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.
Congratulations to Dr Chloe Baker on passing her viva! It's been fantastic having you in the group and we'll sorely miss you when you take up your new patent attorney role in the autumn.
Farewell Angelo! Angelo has moved to the University of Bern to start up his own group investigating metal-containing compounds as the next generation of antibiotics, and we'll be sad to see him leave (but happy that there will be less thallium kicking about the lab!). Check out Angelo's Frei lab research group page.
Angelo has recently had a paper published in Dalton Transactions: "To chelate thallium(i) – synthesis and evaluation of Kryptofix-based chelators for 201Tl" – congratulations!
Superb work by Saul, with his paper "N-Centered Tripodal Phosphine Re(V) and Tc(V) Oxo Complexes: Revisiting a [3 + 2] Mixed-Ligand Approach" published in Inorganic Chemistry.
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!
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!
Jin has had a paper published in PLOS ONE, "Investigating CXCR4 expression of tumor cells and the vascular compartment: A multimodal approach".
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!
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".
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.
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
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!