• University of Huddersfield
    HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

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Last updated 17th April 2024


Paul Elliott is an inorganic chemist whose research interest lie in the photophysical and photochemical properties of transition metal complexes and their applications. He is also Director of the Centre for Functional Materials and is Associate Dean (International) for the School of Applied Sciences.

He originally carried out his undergraduate studies at the University of York (MChem, 2001) before moving to Sheffield to commence doctoral research on the iridium catalysed carbonylation of methanol and associated by-product pathways in the group of Tony Haynes (PhD, 2005). He later returned to York to carry out postdoctoral research on transition metal complex mediated hyperpolarisation transfer in NMR spectroscopy in the group of Simon Duckett.

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Research Expertise and Interests

  • Photophysics and photochemistry of transition metal complexes - Much of the research in the Elliott group focuses on the photophysics and photochemistry of metal complexes. This includes the design of new phosphorescent materials with relevance to materials science, but also fundamental excited state properties associated with luminescent emission and photochemical ligand release. The group currently has a number of active research projects focussed on the development of novel photosensitiser complexes based on Earth-abundant metal ions.
  • Phototheranostic metal complexes - Research interests also include the development of new metal complexes for biological imaging though confocal microscopy and photoactive complexes of relevance to photodynamic therapy and photoactivated chemotherapy.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Spectroscopy
  • Fluorescence
  • Coordination Chemistry
  • IR
  • Luminescence
  • Absorption
  • NMR Spectroscopy
  • Photophysics
  • Luminescent Materials
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy


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