Molecular Materials

The advanced molecular materials research group study self-assembled, self-organised, and nanoscale materials, in many cases based on renewable resources, and apply these materials in next-generation technologies – from opto-eletronics to tissue engineering. Molecular-scale building blocks are produced using simple synthetic methods or extracted from bio-waste and programmed to form soft nanoscale materials by non-covalent interactions ‘from the bottom up’, directing the resulting materials behaviour. This gives rise to highly tunable, multi-component, multi-functional soft materials such as liquid crystals, micelles, vesicles, gels, ionic liquids, and nanoparticles, with wide-ranging real-world applications.

There is significant collaboration in this multidisciplinary research area with members of the Department of Biology and Department of Physics, assisting translation of fundamental materials chemistry into a variety of applications.


  • Martin Bates - Simulation of liquid crystals and complex systems
  • Duncan Bruce - Materials Chemistry
  • Victor Chechik - EPR and nanoscale chemistry
  • Peter Karadakov - Modern valence-bond theory and chemical reactivity; Ab initio calculation of NMR properties
  • John Moore - Spectroscopy and photochemistry in solution
  • Isabel Saez - Liquid crystals and functional materials
  • Seishi Shimizu - Solvents, solvation, and solubility; Statistical thermodynamics of biomolecules, drugs, and food
  • John Slattery - Ionic liquids, computational chemistry and main-group chemistry
  • David Smith - Dendrimer, supramolecular and nanoscale chemistry
  • Chris SpicerBiomaterials and tissue engineering
  • Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro - Multi-Dimensionally Conjugated Supra(Macro)Molecular Materials