The School of Chemistry, founded with the then Queen's College in 1849, is one of the most active in the country. The dynamic research activity within the school involves over sixty postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Our undergraduate numbers are about 780; some 80 students are engaged in three-year General B. Sc. and four-year Honours B. Sc. programmes

Our mission may be summarised: excellence in teaching and research. Our programmes have the following objectives:

  • To train and educate students to the highest level of professional and scientific standards, and, international recognition.
  • To produce scientifically literate graduates with a broad and deep knowledge of fundamental chemical principles who can function independently with the confidence to tackle any problems in chemistry.
  • To expand the base of chemical knowledge through original research.

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  • Using rapid compression machines for chemical kinetics studies 

    Sung, Chih-Jen; Curran, Henry J. (Elsevier, 2014-04-26)
    Rapid compression machines (RCMs) are used to simulate a single compression stroke of an internal combustion engine without some of the complicated swirl bowl geometry, cycle-to-cycle variation, residual gas, and other ...
  • A comprehensive experimental and modeling study of isobutene oxidation 

    Zhou, Chong-Wen; Li, Yang; O'Connor, Eoin; Somers, Kieran P.; Thion, Sébastien; Keesee, Charles; Mathieu, Olivier; Petersen, Eric L.; DeVerter, Trent A.; Oehlschlaeger, Matthew A.; Kukkadapu, Goutham; Sung, Chih-Jen; Alrefae, Majed; Khaled, Fathi; Farooq, Aamir; Dirrenberger, Patricia; Glaude, Pierre-Alexandre Glaude; Battin-Leclerc, Frédérique; Santner, Jeffrey; Ju, Yiguang; Held, Timothy; Haas, Francis M.; Dryer, Frederick L.; Curran, Henry J. (Elsevier, 2016-03-17)
    Isobutene is an important intermediate in the pyrolysis and oxidation of higher-order branched alkanes, and it is also a component of commercial gasolines. To better understand its combustion characteristics, a series of ...
  • A theta-shaped amphiphilic cobaltabisdicarbollide anion: transition from monolayer vesicles to micelles 

    Bauduin, Pierre; Prevost, Sylvain; Farràs, Pau; Teixidor, Francesc; Diat, Olivier; Zemb, Thomas (Wiley, 2011-05-23)
    Self-assembly is ubiquitous in nature and in surfactant science.1 Globular micelles or vesicles in water are usually obtained with surfactants2 or amphiphilic block copolymers3 composed of a hydrophilic part and a hydrophobic ...
  • Bodipy-ruthenium(II) tris-bipyridyl dyads for homogeneous photochemical oxidations 

    Farràs, Pau; Benniston, Andrew C. (Elsevier, 2014-10-28)
    Two Bodipy-ruthenium(II) tris-bipyridyl dyads were synthesized for use as sensitizers in photochemical oxidation reactions of organic substrates. The synthetic strategy involved the use of a simple ‘click’ CuAAC reaction ...
  • Relaxed but highly compact diansa metallacyclophanes 

    Farràs, Pau; Teixidor, Francesc; Rojo, Isabel; Kivekäs, Raikko; Sillanpää, Reijo; González-Cardoso, Paul V.; Viñas, Clara (American Chemical Society, 2011-09-09)
    A series of monoansa [μ-1,1′-PR-3,3′-Co(1,2-C2B9H10)2]− and diansa [8,8′-μ-(1″,2″-benzene)-μ-1,1′-PR-3,3′-Co(1,2-C2B9H9)2]− (R = Ph, tBu) cobaltabisdicarbollidephanes have been synthesized, characterized and studied by ...
  • Syntheses of C-substituted icosahedral dicarbaboranes bearing the 8-dioxane-cobalt bisdicarbollide moiety 

    Šícha, Václav; Farràs, Pau; Štíbr, Bohumil; Teixidor, Francesc; Grüner, Bohumir; Viñas, Clara (Elsevier, 2009-11-20)
    The treatment of 1,2-, 1,7- and 1,12-carbaborane lithiated isomers with [3,3′-Co-8-(CH2CH2O)2-(1,2-C2B9H10)-(1′,2′-C2B9H11)] (1) at molar ratios 1:1 or 1:2 at room temperature in THF leads generally to the formation of a ...
  • Widely applicable metallacarborane reagents for π-conjugated systems 

    Farràs, Pau; Musteti, Ana D.; Rojo, Isabel; Viñas, Clara; Teixidor, Francesc; Light, Mark E. (American Chemical Society, 2014-05-12)
    The compounds [N(CH3)4][3,3′-Co(8-(p-C6H4C2H3)-1,2-C2B9H10)(1′,2′-C2B9H11)], [N(CH3)4][3,3′-Co(8-(p-C6H4CHO)-1,2-C2B9H10)(1′,2′-C2B9H11)], and [N(CH3)4][3,3′-Co(8-(m-C6H4CHO)-1,2-C2B9H10)(1′,2′-C2B9H11)] were synthesized ...
  • Controlling the pirouetting motion in rotaxanes by counterion exchange 

    Farràs, Pau; Escudero-Adán, Eduardo C.; Viñas, Clara; Teixidor, Francesc (American Chemical Society, 2014-07-25)
    A fine control of the pirouetting motion of rotaxanes was achieved by using a series of metallabisdicarbollides. The latter were used as anions in the protonated form of benzylic amide macrocycle-containing fumaramide ...
  • Towards the synthesis of high boron content polyanionic multicluster macromolecules 

    Farràs, Pau; Cioran, Ana Maria; Šícha, Václav; Teixidor, Francesc; Štíbr, Bohumil; Grüner, Bohumír; Viñas, Clara (American Chemical Society, 2009-07-31)
    Reported are further consequences of the dioxane ring-opening in [3,3’-Co(8-(CH2CH2O)2-1,2-C2B9H10)(1’,2’-C2B9H11)] [1] with twelve-vertex carborane mono- and dianions. The removal of one BH vertex from the 1,2-carborane ...
  • Metallacarboranes as building blocks for polyanionic polyarmed aryl-ether materials 

    Farràs, Pau; Teixidor, Francesc; Kivekäs, Raikko; Sillanpää, Reijo; Viñas, Clara; Grüner, Bohumir; Cisarova, Ivana (American Chemical Society, 2008-09-20)
    Polyanionic species have been obtained in high yield by a new route in the ring-opening reaction of cyclic oxonium [3,3′-Co(8-C4H8O2-1,2-C2B9H10)(1′,2′-C2B9H11)] (2) by using carboxylic acids, Grignard reagents, and ...
  • Prediction of pK(a) values of nido-carboranes by density functional theory methods 

    Farràs, Pau; Teixidor, Francesc; Branchadell, Vicenç (American Chemical Society, 2006-08-25)
    A great parallel exists between metal complexes of cyclopentadienyl and arene ligands on one side and metal complexes of the nido derivatives of the icosahedral o-carborane clusters. With few exceptions, the metal complexation ...
  • Light driven styrene epoxidation and hydrogen generation using H2O as an oxygen source in a photoelectrosynthesis cell 

    Farràs, Pau; Di Giovanni, C.; Clifford, J. N.; Garrido-Barros, P.; Palomares, E.; Llobet, Antoni (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015-10-02)
    A dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell (DSPEC) has been prepared for the oxidation of alkenes to epoxides and evolution of hydrogen using water as an oxygen source and sunlight. A Ru oxidation catalyst, 2,2+ , is ...
  • Unprecedented B―H activation through Pd catalysed B―Cvinyl bond coupling on borane systems 

    Farràs, Pau; Olid-Britos, David; Viñas, Clara; Teixidor, Francesc (Wiley, 2011-04-20)
    A Pd-induced cascade B–Cvinyl coupling that produces multiple B–Cvinyl bonds starting from a single B–I bond has been demonstrated. The process is most probably stimulated by the geometrical disposition of the B–H bonds ...
  • Surfactant behaviour of metallacarboranes. A study based on the electrolysis of water 

    Viñas, Clara; Tarrés, Màrius; González-Cardoso, Patricia; Farràs, Pau; Bauduin, Pierre; Teixidor, Francesc (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013-11-21)
    [3,3′-Co(1,2-C2B9H11)2]−, [1]−, and its chloroderivatives have been described as displaying surfactant/aggregation properties. We have studied their behaviour as electrolytes in the water electrolysis process. The electrolysis ...
  • A convenient synthetic route to useful monobranched polyethoxylated halogen terminated [3,3 -Co(1,2-C2B9H11)2]- synthons 

    Farràs, Pau; Teixidor, Francesc; Sillanpää, Reijo; Viñas, Clara (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2009-11-15)
    An atom efficient and environmentally friendly route has been developed to obtain a new range of reagents in metallacarborane chemistry having monobranched polyethoxylated cobaltabisdicarbollide synthons.
  • Recent advances in artificial photosynthetic systems at Newcastle University 

    Farràs, Pau; Cucinotta, Fabio (Elsevier, 2016-04-08)
    This review covers the most significant research done by the group of scientists working at Newcastle University during the last five years in the area of artificial photosynthesis. In particular, it tackles the aspects ...
  • H2 generation and sulfide to sulfoxide oxidation in H2O using sunlight with a model photoelectrosynthesis cell 

    Farràs, Pau; Di Giovanni, Carlo; Clifford, John Noel; Palomares, Emilio; Llobet, Antoni (Elsevier, 2014-10-28)
    A summary of the recent advances in homogeneous light-driven catalytic oxidation reactions is provided either using sacrificial agents or with complete functional cells. In this work, a photoelectrosynthesis model cell ...
  • Chemical, electrochemical and photochemical catalytic oxidation of water to dioxygen with mononuclear ru complexes 

    Roeser, Stephen; Farràs, Pau; Bozoglian, Fernando; Martínez, Marta; Benet-Buchholz, Jordi; Llobet, Antoni (Wiley, 2011-01-27)
    Four new RuII[BOND]Cl and RuII[BOND]H2O complexes containing the meridional 2,2’:6’,2”-terpyridine (trpy) ligand and the chelating 2-(5-phenyl-1H-pyrazol-3-yl)pyridine (H3p) ligand of general formula in- and out-[RuII(tr ...
  • Additive tuning redox potential in metallacarboranes by sequencial halogen substitution 

    González-Cardoso, Patricia; Stoica, Anca-Lulia; Farràs, Pau; Pepiol, Ariadna; Viñas, Clara; Teixidor, Francesc (Wiley, 2010-04-21)
    The first artificially made set of electron acceptors is presented that are derived from a unique platform Cs[3,3′-Co(C2B9H11)2], for which the redox potential of each differs from its predecessor by a fixed amount. The ...
  • A discrete P⋅⋅⋅I I⋅⋅⋅P assembly: the large influence of weak interactions on the 31P NMR Spectra of Phosphane–Diiodine Complexes 

    Nuñez, Rosario; Farràs, Pau; Teixidor, Francesc; Viñas, Clara; Sillanpää, Reijo; Kivekäs, Raikko (Wiley, 2006-02-06)
    Seeing I to I: The reaction of a weakly coordinating carboranyl phosphane ligand with I2 leads to the formation of an adduct containing the bridging P⋅⋅⋅I[BOND]I⋅⋅⋅P assembly in the solid state (see picture; I purple, P ...

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