Congratulations to Stephen (PhD), Ioanna (MSc), Ryan (MChem) and Tom (PhD) for all contributing to this project recently published in Chemical Science! The study, with collaborators from Warwick Physics and Vrijes Universiteit Brussel, explores the photoactivation of Ti-oxo clusters, with straightforward routes to isolating highly reducing mixed-valent Ti-oxo clusters via a 2-electron (not free radical) pathway. These are easily oxidised under O2, resulting in a peroxide cluster.
Congratulations to Tom (PhD student) and Jack (prevous Masters student) who's work has been published in ChemComm. This article describes the synthesis of a new Cu31-oxo cluster, the largest cu-oxo cluster known with only O-donor ligands. This structure has a condensed Cu+O core making it similar to a CuO nanoparticle. A size-colour relationship is observed in Cu-oxo clusters showing how they smoothly transform from small Cu coordination complexes (blue) into larger clusters (green/yellow) before finally reaching nanoparticles (brown).
Haijiao (previous PhD student in the group) has been awarded a prestigious Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council to start an independent research project at the University of Queensland. Massive congratulations to Haijiao and we look forward to following her exciting work on catalytic CO2 reduction.
A large collaborative effort led by Virgil Andrei and the Reisner group has been published in Nature. In this remarkable piece of work an ultra-lightweight multi-component device in constructed as an 'artificial leaf' for solar fuel synthesis. Single source precursor technology was used in this device construction, which is a ongoing topic of research in the Pike group.
Pike and Brikert Groups awarded a Gold LEAF award for sustainable laboratory practice. Well done to Tom and Manpreet for their hard work in achieving this!