This work would not have been possible without the financial support of the University of Bath and the EPSRC.
I would like to thank my supervisors, Dr. Andy Burrows, Dr. Sean Rigby and Dr. Tim Mays, for their help and guidance and many hours worth of thesis corrections. Thanks also to Dr. Mary Mahon for her help with crystallography and structure characterisation, Dr. John Lowe for his help with NMR, Dr. Anneke Lubben for help with Mass Spectrometry and Fernando Acosta, Dr. Li Min Chua and Elenica Shiko for their help with gas adsorption studies. I’d also like to thank Russell Barlow and Alan Carver for analysing the hundreds of TGA and CHN samples I have submitted over the last 3.5 years.
I would like to acknowledge members of the Burrows, Rigby and Mays groups, both past and present. In particular Anna Stevenson, who has been a colleague and friend for the past 7.5 years and who has put up with my endless crystallography questions. Viorica Pop and Luke Keenan who have provided help and friendship in the lab for the past few years. Ian Hitchcock, Anna Hruzewicz-Kołodziejczyk and Dr. Valeska Ting for their help with gas adsorption studies and Nuno Bimbo for his supply of interesting papers. Dr. Chris Richardson, Dr. Mathi Kandiah, Dr. Andy Kirk, Dr. Kevin Cassar, Dr. Ayi Anyama Ayi, Dr. Dongmei Jiang and Dr. Simon Brayshaw for help and advice over the years. The project students in the Burrows lab over the past few years, who have all provided useful comments as well as entertaining chats in the office; Alberto Hernan, Tom Lake, David Kelly, Katie Renouf, Kirsty Le Marquand, Greg Stidder, Rhodri Owen, Ines Collings, Rosie Lockyer, Gemma Gaines, Siobhan Kahn, Naomi Stubbs, Jay Ellis, Ben Hodges, Dave McClymont and in particular David Hodgson for his work on the diphenylacetylene-4,4’-dicarboxylate structures.
There are many friends in the Chemistry department who have provided help, advice, and the occasional chemical. Owen Cox has been invaluable for advice on organic chemistry and Paul Weaver for his IT help. Thanks to Chris Hawkins, Chrissie Cooper, Callum Keir, David Cousins, Hannah Edwards, Maria Zhelyazkova, Dr. Gareth Lamb, Emma Whitelaw, Carlo Di Iulio, Chris Ready, Kirsty Barber, David Jamieson, Dr. Stephen Flower and in particular Andrew Loftus, who has never complained about having to listen to my frustrations and always encouraged me. I would also like to thank all my friends outside of Chemistry for their advice and support, there are far too many to list, but particular mention goes to Annabel Heath, who has provided a supportive ear for the past 9.5 years. My family also deserve thanks for their continued love and support.
I would like to dedicate this work to my grandmother, Janet Bedwell, who died on July 17th 2010, and who has always been my hero and my greatest supporter.
Source: PhD, University of Bath, 2011