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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 2003 2020

RCaH Impact Acceleration Fellowships and Workshops

Raithby, P.


Project: Research council

impact research
Mass spectrometers
Space research
Nuclear magnetic resonance
Single crystals
Molecular crystals
Crystal lattices

Research Output 2001 2019

Living in the salt-cocrystal continuum: indecisive organic complexes with thermochromic behaviour

Raithby, P., Jones, C., Skelton, J., Parker, S., Walsh, A., Wilson, C. & Thomas, L., 14 Mar 2019, In : CrystEngComm. 21, 10, p. 1626-1634 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Pt-M (M = Au and Tl) Dative Bonds Using Bis(cyclometalated)platinum(II) Complexes

Raithby, P., Rajabi, S., Jamali, S., Naseri, S., Jamiah, A., Kia, R., Samouei, H., Mastrorilli, P. & Shahsavari, H., 8 Apr 2019, In : Organometallics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

[Ru3(6-NHC)(CO)10]: Synthesis, Characterization and Reactivity of Rare 46-Electron Tri-ruthenium Clusters

Ellul, C., Lowe, J., Mahon, M., Raithby, P. & Whittlesey, M., 7 Apr 2018, In : Dalton Transactions . 47, 13, p. 4518-4523 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Carbon Monoxide
2 Citations (Scopus)

Ab Initio Ligand Field Molecular Mechanics and the Nature of Metal-Ligand π-Bonding in Fe(II) 2,6-di(pyrazol-1-yl)pyridine Spin Crossover Complexes

Deeth, R. J., Halcrow, M. A., Kershaw Cook, L. J. & Raithby, P. R., 6 Apr 2018, In : Chemistry - A European Journal. 24, 20, p. 5204-5212 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Molecular mechanics
Jahn-Teller effect

Dicopper(I) Complexes Incorporating Acetylide-functionalized Pyridinyl-based Ligands: Synthesis, Structural and Photovoltaic Studies

Raithby, P., Maharaja, J., Haque, A., Al-Busaidi, I. J., A-Rasbi, N., Al-Suti, M. K., Khan, M. S., Al-balushi, R. A., Islam, S., Xin, C., Wu, W., Wong, W-Y. & Marken, F., 5 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Inorganic Chemistry.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Conversion efficiency
Bearings (structural)


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, M. (Creator), Raithby, P. (Creator), Cameron, P. (Creator), University of Bath, 23 Jan 2018