Dr Nicholas EvansLecturer
The study of molecular recognition, as carried out by supramolecular chemists, has to date largely focused on the binding and sensing of relatively "simple" targets such as metal cations or inorganic anions. My research interests are in the preparation of molecules or assemblies capable of the recognition of challenging chemical targets, for example, ion pairs and chiral molecules. It is anticipated that the most promising of these receptors could then be incorporated into sensory devices for the guest species which they preferentially bind.
I have experience in the preparation of interlocked molecular hosts and enantiopure metal complexes, which I seek to utilize in the generation of receptors capable of recognizing increasingly intricate guest species. The research combines both synthetic and analytical chemistry skills, and its impact extends beyond the primary aim of molecular recognition with potential benefits to other areas of scientific investigation, including catalysis and pharmaceutical drug development.
For further information, see: http://supramolecularevans.com.
PhD Supervision Interests
I am looking to recruit postgraduate students keen to work on synthetic supramolecular chemistry research projects. Funded PhD studentships will be advertised on the Lancaster Chemistry webpages when they are available. Prospective students with their own funding for postgraduate research should email me directly, attaching a CV.
Selected Publications Show all 25 publications
Chiral catenanes and rotaxanes: fundamentals and emerging applications
Evans, N.H. 20/10/2017
Rapidly accessible "click" rotaxanes utilizing a single amide hydrogen bond templating motif
Fletcher, B.E., Peach, M.J.G., Evans, N.H. 7/04/2017 In: Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry . 15, 13, p. 2797-2803. 7 p.
The synthesis of a pyridine-: N -oxide isophthalamide rotaxane utilizing supplementary amide hydrogen bond interactions
Evans, N.H., Gell, C., Peach, M.J.G. 7/09/2016 In: Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry . 14, 33, p. 7972-7981. 10 p.
The rapid synthesis and dynamic behaviour of an isophthalamide catenane
Marrs, C.N., Evans, N.H. 15/09/2015 In: Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry .
Advances in anion supramolecular chemistry: from recognition to chemical applications
Evans, N.H., Beer, P.D. 27/10/2014
Progress in the synthesis and exploitation of catenanes since the Millennium
Evans, N.H., Beer, P.D. 7/07/2014
Complete stereocontrol in the synthesis of macrocyclic lanthanide complexes: direct formation of enantiopure systems for circularly polarised luminescence applications
Evans, N.H., Carr, R., Delbianco, M., Pal, R., Yufit, D.S., Parker, D. 28/11/2013 In: Dalton Transactions. 42, 44, p. 15610-15616. 7 p.
Solution and surface-confined chloride anion templated redox-active ferrocene catenanes
Evans, N.H., Rahman, H., Leontiev, A.V., Greenham, N.D., Orlowski, G.A., Zeng, Q., Jacobs, R.M.J., Serpell, C.J., Kilah, N.L., Davis, J.J., Beer, P.D. 1/04/2012 In: Chemical Science. 3, 4, p. 1080-1089. 10 p.
A redox-active rotaxane capable of binding and electrochemically sensing chloride and sulfate anions
Evans, N.H., Serpell, C.J., Beer, P.D. 21/08/2011 In: Chemical Communications. 47, 31, p. 8775-8777. 3 p.
Chloride anion templated synthesis and crystal structure of a handcuff catenane
Evans, N.H., Serpell, C.J., Beer, P.D. 7/03/2011 In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 50, 11, p. 2507-2510. 4 p.