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Frontier Non-Aqueous Uranium Chemistry: Structure, Bonding, Reactivity, and Nanomagnetism

Objective

The Applicant has an outstanding track record of achievement and an international reputation for independent research in non-aqueous uranium chemistry. This high-impact, challenging CoG Proposal integrates four innovative ideas in uranium chemistry into a single overarching inter-/multi-disciplinary project to open up new horizons across molecular, catalysis, materials, magnetism and energy research. The Applicant’s ERC StG has been very successful and opened new doors to several new avenues of pioneering research that were not even conceivable before the work was done. This work extends out from the knowledge achievements of the StG into new, exciting research areas that are completely different. This is a strategically vital to understand yet poorly developed area due to legacy nuclear waste. This project will deliver innovation through studying: (i) uranium-nitrogen triple bonds as benchmarks for uranium bonding and for generating new small molecule activation and materials applications; (ii) homologation of CO to close the carbon cycle and sustainably remove reliance on dwindling oil; (iii) single molecule magnets that have applications in data storage, quantum computing, spintronics; (iv) uranium-metal bonds which act as exemplars for intermetalloids and bonding. This CoG will afford the freedom and impetus via consolidated funding to undertake fundamental, speculative research to deliver ‘big-hits’, whole new fields of actinide chemistry, and, based on this higher platform of understanding, new ways of thinking. This will induce previously impossible paradigm shifts in uranium chemistry and be included in future textbooks. This project addresses priority subjects in FP7 and the ERC, and, via an extensive network of international academic and industrial collaborations, will consolidate the PI’s team in an exciting, curiosity-driven environment, reverse a strategic skills shortage, and deliver high calibre, cross-disciplinary scientists for the EU.

Call for proposal

ERC-2013-CoG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-CG - ERC Consolidator Grants
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Host institution

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 764 340
Principal investigator
Stephen Taylor Liddle (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)

Beneficiaries (2)

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 764 340
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Stephen Taylor Liddle (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 358 256
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)