Beth Dobson, who has just finished her second year of study in Keele Chemistry, has obtained an RSC Undergraduate Research Bursary to carry out a placement in the Shelton lab at Keele this summer. This is a prestigious, competitive award, so congratulations go to Beth for her success!
The project will further investigate alkyl–π-conjugated hydrophobic amphiphilicity (see research tab, section 1). We’re aiming to gain a better understanding of the effect of the structure of the alkyl part of alkylated fullerene-C60 derivatives on the directed assembly process. While we already know that the chain length/structure can have a dramatic effect on the assemblies that can be formed, to-date only two different derivatives have been properly investigated (more to come very soon). The work that Beth will carry out is therefore crucial to our overall understanding of the new assembly phenomenon
In addition to the main work, which will involve the synthesis and characterisation of the C60 derivatives and preparing composite materials with solvent or C60 additives, it is hoped that Beth will also visit the University of Birmingham and ISIS to perform small-angle X-ray and neutron scattering to determine their assembly structures.