Complex Architectures and Topology
We have a keen interest in the formation of novel metal-organic architectures, particularly those with complex structures, which can allow a greater understanding of subcomponent self-assembly processes to be gained. The design principles developed from these studies provide a foundation for the design of metal-organic species to be used in more application-driven research such as phase transfer, host-guest chemistry and materials projects.
Metallopolymers and Materials
The metal-organic coordination motif can also be used in the design and synthesis of novel materials. We have demonstrated the formation of Cu(I)-containing helical metallopolymers with controllable length, regiochemistry, and luminescence. We have also used our metal-organic cages in the formation of gels and permanently porous liquids.