Author Archives: MacLachlan Group

Our 100th Paper: Chiral Nematic Prussian Blue Analogs

Prussian blue, Fe₄[Fe(CN)₆]₃· x H₂O, is an iconic chemical that has been used as a pigment in paints for centuries. To a chemist, what might be more interesting than Prussian blue’s colour is its molecular structure. As the archetypal coordination … Continue reading

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Chiral Nematic Porous Germania and Germanium/Carbon Films

Germanium (Ge)-based semiconductors have attracted extensive interest in many applications for optoelectronics, detectors, and energy storage. One of the most important potential applications of the Ge materials is as efficient anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). In terms of the … Continue reading

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Coffee Time!

Every week, the chemistry department at UBC has coffee time hosted by a different group. Last week was the much-anticipated MacLachlan Group coffee time and we provided a feast of homemade baked goods including Odenwälder blaubeerklechs-kuchen, Japanese mochi “hydrogels”, pineapple … Continue reading

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Constructing Supramolecular Architectures

Remember those construction toys where you have interlocking pieces of nodes and plastic rods that can be put together to form a variety of architectural structures? Metal organic frameworks, or MOFs, are like the chemist’s version of these construction toys … Continue reading

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New Composite Materials towards Natural Gas Vehicles

Like using an ice cube tray to make ice in the shape of the holes of the tray, templating is used in chemistry to make materials with specific shapes defined by the templates. Instead of using ice cube trays, chemists … Continue reading

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Shape-Shifting Molecules

Some organic molecules are capable of undergoing tautomerism. In tautomerism, the atoms in a molecule are rearranged to form another molecule with the same formula but with different connections between atoms. These two structures are called tautomeric forms. With certain … Continue reading

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Supramolecular Structures through O-H···Anion Hydrogen Bonding

Hydrogen bonding is a type of weak bond between molecules can occur when a hydrogen atom is bonded to a strongly electronegative atom, and is attracted to a nearby electronegative atom from another molecule. Even though this attraction forms a … Continue reading

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