Hunt Research Group

The Hunt Research Group is a theoretical and computational chemistry group which carries out theoretical development and computational modeling.

Our research is focused towards understanding the chemistry and physics associated with solvents and solvation, particularly as this applies to ionic-liquids and aqueous solutions.

We study the making and breaking of molecules. This includes catalytic mechanisms (for group II and frustriated lewis acid-base pairs) and chemical decomposition (bio-fuels and ionic-liquids).

Overarching all of these areas is a specialisation in hydrogen-bonding, acid-base interactions and an expertise in the MO theory of bonding. We have developed the Effective MO Method for interrogating the electronic structure of liquids.


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March 2016

Molecular orbital of the month [La(H2O)9]3+ a deep bonding MO from the project of Nicolas Schaeffer, studying Lanthanide extraction from water into ionic liquids.

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Highly Cited

Tricia is one of the top 10% of highly cited authors within the RSC's portfilo of Physical journals (since 2013)
Richard and Tricia's paper "A structural investigation of ionic liquid mixtures" is published.

New Publications
Matthew has just published "Azoniaspiro salts: towards bridging the gap between room-temperature ionic liquids and molten salts". Congratulations!