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Stabilization of Pd3−xIn1+x polymorphs with Pd-like crystal structure and their superior performance as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation of alkynes (2019)
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Johnston, S. K., Bryant, T. A., Strong, J., Lazzarini, L., Ibhadon, A. O., & Francesconi, M. G. (2019). Stabilization of Pd3−xIn1+x polymorphs with Pd-like crystal structure and their superior performance as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation of alkynes. ChemCatChem, 11(12), 2909-2918. https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201900391

Selective hydrogenation (semi-hydrogenation) reactions of alkynes rely on Pd-based catalysts to provide the correct pathway to favour formation of double bonds and avoid full hydrogenation to single bonds. Here, we present the preparation and charact... Read More

Pd₃Sn nanoparticles on TiO₂ and ZnO supports as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation : synthesis and catalytic performance (2017)
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Johnston, S. K., Cherkasov, N., Perez-Barrado, E., Aho, A., Murzin, D. Y., Ibhadon, A. O., & Francesconi, M. G. (2017). Pd₃Sn nanoparticles on TiO₂ and ZnO supports as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation : synthesis and catalytic performance. Applied catalysis. A, General, 544, 40-45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcata.2017.07.005

The two catalysts Pd₃Sn/TiO₂and Pd3Sn/ZnO were prepared via a one-pot procedure based on the “polyol method” with the addition of a capping agent (polyvinylpyrrolidone) to control the particle size distribution. The same procedure was used to prepare... Read More

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

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

Structural classification of quasi-one-dimensional ternary nitrides (2016)
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Headspith, D., & Francesconi, M. G. (2016). Structural classification of quasi-one-dimensional ternary nitrides. Inorganics, 4(4), https://doi.org/10.3390/inorganics4040037

This review focuses on the crystal structural features of ternary (mixed-metal) quasi-one-dimensional nitrides i.e., nitrides containing (cation-³⁻) coordination polyhedra sharing either corners, edges, or faces, arranged in linear chains, and interc... Read More

Doping of inorganic materials in microreactors – preparation of Zn doped Fe₃O₄ nanoparticles (2015)
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Simmons, M. D., Jones, N., Evans, D. J., Wiles, C., Watts, P., Salamon, S., …Francesconi, M. G. (2015). Doping of inorganic materials in microreactors – preparation of Zn doped Fe₃O₄ nanoparticles. Lab on a chip, 15(15), 3154-3162. https://doi.org/10.1039/c5lc00287g

Microreactor systems are now used more and more for the continuous production of metal nanoparticles and metal oxide nanoparticles owing to the controllability of the particle size, an important property in many applications. Here, for the first time... Read More

Synthesis and characterisation of the quaternary nitride-fluoride Ce2MnN3F2-δ (2009)
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Headspith, D. A., Sullivan, E., Greaves, C., & Francesconi, M. G. (2009). Synthesis and characterisation of the quaternary nitride-fluoride Ce2MnN3F2-δ. Dalton transactions : an international journal of inorganic chemistry / RSoC, 9273-9279. doi:10.1039/b908591b

Ce 2 MnN 3 F 2-δ has been synthesised via low-temperature fluorination of the ternary nitride Ce 2 MnN 3 . To the best of our knowledge, Ce 2 MnN 3 F 2-δ is the first quaternary nitride-fluoride to be reported. The reaction of Ce 2 MnN 3 with 10% F 2... Read More

Transition Metal Pnictide-Halides: A Class of Under-Explored Compounds (2009)
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Headspith, D., & Francesconi, M. G. (2009). Transition Metal Pnictide-Halides: A Class of Under-Explored Compounds. Topics in catalysis, 52(11), 1611 - 1627. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11244-009-9282-5

In terms of application, mixed anion compounds have attracted far less attention than mixed cation systems. Interest in the catalytic properties of nitrides has been driven, in part, by their accessibility through new, improved synthesis routes. Alth... Read More

Crystal and magnetic structures of (La0.70Ca0.30)(CryMn1-y)O-3: A neutron powder diffraction study (2008)
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Capogna, L., Martinelli, A., Francesconi, M. G., Radaelli, P. G., Carvajal, J. R., Cabeza, O., …Pompeo, N. (2008). Crystal and magnetic structures of (La0.70Ca0.30)(CryMn1-y)O-3: A neutron powder diffraction study. Physical review B: Condensed matter and materials physics, 77(10), 0 - 0. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.77.104438

The crystal and magnetic structures of (La0.70Ca0.30)(CryMn1−y)O3 for y=0.70, 0.50, and 0.15 have been investigated using neutron powder diffraction. The three samples crystallize in the Pnma space group at both 290 and 5K and exhibit different... Read More