He completed an MChem at Durham University, where his masters project involved the synthesis of new donor acceptor molecules that emit a TADF mechanism in order to gain a better understanding of how they work.
The complexes were evaluated for their cytotoxic potential against the sensitive A2780 tumor model and cisplatin-resistant clone derived in vitro from potential cells.AB - A series of new platinum(II) complexes of the type [PtII(mmap)X] (where mmap, 1-methyl-4-(methylamino)piperidine and X, 1,1-cyclobutanedicarboxylato (CBDCA), oxalato, malonato, methylmalonato, dimethylmalonato, ethylmalonato, diethylmalonato or 2,3-naphthalene dicarboxylato (NDCA)) have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, infrared (IR), and 13C and 195Pt nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.
Her masters project was on the synthesis and physical organic properties of novel stable Blatter radicals, although she became interested in photoredox catalysis when writing her third year dissertation on the subject.
His BSc final project was carried out at the MIB-Solar Center of the University of Milano-Bicocca and it focused on the synthesis of new photosensitizers for DSSC cells while his MSc project focused on the synthesis, photochemistry and electrochemistry of novel Bodipy complexes.
In this complex, platinum has a slightly distorted square planar geometry with the two adjacent corners being occupied by two nitrogen atoms of the mmap ligand, whereas the remaining cis positions are occupied by two oxygen atoms of the oxalate molecule.