My research centres on probing the relationship between electronic structure and reactivity in catalytic systems. Emphasis is placed on the application of element-specific spectroscopic techniques such as X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) and X-ray Emission Spectroscopy (XES) as a means of generating experimentally-validated electronic and geometric structure descriptions of catalytically relevant species.
Recent investigations by Thamy Sriskandakumar, in collaboration with Prof Peter J. Sadler and members of his group provided new insights into the possible mechanism of action of a series of potent cytotoxic ruthenium(II) arene complexes of interest as potential anticancer drugs. (see J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131(37), 13355–13361)
Other spectroscopic techniques (such as UV/Vis/NIR Absorption and EPR), as well as computational methods, are used as complementary methods to explore such species. We have varied interests in a number of areas spanning bioinorganic, organometallic, and physical inorganic chemistry. Specific projects are (as much as possible) tailored to the specific interests and strengths of students.