Physical Organic Chemistry: Opportunities In Synthesis, Materials And Pharmaceuticals (Science And Innovation Award)

Project: Research

Project Details


This application aims to catalyse and sustain a new dimension in UK research capability in physical organic chemistry. Our strategic alliance in physical organic chemistry will provide a unique continuum of expertise to tackle research opportunities in areas as diverse as materials chemistry, synthesis methodologies and pharmaceutical discovery and development. It will have the capability to address issues from solid-state to solution and gas-phase, from small molecules to biopolymers, and from nanoscale to pilot plant. We focus on topics of international significance to industry worldwide as well as to academic chemistry, that will help to (i) drive the creation of 21st-century electronic materials, devices and technologies (ii) understand and exploit methodologies for assisting chemical reactions with the potential to revolutionise energy use in chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries (iii) provide new and more effective medicines through understanding molecular recognition in pharmaceutical systems including drug-receptor, drug-drug and drug-carrier complexes. Its importance is underlined by the initial substantial support from diverse sectors of the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industry that we have so far put in place. It will initially lead to 26 new appointments, and we look forward to even more dynamic growth as the program unfolds.
Effective start/end date1/09/0730/10/12


  • EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council): £2,657,690.00
  • Scottish Funding Council SFC: £710,000.00

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  • Research Output

    Towards a quantitative understanding of palladium metal scavenger performance: an electronic structure calculation approach

    Mondal, B., Wilkes, R. D., Percy, J. M., Tuttle, T., Black, R. J. G. & North, C., 14 Jan 2014, In : Dalton Transactions. 43, 2, p. 469-478 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    122 Downloads (Pure)

    Antacid co-encapsulated polyester nanoparticles for peroral delivery of insulin: development, pharmacokinetics, biodistribution and pharmacodynamics

    Sharma, G., Van Der Walle, C. F. & Ravi Kumar, M. N. V., 2 Jan 2013, In : International Journal of Pharmaceutics. 440, 1, p. 99-110 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 27 Citations (Scopus)

    Atomic Force Microscopy Images Label-Free, Drug Encapsulated Nanoparticles In Vivo and Detects Difference in Tissue Mechanical Properties of Treated and Untreated: A Tip for Nanotoxicology

    Lamprou, D., Venkatapurwar, V. & Kumar, M. N. V. R., 28 May 2013, In : PLOS One. 8, 5, 5 p., e64490.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 17 Citations (Scopus)
    102 Downloads (Pure)


    Funding for PhD studentship raised from industry

    Murphy, J.


    Project: Research - Studentship


    Bader Award 2012

    John Murphy (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    • 2 Invited talk
    • 1 Key-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Visiting an external organisation

    6th Pacific Symposium on Radical Chemistry

    John Murphy (Invited speaker)
    16 Jun 201320 Jun 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

    Research Colloquium

    John Murphy (Contributor)
    20 Nov 2012

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Research Colloquium

    John Murphy (Invited speaker)
    24 Oct 2012

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk