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Luke obtained his undergraduate MChem degree from the University of East Anglia, Norwich in 2011. He then moved to the University of Sheffield and the University of Huddersfield to complete a PhD with Dr Nathan Patmore on charge transfer mechanisms in dimers of quadruply bonded dimolybdenum paddlewheel complexes.
In 2016, Luke took up a one-year postdoctoral position in the group of Dr James Walton at Durham University working on C-H functionalisation of eta-6 bound arenes, before moving to Imperial College London to undertake a two and a half year postdoctoral position with Professor Nicholas Long, where he worked on developing ferrocene-phthalocyanine assemblies for thermoelectric applications.
In September 2019, Luke moved to York as a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow to work on paddlewheel-porphyrin conjugates for solar harvesting applications.
Work in the Wilkinson lab focuses on Metal-metal (multiply)bonded paddlewheel complexes as cornerstones for supramolecular entities and functional materials. Current projects are:
Students in the Wilkinson Group will develop their skills in air-sensitive synthesis and gain experience in a broad range of electrochemical and spectroscopic analytical techniques.
If you are interested in undertaking a research project in the Wilkinson Lab, please do get in touch (email@example.com). Funded projects will be advertised on the University of York Chemistry website, but we are always open to the possibility of hosting self-funded students and Post-Doctoral Research Associates.
A full list of publications can be found on Luke’s PURE profile.