The Butts group research program targets new ways of studying and exploiting molecular structure. Despite the huge advances in molecular and spectroscopic science in the past 100 years, molecular structure is still a remarkably complex area presenting a continuing challenge – in particular the structure and dynamics of molecules in solution is a diversifying field.
We work in two primary fields – NMR spectroscopy and ionic liquid chemistry. In the former we are exploiting internuclear distance measurements via NOE to establish new levels of detail in molecular structure elucidation, as well as improving NMR methods (pulse sequence development) to maximise the information which can be extracted from individual spectra. In the latter, we are designing new ionic liquid-based materials in order to exploit their structural properties – primarily surfactant and lyotropic phase-forming phenomena.