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
Being part of the CDT-ACM was an all-round fantastic experience; I not only received great training in a range of advanced characterisation techniques, but I also made strong links with industry and strong bonds with my cohort which have both led to fruitful collaborations.