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Euan Robert Kay

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Euan Robert Kay
Postal address:
School of Chemistry
Purdie Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
United Kingdom

Email: ek28@st-andrews.ac.uk

Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 467284

Research overview

Research in our group seeks to extend principles from molecular and supramolecular synthetic chemistry into the nanoscale world. The past 20 years has seen significant developments in the ability of chemists to produce and analyse a wide variety of structures with dimensions much larger than conventional molecules – giving rise to the fields of supramolecular chemistry and nanochemistry. Often, these structures exhibit interesting, or even unique, new properties. If we are to fully harness the potential of this new ‘region of chemical space’, synthetic chemists must now learn how to manipulate these new chemical building blocks, so that we can fine-tune their properties, and integrate them with other chemical components to construct assemblies, devices and materials. Our group are specifically interested in using dynamic (supra)molecular strategies such as non-covalent molecular recognition and dynamic covalent chemistry to control structure and function across multiple length-scales. We also seek to manipulate the thermodynamics and kinetics of dynamic covalent and noncovalent interactions to direct molecular-level motion and control complex reaction networks. For more information, see our website.

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