The Greenland lab is a multidisciplinary research group based in the chemistry department at the University of Sussex. We focus on the synthesis of materials that can respond to their environment. Ongoing projects include supramolecular systems, healable polymers, nano composites, debond-on-demand adhesives, polymers for drug delivery and green chemistry. For more information about our research please see our publications.
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Welcome to the Greenland Lab
July 2019 Mechanochemistry in Sussex: Dinner before kicking off the INTERREG mechanochemistry conference at UoS.
Feb 2019 Mechanochem in the GreenlandLab: Lovely videos from Hugo and Mary showing colour changing supramolecular mechanochemistry in the lab today.
Dec 2018 Chrimbo meal: Lydia, Hugo, Mary and BWG enjoying post meal drinks after a great term setting up a new lab and starting exciting projects at Sussex
May 2019 Flow chemistry in Rouen: Off to Rouen for a great few days of flow chemistry / continuous manufacturing talks.
Recent GreenlandLab News
July 2022 New paper: Congrats to Lydia Panther and all the co-authors on our first Mechanochemistry paper about the synthesis of core-Functionalized Naphthalene diimides
March 2022 New Paper: With the Hayes group at Reading we publish a large review covering the applications of supramolecular polymers
February 2022: Hugo passes MPhil - Many congrats to Hugo for passing his MPhil with only minor corrections
January 2022 New paper: Second INTERREG paper with the Spencer Group : Expanding the Repertoire of Low-Molecular-Weight Pentafluorosulfanyl-Substituted Scaffolds - well done Arathy and Dan
February 2021 New paper: First INTERREG paper with the Spencer Group: Synthesis and biological evaluation of benzodiazepines containing a pentafluorosulfanyl group. Well done Arathy!
October 2020 New paper: Well done Tahkur - we publish his last paper on crosslinked debond on demand adhesives this month
September 2020: Rachel Lam joins the GreenlandLab on an MPhil working on sanitising surfaces
June 2020 Invited talk: Domino Printing LtD: Supramolecular polymers for real world applications
December 2019 BWG speaks at the MC14 (2019) Birmingham, about our work on designing healable, debond-on-demand adhesives
September 2019 New Paper: Well done again (see July 2019!) to Sara and Tahkur as well as Stephen and Gerry at Stanelco RF Technologies Ltd who all made our latest debond-on-demand adhesives paper possible. Here we show that composite adhesive can debond-on-demand in an oscillating magnetic field.
September 2019 LabFact Launch event: BWG speaks at the LabFact Launch event in Southampton - a great event showcasing how we can move factories into fume hoods using mechanochemistry and related synthetic methods.
July 2019 New Paper: Well done Tahkur, Sara and everyone else who contributed to our latest debond-on-demand adhesives paper which can be found here.
July 2019 Conference: BWG speaks at the MC14 conference in Birmingham about our work on healable and debond-on-demand adhesives.
July 2019 Welcome to the Summer students: Lunch to welcome the summer students: Arsham, Gioia and Jess to the lab for a great few weeks of exciting chemistry
Jan 2019 trip to Caen: Hugo, Mary and BWG join fellow INTERREGers in Caen to present their work and start new collaborations
October 2018 Invited talk: BWG talks at the AMI conference on self healing materials in London, where he discusses the great work on rebondable adhesives by Sara and Tahkur from the group.
August 2018: Macrocycle work highlighted in SynFacts: Our recent work on conjugated macrocycles has been highlighted by Tim Swager in the journal SynFacts. Well done to Long Chen and Kate Lim who sorted out the synthesis.
July 2018 GreenlandLab Dr 2: Tahkur Babra becomes the 2nd Dr from the GreenlandLab - Well done Tahkur! His First paper on responsive adhesives can be found here.
October 2018 GreenlandLab welcomes 2 new MChem students: Welcome to Connall O'Donavan and Samir Gupta working on responsive micelles and drug conjugates for the next 6 months.
October 2018 GreenlandLab welcomes 3 new PhD students: Welcome to Lydia Pearce, Hugo Emerit and Mary Wong funded by the University of Sussex and an EU INTERREG grant.
June 2018 New paper:Long Chen's final paper with the group (5th in total!) is accepted in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. He synthesised a novel class of completely conjugated viologen-containing macrocyclic receptor molecule using the chemistry he developed throughout his PhD (see the publications pages for more of his work). Well done Long and also Tahkur and Kate from the group who contributed significantly to the work.
April 2018 New paper: In collaboration Olga Efremova, Jean-Sebastien Bouillard and Ali Adawi from Hull, our latest paper concerning the synthesis and properties of conjugated oligomeric viologens comes out in Synthetic Metals. We show that the conductivity of the materials increases significantly with degree of oligomerisation, and that the longest oligomer is photoconductive across a broad range of the visible spectrum. Well done Long Chen and Tahkur Babra!
March 2018 New paper: In a long term project led by Howard Colquhoun, we report the observation of fractal information within copolymer sequences. The mathematics underlying this so called 4th Cantor Set were originally described in the 1870s and then turned up in the 1H NMR spectrum of a supramolecular complex 140 years later! The paper, in Chemical Science (cover image below) provides another small step towards storing, then retrieving information from the structure of polymers.