Dr Gavin Craig

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

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.


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 (2021)
Spatiotemporal control of supramolecular polymerization and gelation of metal-organic polyhedra
Legrand Alexandre, Liu Li-Hao, Royla Philipp, Aoyama Takuma, Craig Gavin A, Carné-Sánchez Arnau, Urayama Kenji, Weigand Jan J, Lin Chia-Her, Furukawa Shuhei
Journal of the American Chemical Society Vol 143, pp. 3562-3570 (2021)
Selective signalling of alcohols by a molecular lattice and mechanism of single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformations
Costa José Sánchez, Rodríguez-Jiménez Santiago, Craig Gavin A, Barth Benjamin, Beavers Christine M, Teat Simon J, Gagnon Kevin J, Barrios Leoní A, Roubeau Olivier, Aromí Guillem
Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers Vol 7, pp. 3165-3175 (2020)
Pseudo-5-fold-symmetrical ligand drives geometric frustration in porous metal-organic and hydrogen-bonded frameworks
Haase Frederik, Craig Gavin A, Bonneau Mickaële, Sugimoto Kunihisa, Furukawa Shuhei
Journal of the American Chemical Society Vol 142, pp. 13839-13845 (2020)
A large axial magnetic anisotropy in trigonal bipyramidal Fe(ii)
Hay Moya A, Sarkar Arup, Craig Gavin A, Marriott Katie E R, Wilson Claire, Rajaraman Gopalan, Murrie Mark
Chemical Communications Vol 56, pp. 6826-6829 (2020)
Hysteresis in the gas sorption isotherms of metal–organic cages accompanied by subtle changes in molecular packing
Craig Gavin A, Larpent Patrick, Urabe Hinano, Legrand Alexandre, Bonneau Mickaele, Kusaka Shinpei, Furukawa Shuhei
Chemical Communications Vol 56, pp. 3689-3692 (2020)

More publications

Professional activities

PhD examination of Miguel Ángel Andrés del Rincón
Metal-organic polyhedra: cages for gas storage
Pure And Applied Chemistry (Organisational unit)

More professional activities


Carnegie Research Incentive Grant
Craig, Gavin (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
Research Excellence Award - PhD studentship
Craig, Gavin (Principal Investigator) Donagueda, Beatriz (Post Grad Student)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2023
Royal Society Research Grant
Craig, Gavin (Principal Investigator)
31-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
Cooperative gas uptake through size control of metal-organic polyhedra particles.
Craig, Gavin (Principal Investigator)
20-Jan-2020 - 19-Jan-2021

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Royal College Building

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