Materials and Catalysis

We use chemistry to develop new materials for use in catalysis, energy and biological applications. Current research includes inorganic materials, energy materials, organometallic chemistry, single molecule magnets, theoretical studies of new materials and catalysis and heterogeneous and nano-structured catalysis.

Our researchers:

Professor Wendy Brown

WendyOur research investigates various aspects of adsorption and reaction on surfaces. The most recent work of our group focuses on using surface science techniques to study reactions on grain surfaces in space. In particular we look at surface processes that are relevant to star forming regions such as the interstellar medium (ISM).

For more information visit the Brown Lab website.

Dr Qiao Chen

Qiao Chen

Application of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology.

For more information visit the Chen Lab website.

Professor Geoff Cloke

Prof Geoff Cloke

The Cloke group conducts research the field of synthetic organometallic chemistry, with particular focus on transition metal and f-element complexes, and small molecule activation and functionalisation via reductive transformations.

For more information visit the Cloke Lab website.


Professor Hazel Cox

Hazel Cox

Computational/Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry: 
Structure, Reactivity and Spectroscopy of Multiply Charged Metal-Ligand Complexes.

For more information visit the Cox Lab website.


Dr Ian Crossley

Ian Crossley

Research in the Crossley lab falls broadly under the umbrella of organometallic chemistry and is primarily concerned with the development and study of electronically distinctive molecules at the transition metal / main group interface.

For more information visit the Crossley Lab website.

Dr George Kostakis

George KostakisWe are an inorganic chemistry group at University of Sussex. We aim to synthesize molecules using coordination chemistry basic principles. We use a variety of techniques, including solvothermal synthesis, free-air synthesis, gas sorption analysis, X-ray crystallography, spectroscopy.

For more information visit the Kostakis Lab website.

Professor Richard Layfield

Richard Layfield

The Layfield group has research interests in f-block and transition metal organometallic chemistry. We are particularly interested in organo-lanthanide single-molecule magnets and the chemistry of low-coordinate 3d transition metal complexes. For more information and a full list of publications, visit Prof Layfield's staff profile.

Dr Mark Osborne

Mark OsbourneResearch in our lab focuses on the development and application of ultra-sensitive optical techniques for the detection and manipulation of single molecules.

For more information visit the Osborne Lab website.

Dr Cristina Pubill Ulldemolins

Cristina Pubill Ulldemolins

Our multidisciplinary research group currently focuses on the use of experimental (in particular, catalytic methods development) and computational approaches to design new bioactive peptides as novel therapeutic leads for the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer.

Professor John Spencer

John SpencerThe Spencer group conducts research on the interface of chemistry and medicinal chemistry, making use of transition metal catalysis and microwave-mediated synthesis where possible.

For more information visit the Spencer Lab website

Dr John Turner

John TurnerResearch in the Turner laboratory covers two broad themes:

      • Discovery of new forms of matter with concommitant exploration of their properties, reactivity and applications
      • Developing a deeper understanding of strongly correlated many body systems through advanced diffraction techniques and analysis

For more information visit the Turner Lab website

Dr Alfredo Vargas

Alfredo VargasOur research group aims to design and investigate molecules with novel and interesting properties. In particular we are interested in boron-containing compounds and iron(II) and cobalt(II) transition metal complexes. We employ modern computational chemistry techniques, taking advantage of their well established predictive and descriptive capabilities. Our broader interests include functional materials, catalysis, energy storage and medicinal chemistry. In parallel we also pursue research on computational methodology improvement, particularly on the inclusion of the so-called non-dynamic electron correlation. We also collaborate intensively with experimental research groups, providing fundamental insights that are experimentally unobtainable, in order to guide their experiments and to fully understand their results.

For more information visit the Vargas Lab website.

Dr Eddy Viseux

Eddy ViseuxResearch in the Viseux group is currently focussing on the development of strategies for the synthesis of complex natural products with interesting biological properties.

For more information visit the Viseux Lab website.