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.
September 2017Molecular orbital of the month, shows an orbital interaction between [B(CN)4]− and CO2. We are investigating the ionic liquid [C4C1imB(CN)4] because it shows unexpectedly good physical absorption of CO2, ie "carbon capture" ability, and no-one really knows why!
MRes students Mikkalia, Nukorn and Lennart have had their exams, submitted their thesis, presented their work at the MRes symposium and successfully completed their courses. Congratulations! Mikkalia has achieved distinction, Nukorn has won 2nd prize in the MRes in Green Chemistry presentations and Lennart has plans to pursue a PhD!
Recently we hosted an Early Career Researcher Meeting as part of the Molten Salts Discussion Group. PhD and Post-Doc's interested in all things molten salts and ionic-liquids attended, we had 38 delegates from 13 institutions and visitors from as far away as Australia.