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October 2017: Emily and Chris join the group as our first ever MChem project students. A mini-review that Nick has written on chiral catenanes and rotaxanes has been accepted by Chemistry – A European Journal.

September 2017: Charlie returns from spending three months away in Japan on the JSPS Summer Programme. Nick assists with the audio-visuals at the RSC Co-ordination and Organometallic Chemistry Discussion Group Meeting held at Lancaster University. At the end of the month, Nick is awarded a pump prime award from the Supporting Synthesis and Self-Assembly event he attended in July to support a project working with Will Unsworth (University of York).

July 2017: In Cambridge, Nick presents a poster and flash presentation at the combined International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry and ISACS: Challenges in Organic Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry meetings.

June 2017: Nick attends Supporting Synthesis and Self-Assembly (an event for early career researchers run by the EPSRC Dial-a-Molecule and Directed Assembly networks) in Liverpool, presenting a poster and flash presentation.

April 2017: Charlie presents a talk at the SCI Northern Region Postgraduate Symposium on Novel Organic Chemistry in Newcastle.

March 2017: Results from Beth’s BSc project have been published in a paper in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry – the rapid synthesis of rotaxanes containing axles with a single amide hydrogen bond templating motif (along with some computational modelling from our collaborator Dr Michael Peach).


December 2016: Charlie and Nick present posters at the RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Meeting at the University of Edinburgh. Charlie also presents a poster and delivers a short talk on his research at Lancaster University’s Faculty of Science and Technology Christmas Conference.

November 2016: A book chapter on chiral host-guest recognition that Nick co-authored with Paul Beer has been published by Wiley as part of the book Chirality in Supramolecular Assemblies: Causes and Consequences.

October 2016: Nick writes at The Conversation about the award of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Fraser Stoddart and Ben Feringa for their work on the design and synthesis of molecular machines.

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.