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David Collison


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1984 - 1994 Royal Society University Research Fellow, The University of Manchester; 1983 - 1984 SERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Manchester University; 1982 - 1983 Research Assistant, UMIST; 1979 - 1982 Research Associate, Manchester University. Ph.D. March 1980: "The Electronic Structures of some d1 and d2 oxo- and nitrido- d Transition Metal Complexes." B. Sc. (1st class Honours) 1976, Manchester University.

Research interests

We are interested in detailed studies of the relationship between the molecular and the electronic structure of metal centres in co-ordination chemistry, biology and materials science in order to understand the control of the reactivity and the microscopic properties of d- and f- block metal ions. Members of our research group are involved in a wide range of skills, which incorporate inorganic and organic chemical synthesis, conventional analytical (micro, TG/DTA), spectroscopic (UV/vis/nIR, IR, NMR, Mass, Raman), magnetic (EPR, susceptibility) and electrochemical (c.v., c.p.e) techniques. We rely heavily on structural analysis by single crystal X-ray diffraction. We use state-of-the-art spectroscopic methods in EPR spectroscopy at the EPSRC national service facility, part of which is sited in this Department, X-ray absorption and diffraction at the SRS at Daresbury and spectroelectrochemistry, which is the application of various forms of spectroscopy (e.g. UV/vis, XAS, EPR) coupled to electrochemical generation.

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