​​​My research interests span several areas of inorganic chemistry, including synthesis, spectroscopic and structural studies. 

Research Keywords: Chemical Synthesis, Coordination Chemistry, Main Group Metal Chemistry, X-ray Crystallography, Materials Chemistry


Cobalt adipate, Co(C6H8O4): antiferromagnetic structure, unusual thermal expansion and magnetoelastic coupling Materials Horizons, 1, 332-337, 2014

Strain driven structural phase transformations in dysprosium doped BiFeO3 ceramics J Mater Chem C, 2, 3345-3360, 2014

Thio-, seleno- and telluro-ether complexes of aluminium(iii) halides: synthesis, structures and properties Dalton Transactions 43, 3637-3648, 2014

Ferroelectric behaviour in solid croconic acid using neutron scattering and first-principles density functional theory Chem Phys 427, 95-100, 2013

Hydrogen Bonding in the Organic Ferroelectric Croconic Acid: Insights from Experiment and First-principles Modelling J Phys Soc Jpn, 82, SA001, 2013 

Telluroether and Selenoether Complexes as Single Source Reagents for Low Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition of Crystalline Ga2Te3 and Ga2Se3 Thin Films Chemistry of  Materials 25, 1829−1836, 2013

Predicting anisotropic displacement parameters using molecular dynamics: density functional theory plus dispersion modelling of thermal motion in benzophenone  Journal of  Applied Crystallography  46, 656–662, 2013

Chapter 3 - Metal Acetylide Complexes, Oligomers and Polymers in Photofunctional Materials Chemistry RSC Book Molecular Design and Applications of Photofunctional Polymers and Materials 56-84, 2012

Highly Selective Chemical Vapor Deposition of Tin Diselenide Thin Films onto Patterned Substrates via Single Source Diselenoether Precursors Chemistry of Materials  24, 4442−4449, 2012

Unexpected Reactivity and Coordination in Gallium(III) and
Indium(III) Chloride Complexes With Geometrically Constrained Thio- and
Selenoether Ligands Inorganic Chemistry 51, 2231-2240, 2012

Chemical Vapor Deposition of GaP and GaAs Thin Films From [nBu2Ga(μ-EtBu2)2GanBu2] (E = P or As) and Ga(PtBu2)3  Chemistry of Materials 23 (23): 5217-5222, 2011

Taking TiF4 complexes to extremes – the first examples with phosphine co-ligands Dalton Transactions 39: 10264-10271, 2010

Six- and eight-coordinate thio- and seleno-ether complexes of NbF5 and some comparisons with NbCl5 and NbBr5 adducts Dalton Transactions 39 (3):883-891, 2010

Synthesis, spectroscopic and structural characterisation of vanadium(IV) and oxovanadium(IV) complexes with arsenic donor ligands Polyhedron 29 (6):1630-1638, 2010

Synthesis, characterisation and structures of thio-, seleno- and telluro-ether complexes of indium(III) halides Dalton Transactions (9):1611-1619, 2009

Vanadium selenoether and selenolate complexes, potential single-source precursors for CVD of VSe2 thin films New Journal of Chemistry 33 (3):641-645, 2009

Preparation and structures of tellurium(IV) halide complexes with thioether coordination Dalton Transactions (21):4122-4128, 2009

Spectroscopic and Vanadium K-Edge EXAFS Studies on VO2Cl and the Crystal Structure of [{Cl2VO(O2PCl2)(POCl3)}(2)] Zeitschrift fur Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie 635 (8):1200-1203, 2009

Isolation and structures of sulfonium salts derived from thioethers: [{o-C6H4(CH2SMe)(2)}H][NbF6] and [{[9]aneS(3)}H][NbF6] Dalton Transactions (37):7610-7612, 2009

Preparation and properties of cyclic and open-chain Sb/N-donor Ligands Dalton Transactions (37):7811-7819, 2009

[{Cp2((BuSe)-Bu-t)Nb}(2)E] (E = O and Se) with bridging oxide or selenide ligands Acta Crystallographica Section C-Crystal Structure Communications 64M321-M323, 2008

Preparation and properties of sterically demanding and chiral stibine ligands Dalton Transactions (42):5774-5782, 2008

Synthesis, chemistry and structures of complexes of the dioxovanadium(v) halides VO2F and VO2Cl Dalton Transactions (44):6265-6273, 2008

Communication in platinum ethynylchalcogenophenes Inorganic Chemistry 46 (18):7232-7234, 2007

Synthesis and coordinating properties of the facultative Sb2O- and As2O-donor ligands O{(CH2)2ER2}(2) (E = Sb or As; R = Ph or Me) Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 692 (25):5589-5597, 2007

Luminescent organometallics: Tuning the electronics Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 231431-INOR 431-INOR 2006

Optical and electronic properties of metal-containing poly-ynes and their organic precursors Organic and Nanocomposite Optical Materials 84659-64, 2005

Luminescent organometallics: On the road to efficient inorganic LEDs. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 228795-INOR 795-INOR 2004

I'm a member of the Support Labs Team at ISIS and the Manager of the Materials Characterisation Laboratory (MCL). I am also part of the Sample Safety Team who assists in the safe running of user experiments.  Before starting at ISIS I was a student at the University of Bath, Department of Chemistry.  I then stayed on at Bath to complete a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry.  Later I moved on to Southampton to work as a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry looking at Novel Stibine Ligands.

CMSD CASE award for a PhD Student jointly supervised with Gillian Reid and Bill Levason at Southampton University (October 2010 – 2013).

I am also actively involved in outreach events.

Visiting researcher at Southampton University.