Jones graphical abstract

Photonic Crystal Fibres for Chemical Sensing and Photochemistry

In this review, we introduce photonic crystal fibre as a novel optofluidic microdevice that can be employed as both a versatile chemical sensor and a highly efficient microreactor.

Morrison graphical abstract

Elucidating the Breathing of the Metal–Organic Framework MIL-53(Sc) with ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations and in Situ X-ray Powder Diffraction Experiments

Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, employing dispersion-corrected density functional theory, have been used to predict and elucidate structural transitions of the breathing metal—organic framework MIL-53(Sc) in response to solvent removal, temperature variation, and adsorption of CO2...

Thin film semiconductor

Electrodeposition as superior route to a thin film molecular semiconductor

We have introduced a new, electrochemical deposition route for the processing of functional molecules used in devices such as solar cells and transistors. Our technique is not limited to the use of volatile or soluble molecules that are required in established processing methods.

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Model’s reputation restored

Direct grafting of carbon nanotubes with ethylenediamine

Chemically-functionalised carbon nanotubes are of interest for many applications ranging from highly sensitive molecular sensors to the formation of composite materials with interesting properties. In this paper we present a simple “one-pot” reaction process to functionalise carbon nanotubes...

Tuning Crystal-Field Splitting with High Pressure

Piezochromism in Nickel Salicylaldoximato Complexes: Tuning Crystal-Field Splitting with High Pressure

Photonic crystal fibre

Photonic crystal fibre as an optofluidic reactor for the measurement of photochemical kinetics with sub-picomole sensitivity

Molecular crystal modelling

Modelling Molecular Crystals by QM/MM: Self-Consistent Electrostatic Embedding for Geometry Optimizations and Molecular Property Calculations in the Solid

We present an approach to model molecular crystals by an adaptive quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) based protocol. The molecule of interest is described at an appropriate QM level and is embedded in a large array of MM atoms built up from crystal structure information.

Professor Slawin in her lab

EaStCHEM Researcher Among Most Published

Professor Alexandra Slawin is in the list of the most published authors in Angewandte Chemie International Edition since 1946.
The journal is celebrating 125 years. Alex Slawin has published 54 papers with them in this time and is according to Angewandte the only female on the list.

Natural oils

Polymer precursors from catalytic reactions of natural oils

Almost everything around us comes from the fossil fuel based feedstocks via the Chemical Industry. We explore the use of natural oils for the production of some of these chemicals. We show that these oils can be used without purification for making polyester monomers.


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EaStCHEM's key aim is for excellence in both core and interdisciplinary research, through the generation of a physical and intellectual environment that rivals the best in the world. EaStCHEM, the joint chemistry research School of the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews, was conceived in 2003 with the aim of harnessing the complementary capabilities and capitalising on the synergies of Scotland's two leading Chemistry Departments.