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.
January 2018Molecular orbital of the month This is an ion-pair of choline and chloride which can form part of an ionic liquid. Choline is used in chicken feed, it is part of the lipids that make up your cell walls and is an important pre-curser for one of the neurotransmitters in your brain. Choline chloride combined with urea can be used to make an ionic liquid which acts as an electrolyte (a conducting solution) for the electro-deposition of metals!
The group Christmas outing was to the "Design Museum" followed by dinner