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Our Group does research in the areas of molecular materials synthesis, supramolecular chemistry, molecular recognition, polymers and dyes. Many of our projects are centred around the synthesis and subsequent physical investigation of porphyrins, rotaxanes and conjugated polymers. All work is directed towards the design and creation of new molecular materials with useful optical, electronic or biomedical properties. We believe that a better understanding of the relationship between molecular structure, molecular function and macroscopic properties will give us the ability to build functional materials on the molecular scale.

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Recent Publications

Two-Photon Absorption in Butadiyne-Linked Porphyrin Dimers: Torsional and Substituent Effects
J. D. Wilkinson, G. Wicks, A. Nowak-Król, Ł. Łukasiewicz, C. Wilson, M. Drobijev, A. Rebane, D. T. Gryko, H. L. Anderson
J. Mater. Chem. C 2014, ASAP.
Photo-induced fluorescence quenching in conjugated polymers dispersed in solid matrices at low concentration
D. Sahoo, Y. Tian, G. Sforazzini, H. L. Anderson, I. G. Scheblykin
J. Mater. Chem. C 2014, ASAP.
Cyclodextrin-Templated Porphyrin Nanorings
P. Liu, P. Neuhaus, D. V. Kondratuk, T. S. Balaban, H. L. Anderson
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 7770-7773.
Ultrafast Energy Transfer in Biomimetic Multistrand Nanorings
P. Parkinson, C. E. I. Knappke, N. Kamonsutthipaijit, K. Sirithip, J. D. Matichak, H. L. Anderson, L. M. Herz
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 8217-8220.
Height dependent molecular trapping in stacked cyclic porphyrin nanorings
M. B. Wieland, L. M. A. Perdigão, D. V. Kondratuk, J. N. O'Shea, H. L. Anderson, P. H. Beton
Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 7332-7335.
Synthesis and Photophysics of Coaxial Threaded Molecular Wires: Polyrotaxanes with Triarylamine Jackets
G. Sforazzini, A. Kahnt, M. Wykes, J. K. Sprafke, S. Brovelli, D. Montarnal, F. Meinardi, F. Cacialli, D. Beljonne, B. Albinsson, H. L. Anderson
J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118, 4553-4566.
NMDA spikes enhance action potential generation during sensory input
L. M. Palmer, A. S. Shai, J. E. Reeve, H. L. Anderson, O. Paulsen, M. E. Larkum
Nat. Neurosci. 2014, 17, 383-390.
Conformational Gating of Charge Separation in Porphyrin Oligomer-Fullerene Systems
M. Gilbert, L. J. Esdaile, M. Hutin, K. Sawada, H. L. Anderson, B. Albinsson
J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117, 26482-26492.
Fluorescent polystyrene photonic crystals self-assembled with water-soluble conjugated polyrotaxanes
F. Di Stasio, L. Berti, S. O. McDonnell, V. Robbiano, H. L. Anderson, D. Comoretto, F. Cacialli
APL Mater. 2013, 1, 042116.
A Discrete Three-Layer Stack Aggregate of a Linear Porphyrin Tetramer: Solution-Phase Structure Elucidation by NMR and X-ray Scattering
M. Hutin, J. K. Sprafke, B. Odell, H. L. Anderson, T. D. W. Claridge
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 12798-12807.
Probing the C60 triplet state coupling to nuclear spins inside and out
V. Filidou, S. Mamone, S. Simmons, S. D. Karlen, H. L. Anderson, C. W. M. Kay, A. Bagno, F. Rastrelli, Y. Murata, K. Komatsu, X. Lei, Y. Li, N. J. Turro, M. H. Levitt, J. J. L. Morton
Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2013, 371, 20120475.
Porphyrins for Probing Electrical Potential Across Lipid Bilayer Membranes by Second Harmonic Generation
J. E. Reeve, A. D. Corbett, I. Boczarow, W. Kaluza, W. Barford, H. Bayley, T. Wilson, H. L. Anderson
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 9044-9048.

     Designated as a "very important paper"

Mechanical Stiffening of Porphyrin Nanorings through Supramolecular Columnar Stacking
S. A. Svatek, L. M. A. Perdigão, A. Stannard, M. B. Wieland, D. V. Kondratuk, H. L. Anderson, J. N. O'Shea, P. H. Beton
Nano Lett. 2013, 13, 3391-3395.
Amplified Spontaneous Emission in Conjugated Polyrotaxanes Under Quasi-cw Pumping
M. M. Mróz, G. Sforazzini, Y. Zhong, K. S. Wong, H. L. Anderson, G. Lanzani, J. Cabanillas-Gonzalez
Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 4347-4351.
Cyanine-Like Dyes with Large Bond-Length Alternation
K. J. Thorley, J. M. Hales, H. Kim, S. Ohira, J.-L. Brédas, J. W. Perry, H. L. Anderson
Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 10370-10377.

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