Exploring Redox States, Doping and Ordering of Electroactive Star-Shaped Oligo(aniline)s – Mills – 2016 – Chemistry – A European Journal – Wiley Online Library

Fresh out and currently promoted as a hot paper, from my collaboration with Charl Faul’s group, a report on the PhD work by Ben Mills: Exploring Redox States, Doping and Ordering of Electroactive Star-Shaped Oligo(aniline)s – Mills – 2016 – Chemistry – A European Journal – Wiley Online Library

Ben’s paper accepted for CEJ!

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Ben’s paper was very recently accepted by Chemistry – A European Journal as a very important paper!  This investigation, done in collaboration with Natalie Fey (Bristol), Patrice Rannou (Grenoble, France, and long-standing collaborator) and Tomasz Marszalek and Wojciech Pisula (Mainz, Germany and Lodz, Poland).


Here we show that a redox-active star-shaped oligo(aniline) provides an opportunity to explore and model the intricate optoelectronic properties of a seemingly simple molecule, using a combination of experimental and modelling investigations.  Congrats to all involved!

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Picture It… is proud to present the first in a new series of special short posts inspired by the return of the popular BBC TV baking contest, “The Great British Bake Off” and written by our guest author, Harry Morgan, a chemistry undergraduate at New College, Oxford. Each week we hope to embark on a brief journey into the science behind a particular ingredient, technique or recipe highlighted by the bakers in the GBBO tent.

Jelly1 Orange jelly with a selection of lab glassware and models of limonene, glycine and water.

Here at Picture It, we are as excited as anyone about the return of the Great British Bake Off, and in the opening week the technical challenge provided a chance for a quick glance at some kitchen chemistry. It saw the bakers attempting to make Jaffa cakes, a favourite sweet snack since their introduction in 1927, and normally flavoured…

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Science communication in action: At-Bristol

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Last Wednesday, a few summer students, recent PhD graduate Steph Flynn, and Natalie Fey, Picture It’s co-founder and editor, made the short trip to At-Bristol, a collection of science exhibits which is located in Bristol’s Harbourside area.

There are lots of summer students in the School of Chemistry at the moment, and we’re mostly doing projects that last between 8 and 10 weeks. Funding is either provided by Bristol’s School of Chemistry, or by external organisations like the Royal Society of Chemistry. To varying degrees, these projects involve time in the lab, in the library and out on trips, and as my project relates closely to science and education, I wasn’t going to miss out on the opportunity to see some science communication in action!

Despite the fact that At-Bristol is only a ten minute walk from our desks, most of the group hadn’t visited before. We were impressed…

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Picture It… Chemistry Workshops (2014-15)

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As I get back into the swing of delivering workshops based on the Picture It… Chemistry project and this blog, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the first round of workshops and give you some of the details and stats. You can also find a blog post summarising the first three workshops in this run here and details of past events here.

DSC_3094 From one of the feedback labcoats.

For our first “season”, two workshop topics were on offer, “Coming Up Smelling of Roses” and “The Acid Test”, the former looking at some of the scented molecules in plants and the latter at the acidity/basicity of some of the things you might find in your larder or in the cupboard under the sink, where most of us end up storing household cleaning products. The “Roses” were by far the most popular, selected by 9 WI…

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Navigating chemical space | Chemistry World

© Tina Zellmer/Debut Art, from Chemistry World, http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2015/09/navigating-chemical-space

Fully exploring the ocean of possible compounds – even computationally – is impossible, finds Philip Ball

Source: Navigating chemical space | Chemistry World

Chemical Space Maps

Some of our work on mapping the chemical space relevant to homogeneous organometallic chemistry is mentioned in a Chemistry World feature article, in the October 2015 issue, written by Phil Ball. Not just am I happy to see our efforts noted in this way, I also really like the illustrations, including the front page, so if you can get a hold of the paper copy of Chemistry World, it is worth a look. If not, you can find the article at this link: http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2015/09/navigating-chemical-space.