Hull (UHULL)

Univerity of Hull

Chemistry Department, Univerity of HullResearch into self-organising and soft self assembling systems at Hull extends over many years and the liquid crystal and advanced materials group has an excellent track record for innovative materials science. The achievements have been recognised most recently by the Royal Society of Chemistry National Historic Chemical Landmark Award (2006). The LC group has currently 6 members of permanent academic staff (Dr G. H. Mehl, Dr M. Hird, Dr D. Lacey, Dr R. A. Lewis, Prof S. M. Kelly, Prof M. O’Neill) and research activities of the group cover a large number of topics, ranging from low molar mass calamitic and discotic materials to oligomers, polymers dendrimers and LC nanoparticles, from organic to metallo-organic to chiral systems and to light emitting and harvesting materials. Not only does the group have unique capabilities in the design and synthesis and structure investigation of materials, but it also has strong capabilities in the development of novel synthetic methodologies, particularly in the development of supramolecular structures with defined sizes and topologies The Hull group is situated in the Chemistry Department and the activities in this project are lead by G. H. Mehl. He is currently Sr. Lecturer in Supermolecular Chemistry and he held previously the Qinetiq/DERA Lectureship in Polymer Chemistry at Hull. He has contributed significantly to the recent advances on nematic biaxiality in the design and investigations of tetrapodes with biaxial nematic phase behaviour close to room temperature.

Facilities: State of the art (refurbishment 2005/06) chemical laboratories, a dedicated, XRD diffraction equipment (Mar 345 image plate, furnace, magnets for alignment), several DSCs (Perkin Elmer, Mettler Toledo), a microscopy suite with equipment for the full characterisation of electrooptical behaviour in thin films (Instec) and refractive index measurements. Dedicated NMR (400Mhz), HPLC, GPC, UV-vis equipment for the characterisation of materials. Access to departmental facilities, TEM, AFM, ellipsometry, MALD-TOF for the full chemical characterisation and the identification of properties on surfaces or in the condensed state is available.

Role in the project: Design and synthesis of biaxial nematics, low molar mass systems, oligomers (e.g. tetrapodes), polymers, materials upscale for polymer and elastomer synthesis at other teams, full chemical characterisation and the identification of properties.

External Links: Chemistry Department, Univerity of Hull.