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Prof Euan Brechin

Personal Chair in Coordination Chemistry

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Research students

Hector Fraser

Robbie McNab

Edward Lee

Aaron Scott

Biography

2011-present: Professor of Coordination Chemistry, EaStCHEM School of Chemistry, The University of Edinburgh.

2008-2011: Reader, EaStCHEM School of Chemistry, The University of Edinburgh.

2004-2008: EPSRC Advanced Fellow and Lecturer, EaStCHEM School of Chemistry, The University of Edinburgh.

2003-2004: EPSRC Advanced Fellow, School of Chemistry, The University of Manchester.

2001-2003: Lloyd's of London Tercentenary Fellow, School of Chemistry, The University of Manchester.

Current Research Interests

Inorganic Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, Molecular Magnetism, High Pressure Science.

Collaborative Activity

Dr W. Wernsdorfer (Institut Néel, Grenoble); Prof. S. Hill (Florida State), Prof. C. J. Milios (University of Crete); Profs E. J. L. McInnes, D. Collison, R. E. P. Winpenny (University of Manchester); Prof. L. Cronin (University of Glasgow); Prof. S. Perlepes (University of Patras); Prof. T. Mallah (Université Paris-sud); Prof. M. Affronte (INFM, Modena); Prof. M. Evangelisti (CSIC-University of Zaragoza); Prof. S. Carretta, (University of Parma); Prof. H. Güdel (University of Bern); Profs. E. Ruiz, G. Aromí (University of Barcelona); Prof. A. Kent (NYU), Prof. M. Luban (Ames); Prof. E. Colacio (University of Granada); Prof. K. Dunbar (Texas A&M); Prof. P. Skabara (University of Strathclyde); Dr M. Murrie (University of Glasgow); Profs H. Weihe, S. Piligkos (University of Copenhagen); Prof. J. Schnack (University of Bielefeld); Prof. G. Papaefstathiou (University of Athens);  Dr. S. Dalgarno (Heriot-Watt University); Prof. H. Nojiri (Tohoku University); Dr L. F. Jones (NUI Galway); Prof H. Oshio (Tsukuba, Japan); Dr G. Rajaraman (ITT, Mumbai).

Visiting and Research Positions

2016: Villum Foundations, Velux Visiting Professor, The University of Copenhagen.

My research in a nutshell

We are a synthetic inorganic group with interests in the areas of coordination chemistry and the magnetic applications of polymetallic complexes. In particular we are interested in making molecular nanomagnets, magnetic coolants, supramolecular assemblies of paramagnetic metal ions and applyng high pressure to correlate structure with magnetic behaviour.

Research Interests

Synthetic inorganic coordination chemistry and the magnetic applications of polymetallic complexes.

1. Single-Molecule Magnets (SMMs) – the construction of anisotropic, high spin bistable molecules with potential application in information storage. See: Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 181.

2. Magnetic Refrigerants – the construction of isotropic, high spin molecules and MOFs capable of acting as low temperature coolants. See: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 4633.

3. Supramolecular Chemistry – the construction of 0-3D arrays of MNMs through the employment of (a) calix[n]arene-based ligands (in collaboration with Dr S. J. Dalgarno, Heriot-Watt); (b) dual-functioning ligands that simultaneously construct metal cages and assemble them in polymers or supramolecular polygons. See:  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 12983.

4. High Pressure Chemistry – the combined use of high pressure single crystal X-ray diffraction, high pressure SQUID magnetometry and high pressure EPR to elucidate magneto-structural correlations. See: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 7490.

Research activities & awards

  1. Strategies for making polymetallic cages of transition metal ions.

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. International Exchanges Panel

    Activity: ConsultancyContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

  3. EuCHeMs Inorganic Chemistry Conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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