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The importance of knowing the structure of a material to atomic resolution, the number and nature of the connectivities between the atoms, is fundamental in understanding the properties of the material. X-ray crystallography is the best method of obtaining the detailed structure of solid materials, and provides a 3D picture of the structure. However, until now, it is a technique that only looks as molecules in their ground (unreactive) state. In this proposal, for the first time, we wish to introduce the dimension of time into the crystallographic experiment. By combining the X-ray experiment with a synchronised light source, that activates the molecules into an excited (reactive) state, we will look at the structures of species with lifetimes of microseconds or even nanoseconds. To achieve this we need to build protective molecular cages around these photoreactive molecules, and to compare their solid state behaviour with what occurs in solution using time resolved IR techniques.
Effective start/end date1/04/0630/09/10


  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

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    Solid-state interconversions: Unique 100 % reversible transformations between the ground and metastable states in single-crystals of a series of nickel(II) nitro complexes

    Warren, M. R., Easun, T. L., Brayshaw, S. K., Deeth, R. J., George, M. W., Johnson, A. L., Schiffers, S., Teat, S. J., Warren, A. J., Warren, J. E., Wilson, C. C., Woodall, C. H. & Raithby, P. R., 25 Apr 2014, In : Chemistry - A European Journal. 20, 18, p. 5468-5477 10 p.

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    Open Access
  • 25 Citations (Scopus)
    126 Downloads (Pure)

    Photocrystallographic identification of metastable nitrito linkage isomers in a series of nickel(II) complexes

    Brayshaw, S. K., Easun, T. L., George, M. W., Griffin, A. M. E., Johnson, A. L., Raithby, P. R., Savarese, T. L., Schiffers, S., Warren, J. E., Warren, M. R. & Teat, S. J., Jan 2012, In : Dalton Transactions. 41, 1, p. 90-97 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 18 Citations (Scopus)
    122 Downloads (Pure)

    Photocrystallography – design and methodology for the use of a light-emitting diode device

    Brayshaw, S. K., Knight, J. W., Raithby, P. R., Savarese, T. L., Schiffers, S., Teat, S. J., Warren, J. E. & Warren, M. R., 2010, In : Journal of Applied Crystallography. 43, 2, p. 337-340 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 22 Citations (Scopus)