Structural and Electronic Effects of X-ray Irradiation on Prototypical [M(COD)Cl]2 Catalysts

New publication by Nathalie Fernando

A systematic study of X-ray radiation induced effects on a class of industrially important catalysts of the type [M(COD)Cl]2 has been published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A. This work combines X-ray diffraction, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy with Density Functional Theory to shed light on the often overlooked global and local damage phenomena in small molecular crystals. This was carried out in collaboration with teams at UCL, Imperial College London, Diamond Light Source and the University of Oxford. The article was also recently featured by Diamond Light Source as a 2021 Science Highlight.

Link to the full article: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpca.1c05759

Available also on ChemRxiv: https://chemrxiv.org/engage/chemrxiv/article-details/60dad7f766f2c443ed1435e3

Link to the Diamond Light Source Science Highlight article: https://www.diamond.ac.uk/Science/Research/Highlights/2021/investigating-damage-small-molecular-crystals.html

Jennifer Hack

The CDT gave me the opportunity to meet people working in different fields and gain experience in a wide range of characterisation techniques that I could apply to my research.