Inorganic chemistry at Manchester covers a multidisciplinary array of research topics in molecular chemistry, materials chemistry, and radiochemistry across the entire Periodic Table.
Particular research strengths include:
- molecular and environmental chemistry of the lanthanides and actinides;
- molecular magnetism;
- homo- and heterogeneous catalysis mediated by novel transition metal and main group catalysts;
- bioinorganic chemistry;
- the application of advanced spectroscopic and magnetic techniques to probe the electronic structure of metal complexes;
- supramolecular capsules and functional porous materials.
Examples of our different areas of expertise are listed below.
Sarah Heath develops analytical techniques for trace radioactive nuclides and control of contaminants in water-cooled nuclear reactor cooling circuits.
Floriana Tuna's interests lie in the study of the electronic structure and magnetism of d and f-block complexes, using principally EPR spectroscopy and magnetometry.
Alan Brisdon develops fluorine chemistry across main group and transition metal boundaries, with a particular emphasis on the synthesis of novel organofluorinated phosphine complexes of transition metals for catalysis.
Stephen Liddle focuses on the structure, bonding and magnetism of lanthanide and actinide complexes, with a focus on species containing metal-ligand multiple bonds, as well as the activation and derivatisation of small molecules, such as dinitrogen.
David Mills’ research focuses on the synthesis of lanthanide and actinide complexes with unusual geometries and bonding regimes, which can engender remarkable physical properties and reactivity profiles.
David Collison investigates the molecular and electronic structure of coordination complexes as models for biological systems, with a particular emphasis on the use of EPR spectroscopy.
Eric McInnes has broad interests in studying molecular magnetism for applications in quantum information processing and storage, with a particular focus on studying - and f-block complexes with EPR spectroscopy and magnetometry.
Michael Ingleson researches the fundamental design and application of novel main group electrophiles and inexpensive transition metals to stoichiometric organic transformations, catalysis and photo-active polymers and materials.
Benjamin Coe explores the synthesis of novel photoactive transition metal and organic compounds, with an emphasis on non-linear optical, electro-optic modulation and dye applications.
Gareth Law researches radionuclide biogeochemistry, waste disposal, contaminated land management and nuclear forensics, with a particular focus on using X-ray absorption techniques.
Francis Livens investigates microbial transformations of radionuclides and mineral surface reactions.
Louise Natrajan investigates microbial transformations of radionuclides, as well as new spectroscopic techniques for finger-printing actinide ion speciation in solution.
Sihai Yang researches the development of novel, functional porous materials for applications in catalysis, biomass utilisation, energy storage, separations and conductivity.
Using supramolecular chemistry, Imogen Riddell develops novel encapsulation methods to stabilise proteins and probe how biomolecules interact with synthetic constructs.
The Department is home to a number of research centres and our staff work in various research institutes.
The Department houses a range of outstanding facilities, benefiting both our students and research activities.