Research Interests

Molecular recognition and directed self-assembly are two major themes in the research that this group carries out. By using design principles that take advantage of inherent reactivity and complimentary non-covalent interactions,  we hope to synthesize 'smart materials' that improve on the state-of-the-art efficiency, while reducing the number of synthetic steps. Research interests include: heterogeneous catalysis employing MOFs, photoluminescent MOFs as environmental indicators, and influences of super-strong hydrogen bonding in optoelectronics.

Current Projects

We have a keen interest in exploring the luminescent properties of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) under different environmental conditions. We are particularly interested in Luminescent response of MOFs influenced by reactive gases or humidity. Researchers will gain a number of skills while working with these materials including, organic synthesis, coordination chemistry, NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, Photoluminescence, and more...​

We are interested in exploring the effects of strong hydrogen bonding in optoelectronic materials. Researchers will gain a number of skills while working with these materials including, organic synthesis, some coordination chemistry, NMR spectroscopy, calorimetry, optical spectroscopy, and more...​

We have been exploring new emissive sensors from emitters that have been classically used in OLED (organic light emitting diode) materials. These small molecule emitters can be excellent small molecule sensors! Researchers will gain skills in organic and coordination chemistry, photo-spectroscopy (UV-Vis / Fluorescence), NMR spectroscopy, and more...

Our group has been exploring novel drug delivery approaches using MOFs. The porous solids developed in our lab are bio-inspired and show fantastic uptake/release of small-molecule targets. This work encompasses bio-inorganic chemistry and researchers will gain a number of skills while working with these materials including coordination chemistry, NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, confocal microscopy, cellular biology, and more...​

OPPORTUNITIES:

Our research vacancies have been filled. Please contact Dr Blight for any enquiries.

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