Materials Chemistry

Research

The Liverpool Materials Chemistry Group is a vibrant, internationally leading activity spanning the entire range of modern materials chemistry, publishing regularly in top journals such as Science and Nature. Links to industry are strong.

We have made core fundamental advances in the discipline with the discovery of high-surface area porous molecules (Nature Materials 2009Nature Chem. 2010Nature 2011) which show unique, perfect selectivity for C9 aromatic isomers (Nature Chem. 2013), the demonstration of adaptable porosity in peptide-based crystalline materials (Science 2010), the discovery of the highest transition temperature molecular superconductors (Nature Materials 2008) and their demonstration as correlated electron systems of generic importance (Science 2009Nature 2010), the discovery of new classes of oxide ion conductor (Nature Materials 2008) and the demonstration of coherent transport phenomena in molecular electronics (Nature Nano. 2011) and the demonstration of computationally-assisted materials discovery (Science 2013). The conjugated microporous polymer research field initiated in Liverpool has become a major theme in international porous materials research in the assessment period. New sphere-on-sphere silica particle technology has been protected with commercial partners.

There are research projects from synthesis to measurement and computation, and with backgrounds in chemistry, materials science or physics. Example areas are:

  • New porous materials (including polymers, metal-organic frameworks, porous molecules)
  • Nanomaterials for biological and medical applications
  • Unit cell by unit cell assembly of new solids as thin films
  • Polymers for organic electronics
  • Peptide-based materials
  • Synthesis of new oxides for energy applications (fuel cells, photocatalysis)
  • Battery materials
  • Superconductivity
  • Polymer synthesis
  • Nanomaterials synthesisNew multifunctional transition metal oxides
  • Molecule-based porous materials for energy-sufficient separation and catalysis
  • Solar fuels – New Materials for Photocatalysis with visible light