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Dr Mark Spicer

Senior Lecturer

Pure and Applied Chemistry


Novel complexing additives to reduce the immiscible phase formed in the hybrid ZnBr2 flow battery
Bryans Declan, McMillan Brian, Spicer Mark, Wark Alastair, Berlouis Leonard
Journal of the Electrochemical Society Vol 164, (2017)
The first structurally characterised example of silicon in an S6 coordination sphere
Marckwordt Annemarie, Rajasekharan-Nair Rajeev, Steel Graham, Kennedy Alan R., Reglinski John, Spicer Mark D.
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry Vol 2016, pp. 2552-2555, (2016)
Observations on the steric impact of N- and S- donor scorpionate ligands
Steel Graham, Rajasekharan-Nair Rajeev, Stepek Iain A., Kennedy Alan R., Reglinski John, Spicer Mark D.
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry Vol 2016, pp. 2409-2412, (2016)
Chemistry of the p-block elements with anionic scorpionate ligands
Reglinski John, Spicer Mark D.
Coordination Chemistry Reviews Vol 297-298, pp. 181-207, (2015)
The stability of mercaptobenzothiazole based soft scorpionate complexes
Rajasekharan Nair Rajeev, Moore Dean, Spicer Mark, Reglinski John, Kennedy Alan
Inorganic Chemistry Vol 53, pp. 10276–10282, (2014)
The thermal stability of tris(methimazolyl)borates and their germanium complexes
Wallace Dawn, Chalmers Kirsten, Dodds Christopher, Stepek Iain, Armstrong David, Berlouis Leonard, Reglinski John, Spicer Mark
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry Vol 2014, pp. 2569-2575, (2014)

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Research interests

My research interests primarily involve the design and synthesis of molecules (ligands) which will modify the properties of metal ions to allow the stabilisation of uncommon oxidation states or coordination geometries. From an academic point of view this informs the study and computational exploration of these rare and unusual species and gives a handle for deeper understanding of structure and bonding in chemistry. Furthermore, such species often have unique reactivity and thus have application as catalysts and in the modelling of metalloenzymes. Of particular interest are nitrogenase and hydrogenase enzymes. 

Other interests include a number of energy related topics, including the storage of electrical energy using redox flow batteries, water oxidation chemistry and H2 storage.

Professional activities

Zing Conference
Keynote/plenary speaker
Dalton Discussion Group, Edinburgh
Invited speaker
EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) (External organisation)

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Royal College Building

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