Colourful vials

The Long Group has expertise in applied synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry. Research interests focus on transition metal and lanthanide chemistry for the synthesis of functional molecules, homogeneous catalysis, and in recent years, probe design and novel methodologies for biomedical imaging.



April 2022

We are thrilled to reveal that Dr Stephanie Sheppard has had a paper published in Science - "Organometallic-functionalized interfaces for highly efficient inverted perovskite solar cells"! 

The perovskite devices made with Steph's FcTc2 provided a huge advancement in perovskite solar cells, both reaching the efficiency standard of silicon cells (25%) and being able to maintain >98% of their initial efficiency after operating at maximum power for 1,500 hours. 

You can read more about this advancement on the Imperial News website - Cheaper solar cells could be on the way thanks to materials created at Imperial.

Additionally, Dr Troy Bennett and Dr Stephanie Sheppard have had a paper published in the special 'Ferrocene edition' of EJIC, on the "Development and Characterisation of Highly Conjugated Functionalised Ferrocenylene Macrocycles". Well done on a very productive couple of months for Troy and Steph!


February 2022

Congratulations to Dr Troy Bennett for passing his PhD viva! His thesis was titled "Synthesis and Characterisation of Novel Molecular Wires for Studies of Thermoelectricity". Troy will be staying at Imperial, moving to a postdoc position with Professor Martin Heeney, so we'll still see you around the department!

November 2021

Jin has had a paper published in PLOS ONE"Investigating CXCR4 expression of tumor cells and the vascular compartment: A multimodal approach"

October 2021

Chloe has had a paper published in ChemComm"Cation–π interactions enabling hard/soft Ti/Ag heterobimetallic cooperativity in lactide ring-opening polymerisation". Well Done Chloe!

Well done to Jin, who has had his paper on "A Kit-based Aluminium-[18F] Fluoride Approach to Radiolabelled Microbubbles" published in ChemComm.

Congratulations to Dr Stephanie Sheppard on passing her PhD viva, with her thesis titled "Towards the Synthesis of Multinuclear, Branched and Cyclic Metallocene-containing Complexes". Steph will be starting a new job with Superdielectrics in Guildford working in the development of electrolytes for supercapacitors. Electrifying stuff!

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September 2021

And another! Ed and Saul have had a perspective article accepted in Dalton Transactions, discussing "Enzyme-Activated Probes in Optical Imaging: a Focus on Atherosclerosis" - Good job!

Congratulations to Brad and Tom, who have recently had a paper accepted in Dalton Transactions, with their work on "Synthesis and Ex Vivo Biological Evaluation of Gallium-68 Labelled NODAGA Chelates Assessing Cardiac Uptake and Retention".

July 2021

Congratulations to Drs. Saul Cooper and Megan Midson on passing their virtual PhD vivas! Saul's thesis was on "Novel Rhenium and Technetium Metal Complexes of N-centred Tripodal Phosphine Ligands Towards SPECT Imaging", and Megan wrote her thesis on "Novel nanoscopic multimodal imaging agents and their applications – Optical, CT, PET/SPECT and MRI active nanoparticles". Nick and the rest of the group wish Megan the best of luck at her new Course Developer and Demonstrator in Inorganic Chemistry role at at University of Oxford, and for Saul for his new post-doc position in the group.

May 2021

Congratulations to Ed, who has recently published in the Journal of the American Chemistry Society, with his work on "A Coumarin–Porphyrin FRET Break-Apart Probe for Heme Oxygenase-1"

Recently Ed's work was written about on this Imperial News article:
Cardiovascular disease could be diagnosed earlier with new glowing probe

January 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Tom Clough on passing his virtual PhD viva on 'Imaging Probes for Pancreatic β Cells: Design, Synthesis and Testing'. Nick and the rest of the group wish him the best of luck at his new Postdoctoral Researcher role at The Institute of Cancer Research!

May 2020

Huge congratulations to Nick on winning the prestigious RSC Frankland Award for his 'outstanding synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry and subsequent applications in catalysis, functional materials and biomedical imaging'! He joins a highly impressive list of recipients in the field of inorganic chemistry.

April 2020

Congratulations to Dr Rhiannon Evans and Dr Peter Gawne on the successful defences of their theses. Good luck in the next steps of your careers! Peter will be joining the new Mithras scheme between Kings and Imperial as a post-doctoral researcher and Rhiannon is moving to work in York.

March 2020

A fond farwell to Dr Marie Bergner - it's been great having you in the group. You will be missed!