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Supervisory Interests

My supervisory interests are on the fundamental understanding, and control, of the physical, chemical and electronic properties of a range of inorganic materials. Specifically, I am currently interested in metal-based materials such as redox-active complexes and metallomesogens but recently I have started to focus on CO2 uptake materials.

Research interests

I am a synthetic inorganic chemist interested in the synthesis and characterisation of a range of multifunctional materials for use in the fields of molecular magnetism, liquid crystal research and carbon dioxide utilisation.

Scholarly biography

Ian Gass is a Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Brighton. He took up this position in January 2014 after five years as a postdoctoral research fellow at Monash University under Professor Keith S Murray focusing on spin-crossover Fe(II) systems and the interplay of exchange and spin-crossover in metal radical coordination compounds. Before that his Phd on “Molecular Nanomagnets of Fe(III)”  was undertaken at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Professor Euan K Brechin. The focus of Gass`s research is to develop functional inorganic materials with specific magnetic, luminescent or redox properties with a long term goal to bring these materials out of the laboratory.

Approach to teaching

My personal teaching philosophy is based on motivation or ‘want’ with the idea that it is our job to fuel any desire or ’want’ so the student cohort can start to make sense of the world around them. To this end I employ a multifaceted approach combining short didactic content, problem solving exercises, visually striking demonstrations, Q and A sessions and laboratory sessions without a titration in sight. Additionally, I introduce research articles early on in the degree programmes to encourage their use as primary sources of information with the final goal to get the student to eventually have the skills to extract, analyse and draw conclusions from such papers.   


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