Materials and Analysis Research Group

Materials and Analysis Research Group

The group focuses on the development and elucidation of new materials and the study of advanced properties of existing materials from the chemical, biological and natural disciplines.

Research activity

About us

Strengths of the group include novel materials for energy conversion and storage, surfactants and polymers, biomedical materials, computational chemistry and natural materials. 

We have particular analytical expertise in the application of a wide range of molecular and atomic techniques to real world, applied problems. Techniques available in house include NMR, inorganic and organic mass spectrometry, Raman and ICP spectroscopy, a wide range of thermal methods, electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. We are also regular users of national facilities such as those found at the Diamond Light Source. The group also hosts the Analytical Services Laboratory which acts as the focus for commercial projects.

Recent publications


McCabe, Ross , Nicolas, Christopher J, Fitches, Bill, Wray, David , Pearce, Tim (2022), Chemostratigraphic and mineralogical examination of the Kilwa Group Claystones, Coastal Tanzania: an alternative approach to refine the lithostratigraphy. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of African Earth Sciences, 197: 104746 ISSN: 1464-343X (Print), (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Alaei, Zahra , Cattoz, Beatrice, Dowding, Peter John, Griffiths, Peter (2022), Solvent relaxation NMR as a tool to study particle dispersions in non-aqueous systems. MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, Physchem, 2 (3) . pp. 224-234 2673-7167 (Online) (doi:

Abdullahi, Wasiu , Crossman, Martin, Griffiths, Peter (2022), Probing selective adsorption in cationic-polymer induced aggregation of binary anionic particulate dispersions using solvent relaxation NMR. MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, Polymers, 14: 1875 (9) 2073-4360 (Online) (doi:

Ali, Hazrat , Khan, Azim, Ahmad, Tauqeer, Dervisi, Athanasia , Fallis, Ian , Shoetan, Ibrahim O. , Khan, Abbas , Hussain, Arshad , Griffiths, Peter (2022), Interfacial activity and micellar morphology of an imidazolium ring containing zwitterionic surfactants. Wiley - American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) - Springer [Former Publisher]. In: , , , . Wiley - American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) - Springer [Former Publisher], Journal of Surfactants and Detergents ISSN: 1097-3958 (Print), 1558-9293 (Online) (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Varshavi, Dorna , Varshavi, Dorsa, McCarthy, Nicola, Veselkov, Kirill , Keun, Hector C. , Everett, Jeremy R. (2021), Metabonomics study of the effects of single copy mutant KRAS in the presence or absence of WT allele using human HCT116 isogenic cell lines. Springer Nature. In: , , , . Springer Nature, Metabolomics, 17: 104 (12) ISSN: 1573-3882 (Print), 1573-3890 (Online) (doi:

Hill, Christopher , Abdullahi, Wasiu, Dalgliesh, Robert, Crossman, Martin , Griffiths, Peter Charles (2021), Charge modification as a mechanism for tunable properties in polymer–surfactant complexes. MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, Polymers, 13: 2800 (16) ISSN: 2073-4360 (Print), (doi:

Petrović, Milica , Rančev, Saša, Velinov, Nena, Radović Vučić, Miljana , Antonijević, Milan , Nikolić, Goran , Bojić, Aleksandar (2021), Triclinic ZnMoO4 catalyst for atmospheric pressure non-thermal pulsating corona plasma degradation of reactive dye; role of the catalyst in plasma degradation process. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Separation and Purification Technology, 269: 118748 ISSN: 1383-5866 (Print), (doi:

Jeans, Christopher V. , Wray, David S., Williams, C. Terry, Bland, David J. , Wood, Christopher J. (2020), Redox conditions, glacio-eustasy, and the status of the Cenomanian–Turonian Anoxic Event: new evidence from the Upper Cretaceous Chalk of England. Institute of Geology, University of Warsaw. In: , , , . Institute of Geology, University of Warsaw, Acta Geologica Polonica, 71 (2) . pp. 103-152 ISSN: 0001-5709 (Print), (doi:

Lazzari, Federica , Alexander, Bruce D., Dalgliesh, Robert M., Alongi, Jenny , Ranucci, Elisabetta , Ferruti, Paolo , Griffiths, Peter C. (2020), pH-Dependent Chiral Recognition of D- and L-Arginine Derived Polyamidoamino Acids by Self-assembled Sodium Deoxycholate. MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, Polymers, 12: 900 (4) 2073-4360 (Online) (doi:

El-Betany, Alaa M.M. , Kamoun, Elbadawy A., James, Craig, Jangher, Abdulhakim , Aljayyoussi, Ghaith , Griffiths, Peter , McKeown, Neil B. , Gumbleton, Mark (2020), Auto-fluorescent PAMAM-based dendritic molecules and their potential application in pharmaceutical sciences. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 579: 119187 ISSN: 0378-5173 (Print), 1873-3476 (Online) (doi:

Abdullahi, Wasiu , Crossman, Martin, Griffiths, Peter Charles (2020), Surfactant-modulation of the cationic-polymer-induced aggregation of anionic particulate dispersions. MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, Polymers, 12: 287 (2) 2073-4360 (Online) (doi:

Patel, Leesa , Mansour, Omar, Crossman, Martin, Griffiths, Peter (2019), Electrophoretic NMR characterisation of charged sidechain cationic polyelectrolytes and their interaction with the anionic surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulfate. American Chemical Society. In: , , , . American Chemical Society, Langmuir, 35 (28) . pp. 9233-9238 ISSN: 0743-7463 (Print), 1520-5827 (Online) (doi:

Ullmann, C. V. , Gale, A. S., Huggett, J., Wray, D. , Frei, R. , Korte, C. , Broom-Fendley, S. , Littler, K. , Hesselbo, S. P. (2018), The geochemistry of modern calcareous barnacle shells and applications for palaeoenvironmental studies. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 243 . pp. 149-168 ISSN: 0016-7037 (Print), (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Vivoli, Mirella , Pang, Jiayun, Harmer, Nicholas J. (2017), A half-site multimeric enzyme achieves its cooperativity without conformational changes. Nature Publishing Group. In: , , , . Nature Publishing Group, Scientific Reports, 7: 16529 (1) ISSN: 2045-2322 (Print), 2045-2322 (Online) (doi:

Mansour, Omar T. , Cattoz, Beatrice, Beaube, Manon, Montagnon, Morganne , Heenan, Richard K. , Schweins, Ralf , Appavou, Marie-Sousai , Griffiths, Peter C. (2017), Assembly of small molecule surfactants at highly dynamic air-water interfaces. Royal Society of Chemistry. In: , , , . Royal Society of Chemistry, Soft Matter ISSN: 1744-683X (Print), 1744-6848 (Online) (doi:

Powell, Alison , Caterson, Bruce, Hughes, Clare, Paul, Alison , James, Craig , Hopkins, Stephen , Mansour, Omar , Griffiths, Peter (2017), Do model polymer therapeutics sufficiently diffuse through articular cartilage to be a viable therapeutic route?. Informa Healthcare. In: , , , . Informa Healthcare, Journal of Drug Targeting . pp. 1-22 ISSN: 1061-186X (Print), 1029-2330 (Online) (doi:

Book section

Kure, Halima and , Nwajana, Augustine (2022), Protection of critical infrastructure using an Integrated Cybersecurity Risk Management (i-CSRM) framework. IGI Global. In: , , In: Augustine Nwajana (ed.), 5G Internet of Things and Changing Standards for Computing and Electronic System. IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania (1st) . pp. 94-133 . ISBN: 9781668438558; 1668438550; 9781668438565; 97816684385 (doi:

Obi, Emenike and , Nwajana, Augustine (2022), AssessLIFE software for automation of asset degradation to estimate Asset life and degradation drivers. IGI Global. In: , , In: Augustine Nwajana (ed.), 5G Internet of Things and Changing Standards for Computing and Electronic System. IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania (1st) . pp. 30-80 . ISBN: 9781668438558; 1668438550; 9781668438565; 97816684385 (doi:

Ratcliffe, Kenneth , Playton, Ted E., Montgomery, Paul, Wray, David , Caulfield-Kerney, Samuel , Tohver, Eric , Hocking, Roger M , Haines, Peter W , Kirschvink, Joseph , Yan, Maodu (2017), Using elemental chemostratigraphy on Mid-Late Frasnian platform-top successions from the Lennard Shelf outcrops, Canning Basin, Western Australia.. SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology). In: , , In: Ted E. Playton, Charles Kerans, John A.W. Weissenberger (eds.), New advances in Devonian carbonates: outcrop analogues, reservoirs and chronostratigraph. SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), SEPM Special Publication (107) (1st) . pp. 319-331 . ISBN: 9781565763449 (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Conference proceedings

Guclu, Z. A. , Gjorgievska, E. S., Coleman, N. J. (2017), An in vitro comparison of the enamel remineralisation potential of bioactive glass, hydroxyapatite and CPP-ACP. Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics. In: , , , Acta Physica Polonica . Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics, , 131 (3) . pp. 571-575 ISSN: 1898-794X (Print), (doi:


Everett, Jeremy , Varshavi, Dorsa, Shephard, Elizabeth, Veeravalli, Sunil (2021), Patent - Treatment of obesity and related conditions. In: , , , . , (doi: