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Lee Martin

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Chemistry and Forensic Science


Lee is Year One Tutor for Chemistry, Module Leader for BSc Final Year Project, and Module Leader for Year Two Inorganic Chemistry. He teaches on the following modules:

  • Year 1 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
  • Year 2 Inorganic Chemistry
  • Year 3 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Year 3 Advanced Chemistry

Career overview

After studying BSc(Hons) Chemistry at Manchester Metropolitan University, Lee completed his PhD in Materials Chemistry at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and he was awarded the Ramsay Medal by University College London in 1998. After working for the International Union of Crystallography and The Royal Society of Chemistry he returned to the Davy Faraday Research Laboratory at the Royal Institution of Great Britain as a postdoctoral research assistant in the group of Professor Peter Day.

Lee’s first chemistry lecturer position was at Nottingham Trent University (Sep 2007-Sep 2010) before he took up a permanent Senior Lecturer in Chemistry role at University of Hertfordshire (Sep 2010-Jan 2012). He returned to Nottingham Trent University in January 2012 as Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry and Admissions Tutor.

Lee was awarded a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship for October 2017-September 2018.

Research areas

Areas of research interest include:

  • Chiral Molecular Conductors: Enantiopure and racemic conducting materials are being synthesised and their resistivity measured parallel and perpendicular to the direction of conductivity to observe magneto-chiral anisotropy and the Hall effect.
  • Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Materials: Synthesis of single crystals of multifunctional materials which possess two or more physical properties in the same lattice (superconductivity, ionic conductivity, magnetism, optical properties) with the aim of observing synergy between the properties. Study of the structure-property relationships in these materials.
  • Physical Characterisation of Molecular Materials: Single-crystal X-ray crystallography, Electrical resistivity measurement, SQUID magnetometry, Raman spectroscopy.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist in the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Sponsors and collaborators

Recent research has been supported by The Royal Society, The Leverhulme Trust, Japan Society for Promotion of Science, The Nuffield Foundation, and The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Lee collaborates widely, including


BLUNDELL, T.J., BRANNAN, M., NISHIMOTO, H., KADOYA, T., YAMADA, J.-I., AKUTSU, H., NAKAZAWA, Y. and MARTIN, L., 2021. Chiral metal down to 4.2 K - a BDH-TTP radical-cation salt with spiroboronate anion B(2-chloromandelate)2−. Chemical Communications, 57, 5406–5409.

ATTWOOD, M., AKUTSU, H., BLUNDELL, T. J, MARTIN, L., LEMAGUERE, P. and TURNER, S.S., Exceptionally High Temperature Spin Crossover in Amide-Functionalised 2,6-bis(pyrazol-1-yl)pyridine Iron(II) Complex Revealed by Variable Temperature Raman Spectroscopy, Dalton Trans., 2021,

BLUNDELL, T.J., BRANNAN, M., MBURU-NEWMAN, J., AKUTSU, H., NAKAZAWA, Y., IMAJO, S. and MARTIN, L., 2021. First molecular superconductor with the tris(oxalato)aluminate anion, β″-(BEDT-TTF)4(H3O)Al(C2O4)3·C6H5Br, and isostructural tris(oxalato)cobaltate and tris(oxalato)ruthenate radical cation salts. Magnetochemistry,  7 (7): 90. ISSN 2312-7481

SHORT, J., BLUNDELL, T.J., YANG, S., SAHIN, O., SHAKESPEARE, Y., SMITH, E.L., WALLIS, J.D. and MARTIN, L., 2020. Synthesis and structures of polyiodide radical cation salts of donors combining tetrathiafulvalene with multiple thiophene or oligo-thiophene substituents. CrystEngComm, 2020, 22, 6632-6644

SHORT, J., BLUNDELL, , T.J., KRIVICKAS, S., YANG, S., WALLIS, J.D., AKUTSU, H., NAKAZAWA, Y. and MARTIN, L., 2020. Chiral molecular conductor with an insulator-metal transition close to room temperature.Chemical Communications. ISSN 1359-7345

IMAJO, S., AKUTSU, H., AKUTSU-SATO, A., MORRITT, A.L., MARTIN, L. and NAKAZAWA, Y., 2019. Effects of electron correlations and chemical pressures on superconductivity of β''-type organic compounds.Physical Review Research, 1 (3): 033184. ISSN 2643-1564

MORRITT, A.L., LOPEZ, J.R., BLUNDELL, T.J., CANADELL, E., AKUTSU, H., NAKAZAWA, Y., IMAJO, S. and MARTIN, L., 2019. 2D molecular superconductor to insulator transition in the β"-(BEDT-TTF)2[(H2O)(NH4)2M(C2O4)3]·18-crown-6 Series (M = Rh, Cr, Ru, Ir).Inorganic Chemistry. ISSN 0020-1669

ATTWOOD, M., AKUTSU, H., MARTIN, L., CRUICKSHANK, D. and TURNER, S., 2019. Above room temperature spin crossover in thioamide-functionalised 2,6-bis(pyrazol-1-yl)pyridine iron(ii) complexes.Dalton Transactions. ISSN 1477-9226

MARTIN, L., 2018. Molecular conductors of BEDT-TTF with tris(oxalato)metallate anions.Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 376, pp. 277-291. ISSN 0010-8545

MARTIN, L., LOPEZ, J.R., AKUTSU, H., NAKAZAWA, Y. and IMAJO, S., 2017. Bulk Kosterlitz–Thouless type molecular superconductor β″-(BEDT-TTF)2[(H2O)(NH4)2Cr(C2O4)3]·18-crown-6.Inorganic Chemistry. ISSN 0020-1669

BASSIN, J.P., BOTHA, M., GARIKIPATI, R., GOYAL, M., MARTIN, L. and SHAH, A., 2017. Synthesis and antibacterial activity of benzo[4,5]isothiazolo[2,3-a]pyrazine-6,6-dioxide derivatives.Molecules, 22 (11), p. 1889. ISSN 1420-3049

LOPEZ, J.R., MARTIN, L., WALLIS, J.D., AKUTSU, H., YAMADA, J., NAKATSUJI, S., WILSON, C., CHRISTENSEN, J. and COLES, S.J., 2017. New semiconducting radical-cation salts of chiral bis(2-hydroxylpropylthio)ethylenedithio TTF.CrystEngComm, 19 (32), pp. 4848-4856. ISSN 1466-8033

MARTIN, L., MORRITT, A.L., LOPEZ, J.R., NAKAZAWA, Y., AKUTSU, H., IMAJO, S., IHARA, Y., ZHANG, B., ZHANG, Y. and GUO, Y., 2017. Molecular conductors from bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene with tris(oxalato)rhodate.Dalton Transactions, 46 (29), pp. 9542-9548. ISSN 1477-9226

MARTIN, L., WALLIS, J.D., GUZIAK, M., MAKSYMIW, P., KONALIAN-KEMPF, F., CHRISTIAN, A., NAKATSUJI, S., YAMADA, J. and AKUTSU, H., 2017. Enantiopure and racemic radical-cation salts of bis(2’-hydroxylpropylthio)(ethylenedithio)TTF with polyiodide anions.Dalton Transactions. ISSN 1477-9226

MARTIN, L., MORRITT, A.L., LOPEZ, J.R., AKUTSU, H., NAKAZAWA, Y., IMAJO, S. and IHARA, Y., 2017. Ambient-pressure molecular superconductor with a superlattice containing layers of tris(oxalato)rhodate enantiomers and 18-crown-6.Inorganic Chemistry. ISSN 0020-1669

PATEL, C., BASSIN, J., SCOTT, M., FLYE, J., HUNTER, A., MARTIN, L. and GOYAL, M., 2016. Synthesis and Antimicrobial Activity of 1,2-Benzothiazine Derivatives.Molecules, 21 (7), p. 861. ISSN 1420-3049

LOPEZ, J.R., MARTIN, L., WALLIS, J.D., AKUTSU, H., NAKAZAWA, Y., YAMADA, J.I., KADOYA, T., COLES, S.J. and WILSON, C., 2016. Enantiopure and racemic radical-cation salts of B(malate)2−anions with BEDT-TTF.Dalton Transactions, 45 (22), pp. 9285-9293. ISSN 1477-9226

WANG, Q., MARTIN, L., BLAKE, A.J., DAY, P., AKUTSU, H. and WALLIS, J.D., 2016. Coordination chemistry of 2,2′-bipyridyl- and 2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridyl-substituted BEDT-TTFs: formation of a supramolecular capsule motif by the iron(II) tris complex of 2,2′-bipyridine-4-thiomethyl-BEDT-TTF. Inorganic Chemistry, 55 (17), pp. 8543-8551. ISSN 0020-1669

LOPEZ, J.R., AKUTSU, H. and MARTIN, L., 2015. Radical-cation salt with novel BEDT-TTF packing motif containing tris(oxalato)germanate(IV). Synthetic Metals, 209, pp. 188-191. ISSN 0379-6779

MARTIN, L., AKUTSU, H., HORTON, P.N., HURSTHOUSE, M.B., HARRINGTON, R.W. and CLEGG, W., 2015. Chiral radical-cation salts of BEDT-TTF containing a single enantiomer of tris(oxalato)aluminate(III) and -chromate(III). European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry. ISSN 1099-0682

MARTIN, L., AKUTSU, H., HORTON, P.N. and HURSTHOUSE, M.B., 2015. Chirality in charge-transfer salts of BEDT-TTF of tris(oxalato)chromate(III). CrystEngComm, 17 (14), pp. 2771-2904. ISSN 1466-8033

MARTIN, L., YANG, S., BROOKS, A.C., HORTON, P.N., MALE, L., MOULFI, O., HARMAND, L., DAY, P., CLEGG, W., HARRINGTON, R.W. and WALLIS, J.D., 2015. Contrasting crystal packing arrangements in triiodide salts of radical cations of chiral bis(pyrrolo[3,4-d])tetrathiafulvalenes.CrystEngComm, 17 (38), pp. 7354-7362. ISSN 1466-8033

ZECCHINI, M., LOPEZ, J.R., ALLEN, S.W., COLES, S.J., WILSON, C., AKUTSU, H., MARTIN, L. and WALLIS, J.D., 2015. Exo-methylene-BEDT-TTF and alkene-functionalised BEDT-TTF derivatives: synthesis and radical cation salts. RSC Advances, 5 (39), pp. 31104-31112. ISSN 2046-2069

BROOKS, A.C., MARTIN, L., DAY, P., CLEGG, W., HARRINGTON, R.W. and WALLIS, J.D., 2015. New crystal packing arrangements in radical cation salts of BEDT-TTF with [Cr(NCS)6]3− and [Cr(NCS)5(NH3)]2−. Polyhedron, 102, pp. 75-81. ISSN 0277-5387

MARTIN, L., ENGELKAMP, H., AKUTSU, H., NAKATSUJI, S., YAMADA, J., HORTON, P. and HURSTHOUSE, M.B., 2015. Radical-cation salts of BEDT-TTF with lithium tris(oxalato)metallate(III). Dalton Transactions, 44 (13), pp. 6219-6223. ISSN 1477-9234

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