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Welcome

Welcome to the Durham Supramolecular Chemistry Group page. This page gives an informal and topical look at the research work going in the Supramolecular Chemistry group at Durham headed by Professor Jonathan Steed. For a general description of the group's research interests click research. Prospective M.Chem. and Ph.D. Students should consult the Projects and Funding page. Information about our books on supramolecular chemistry and nanochemistry, publications, group members and group leader Jonathan Steed is available via the links above.

The group is part of the Polymorphism @ Durham Research grouping.


Group News

  • October 2014 - Two new researchers, Kate Horner and Antonio Cincotti, have started in the group working as part of a £1.7M Leverhulme Trust funded Research Programme Grant on the Scientific Properties of Complex Knots (SPOCK). The project is a collaboration across 12 researchers at Durham and Bristol Universities encompassing Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Bioscience, Computer Science, Anthropology and Philosophy.
  • September 2014 - The Z' web resource has a new home at zprime.co.uk and has been fully updated though to the May 2014 CSD update. The literature section has also been significantly updated and expanded.
  • January 2013 - For the year ended 2012, annual citations to work by the Steed group has topped 1000 for the first time giving the group a total of 7500 citations to our primary research.
  • December 2012 - Two New EU Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellows, Dr. Prakash Reddy and Dr. Arnab Dawn, will be joining the group in 2013. Their project will involve single-crystal-to-single-crystal transitions and pharamceutical crystal growth in supramolecular gels. Congratulations to both of them for winning these prestigious awards!
  • October 2012 - A web database and resource www.hydrateweb.org dedicated to the crystal chemistry or organic hydrates, funded by the EPSRC KTA is now live.
  • September 2012 - Jonathan Steed was the opening speaker at Indaba-7 in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
  • March 2012 - We have attracted EPSRC funding of £680k for a project entitled "Complementary Gel and Microemulsion Strategies for Pharmaceutical Crystallisation". The grant is a collaboration with Sharon Cooper, Judith Howard and Paul Hodgkinson as part of the Polymorphism@Durham grouping and will explore kinetic templating of drug crystal forms in gels as well as targetting the thermodynamic polymorph in microemulsions.
  • December 2011 - Prakash Reddy has been awarded an EU Marie Curie IIF Fellowship to carry out a project entitled "Solid State Chameleons: Chemical Transformations as Single Crystal Transitions" within the group.
  • July 2011 - Ph.D. student Jonathan Foster won a poster prize at the 6th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, Brighton for his work on pharmaceutical crystallisation in supramolecular gels. Jona also gave an outstanding oral 'flash presentation'
  • March 2011 - Jonathan Steed lectured at the Cátedra de Sede at the UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA.
  • February 2011 - our paper Rheology and Silver Nanoparticle Templating in a Bis(urea) Silver Metallogel" (Soft Matter, DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00647E) has been highlighted as a 'hot article'.
  • May 2010 - "Chemistry in its Element podcast". Jonathan Steed, has published a Podcast on the element Niobium as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Chemistry in its Element podcast series. The series, fronted by the well-known broadcaster Johnny Ball, is an accessible, often quirky, look at some of the more interesting features, history and impact of the chemical elements. Download at http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/podcast/element.asp.
  • April 2010 - Jonathan Steed has been awarded one of the 2010 RSC Corday-Morgan Prizes "for his outstanding contributions in the fields of supramolecular and structural chemistry".
  • April 2010 - Ph.D. student Jonathan Foster won 2nd prize in the Industrial Talk Category at the British Crystallographic Spring Meeting for his work on pharmaceutical crystallisation in supramolecular gels.
  • March 2010 - The American Library Association's review journal "Choice" has selected "Supramolecular Chemistry 2nd Edition" in its annual list of Outstanding Academic Titles. Every year Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community. The list contains less than 3% of the 25,000 titles submitted for review. Choice editors base their selections on the reviewer's evaluation of the work, the editor's knowledge of the field, and the reviewer's record.
  • March 2010 - "New Chem. Comm. Associate Editor". Jonathan Steed has been named as the new UK Associate Editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry flagship journal Chemical Communications. Chemical Communications has an ISI impact factor of 5.34 making it one of the highest cited primary journals in the discipline. Professor Steed will be accepting manuscripts to the Durham office from mid March 2010 and particular welcomes submissions in the area of supramolecular chemistry, crystal engineering and soft materials chemistry.
  • August 2009 - "Smart Supramolecular Gels". In an article published in this month's Nature Chemistry, Jonathan Steed and Gareth Lloyd highlight the emerging science of ion-tunable gels; jelly-like materials with switchable flow properties that have interesting potential application is drug formulation and delivery. The overview is based on the Steed group's earlier work published in the journal Chemical Communications last year.
  • August 2009 - "Chemistry in its Element podcast". Jonathan Steed, is the latest in a long series of experts to immortalise one of the chemical elements in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Chemistry in its Element podcast series. The series, fronted by the well-known broadcaster Johnny Ball, is an accessible, often quirky, look at some of the more interesting features, history and impact of the chemical elements. Steed's take on the element ruthenium - an element reserved for the connoisseur - can be downloaded at http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/podcast/element.asp.
  • December 2008 - our paper A 'compartmental' Borromean weave coordination polymer exhibiting saturated hydrogen bonding to anions and water cluster inclusion" (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 5761) is a Sceptical Chymist 'Top 10' pick for 2008.
  • July 2008 - our paper A 'compartmental' Borromean weave coordination polymer exhibiting saturated hydrogen bonding to anions and water cluster inclusion" (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 5761) is highlighted by Nature Chemistry
  • Jan 2008 - Kirsty Anderson is the recipient of the 2008 CCDC Young Crystallographer Prize
  • Oct 2007 - Jon Steed has been promoted to a personal chair.
  • February 2006 - One of our Crystal Engineering papers has been highlighted in Chemical Science by the RSC. This paper forms part of a growing body of EPSRC sponsored work on crystal structures with high Z' values. For a thorough introduction see our review in CrystEngComm 2003, 5, 169.
  • July 2004 - Our work on ion-pair binding was featured on the Chem. Comm. cover and was among the month's top 10 most accessed papers: "A Modular, Self-Assembled, Separated Ion-Pair Binding System," Chem. Commun., 2004, 1352-1353.

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