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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 2003 2019

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

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

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

Photocrystallographic Studies on Transition Metal Nitrito Metastable Linkage Isomers: Manipulating the Metastable State

Raithby, P., Hatcher, L., Skelton, J. & Warren, M. R., 16 Apr 2019, In : Accounts of Chemical Research. 52, 4, p. 1079-1088 10 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., 22 Apr 2019, In : Organometallics. 38, 8, p. 1709-1720 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Synthesis, optical spectroscopy, structural, and DFT studies on dimeric iodo-bridged Copper(I)complexes

Haque, A., Al Balushi, R. A., Al-Busaidi, I. J., Ilmi, R., Al Rasbi, N., Jayapal, M., Khan, M. S. & Raithby, P. R., 15 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. 892, p. 75-82 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


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

Nearchou, A. (Creator), Cornelius, M. (Creator), Skelton, J. (Creator), University of Bath, 12 Feb 2019


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



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


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


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


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


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