Professor Carl Redshaw

Professor Carl Redshaw

Professor of Inorganic Materials Chemistry and REF Lead for Chemistry

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Natural Sciences

Summary

Carl was appointed to the Chair of Inorganic Materials at Hull in September 2012. This followed 12 years at the University of East Anglia (UEA) as lecturer (2000), Senior Lecturer (2007), and Reader (2009).

He has published 495 research publications (H index 63, >16,000 citations), mostly in catalysis and coordination chemistry, and given over 100 invited lectures worldwide (including Keynote and Plenary talks).

Projects span topics such as structural calixarene chemistry, alpha-olefin polymerization catalysis, new catalysts for biodegradable polymers via ring opening polymerization (ROP) and metal-based imaging/anti-cancer agents. International collaborations include projects on gas storage, water splitting, sensors with universities in the USA, Germany, China, Russia, Japan, Finland and Australia. Catalysis work and hydrogen storage work has been patented and licensed (e.g. to the Mitsui Chemical Corp.).

Much work (appearing in Chemical Communications, ChemCatChem. Angew. Chemie, J. Am. Chem. Soc. and Chem Eur. J.) is the result of Carl making new materials possessing novel structural motifs and appears as ‘hot papers’ or with ‘VIP’ status. A dozen of Carls reviews on calixarenes and/or catalysis have been published in recent years.

Carl has held Visiting Professorships at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (ICCAS) and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Sichuan Normal University (Chengdu), Northwest University (Xi’an), and at the National Institute of Technology, Akashi, Japan.

He is currently Lead PI on a £1.85M EPSRC funded multidisciplinary project to develop new tools for precision surgery. The project is a collaboration between Hull, King’s College and Imperial College, along with a number of industrial partners and clinicians, and aims to improve the ability to conduct optically guided surgery and improve surgical effectiveness.

A current EPSRC funded OTG allows Carl to fully engage with his Overseas partners. Other projects are currently funded by The Royal Society, The Whitelaw Frater Cancer Trust, and Industry.

Carl also recently led the EPSRC funded £1.1M grant on ‘Evolving a Circular Plastics Economy’.

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Organometallic Chemistry

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

In Situ Photogenerated Radicals of Hydroxyl Substituted Pyrene-Based Triphenylamines with Enhanced Transport and Free Doping/Post-Oxidation for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells

Wang, X., Xie, Z., Wang, R., Xiao, Y., Yan, K., Zhao, Y., …Feng, X. (in press). In Situ Photogenerated Radicals of Hydroxyl Substituted Pyrene-Based Triphenylamines with Enhanced Transport and Free Doping/Post-Oxidation for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells. Small, https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.202311914

Molecular Engineering toward Broad Color-Tunable Emission of Pyrene-Based Aggregation-Induced Emission Luminogens

Liu, W., Li, S., Xie, Z., Huang, K., Yan, K., Zhao, Y., …Tang, B. Z. (in press). Molecular Engineering toward Broad Color-Tunable Emission of Pyrene-Based Aggregation-Induced Emission Luminogens. Advanced Optical Materials, https://doi.org/10.1002/adom.202400301

Phenanthrothiophene-Triazine Star-Shaped Discotic Liquid Crystals: Synthesis, Self-Assembly, and Stimuli-Responsive Fluorescence Properties

Zeng, C. Y., Deng, W. J., Zhao, K. Q., Redshaw, C., & Donnio, B. (in press). Phenanthrothiophene-Triazine Star-Shaped Discotic Liquid Crystals: Synthesis, Self-Assembly, and Stimuli-Responsive Fluorescence Properties. Chemistry: a European journal, Article e202400296. https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202400296

Position-dependent hexaarylbenzene AIEgens: synthesis, characterization and optical properties

Zhao, W. X., Yang, L. F., Yu, D., Chen, F. Y., Liang, L., Cao, J. Y., …Wang, C. Z. (in press). Position-dependent hexaarylbenzene AIEgens: synthesis, characterization and optical properties. New journal of chemistry = Nouveau journal de chimie, https://doi.org/10.1039/d3nj05914f

Regulable high-contrast mechanofluorochromic enhancement behaviour based on substituent effects

Yang, G., Zhao, W. X., Cao, J. Y., Xue, Z. M., Lin, H. T., Chen, S. H., …Wang, C. Z. (in press). Regulable high-contrast mechanofluorochromic enhancement behaviour based on substituent effects. Chemical communications : Chem comm / the Royal Society of Chemistry, https://doi.org/10.1039/d4cc00476k

Research interests

Coordination chemistry; catalysis; metal-based anti-cancer agents; calixarene chemistry; organometallic chemistry.

Lead investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Whitelaw Frater Cancer Trust Donation

Funder

Whitelaw Frater Cancer Trust

Grant

£45,271.00

Started

10 November 2012

Status

Ongoing

Project

Translational nanoconstructs for targeted tissue accumulation and guided surgery in cancer

Funder

EPSRC Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Grant

£572,613.00

Started

1 May 2023

Status

Ongoing

Project

Development of Efficient Multi-Functional Organo-Vanadium, -Niobium Complex Catalysts

Funder

Royal Society

Grant

£12,000.00

Started

7 March 2022

Status

Ongoing

Project

Global Circular Plastics Economy

Funder

British Council

Grant

£21,600.00

Started

1 February 2020

Status

Complete

Project

Coordination chemistry approaches to societal issues: environmental and health

Funder

EPSRC Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Grant

£79,539.00

Started

18 March 2018

Status

Complete

Project

Utilising the Coordination chemistry tool box to tackle issues ranging from Catalysis to Cancer

Funder

EPSRC Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Grant

£57,206.00

Started

1 March 2014

Status

Complete

Project

Collaborative work with groups in China, particularly in Sichuan province, on projects such as polymerization catalysis.

Funder

AstaTech (Chengdu) BioPharm Co Ltd

Grant

£4,700.00

Started

1 February 2015

Status

Complete

Project

Medical Imaging Alliance: Siberia and Hull

Funder

British Council

Grant

£37,600.00

Started

3 September 2018

Status

Complete

Project

Cooperative effects in heterogeneous catalysis

Funder

Royal Society

Grant

£12,000.00

Started

31 March 2018

Status

Complete

Project

Tertiary Education Trust Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship Scholarship Award

Funder

Tetfund (Tertiary Education Trust Fund)

Grant

£10,181.00

Started

1 September 2022

Status

Complete

Project

Evolving a Circular Plastics Economy

Funder

EPSRC Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Grant

£938,304.00

Started

1 January 2019

Status

Complete

Co-investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

HEIF - Developing an Advanced Generation of Eco-Friendly Biodegradable Polymers as a Replacement for Polyacrylic Plastics

Funder

00 University of Hull

Grant

£49,000.00

Started

1 August 2023

Status

Ongoing

Project

Development of ultrasound enabled highly efficient technologies for hydrogen production and storage

Funder

Republic of the Philippines - Science Education Institute

Grant

£60,950.00

Started

1 October 2023

Status

Ongoing

Project

Citizen Inquiry: Barriers, Challenges and Enablers for public engagement

Funder

BBSRC Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Counc

Grant

£20,138.00

Started

1 February 2020

Status

Complete

Project

PreclinHUPET2: Enabling Enhanced Preclinical Nuclear Imaging For The North Of England

Funder

MRC Medical Research Council

Grant

£657,700.00

Started

1 February 2023

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

Prof Redshaw welcomes applications in coordination chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, metal-based imaging and anti-cancer chemistry from anyone with an interest in making metal-containing compounds.

Completed PhDs

- Al-Khafaji Y F, New Pre-Catalysts for Ring Opening of Lactides/Lactones Based on Earth Abundant Metals (2016)

- Miller D M, New Metal-Based Agents for Molecular Imaging (2016)

Completed MSc (by research)

X. Sun

M. Alamri

S. Alqarni

Current PhD supervisions

- Alshamrani A

- X. Zhang

- Wang K

- Xing T

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