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The spectroelectrochemical behaviour of 1,4‐dimethoxypillar[5]arene (P5A) and its monomer in different organic solvents

Pillararenes were introduced as a novel class of macrocyclig host molecules in 2008 when 1,4-dimethoxypillar[5]arene (P5A) was synthesised. The pillararenes are similar in structure to the better known cyclodextrins or calixarenes and they can also form host-guest complexes with smallish molecules that can fit into their cavities. In a recent […]

Patterned silver island paths as high-contrast optical sensing platforms

Another paper has come out in the silver nanostructure series with our neighbours in the Surface Nanoengineering group and the Maćkowski group in Toruń. This time the focus is on silver island paths – basically SIFs deposited along lines on a substrate. The idea here, as the title indicates, is to use the contrast between fluorescence enhancement on […]

Bimetallic nanocatalysts supported on graphitic carbon nitride for sustainable energy development: the shape-structure-activity relation

We are glad to share the first paper related to one of our research projects: “Microfluidic System for Solar Energy Conversion”. In this project, we seek to answer how to use renewable energy sources in the most efficient way to carry out a more eco-friendly chemical reaction? Following the current […]

Three-phase electrochemistry of a highly lipophilic neutral Ru-complex having tridentate bis(benzimidazolate)pyridine ligands

After a long haul, our paper describing three-phase experiments with a new hydrophobic Ru-complex redox-probe was finally published in Electrochimica Acta. This work is a collaboration between our group and Prof. Masa-Aki Haga’s at Chuo University in Tokyo. About two years ago Haga visited our institute and gave a talk, […]

Paper‐based electrochemical sensors and how to make them (work)

We just published a review-article in ChemElectroChem on paper-based electrochemical devices. Instead of a classic review of the published literature (of which there are plenty for paper-based devices) we opted to write a more practical guide for what to consider when making your first forays into the jungle of paper-based […]

Silver Island Film for Enhancing Light Harvesting in Natural Photosynthetic Proteins

And the next paper in the silver nanostructure series with our neighbours in the Surface Nanoengineering group and the Maćkowski group in Toruń. This time its a review of how Silver Island Films (SIFs) affect the properties of light-sensitive proteins. Here, experiments were done with proteins such as peridinin-chlorophyll-protein (PCP) or the Fenna–Matthews–Olson (FMO) complex, […]