Welcome to the Constable - Housecroft research group


Our research group has been engaged in all aspects of materials containing coordination and supramolecular compounds. Much of the emphasis is upon the design and development of materials which will contribute to mankind achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals designated in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly. Compounds of interest range from simple coordination compounds which can absorb or emit light to coordination networks which can act as hosts for small molecules or behave as active millimetric materials.


We are sorry that we are no longer accepting Masters and Doctoral candidates.

Latest publications

representing surfaces:
Attraction in Action: Reduction of Water to Dihydrogen Using Surface-Functionalized TiO2 Nanoparticles
S. A. Freimann, C. E. Housecroft, E. C. Constable
Nanomaterials, 2022, 12(5), 789. doi:10.3390/nano12050789

representing emitters:
The effects of introducing terminal alkenyl substituents into the 2,2'-bipyridine domain in [Cu(N^N)(P^P)]+ coordination compounds
J. Wöhler, M. Meyer, A. Prescimone, E.C. Constable and C.E. Housecroft
Dalton Trans., 2022, 51, 13094-13105. doi:10.1039/D2DT01799G

representing polymers:
Expanded Ligands Based upon Iron(II) Coordination Compounds of Asymmetrical Bis(terpyridine) Domains
D. Rocco,  A. Prescimone, E. C. Constable and C. E. Housecroft
Molecules, 2023, 28, 82. doi:10.3390/molecules28010082

Versatility within (4,4) networks assembled from 1,4-bis(n-alkyloxy)-2,5-bis(3,2':6',3''-terpyridin-4'-yl)benzene and [Cu(hfacac)2] (Hhfacac = 1,1,1,5,5,5-hexafluoropentane-2,4-dione)
S. S. Capomolla, G. Manfroni, A. Prescimone, E. C. Constable, C. E. Housecroft
Polyhedron, 2022, 224, 116005, doi:10.1016/j.poly.2022.116005

representing solar cells: 
Back to the future: asymmetrical DπA 2,2′-bipyridine ligands for homoleptic copper(I)-based dyes in dye-sensitised solar cells
G. Risi, M. Devereux, A. Prescimone, C.E. Housecroft and E.C. Constable
RSC Adv., 2023, 13, 4122-4137. doi: 10.1039/D3RA00437F

Recent reviews:
TADF: Enabling luminescent copper(I) coordination compounds for light-emitting electrochemical cells
C. E. Housecroft and E.C. Constable
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2022, 10, 4456-4482. doi: 10.1039/D1TC04028F

John Dalton – the man and the myth
E. C. Constable
Dalton Trans., 2022, 51, 768–776. doi: 10.1039/d1dt04135e