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Research interests

Our research is in inorganic and materials chemistry.  We are developing new “smart” materials that have applications as switches and sensors.  We use synthetic chemistry to design and build the new materials, characterise them using a range of experimental techniques including X-ray crystallography, X-ray powder diffraction, UV/visible spectroscopy, IR and NMR spectroscopy.  We use computational chemistry techniques to support this research. With all these techniques we manipulate the materials to optimise the physical properties or chemical functions that we want in a cyclic process of “Make”, “Measure”, “Model” and “Manipulate” and we call this the “M4” project.

Within the M4 project the classes of materials that we are looking at include:

  • Coordination compounds that have chemical groups attached to the metal that can change the way that they bond to the metal when light is shone on them. When the light is turned off they switch back to their original structure.  This switching of structure shows up easily because the compounds change colour.
  • Solid-state platinum-containing compounds that change colour when they detect low concentrations of volatile organic liquids or gases.  The colour changes occur very quickly so that these compounds act as fast sensors.
  • Solid-state organic compounds that change colour when the temperature of the environment changes.  Some of these materials switch colour back when the temperature changes again, while others remain changed, so that they give a record of whether a particular temperature has been reached.

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Projects

Research Output

Bright and efficient red emitting electroluminescent devices fabricated from ternary europium complexes

Khan, M. S., Ilmi, R., Sun, W., Dutra, J. D. L., Oliveira, W. F., Zhou, L., Wong, W. Y. & Raithby, P. R., 28 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 8, 16, p. 5600-5612 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Towards white light emission from a hybrid thin film of a self-assembled ternary samarium(iii) complex

Ilmi, R., Kansiz, S., Al-Rasbi, N. K., Dege, N., Raithby, P. R. & Khan, M. S., 21 Apr 2020, In : New Journal of Chemistry. 44, 15, p. 5673-5683 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

A single component white electroluminescent device fabricated from a metallo-organic terbium complex

Ilmi, R., Khan, M. S., Sun, W., Zhou, L., Wong, W. Y. & Raithby, P. R., 28 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 7, 44, p. 13966-13975 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

Exploring short strong hydrogen bonds engineered in organic acid molecular crystals for temperature dependent proton migration behaviour using single crystal synchrotron X-ray diffraction (SCSXRD)

Saunders, L. K., Nowell, H., Hatcher, L. E., Shepherd, H. J., Teat, S. J., Allan, D. R., Raithby, P. R. & Wilson, C. C., 21 Sep 2019, In : CrystEngComm. 21, 35, p. 5249-5260 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Intrinsic flexibility of the EMT zeolite framework under pressure

Nearchou, A., Cornelius, M. L. U., Skelton, J. M., Jones, Z. L., Cairns, A. B., Collings, I. E., Raithby, P. R., Wells, S. A. & Sartbaeva, A., 12 Feb 2019, In : Molecules. 24, 3, 641.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Datasets

Dataset for "Intrinsic flexibility of the EMT zeolite framework under pressure"

Nearchou, A. (Creator), Cornelius, M. (Creator), Skelton, J. (Creator), Jones, Z. (Contributor), Cairns, A. (Contributor), Collings, I. (Contributor), Raithby, P. (Project Leader), Wells, S. (Other) & Sartbaeva, A. (Project Leader), University of Bath, 12 Feb 2019

Dataset

Raw Data for Azetidinium Lead Iodide for Perovskite Solar Cells

Pering, S. (Creator), Kubiak, P. (Creator), Deng, W. (Creator), Niemann, R. (Creator), Brivio, F. (Creator), Ghosh, D. (Creator), Troughton, J. R. (Creator), Jeffrey, F. (Creator), Johnson, A. (Creator), Lewis, S. (Creator), Walker, A. (Creator), Watson, T. M. (Creator), Islam, S. (Creator), Raithby, P. (Creator) & Cameron, P. (Creator), University of Bath, 23 Jan 2018

Dataset

Data for "The Impact of the Alkyne Substitution Pattern and Metallation on the Photo-isomerization of Azobenzene-based Platinum(II) Di-ynes and Poly-ynes"

Al-Balushi, R. A. (Creator), Haque, A. (Project Member), Maharaja, J. (Project Member), Al-Suti, M. K. (Project Member), Husband, J. (Project Member), Khan, M. S. (Project Leader), Skelton, J. (Creator), Molloy, K. (Project Member) & Raithby, P. (Project Leader), University of Bath, 2016

Dataset

Data for "A rapidly-reversible absorptive and emissive vapochromic Pt(II) pincer-based chemical sensor"

Bryant, M. (Data Collector), Skelton, J. (Creator), Hatcher, L. (Project Member), Stubbs, C. (Project Member), Madrid, E. (Project Member), R. Pallipurath, A. (Project Member), Thomas, L. (Project Member), Woodall, C. (Project Member), Christensen, J. (Project Member), Fuertes, S. (Project Member), Robinson, T. (Project Member), Beavers, C. (Project Member), Teat, S. J. (Project Member), Warren, M. (Project Member), Pradaux-Caggiano, F. (Project Member), Walsh, A. (Project Member), Marken, F. (Project Member), Carbery, D. (Project Member), Parker, S. (Project Member), Mckeown, N. B. (Project Member), Malpass-evans, R. (Project Member), Carta, M. (Project Member) & Raithby, P. (Project Leader), University of Bath, 27 Nov 2017

Dataset

Dataset for "Pressure-induced symmetry changes in body-centred cubic zeolites"

Nearchou, A. (Creator), Cornelius, M. (Creator), Jones, Z. L. (Data Collector), Collings, I. (Other), Wells, S. (Other), Raithby, P. (Other) & Sartbaeva, A. (Supervisor), University of Bath, 24 Jul 2019

Dataset

Thesis

Chiral, polymorphic and stoichiometric selectivity in the continuous production of multi-component targets

Author: Cousen, A., 9 Nov 2018

Supervisor: Wilson, C. (Supervisor) & Raithby, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Computer Modelling of Positive Electrode Materials for Lithium and Sodium Batteries

Author: Clark, J., 2 Jun 2014

Supervisor: Islam, M. (Supervisor) & Raithby, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Design, synthesis and characterisation of advanced switchable functional materials

Author: Knichal, J., 23 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Wilson, C. (Supervisor), Burrows, A. (Supervisor) & Raithby, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Developing metastable switchable materials towards scale-up production in continuous flow environment

Author: Flandrin, P., 19 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Raithby, P. (Supervisor) & Wilson, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Graphene on crystalline insulators: subsurface potentials and screening effects

Author: Jones, G., 1 Jun 2015

Supervisor: Ilie, A. (Supervisor), Bending, S. (Supervisor), Crampin, S. (Supervisor) & Raithby, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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