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Professor Simon Pope

Professor Simon Pope

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Director of PGR

School of Chemistry

Email
popesj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 9316
Fax:
+44 (0)29 2087 4030
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Available for postgraduate supervision
  • synthesis and photophysics of metal complexes
  • luminescent probes for targeted biological imaging
  • luminescent materials for lighting applications and energy upconversion
  • functionalisation and applications of nanoparticles, including nanodiamonds

For more information, click on the 'Research' tab above.

BSc and PhD University of Southampton (1999, supervisor Prof Gillian Reid).

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Bristol (2000-2, Prof Michael D. Ward).

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Manchester (2002-6, supervisor Prof Stephen Faulkner).

Appointed as Lecturer, Cardiff, in 2006.

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CH3202 Applications of Molecular Spectroscopy

CH3307 Advanced Spectroscopy and Diffraction

CH3403 Bioimaging Applications of Coordination Compounds

Details of modules can be found in course finder.

  • synthesis and photophysics of metal complexes
  • luminescent probes for targeted biological imaging
  • luminescent materials for lighting applications and energy upconversion
  • functionalisation and applications of nanoparticles, including nanodiamonds

All of the work undertaken in our group involves a wide variety of organic and inorganic synthetic chemistry with a strong emphasis on spectroscopic characterisation. Our recent work has investigated new ligand frameworks for luminescent rhenium(I), iridium(III), platinum(II) and gold(I) complexes, as well as lanthanide based systems. We have developed metal complexes that have useful applications in bioimaging and are interested in the targeted behaviour and design of such systems, including the use of signal peptides.

Current interest is also focussed upon the use of iridium(III) complexes for high efficiency energy upconversion performance, which has broad application to photocatalysis and solar cell technologies. We are also actively pursuing the development of doped and surface functionalised nanoparticles for a range of materials applications. Recent work has described the surface chemistry of nanodiamonds to produce luminescent hybrid materials.

See 'Publications' tab for a full list of our recent research activity and outputs.

We collaborate widely and are always looking to develop new partnerships with academics and industry.

  • synthesis and characterisation of luminescent molecules
  • coordination chemistry
  • photophysics and energy upconversion
  • biosensors and bioimaging
  • nanoparticle functionalisation

I welcome applications from self-funded postgraduate students. Please contact me to discuss potential PhD project ideas that are of interest to you and your funders..

Current supervision

Christopher Elgar

Research student

Danielle Merrikin

Research student

Sophie Fitzgerald

Research student

Natalia Sawackia

Natalia Sawicka

Research student

Owaen Guppy

Research student

Deemah Alenazy

Deemah Alenazy

Research student