Adventurous Research in Chemstry at Oxford

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Oxford Chemistry


Chemistry is an outward-looking, vibrant and adventurous discipline. These projects are specifically designed to support new, pioneering research within the 'Spirit of Adventure'. If successful / and there is absolutely no guarantee that they will be successful / we will find answers to the vexing questions:1) How can we develop new sensors and devices to study individual molecules, especially biologically-important molecules? 2) How small can a metal be, and still be a metal? 3) How does nature make magnets and catalysts that we cannot make in the laboratory?


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Cahill ST (2019) Studies on the inhibition of AmpC and other ß-lactamases by cyclic boronates. in Biochimica et biophysica acta. General subjects

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Edwards PP (2006) The possibility of a liquid superconductor. in Chemphyschem : a European journal of chemical physics and physical chemistry

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Zurek E (2009) A molecular perspective on lithium-ammonia solutions. in Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)

Description One particular advance of note was the subsequent proposal (see references; following this early work in the Adventurous Project ) of the possibility of a high-temperature superconductor existing wholly in the liquid state. We believe that this opens up a potentially revolutionary advance in the science AND technology of superconducting materials and devices
Similarly , this funding enabled us to establish a most fruitful collaboration with Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann and his colleague Eva Zurek at Cornell (see references)
Exploitation Route Transportation of sustainable electricity from distant sites through a liquid, high-temperature superconductor
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Electronics,Energy,Environment

Description The work has reopened a dialogue as to the precise nature of the behavior of venerable so-called 'excess electrons in fluids'; Specifically, renewed interest in Birch reductionsin synthetic organic chemistry, approaches used in widespread applications in medicinal and pharmaceutical science. For example, the world-renowned Group of Professor AGM Barrett FRS (Imperial) and ourselves are now investigating approaches to new-generation, high-performance reducing agents in synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry. Peter Edwards was invited by Professor Barrett to give the 2015 Hoffman Lecture at Imperial on these very same exciting issues
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Chemicals,Education,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology
Impact Types Societal,Economic