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 deep eutectic solvents.
We study the making and breaking of molecules. This includes catalytic mechanisms (for group II and frustriated lewis acid-base pairs) and chemical decomposition (for green fuels, 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 and study charge partitioning and interactions within molecules.
Molecular orbital of the month
Latest NewsTricia giving a plenary lecture, students presenting at a conference and a large grant is funded.
Tricia gave a plenary talk at the 27th international Thermodynamics conference, in Bath UK.
In charged molecules the individual atoms carry small pieces charge, these do not always reflect the total charge on the ion. For example, an atom in an anion can carry a high positive charge! This talk explored how to calculate the partial charges and what information the partial charges impart. How we think about the partial charges influences the chemistry we attempt, thus partial charges can have a strong influence on the development of an ionic liquid.
Julian has presented a talk and Gavin has given a poster at ASIL: the 10th Australasian Symposium on Ionic Liquids
Gavin was part of the group that won "best presentation" at the 2022 Doctoral Training Camp for PhD students involved in the National Health Protection Research Units (HPRUs). Gavin is part of the Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards sub-theme where he is studying Ionic Liquids for the Decomposition of Chemical Warfare Agents
We are very pleased to announce that the project Unravelling the electronic structure of highly charged hydrogen- and halogen- bonds; rational chemical design and the creation of novel ionic liquid materials has been funded.
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