Inorganic Coordination Chemistry for Precursor Development

Lead Research Organisation: University of Southampton
Department Name: School of Chemistry

Abstract

This project is concerned with research in the area of coordination chemistry to develop new inorganic complexes for evaluation as precursors for the electrodeposition of semiconducting materials from low polarity non-aqueous solvents. The target materials are those that exhibit thermoelectric properties, phase change memory and IR detectors, primarily involving main group (p-block) elements. Key objectives are to develop reagents that have sufficient stability, solubility and suitable electrochemical properties to allow electrodeposition of the relevant elements and compound semiconductors.
In addition to developing skills in synthetic inorganic chemistry, expertise in inert atmosphere techniques will be developed. There will be opportunities to gain hands-on experience in a range of key characterisation techniques, including single crystal X-ray diffraction, multinuclear NMR, IR, Raman and UV-visible spectroscopy, as appropriate.

Publications

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509747/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1940707 Studentship EP/N509747/1 28/09/2017 30/09/2020 Rhys King
 
Description As part of this award, new precursors for the electrodeposition of functional materials have been developed. The fundamental coordination chemistry of germanium and tin has been expanded which may lead to new developments in this area.
Exploitation Route The outcomes may be used to inspire future research efforts in this area of coordination chemistry and also for the development of precursors for the electrodeposition of technologically relevant materials.
Sectors Chemicals,Electronics,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

 
Description ADEPT Project 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The funding for this project is associated with the project EP/N035437/1. The contribution I make is in the synthesis of bespoke chemical precursors.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators perform the electrochemistry and electrodeposition experiments and characterize the resultant films.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary involving three universities (Warwick, Notthingham, and Southampton), and spans the disciplines of Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Physics, and ECS (Electronics and Computer science)
Start Year 2017
 
Description ADEPT Project 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The funding for this project is associated with the project EP/N035437/1. The contribution I make is in the synthesis of bespoke chemical precursors.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators perform the electrochemistry and electrodeposition experiments and characterize the resultant films.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary involving three universities (Warwick, Notthingham, and Southampton), and spans the disciplines of Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Physics, and ECS (Electronics and Computer science)
Start Year 2017
 
Description ADEPT Project 
Organisation University of Warwick
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The funding for this project is associated with the project EP/N035437/1. The contribution I make is in the synthesis of bespoke chemical precursors.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators perform the electrochemistry and electrodeposition experiments and characterize the resultant films.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary involving three universities (Warwick, Notthingham, and Southampton), and spans the disciplines of Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Physics, and ECS (Electronics and Computer science)
Start Year 2017
 
Description Poster presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I gave a poster presentation on my work at the main group discussion group meeting on September of 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Science and engineering day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participated in science and engineering day at Southampton university aimed at increasing interest in science in the local area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019