Dr Gavin Craig

Senior Lecturer

Pure and Applied Chemistry


Personal statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in September 2019 as a Chancellor's Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry. I received my PhD from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Barcelona in 2013, for work carried out in the Magnetism and Functional Molecules Group on magnetically switchable materials known as spin crossover compounds. From 2013 to 2016, I was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Murrie Group in the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. There, I used high pressure crystallography and magnetic measurements to study how the magnetic behaviour of coordination complexes responds to the structural changes induced by squeezing the materials. After being awarded a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship, I moved to the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Science in Kyoto University, Japan. My research there in the Furukawa Group involved the study of porous molecules for gas storage. In 2018 I was promoted to Assistant Professor in the Furukawa Group. As a Chancellor's Fellow, I will continue working on how the self-assembly of porous molecules affects their gas uptake, with emphasis on cooperative phenomena. If you are a student or potential Post-Doc interested in working in the group, please get in touch. https://pureportal.strath.ac.uk/en/persons/gavin-craig

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Photoactive carbon monoxide-releasing coordination polymer particles
Carné-Sánchez Arnau, Ikemura Shuya, Sakaguchi Reiko, Craig Gavin A, Furukawa Shuhei
Chemical Communications Vol 58, pp. 9894-9897 (2022)
Assembling metal–organic cages as porous materials
Sánchez-González Elí, Tsang Min Ying, Troyano Javier, Craig Gavin A, Furukawa Shuhei
Chemical Society Reviews Vol 51, pp. 4876-4889 (2022)
Pore-networked gels : permanently porous ionic liquid gels with linked metal-organic polyhedra networks
Wang Zaoming, Ozcan Aydin, Craig Gavin A, Haase Frederik, Aoyama Takuma, Poloneeva Daria, Horio Keiji, Higuchi Masakazu, Yao Ming-Shui, Doherty Cara M, Maurin Guillaume, Urayama Kenji, Bavykina Anastasiya, Horike Satoshi, Gascon Jorge, Semino Rocio, Furukawa Shuhei
Journal of the American Chemical Society Vol 145, pp. 14456-14465 (2023)
Porous metal-organic cages based on rigid bicyclo[2.2.2]oct-7-ene type ligands : synthesis, structure, and gas uptake properties
Doñagueda Suso Beatriz, Legrand Alexandre, Weetman Catherine, Kennedy Alan R, Fletcher Ashleigh J, Furukawa Shuhei, Craig Gavin A
Chemistry - A European Journal Vol 29 (2023)
Rhodium-based metal–organic polyhedra assemblies for selective CO2 photoreduction
Ghosh Ashta C, Legrand Alexandre, Rajapaksha Rémy, Craig Gavin A, Sassoye Capucine, Balázs Gábor, Farrusseng David, Furukawa Shuhei, Canivet Jérôme, Wisser Florian M
Journal of the American Chemical Society Vol 144, pp. 3626-3636 (2022)
Porous colloidal hydrogels formed by coordination-driven self-assembly of charged metal-organic polyhedra
Wang Zaoming, Craig Gavin A, Legrand Alexandre, Haase Frederik, Minami Saori, Urayama Kenji, Furukawa Shuhei
Chemistry - An Asian Journal Vol 16, pp. 1092-1100 (2021)

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Professional Activities

Metal-organic polyhedra: cages for gas storage
Departmental seminar
Porous Materials Interest group of The Royal Society of Chemistry (External organisation)
5th Annual UK Porous Materials Conference
International assessor for PhD thesis of Rosa Diego Creixenti (University of Barcelona)
PhD examination of Miguel Ángel Andrés del Rincón

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Understanding cooperative gas uptake in adaptable cage molecules
Craig, Gavin (Principal Investigator) Fletcher, Ashleigh (Co-investigator)
03-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
Sustainable routes to membranes containing porous metal-organic materials
Craig, Gavin (Principal Investigator) Fletcher, Ashleigh (Co-investigator) Regincos Marti, Emma (Researcher)
15-Jan-2023 - 14-Jan-2026
EPSRC Core equipment - Benchtop X-Ray Diffractometer
Neagu, Dragos (Principal Investigator) Hamilton, Andrea (Co-investigator) Craig, Gavin (Co-investigator) Ivaturi, Aruna (Co-investigator) Zhang, Xiaolei (Co-investigator) Inglezakis, Vasileios (Co-investigator) Fletcher, Ashleigh (Co-investigator) Roy, Sudipta (Co-investigator) Massabuau, Fabien (Co-investigator) Rahimi, Salaheddin (Co-investigator) Steedman, Andrew (Co-investigator)
The project aThe instrument is a Benchtop X-Ray Diffractometer, which is a device that can analyse the structure and composition of various materials. It can provide data on crystal and molecular structure, phase identification and quantification, and crystallite size and strain. It is suitable for a wide range of inorganic and organic materials in different forms, such as powders, films, or solids. The instrument is compact, fast, easy to use, and low-cost, making it ideal for routine and high-throughput analysis. It can support research in many fields, such as materials science, engineering, chemistry, energy, and healthcare.
The instrument was acquired through an EPSRC Core Equipment fund, with an internally allocated £64k from the University of Strathclyde
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Harvey, Aidan
Fletcher, Ashleigh (Principal Investigator) Craig, Gavin (Co-investigator) Harvey, Aidan (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2025
ScotCHEM ECR Equipment Call
Craig, Gavin (Principal Investigator)
25-Jan-2022 - 24-Jan-2022
Carnegie Research Incentive Grant
Craig, Gavin (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021

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Dr Gavin Craig
Senior Lecturer
Pure and Applied Chemistry

Email: gavin.craig@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 2667