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Dr Colin Seaton

PositionSenior Lecturer in Crystal Engineering
LocationNorcroft 0.18
DepartmentSchool of Chemistry and Biosciences
Telephone+44 (0)1274 236155
EmailC.Seaton@bradford.ac.uk
ORCID0000-0003-4094-720X

Research Interests (key words only)

Crystal Engineering, Multi-component Crystals, Crystallography, Computational Chemistry, Global Optimisation and Evolutionary Algorithms

PhD Supervision

Whitney Obule (Role of Additives on Crystal Morphology)

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CT-2020D Laboratory Skills & Professional Practice 4
  • CT-3016T: Laboratory Applications: Materials Design and Structure Elucidation
  • CT-3015L: Supramolecular Chemistry and Modern Materials
  • CT-3028M: Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CT-6011D: Introduction to Computational Chemistry
  • LIF-4012M X-ray Diffraction
  • Supervision of 3rd and 4th year project students

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Module Leader for CT-2020D, CT3106T and CT-3015L
  • Member of CFS research strategy group
  • Maintenance and Operation of Single Crystal and Powder X-ray Diffractometers

Study History

PhD., 2003, University of Birmingham - "Novel Methods of Structure Solution from Powder X-ray Diffraction Data"

BSc (Hons), in Chemistry (1st Class), 1999, University of St. Andrews

Professional History

  • Feb. 2014 - Present: Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Bradford
  • July 2011 - Jan 2014: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Limerick
  • Sept 2010 - May 2011:
    • Part-Time Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Manchester
    • Part-Time Teaching Associate, University of Bradford
  • June 2010 - August 2010: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Manchester
  • Oct 2009 - May 2010: Scientific Officer, University of Bradford
  • May 2008 - August 2009: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Manchester
  • July 2003 - April 2008: Postdoctoral Research Associate/Teaching Associate, University of Bradford

Professional Activities

  • Member of Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), British Crystallographic Association and Affiliate
  • Member of Institute of Chemical Engineers

Research Areas

My research lies in the field of solid-state molecular chemistry, with the major focus on crystal engineering. A key aim is the determination of the factors controlling the creation of crystal phases and using this understanding to design and create new materials. My work covers the development of both experimental (crystallisation processes, phase diagram construction, crystal structural determination by single crystal and powder diffraction methods) and computational methodologies (ab intio calculations, evolutionary algorithms) to gain the insight required.

Current Projects

Current projects include work on understanding influence of experimental conditions on polymorphism through molecular modelling of solvent/solute interactions and molecular conformation, the influence of chemical and crystallographic factors on proton transfer in crystal materials and the creation of multi-component crystals (salts and co-crystals). Development of new computational methodologies to model additive/crystal interactions, molecule/molecule interactions and location of low energy molecular conformations.

Research Collaborations

  • Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (Various Universities in Rep. of Ireland)
  • Professor Ian Scowen (University of Lincoln)
  • Dr Tasnim Munshi (University of Lincoln)
  • Dr David Berry (University of Durham)
  • Professor Tom Leyssens (Université Catholique de Louvain)

Publications

An unusual Cu(II) complex of a Schiff-base ligand of 3-aminoquinoline with a hydronated pyridine unit: Synthesis, characterizations, and computational studies Nayak S, Pevec A, Seaton CC, Gamez P, Reedijk J, Polyhedron, 2016, 107, 172–175

Are the crystal structures of enantiopure and racemic mandelic acids determined by kinetics or thermodynamics?, Hylton RK, Tizzard GJ, Threlfall TL, Ellis AL, Coles SJ, Seaton CC, Schulze E, Lorenz H, Seidel-Morgenstern A, Stein M, Price SL, J. Am. Chem. Soc2015,137(34), 11095-11104

Investigation into Solid and Solution Properties of Quinizarin, Cheuk D, Svärd M, Seaton CC, McArdle P, Rasmuson ÅC, CrystEngComm, 17(21), 3985-3997, 2015

The thermal behaviour of benzoic acid : isonicotinamide binary co-crystals, Buanz A, Prior TJ, Burley JC, Raimi-Abraham BT, Telford R, Hart M, Seaton CC, Davies PJ, Scowen IJ, Gaisford S, Williams GR, Cryst. Growth Des., 15(7), 3249-3256, 2015

Proton transfer and hydrogen bonding in the organic solid state: a combined XRD/XPS/ssNMR study of 17 organic acid–base complexes, Stevens JS, Byard SJ, Seaton CC, Sadiq G, Davey RJ, Schroeder SLM, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 16(3), 1150-1160, 2014

Investigating the dissolution of the metastable triclinic polymorph of carbamazepine using in situ microscopy, O'Mahony M, Seaton CC, Croker DM, Veesler S, Rasmuson ÅK, Hodnett BK, CrystEngComm, 16(20), 4133 - 4141, 2014

Racemic compound versus conglomerate: concerning the crystal chemistry of the triazoylketone, 1-(4-chlorophenyl)-4,4-dimethyl-2-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-yl)pentan-3-one, Davey RJ, Sadiq G, Seaton CC, Pritchard RG, Coquerel G, Rougeot C, CrystEngComm, 16(21), 4377-4381, 2014

Creation of a ternary complex between a crown ether, 4-aminobenzoic acid and 3,5-dinitrobenzoic acid, Boardman ND, Munshi T, Scowen IJ, Seaton CC, Acta Crystallogr B,. 70(1), 132-140, 2014

Insight into the Mechanism of Formation of Channel Hydrates via Templating, Stokes SP, Seaton CC, Eccles KS, Maguire AR, Lawrence SE. Cryst. Growth Des., 14(3), 1158-1166. 2014

Complete Colloidal Synthesis of Cu2SnSe3 Nanocrystals with Crystal Phase and Shape Control, Wang J-J, Liu P, Seaton CC, Ryan KM, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 136, 7954-7960, 2014

Proton Location in Acid…Pyridine Hydrogen Bonds of Multi-Component Crystals, Seaton CC, CrystEngComm, 16(26), 5878-5886, 2014

Solution-Mediated Polymorphic Transformation: Form II to Form III Piracetam in Organic Solvents, Maher A, Croker DM, Seaton CC, Rasmuson, ÅC, Hodnett, BK, Cryst. Growth Des., 14(8), 3967-3974, 2014

Creation of a ternary complex between a crown ether, 4-aminobenzoic acid and 3,5-dinitrobenzoic acid, Boardman ND, Munshi T, Scowen IJ, Seaton CC, Acta Cryst. Sec. B, 70(1), 132-140, 2014

Proton transfer and hydrogen bonding in the organic solid state: a combined XRD/XPS/ssNMR study of 17 organic acid–base complexes, Stevens JS, Byard SJ, Seaton CC, Sadiq G, Davey RJ, Schroeder SLM, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 16, 1150-1160, 2014

Solution mediated phase transformations between co-crystals, Croker DM, Davey RJ, Rasmuson AC, Seaton CC, CrystEngComm, 15(11), 2044-2047, 2013

Tuning Proton Disorder in 3,5-Dinitrobenzoic Acid Dimers: the Effect of Local Environment, Jones AOF, Blagden N, McIntyre GJ, Parkin A, Seaton CC, Thomas, LH, Wilson, CC, Cryst. Growth Des.,13(2), 497-509, 2013

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