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Prof. Ulrich Baisch

Prof. Ulrich Baisch

Dip.Chem./M.Sc.(Hons)(Tuebingen),Dr.rer.nat.(Munich)

Associate Professor
Chemistry
Faculty of Science
Room 334
Chemistry Building
University of Malta
Msida
contact+356 2340 3425

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Biography

Before joining the University of Malta's Dept. of Chemistry in October 2013, Prof. Baisch was lecturing chemistry at Newcastle University (UK). He held this position since 2009 where he also headed the crystallography service facility of the School of Chemistry and was the departmental Erasmus coordinator. Prof. Baisch completed his undergraduate degree (Dipl.-Chem., equivalent to M.Sc.(Hons)) at the University of Tübingen (Germany). These studies were complemented by an Erasmus research stage at the University of Pisa in the group of Prof. F. Calderazzo. He then went to the University of Munich (LMU) for his doctoral research in the field of inorganic solid state chemistry under the supervision of Prof. W. Schnick. After receiving his Ph.D. degree (Dr.rer.nat.) in 2006, Dr Baisch then worked as an ANR (Agence National du Recherche) funded research associate in Toulouse (2006-2007) and subsequently held a Marie-Curie Fellowship (2007-2009) at the Universities of Bologna and Bristol.
Prof. Baisch has continued to attract EU funding for his research, most recently in the form of a Marie-Curie Reintegration Grant. His research interests lie at the interface between crystal engineering, lanthanide chemistry and molecular solid-state chemistry, with particular interest in establishing for the first time a systematic approach to using lanthanide complexes in the modern research field of crystal engineering. Novel materials with improved properties, such as cocrystals and polymorphs of optically, magnetically or pharmaceutically active compounds have been discovered in this manner.
Thanks to his past employment history Prof. Baisch has established a large network of research collaborations and links with scientists working in the field of metal-organic, lanthanide or solid-state chemistry in Germany, France, Italy and the UK. He has published a significant amount of work in international; peer reviewed journals covering a wide range of complex chemistry, such as organometallic controlled radical polymerisation, lanthanide coordination chemistry and solid-state molecular precursor chemistry.
Research is, of course, a large part of Prof. Baisch's work but he also has time for teaching and the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Inorganic and Materials Chemistry
  • Crystallography
  • Rare Earth Chemistry
  • Organometallic chemistry
  • Hot-stage Microscopy
  • Inorganic Crystal Engineering


Selected Publications

He, X., Benniston, A.C., Saarenpää, H., Lemmetyinen, H., Tkachenko, N.V. & Baisch, U. 2015, "Polymorph crystal packing effects on charge transfer emission in the solid state", Chemical Sciences, vol. 6, pp. 3525-3532.

Miller, D.C., Carbain, B., Beale, G.S., Alhasan, S.F., Reeves, H.L., Baisch, U., Newell, D.R., Golding, B.T. & Griffin, R.J. 2015, "Regioselective sulfamoylation at low temperature enables concise syntheses of putative small molecule inhibitors of sulfatases", Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, vol. 13, pp. 5279-5284.

Izod, K., Dixon, C.M., McMeekin, E., Rodgers, L., Harrington, R.W. & Baisch, U. 2014, "Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Phosphine-Borane-Stabilized Dicarbanions with either Rigid or Flexible Spacers", Organometallics, vol. 33, pp. 378-386.

Izod, K., Rayner, D.G., El-Hamruni, S., Harrington, R.W. & Baisch, U. 2014, "Stabilization of a Diphosphagermylene through pÏEUR-pÏEUR Interactions with a Trigonal-Planar Phosphorus Center", Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, vol. 53, no. 14, pp. 3636-3640.

Vella-Zarb, L., Braga, D., Guy Orpen, A. & Baisch, U. 2014, "The influence of hydrogen bonding on the planar arrangement of melamine in crystal structures of its solvates, cocrystals and salts", CrystEngComm, vol. 16, no. 35, pp. 8147-8159.

Friedrich, P., Baisch, U., Harrington, R.W., Lyatuu, F., Zhou, K., Zelder, F., McFarlane, W., Buckel, W. & Golding, B.T. 2012, "Experimental Study of Hydrogen Bonding Potentially Stabilizing the 5'-Deoxyadenosyl Radical from Coenzyme B12", Chemistry - A European Journal, vol. 18, no. 50, pp. 16114-16122.

Baisch, U. & Braga, D. 2009, "Yb(C2O4)4]5- - a versatile metal-organic building block for layered coordination polymers", CrystEngComm, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 40-42.

Baisch, U., Rubini, K. & Braga, D. 2008, "Remarkable structural similarities between organic co-crystals and a metal-organic coordination network-insights into hydrogen bonded aliphatic ammonium chlorides", CrystEngComm, vol. 10, no. 12, pp. 1939-1947.

Champouret, Y., Baisch, U., Poli, R., Tang, L., Conway, J.L. & Smith, K.M. 2008, "Homolytic bond strengths and formation rates in half-sandwich chromium alkyl complexes: relevance for controlled radical polymerization", Angewandte Chemie (International ed.in English), vol. 47, no. 32, pp. 6069-72.

Baisch, U., Pagano, S., Zeuner, M., Barros, N., Maron, L. & Schnick, W. 2006, "Nanocrystalline lanthanide nitride materials synthesised by thermal treatment of amido and ammine metallocenes: X-ray studies and DFT calculations", Chemistry - A European Journal, vol. 12, no. 18, pp. 4785-4798.

Other

- Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
- Member of the Society of German Chemists (GDCh)
- Member of the Inorganic Solid State Society (Wöhler Vereinigung)

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