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Dr Nicholas Evans

Senior Lecturer, Head of Department

Nicholas Evans

Department of Chemistry



Tel: +44 1524 594538

PhD supervision

I am looking to recruit postgraduate students keen to work on synthetic supramolecular chemistry research projects.

Funded studentships will be advertised on the Lancaster Chemistry webpages when they are available.

Prospective students with their own funding for postgraduate research should email me directly.

Research Interests

My supramolecular chemistry research interests encompass both host-guest recognition and self-assembly.

Host-Guest Recognition

The study of molecular recognition, as carried out by supramolecular chemists, has to date largely focused on the binding and sensing of relatively "simple" targets such as metal cations or inorganic anions. Ultimately, I am aiming to prepare molecules or assemblies capable of the recognition of more challenging chemical targets, for example, ion pairs and chiral molecules. It is anticipated that the most promising of these receptors could then be incorporated into sensory devices for the guest species which they preferentially bind.

This research combines both synthetic and analytical chemistry skills, and its impact extends beyond the primary aim of molecular recognition with potential benefits to other areas of scientific investigation, including catalysis and pharmaceutical drug development.


Catenanes and rotaxanes are examples of interlocked molecules that are typically constructed by use of templated self-assembly processes. I am fascinated by the opportunities arising from the 3D structures of these remarkable molecules to create new receptors for functional applications.

However, to maximize these opportunities, synthetic routes to these interlocked molecules need to be rapid, scalable and allow for the incorporation of functionality to bind their target guests. Work carried out at Lancaster on the rapid synthesis of catenanes and rotaxanes has already been reported, and application of these methodologies to prepare receptors is in progress. In addition, one of these published methods has also been used to synthesize a mechanically chiral rotaxane and a peptide-displaying [1]rotaxane.

For further information, see: http://supramolecularevans.com.


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