The Wright group undertakes research in Materials Chemistry, with interests in biomaterials, pigments, magnetic and hybrid materials. Underpinning all our research is the use of detailed structural analyses to guide our syntheses of new advanced materials. The group utilises numerous techniques, including neutron & X-ray diffraction methods, Rietveld analysis and X-ray fluorescence, to characterise materials.
Increasing demand for hard tissue replacement, is fuelling research into new biocompatible ceramics. Research in the Wright group is focused on the synthesis of novel materials, particular polyphosphates with potential for enhanced resorption. Other interests include novel bone cement formulations, biocompatible nanocomposites and biomineralisation via amorphous intermediates.
Modifying Inorganic Host Structures
The group investigates the chemical manipulations of host inorganic structures to enhance properties such as ion exchange/conduction, intercalation and magnetism. This route offers potential for new and often unusual structures and allows us to develop an improved understanding of the structure-property relationship.
Low-Dimensional Magnetic Materials
Low dimensional magnetic materials are currently of great interest for their unusual anisotropic magnetic properties and potential magnetoresistive behaviour. At present the relationship between structure and properties in these materials is not well understood, partly due to the limited structures reported. Research within the Wright group explores the synthesis of new structures via a novel multistage approach involving precursors derived from the strict control of synthetic conditions and intercalation reactions. The group’s success in isolating new structures is allowing a greater understanding of the potential of these materials.
Research is also directed to developing transition metal condensed phosphates for application as pigments. The group’s improved understanding of the subtle changes in transition metal coordination allows development of new advanced inorganic pigments.