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X-ray absorption study of platinum and palladium atoms in argon matrices: Evidence for platinum in a substitutional site and a short Pd–Ar interaction (2018)
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Harris, N., Sakr, A. K., Snelling, H. V., & Young, N. A. (2018). X-ray absorption study of platinum and palladium atoms in argon matrices: Evidence for platinum in a substitutional site and a short Pd–Ar interaction. Journal of molecular structure, 1172, 80-88. doi:10.1016/j.molstruc.2018.06.024

The Pt L3-edge X-ray absorption spectrum of Pt atoms generated in a hollow cathode sputtering device and trapped in an Ar matrix yielded a PtAr distance of 3.78(4) Å with a coordination number of ca. 12 which confirms the evidence from electronic abs... Read More

How inert, perturbing, or interacting are cryogenic matrices? A combined spectroscopic (infrared, electronic, and x-ray absorption) and DFT investigation of matrix-isolated Iron, Cobalt, Nickel, and Zinc Dibromides (2018)
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Wilkin, O. M., Harris, N., Rooms, J. F., Dixon, E. L., Bridgeman, A. J., & Young, N. A. (2018). How inert, perturbing, or interacting are cryogenic matrices? A combined spectroscopic (infrared, electronic, and x-ray absorption) and DFT investigation of matrix-isolated Iron, Cobalt, Nickel, and Zinc Dibromides. The journal of physical chemistry. A, 122(8), (1994-2029). doi:10.1021/acs.jpca.7b09734. ISSN 1089-5639

The interactions of FeBr2, CoBr2, NiBr2 and ZnBr2 with Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe, CH4 and N2 matrices have been investigated using IR, electronic absorption and X-ray absorption spectroscopies, as well as DFT calculations. ZnBr2 is linear in all the matrices. N... Read More

Characterisation methods in inorganic chemistry (2017)
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Weller, M. T., & Young, N. (2017). Characterisation methods in inorganic chemistry. Oxford: Oxford University Press (OUP)

Characterisation Methods in Inorganic Chemistry provides a fresh alternative to the existing theoretical and descriptive inorganic chemistry texts by adopting a techniques-based approach and providing problem-solving opportunities to show how analyti... Read More

Structure and electronic properties of the quasi-one-dimensional Ba₂Co₁₋ₓZnₓS₃ series (2016)
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Harrison, M. R., Lebedev, O. I., Harrison, M. R., Maignan, A., Hardy, V., Lebedev, O. L., …Francesconi, M. G. (2017). Structure and electronic properties of the quasi-one-dimensional Ba₂Co₁₋ₓZnₓS₃ series. Inorganic chemistry, 56(1), (213-223). doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b02014. ISSN 0020-1669

This work focuses on the structure and physical properties of the solid solution Ba₂Co₁₋ₓZnₓS₃ (0 ≤ x ≤ 1), a family of quasi-one-dimensional sulfides with end members Ba₂CoS₃ and Ba₂ZnS₃. The structure of selected compounds with increasing Zn²⁺ cont... Read More

A matrix isolation and computational study of molecular palladium fluorides : does PdF₆ exist? (2016)
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Wilson, A. V., Nguyen, T., Brosi, F., Wang, X., Andrews, L., Riedel, S., …Young, N. A. (2016). A matrix isolation and computational study of molecular palladium fluorides : does PdF₆ exist?. Inorganic chemistry, 55(3), (1108-1123). doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02273. ISSN 0020-1669

Palladium atoms generated by thermal evaporation and laser ablation were reacted with and trapped in F₂ /Ar, F₂ /Ne, and neat F₂ matrices. The products were characterized by electronic absorption and infrared spectroscopy, together with relativistic... Read More

Spectroscopic and computational insight into the activation of O2 by the mononuclear Cu center in polysaccharide monooxygenases (2014)
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Kjaergaard, C. H., Qayyum, M. F., Wong, S. D., Xu, F., Hemsworth, G. R., Walton, D. J., …Solomon, E. I. (2014). Spectroscopic and computational insight into the activation of O2 by the mononuclear Cu center in polysaccharide monooxygenases. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(24), (8797-8802). doi:10.1073/pnas.1408115111. ISSN 0027-8424

Strategies for O₂ activation by copper enzymes were recently expanded to include mononuclear Cu sites, with the discovery of the copper-dependent polysaccharide monooxygenases, also classified as auxiliary-activity enzymes 9–11 (AA9-11). These enzyme... Read More

The application of synchrotron radiation and in particular X-ray absorption spectroscopy to matrix isolated species (2014)
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Young, N. A., & Young, N. (2014). The application of synchrotron radiation and in particular X-ray absorption spectroscopy to matrix isolated species. Coordination chemistry reviews, 277-278, (224-274). doi:10.1016/j.ccr.2014.05.010. ISSN 0010-8545

This review provides comprehensive coverage of the application of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS, XAFS, EXAFS, and XANES) to matrix isolated species. As X-ray absorption spectroscopy provides structural data without the need for long range order... Read More

How does iron interact with sporopollenin exine capsules? An X-ray absorption study including microfocus XANES and XRF imaging (2014)
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Archibald, S. J., Atkin, S. L., Bras, W., Diego-Taboada, A., Mackenzie, G., Mosselmans, J. F. W., …Young, N. A. (2014). How does iron interact with sporopollenin exine capsules? An X-ray absorption study including microfocus XANES and XRF imaging. Journal of materials chemistry B, Materials for biology and medicine /, 2(8), (945-959). doi:10.1039/c3tb21523g. ISSN 2050-750X

Sporopollenin exine capsules (SECs) derived from plant spores and pollen grains have been proposed as adsorption, remediation and drug delivery agents. Despite many studies there is scant structural data available. This X-ray absorption investigation... Read More

Preparation, structural characterization, and thermal ammonolysis of two novel dimeric transition silylamide complexes (2011)
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Hope, C. N., Lefebvre, F., Francesconi, M. G., Bradley, J. S., Clark, S., Francesconi, M. G., …Young, N. A. (2011). Preparation, structural characterization, and thermal ammonolysis of two novel dimeric transition silylamide complexes. International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, 8(2), (467-481). doi:10.1111/j.1744-7402.2009.02452.x. ISSN 1546-542X

The preparation and molecular structures of two novel dimeric transition metal silylamide complexes {Li0.5Zr[NHSi(NMe2)3]1.5[NSi(NMe2)3]0.5[μ -NSi(NMe2)3]}2 and {Li0.5Hf[NHSi(NMe2)3]1.5[NSi(NMe2)3]0.5[μ-NSi(NMe2)3]}2 with a tetrahedral coordina... Read More

Investigation of the stability of Co-doped apatite ionic conductors in NH3 (2010)
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Headspith, D. A., Orera, A., Slater, P. R., Young, N. A., Francesconi, M. G., Francesconi, G., …Young, N. (2010). Investigation of the stability of Co-doped apatite ionic conductors in NH3. Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 183(12), (2746-2758). doi:10.1016/j.jssc.2010.08.033. ISSN 0022-4596

Hydrogen powered solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are of enormous interest as devices for the efficient and clean production of electrical energy. However, a number of problems linked to hydrogen production, storage and transportation are slowing down... Read More

A mechanistic study of the low pressure pyrolysis of linear siloxanes (2009)
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Almond, M. J., Becerra, R., Bowes, S. J., Cannady, J. P., Ogden, J. S., Young, N. A., …Young, N. (2009). A mechanistic study of the low pressure pyrolysis of linear siloxanes. Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP, 11(40), (9259-9267). doi:10.1039/b910549b. ISSN 1463-9076

Matrix isolation IR spectroscopy has been used to study the vacuum pyrolysis of 1,1,3,3-tetramethyldisiloxane (L1), 1,1,3,3,5,5-hexamethyltrisiloxane (L2) and 3H,5H-octamethyltetrasiloxane (L3) at ca. 1000 K in a flow reactor at low pressures. The hy... Read More

Mercury–fluorine interactions: a matrix isolation investigation of Hg⋯F2, HgF2 and HgF4 in argon matrices (2008)
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Rooms, J. F., Wilson, A. V., Harvey, I., Bridgeman, A. J., Young, N. A., & Young, N. (2008). Mercury–fluorine interactions: a matrix isolation investigation of Hg⋯F2, HgF2 and HgF4 in argon matrices. Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP, 10(31), (4594-4605). doi:10.1039/b805608k. ISSN 1463-9076

HgF2 and Hg have been trapped in dilute F2/Ar and neat F2 matrices, subjected to UV-Vis and vac-UV photolysis and annealing, with the products identified by FTIR, UV-Vis-NIR and Hg L3-edge XAFS spectroscopic techniques. Whilst there was no convincing... Read More

TiF2: Linear or bent? (2008)
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Wilson, A., Roberts, A., Young, N., Wilson, A. V., Roberts, A. J., Young, N. A., …Young, N. (2008). TiF2: Linear or bent?. Angewandte Chemie, 47(9), (1774-1776). doi:10.1002/anie.200704667. ISSN 1433-7851

Calling nonlinearity into question: When Ti atoms are isolated in fluorine-doped argon matrices, TiF 4 , TiF 3 , TiF 2 , and TiF are identified by their IR spectra. The Ti isotope pattern observed for the ν 3 mode of TiF 2 is indistinguishable from t... Read More

Synthesis and characterization of nanoporous phospho-tungstate organic-inorganic hybrid materials (2008)
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Rao, K. N., Dingwall, L. D., Gai, P. L., Lee, A. F., Tavener, S. J., Young, N. A., …Young, N. (2008). Synthesis and characterization of nanoporous phospho-tungstate organic-inorganic hybrid materials. Journal of materials chemistry, 18(8), (868-874). doi:10.1039/b715826b. ISSN 0959-9428

Nanoporous phospho-tungstate organic-inorganic hybrid materials have been synthesized from sodium tungstate and mono-n-dodecyl phosphate (MDP), which was used as both surfactant and phosphorus precursor. These hybrid materials were thoroughly charact... Read More