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.
We aim to create and model ILs computationally before synthesis; saving researcher time, avoiding the use of expensive reagents, avoiding the production of chemical waste, and side-stepping potential "dead ends".
INtegrated Chemical Analysis: Novel Ionic Liquid Electrochemical Sensors
The aim of this project is to develop an electrochemical sensor made of a flexible ionic liquid-composite which will allow the in-situ solubilisation and analysis of deposited organic compounds.
We are actively applicaions, for further information apply here
Congratulations to Nukorn, Lennart and Mikkalia
experimental with Florian Maier and Prof Dr Hans-Peter Steinrück at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Surface enrichment in equimolar mixtures of non-functionalized and functionalized imidazolium-based ionic liquids B. Heller, C. Kolbeck, I. Niedermaier, S. Dommer, J. Schatz, P.A. Hunt, F. Maier, and H. Steinrück. ChemPhysChem, 2018. doi
theoretical with Christian Schröder at University of Vienna. Evaluating excited state atomic polarizability of chromophores E. Heid, P.A. Hunt* and C. Schröder* PCCP, 2018. doi