Paul A. Wright is Professor of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. Since he joined the faculty, he has had a thriving group, which is reflected by a wide range of publications.
The research carried out in the group concerns the rational design of novel solids for use as shape-selective sorbents and catalysts. Materials of interest include microporous zeolites, aluminophosphates, aluminophosphonates, inorganic-organic hybrids and mesoporous silicas. Additional functionallity may be conferred on these materials by intoduducing modifications to, for example, the pore walls or by the addition of metal cations or by the incorporation of organic moeties (such as enzymes or metal complexes) into the framework/pores during or after synthesis. Catalytic and sorption properties can then studied and evaluated. Further details of the research topics currently being undertaken can be found by accessing the group members page.