Dr Nicholas Evans


Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications Show all 25 publications

Chiral catenanes and rotaxanes: fundamentals and emerging applications
Evans, N.H. 2/03/2018
Literature review

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

The rapid synthesis and dynamic behaviour of an isophthalamide [2]catenane
Marrs, C.N., Evans, N.H. 15/09/2015 In: Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry . p. 11021-11025. 5 p.
Journal article

Advances in anion supramolecular chemistry: from recognition to chemical applications
Evans, N.H., Beer, P.D. 27/10/2014
Literature review

Progress in the synthesis and exploitation of catenanes since the Millennium
Evans, N.H., Beer, P.D. 7/07/2014
Literature review

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

A redox-active [3]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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

Chemical Synthesis

  • Chemical Synthesis