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Dr Paul Wood

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Our research is focused on the synthesis and characterisation of new materials, primarily using solvothermal synthesis. In this technique, reactions occur in solvents at temperatures above their normal boiling points by containing the reaction mixture within a pressure vessel. We have found this method to be particularly good for preparing porous materials for hydrogen storage and gas separation as well as new magnetic materials. We have an extensive range of collaborations with groups in the UK, the rest of Europe and in South Korea for performing measurements on the magnetism and porosity of our compounds.

  • Magnetic materials are being prepared as part of the search for 'single molecule magnets' which represent the ultimate in magnetic data storage efficiency. We are also preparing compounds with which physicists can test theoretical models of magnetic behaviour; the same theories can be applied to other types of symmetry breaking in areas as diverse as protein folding and the early universe.
  • New porous materials are much sought-after for gas storage in a future hydrogen economy. This is a very active area of research as zero-emission fuel sources are very attractive. Such materials could also be used as size- and shape-selective catalysis as well as gas separation and materials. The 'metal-organic framework' materials prepared in our lab are some of the most efficient hydrogen storage materials yet measured.


Selected Publications


Domain-wall spin dynamics in kagome antiferromagnets. Lhotel E, Simonet V, Ortloff J, Canals B, Paulsen C, Suard E, Hansen T, Price DJ, Wood PT, Powell AK, et al. Physical Review Letters ( 2011), 25, 107

Assembly of the First Fullerene-Type Metal-Organic Frameworks Using a Planar Five-Fold Coordination Node. Bacsa J, Less RJ, Skelton HE, Soracevic Z, Steiner A, Wilson TC, Wood PT, Wright DS Angew Chem Int Ed Engl (2011) 50, 8279

Gas-Sorption Selectivity of CUK-1: A Porous Coordination Solid made of Cobalt(II) and Pyridine-2,4-Dicarboxylic Acid; Adv. Mater., (2007), 19, 1830

Porous Cobalt(II)-Organic Frameworks with Corrugated Walls: Structurally Robust Gas- Sorption Materials; Angew Chem., Int. Ed. Engl. , (2007), 46, 272


Synthesis, structure and properties of the manganese-doped polyoxotitanate cage [Ti18MnO30(OEt)20(MnPhen)3] (Phen = 1,10-phenanthroline).
N Li, PD Matthews, JJ Leung, TC King, PT Wood, HK Luo, DS Wright – Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003) (2015) 44, 19090
Magnetism of linear [Ln3](9+) oxo-bridged clusters (Ln = Pr, Nd) supported inside a [R3PR'](+) phosphonium coordination material.
NW Waggoner, B Saccoccia, IA Ibarra, VM Lynch, PT Wood, SM Humphrey – Inorg Chem (2014) 53, 12674
A study of the optical properties of metal-doped polyoxotitanium cages and the relationship to metal-doped titania.
Y Lv, J Cheng, PD Matthews, JP Holgado, J Willkomm, M Leskes, A Steiner, D Fenske, TC King, PT Wood, L Gan, RM Lambert, DS Wright – Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003) (2014) 43, 8679
Formation of an Unusual Bis(diguanidinate) Ligand via Nucleophilic Attack of a Guanidinate onto a Carbodiimide
RL Melen, HR Simmonds, H Wadepohl, PT Wood, LH Gade, DS Wright – Australian Journal of Chemistry (2014) 67, 1030
Switchable magnetism: Neutron diffraction studies of the desolvated coordination polymer Co3(OH)2(C4O 4)2
RA Mole, MA Nadeem, JA Stride, VK Peterson, PT Wood – Inorg Chem (2013) 52, 13462
Reactions of Cp2M (M = Ni, V) with dilithium diamido-aryl reagents; Retention and oxidation of the transition metal ions
FA Stokes, MA Vincent, IH Hillier, TK Ronson, A Steiner, AE Wheatley, PT Wood, DS Wright – Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003) (2013) 42, 13923
Magnetic properties of a family of quinternary oxalates
E Lhotel, V Simonet, J Ortloff, B Canals, C Paulsen, E Suard, T Hansen, DJ Price, PT Wood, AK Powell, R Ballou – European Physical Journal B (2013) 86, ARTN 248
Solvent direction of molecular architectures in group 1 metal pentacyanocyclopentadienides
RJ Less, TC Wilson, B Guan, M McPartlin, A Steiner, PT Wood, DS Wright – European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (2013) 2013, 1161
Formation of Ti 28 Ln Cages, the Highest Nuclearity Polyoxotitanates (Ln=La, Ce)
Y Lv, J Willkomm, M Leskes, A Steiner, TC King, L Gan, E Reisner, PT Wood, DS Wright – Chemistry (2012) 18, 11867
Transition metal complexes of the pentacyanocyclopentadienide anion
RJ Less, TC Wilson, M McPartlin, PT Wood, DS Wright – Chemical communications (Cambridge, England) (2011) 47, 10007
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