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- School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
- Innovative Molecular Materials (IMM) Group
- Research Centre in Sustainable Energy
Research in the James group concentrates on two topics:
1. Mechanochemical synthesis
This involves grinding together solid reactants to initiate chemical reactions (Chem. Soc. Rev. 2012, 41, 413). Since it requires little or no solvent it is potentially a more sustainable and cheaper alternative to solution-based synthesis. We are currently pursuing: i. better fundamental understanding of how such chemistry works at microscopic and molecular scales (Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 1585), and ii. innovative techniques to scale up and commercialise this chemistry (see EPSRC funding and spin out company MOF Technologies).
2. Porous Liquids
Porosity is normally only associated with solids. However, with careful design it is also possible to prepare liquids with permanent porosity. Porous liquids are an exciting new type of material first proposed by us in 2007 (Chem. Eur. J. 2007, 13, 3020) and which are now beginning to be realised (Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, 16, 9422). We are currently engaged in preparing and understanding the first examples of these materials and examining their properties such as their ability to dissolve large amounts of gases. Ultimately this type of material could enable solubility to be controlled on the basis of the size and shape of the solute species. As such fundamentally new approaches to solvents and industrial separations processes can be envisioned.
For a list of Stuart’s publications please click here