Oxidation-reduction (redox) reactions underpin innumerable chemical reactions - and much of the chemistry of life! I am fascinated by how oxidation-state changes govern respiration and photosynthesis and how nature has fine-tuned the redox properties of its many intricate molecular machines. Redox reactions often involve transition metal ions and in the group we are investigating the properties, structure and bonding of transition-metal centres in both biological and synthetic molecular machines.
Many redox reactions proceed via radical intermediates and these are, perhaps luckily, often located in mechanistically key locations. In the lab, we use electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy as a powerful method for obtaining detailed information on the structure and bonding these ubiquitous spin centres. Electrochemistry on the other hand, in particular film electrochemistry, provides insight into the reactions carried out by molecular machines. These (bio)physical methods are supplemented by biochemical and synthetic methods.
Group photo (on the campus, by Regent's Canal, October 2016)
17/02/17 Congratulations to Chagish who won the master project poster prize!
16/12/16 Nolwenn gives a talk at the Oxford Bioenergetics meeting
14/12/16 Martina is off to Edinburgh to present her work at MASC16
13/12/16 Group Christmas Dinner - delicious Italian food (thanks to Martina for organsing!)
14/11/16 We welcome Prof. Nestor Carrillo from Argentina who is visiting for a week as part of the NDH project
10/10/16 Adam joins the group on his LIDo PhD rotation project - the first physicist in the group!
28/09/16 We welcome Chagish and Nilab who will be doing their Master projects in our group.
26/09/16 A warm welcome to our new PhD students Wei and Kaltum!
15/08/16 Welcome to Svenja who will do summer project with us funded by DAAD RISE.
20/07/16 John, Nolwenn & Maxie had a very productive day with our collaborators from Cambridge - thanks Judy, Andy and Justin for coming over! Followed by Thai food in the pub ;)
19/07/16 Guy Hanke and Maxie win some competitive funding (GCRF/QMUL) to start a new project on NDH - so exciting!
06/07/16 Sumeyye joins our group on the Erasmus+ program from Bogazici University (Turkey) - congrats for crossing all the visa and funding hurdles to get here!
02/07/16 John and Nolwenn are off to EBEC2016
24/06/16 Martina & Maxie enjoyed a great Supramolecular Chemistry Meeting organised by Steve Goldup & colleagues at Southampton!
23/06/16 Nolwenn wins a travel grant from QMUL's Life Sciences Initiative to attend EBEC2016
31/05/16 Congratulations to Wei Song
for winning a CSC scholarship - he will be joining us from Peking
University in September
Camille Galateau joins the group for a summer internship - welcome Camille!
18/04/16 Congrats to John: first 1st author paper accepted!
07/04/16 John receives a travel grant from the RSC (Analytical division) to present his work at EBEC2016
03/07/16 Martina and Maxie are off to the RSC EPR conference
01/03/16 Ana joins the group -
22/02/16 John wins the Chemistry and Biochemistry Poster Prize at the Postgraduate Symposium. Congratulations John!
15/02/16 Svenja Hehn wins scholarship from the DAAD (RISE worldwide) to join the group over the summer11/01/16 Maxie and Sarah Barry (King's College) win a Small Grant from the Life Sciences Institute. Looking forward to starting an exciting new project!
28/12/15 Judy's and Maxie's paper is in press
18/12/15 John gives a talk at the Christmas Bioenergetics meeting at Imperial College
16/12/15 Group Christmas dinner at the Lord Tredegar (sadly missing Martina) - burgers all round!
13/11/15 Congrats to John - first paper submitted! Also big thanks to Enrico and the Hirst group...
09/10/15 Farzaneh starts her 3rd year project
30/09/15 Michelle joins the group
28/09/15 A big welcome to our new PhD student Martina!
24/08/15 John is off to the EPR summer school in Berlin
15/08/15 Annual group BBQ in Maxie's backyard
02/08/15 Nolwenn joins the group from Marseille
17/07/15 Graduation Day: Congratulations to Anokhi and Nhi on their First class degrees!
16/06/15 Maxie gives a talk at AWEST
___________________________We are very grateful to the following organisations for funding: