Hunt Research Group
Our research is focused towards understanding the chemistry and physics associated with solvents and solvation, particularly as this applies to ionic-liquids and aqueous solutions.
We study the making and breaking of molecules. This includes catalytic mechanisms (for group II and frustriated lewis acid-base pairs) and chemical decomposition (bio-fuels and ionic-liquids).
Overarching all of these areas is a specialisation in hydrogen-bonding, acid-base interactions and an expertise in the MO theory of bonding. We have developed the Effective MO Method for interrogating the electronic structure of liquids.
Molecular orbital of the month, this MO shows an interaction called anion-pi bonding, the pi-orbitals of the SCN anion (3 atoms in a row above the ring) are overlaping with the pi orbitals of the imidazolium caction (large lower molecule) in C4C1ImSCN.
Latest News Research highlights!
Bryan and Tricia's paper has just been published online at ACS Catalysis: "The Hydrophosphination of Styrene and Polymerisation of Vinylpyridine: A Computational Investigation of Calcium Catalysed Reactions and the Role of Fluxional Non-Covalent Interactions."
One of our articles "A structural investigation of ionic liquid mixtures" has been one of the top 50 downloaded articles for 2016, doi