Universityof Durham

Professor J. A. Gareth Williams  Department of Chemistry

Telephone (direct line): 0191  334  2124      From overseas: + 44 191 334 2124
                                    E-mail: j.a.g.williams@durham.ac.uk


Research interests are centred around the synthesis and properties of light-emitting molecules for applications in:

(i) organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs),

(ii) luminescent sensors for biological molecules and imaging,

(iii) solar energy conversion.



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Our synthetic work encompasses both organic synthesis and the coordination chemistry of transition metal and lanthanide ions.  We also study the luminescence and photophysical properties of conjugated organic molecules and new metal complexes.  The work is multi-disciplinary in nature, and embraces all three of the main branches of chemistry... in fact, we see no distinction between them!  Synthetic work includes the preparation of new ligands using modern synthetic methodology, usually followed by the isolation of complexes with a variety of metal ions of interest.  We use 1- and 2-dimensional multinuclear NMR, electrospray mass spectrometry and cyclic voltammetry to characterise our complexes, amongst many other techniques.  The group also makes extensive use of UV-visible absorbance and time-resolved emission spectroscopy in characterising the photophysical properties of the molecules.  Processes occurring on timescales ranging from seconds down to sub-nanoseconds are investigated routinely.


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