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August 2016: A paper on pyridine-N-oxide rotaxane synthesis by Nick and Charlie (with computational collaborator Dr Michael Peach) has been published in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. As part of an EPSRC funded initiative run at Lancaster University to give undergraduate students the opportunity to experience research, Tim joins the group as an intern working on novel hydrogen bond templated rotaxanes.

July 2016: Nick gives a flash presentation as part of the Researcher Links Workshop at the 5th International Conference on Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates at the University of Bath.

June 2016: Nick and Charlie move into the newly refurbished synthetic chemistry research laboratory in the Faraday Building at Lancaster University.

May 2016: Nick presents a poster at the RSC Organic Division North-West Regional Meeting held in Preston at the University of Central Lancashire.

April 2016: Charlie has been awarded a prize for his presentation at the departmental postgraduate research conference.

February 2016: Nick gives a talk to the Department of Chemistry at Loughborough University.

January 2016: New year and new group member: Beth becomes our first chemistry undergraduate project student working on switchable hydrogen bond templated rotaxanes.


December 2015: Charlie and Nick present posters at the RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Meeting at Durham University.

September 2015: A paper on the catenane Calum discovered during his third year undergraduate research project has been published in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry. Nick “chalk and talks” some of the group’s work on catenanes and rotaxanes at the Gregynog Synthesis Workshop.

March 2015: Nick has been awarded a Royal Society Research Grant to synthesize and study new receptors designed to act as transmembrane ion transporters. Charlie presents the work on his project to date at the departmental PhD seminar.


December 2014: The year comes to an end with Nick presenting a talk at Lancaster University’s Faculty of Science and Technology Christmas Conference.

October 2014: Charlie arrives in Lancaster to begin his PhD working on the development of new receptors for chiral anion recognition.

September 2014: Nick presents at the Reaxys Inspiring Chemistry Conference (Grindelwald, Switzerland). A review on developments in anion supramolecular chemistry since the millennium, that Nick has written with his doctoral supervisor Prof Paul Beer, has been placed online at Angewandte Chemie.

June 2014: Calum completes his time in the group by presenting the results of his undergraduate research project at Lancaster University’s Chemistry Dissertation “Mini-Conference”.

March 2014: An Early Career Small Grant from Lancaster University has been awarded that will fund the preparation of novel synthetic anion receptors which are to be included in electrode-based anion sensors. A review Nick has co-authored describing recent developments in the chemistry and applications of catenanes has appeared on-line in Chemical Society Reviews.

February 2014: A paper with work from Nick’s post-doc in Durham on the development of emissive chiral lanthanide complexes has been published in Dalton Transactions.

January 2014: A small grant has been awarded by the RSC Research Fund to allow for the investigation of novel receptors designed to bind chiral anions. Project student Calum joins Nick in the lab to carry out synthesis and studies of an anion controlled molecular switch.


December 2013: Nick presented a poster at the RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Meeting at the University of Glasgow on post-doctoral research published in Dalton Transactions.

November 2013: A small research grant has been awarded by the Faculty of Science and Technology, Lancaster University to prepare new receptors for ion pair guests.