The research group led by Neil Champness is concerned with supramolecular chemistry and all aspects of molecular organisation. This includes the understanding of supramolecular organisation in the solid-state via crystal engineering, solution phase self-assembly processes and supramolecular surface assembly.


Details of our research can be found here but our studies encompass Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), surface self-assembly, mechanically interlocked molecules and the synthesis and study of organic materials and dye molecules.

Recent Publications

Synthesis and Characterisation of Rylene Diimide Dimers Using Molecular Handcuffs  
L. Yang, P. Langer, E.S. Davies, M. Baldoni, K. Wickham, N.A. Besley, E. Besley, N.R. Champness, Chem. Sci., 2019, 10, 3723-3732.
Restricting Shuttling in Bis(imidazole)-Pillar[5]arene Rotaxanes Using Metal Coordination.
P. Langer, L. Yang, C.R. Pfeiffer, W. Lewis, N.R. Champness, Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 58-64
Controlling the two-dimensional self-assembly of functionalized porphyrins via adenine-thymine (ATAT) quartet formation.
M.O. Blunt, Y. Hu, C.W. Toft, A.G. Slater, W. Lewis, N.R. Champness, J. Phys. Chem. C., 2018, 122, 26070-26079
A Thionated Perylene diimide – Phenothiazine Dyad. Synthesis, Structure and Electrochemical Studies.
N. Pearce, E.S. Davies, W. Lewis, N.R. Champness, ACS Omega, 2018, 3, 14236-14244.
Synthesis of Hydrophobic MIL-53(Al)-nanoparticles in Low Weight Alcohols: Systematic Investigation of Solvent Effects.
J. Warfsmann, B. Tokay, N.R. Champness, CrystEngComm, 2018, 20, 4666-4675.
Influence of Hydrogen Bonding Interactions on Nuclearity and Structure of Palladium Tiara-like Complexes.
H.J. Martin, C.R. Pfeiffer, W. Lewis, N.R. Champness, ACS Omega, 2018, 3, 8769−8776.
Protecting-Group-Free Site-Selective Reactions in a Metal-organic Framework Reaction Vessel .
M.T. Huxley, A. Burgun, H. Ghodrati, C.J. Coghlan, A. Lemieux, N.R. Champness, D.M. Huang, C.J. Doonan, C.J. Sumby, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018,140, 6416-6425
Metal-organic Nanosheets Step into the Spotlight.
N.R. Champness, Chem., 2018, 4, 933-934.
Perylene Diimide Triple Helix Formation in the Solid-State.
S.L. Haddow, D.J. Ring, H. Bagha, H. Nowell, N. Pearce, H. Nowell, A.J. Blake, W. Lewis, J. McMaster, N.R. Champness, Cryst. Growth Des., 2018, 18, 802−807.
Thionated Naphthalene Diimides: Tuneable Chromophores for Applications in Photoactive Dyads.
N. Pearce, E.S. Davies, R. Horvath, C.R. Pfeiffer, X-Z. Sun, W. Lewis, J. McMaster, M.W. George, N.R. Champness, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 752-764.
An On-surface Reaction Confined within a Porous Molecular Template.
C.J. Judd, N.R. Champness, A. Saywell, Chem. Eur. J., 2018, 24, 56-61.