
Research Summary:
My research involves investigating the structural characteristics of molecules, either experimentally, by single crystal X-ray diffraction, or computationally, using quantum mechanical and force field calculations. Since the structure of a molecule has a direct relationship to its physical properties, this allows me to analyse and elucidate interesting physical phenomena, in particular the study of the porosity of various compounds.
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Relevant Research Groups

Tanya le Roex
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Peter Mallon

Research Summary:

Research in our group can be broadly characterised as investigations of the structure property-relationship in complex polymer materials including semi-crystalline polymers, multiphase copolymers, nano-structured polymers and nano-filled polymer composite. We are interested in the synthesis of these materials as well as in the development of novel analytical approaches and techniques to characterise these materials.
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Delia Haynes
Research Summary:

My research involves the investigation of intermolecular interactions in the solid state in a number of different model systems, including sulfur-nitrogen heterocycles and simple organic salts. The eventual aim of this research is to allow design of molecular materials with interesting properties, such as magnetic or optical properties.
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