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Dr Peter Cragg


Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 642037


Research Interests

  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Bioinorganic chemistry
  • Computational simulations


After receiving a degree in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham I spent four years at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) in Prof. Jerry Atwood's group working on the synthesis and structural characterization of azacrown lariat ethers and their metal complexes. This resulted in a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry and a move to the State University of New York (Stony Brook). Under the direction of Prof. Tom Bell I synthesized torands (13 steps from start to finish!) and determined the structures of their complexes by X-ray crystallography. After a year I returned to England to work with Prof. Mike Drew at the University of Reading on computational methods for the prediction of solid state structures ranging from metal oxides to macrocyclic complexes. In 1993 I joined the University of Brighton where I am at present Reader in Supramolecular and Bioinorganic Chemistry. In 1996 I was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship which enabled me to investigate the use of oxacalix[3]arenes as metalloenzyme and metalloprotein models. Since then my research has encompassed supramolecular, bioinorganic and computuational chemistry. In 2005 I published “A Practical Guide to Supramolecular Chemistry” and developed an associated website. I am on the local organizing committee of a forthcoming International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry to be held in the UK in 2011.


I am a member of several organizations including the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry (CChem, MRSC), the RSC UK Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (UKMSC) subject group and the UK Computational Chemistry Working Party. I am on the committee of the UKMSC and the Editorial Boards of Supramolecular Chemistry and Sensors.

Current Projects

The Role of Angiogenesis in Wound Healing: an InterDisciplinary Evaluation (RAWHIDE) (EPSRC - principal investigator)

Supramolecular chemistry in silico (EPSRC/University of Brighton DTA studentship)

Investigation of microsomes by QCM (AstraZeneca)

Artificial Sodium Ion Channels (EPSRC - principal investigator). Link to final report here.

Recent Publications

Number of items: 49.

Khanal, M., Raks, Viktoria, Issa, Rahaf, Chernyshkenko, Vladimir, Barras, Alexandre, Fernandez, Jose, Mikhalovska, Lyuba, Turcheniuk, Volodymyr, Zaitsev, Vladimir, Boukherroub, Rabah, Siriwardena, Aloysius, Cooper, Ian, Cragg, Peter and Szunerits, Sabine (2015) Selective Antimicrobial and Antibiofi lm Disrupting Properties of Functionalized Diamond Nanoparticles Against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 32 (8). pp. 822-830. ISSN 0934-0866

Griffiths, Kieran, Sharma, Kushal, Marcos, Paula M., Ascenso, José R., Nind, Jade, Cottet, K. and Cragg, Peter (2015) Cation binding, transport and theoretical calculations of cone-p-tert-butylhexahomotrioxacalix[3]arene tris(acetic acid) Supramolecular Chemistry, 27 (3). pp. 167-173. ISSN 1061-0278

Fucassi, F., Heikal, A., Mikhalovska, Lyuba, Standen, Guy, Allan, Iain, Mikhalovsky, Sergey and Cragg, Peter (2014) Metal chelation by a plant lignan, secoisolariciresinol diglucoside Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry, 80 (3-4). pp. 345-351. ISSN 0923-0750

Kothur, Raghu R., Hall, Jessica, Patel, Bhavik, Leong, Chi Leng, Boutelle, M.G. and Cragg, Peter (2014) A low pH sensor from an esterified pillar[5]arene Chemical Communications, 50 (7). pp. 852-854. ISSN 1359-7345

Turcheniuk, Volodymyr, Viktoria, Viktoria, Issa, Rahaf, Cooper, Ian, Cragg, Peter, Jijie, Roxana, Dumitrascu, Nicoleta, Mikhalovska, Lyuba, Barras, Alexandre, Zaitsev, Vladimir, Boukherroub, Rabah and Szunerits, Sabine (2014) Antimicrobial activity of menthol modified nanodiamond particles Diamond and Related Materials, 57. pp. 2-8. ISSN 0925-9635

Manandhar, Erendra, Cragg, Peter and Wallace, K.J. (2014) Detection of Zn(II) ions by fluorescent pyrene-derived molecular probes Supramolecular Chemistry, 26 (3-4). pp. 141-150. ISSN 1061-0278

Kothur, Raghuram, Patel, Bhavik and Cragg, Peter (2014) Pillar[n]arene-based chemical sensors ScienceJet, 4 (72). ISSN 2278-3393

Davis, Aaron B., Lambert, Rachel E., Fronczek, Frank R., Cragg, Peter and Wallace, Karl J. (2014) An activated coumarin-enamine Michael acceptor for CN - New Journal of Chemistry, 38 (10). pp. 4678-4683. ISSN 1144-0546

Proença, Carla S., Marcos, Paula M., Teixeira, Filipa A., Ascenso, José R., Bernardino, Raul J. and Cragg, Peter (2013) Synthesis, NMR and DFT conformational studies of homooxacalixarene (cyanopropyl)oxy derivatives, precursors to urea-terminated compounds Tetrahedron, 69 (35). pp. 7430-7437. ISSN 0040-4020

Marcos, Paula M., Teixeira, Filipa A., Segurado, Manuel A. P., Ascenso, José R., Bernardino, Raul J., Cragg, Peter, Michel, Sylvia, Hubscher-Bruder, V. and Arnaud-Neu, Françoise (2013) Complexation and DFT studies of lanthanide ions by (2-pyridylmethoxy)homooxacalixarene derivatives Supramolecular Chemistry, 25 (8). pp. 522-532. ISSN 1061-0278

Dube, Lorraine E., Patel, Bhavik, Fagan-Murphy, Aidan, Kothur, Raghu R. and Cragg, Peter (2013) Detection of clinically important cations by a pillar[5]arene-modified electrochemical sensor Chemical Sensors, 3 (18). pp. 1-6. ISSN 1008-2298

Marcos, Paula M., Teixeira, Filipa A., Segurado, Manuel A. P., Ascenso, José R., Bernardino, Raul J., Cragg, Peter, Michel, Sylvia, Hubscher-Brude, Véronique and Arnaud-Neu, Françoise (2013) Complexation and DFT studies of lower rim hexahomotrioxacalix[3]arene derivatives bearing pyridyl groups with transition and heavy metal cations. Cone versus partial cone conformation Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry, 26 (4). pp. 295-305. ISSN 0894-3230

Walton, I., Davis, M., Munro, L., Catalano, V.J., Cragg, Peter, Huggins, M.T. and Wallace, K.J. (2012) A fluorescent dipyrrinone oxime for the detection of pesticides and other organophosphates Organic Letters, 14 (11). pp. 2686-2689. ISSN 1523-7060

Cottet, K., Marcos, P.M. and Cragg, Peter (2012) Fifty years of oxacalix[3]arenes: a review Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, 8. pp. 201-226. ISSN 0022-3263

Cragg, Peter and Sheehan, R. (2012) Computational techniques (DFT, MM, TD-DFT, PCM) In: Steed, J.W. and Gale , P.A., eds. Supramolecular chemistry: from molecules to nanomaterials. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK, pp. 689-708. ISBN 9780470746400

Cragg, Peter and Vahora, R. (2012) Crown and Lariat Ethers In: Steed, J.W. and Gale , P.A., eds. Supramolecular Chemistry: from Molecules to Nanomaterials. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, pp. 733-752. ISBN 9780470746400

Cragg, Peter and Sharma, Kushal (2012) Pillar[5]arenes: fascinating cyclophanes with a bright future Chemical Society Reviews, 41 (2). pp. 597-607. ISSN 0306-0012

Manandhar, Erendra, Broome, Hugh J., Myrick, Jalin, Lagrone, Whitney, Cragg, Peter and Wallace, Karl J. (2011) A pyrene based fluorescent sensor for Zn2+ ions: a molecular ‘butterfly’ Chemical Communications, 47 (31). pp. 8796-8798. ISSN 1359-7345

Sharma, Kushal and Cragg, Peter (2011) Calixarene based chemical sensors Chemical Sensors, 1 (9). pp. 1-18. ISSN 2231-6035

Marcos, P.M., Ascenso, J.R., Segurado, M.A.P., Cragg, Peter, Michel, S., Hubscher-Bruder, V. and Arnaud-Neu, F. (2011) Lanthanide cation binding properties of homooxacalixarene diethylamide derivatives Supramolecular Chemistry, 23 (1-2). pp. 93-101. ISSN 1061-0278

Cragg, Peter (2010) Supramolecular chemistry: from biological inspiration to biomedical applications Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht. ISBN 9789048125814

Cragg, Peter, Lawal, Olasupo, Iqbal, Khayzuran, Ali, Mohamadi, Razavi, Parichehr, Dodd, Howard, Allen, Marcus, Siddiqui, Samreen and Fucassi, Flavia (2009) An artificial sodium ion channel from calix[4]arene in the 1,3-alternate conformation In: Special Issue Paper.

Marcos, Paula M., Ascenso, J.R., Segurado, Manuel A.P., Bernadino, Raul J. and Cragg, Peter (2009) Synthesis, binding properties and theoretical studies of p-tert-butylhexahomotrioxacalix[З]arene tri(adamantyl)ketone with alkali, alkaline earth, transition, heavy metal and lanthanide cations Tetrahedron, 65 (2). pp. 496-503. ISSN 0040-4020

Siddiqui, S. and Cragg, Peter (2009) Design and synthesis of transition metal and inner transition metal binding calixarenes Mini-Reviews in Organic Chemistry, 6 (4). pp. 283-299. ISSN 1570-193X

Bochenska, Maria, Cragg, Peter, Guzinski, Marcin, Jasinski, Artur, Kulesza, Joanna, Marcos, Paula M. and Pomecko, Radoslaw (2009) Ion-selective electrodes based on p-tert-butyl-homooxacalixarene di(ethyl)amides Supramolecular Chemistry, 21 (8). pp. 732-737. ISSN 1061-0278

Lawal, O., Iqbal, K.S.J., Mohamadi, A., Razavi, P., Dodd, H.T., Allen, Marcus, Siddiqui, S., Fucassi, F. and Cragg, Peter (2009) An artificial sodium ion channel from calix[4]arene in the 1,3-alternate conformation Supramolecular Chemistry , 21 (1-2). pp. 55-60. ISSN 1061-0278

Sheehan, Rosemary and Cragg, Peter (2008) Supramolecular chemistry in silico Supramolecular Chemistry, 20 (5). pp. 443-451. ISSN 1061-0278

Iqbal, K.S.J., Allen, Marcus, Fucassi, F. and Cragg, Peter (2007) Artificial transmembrane ion channels from commercial surfactants Chemical Communications, 38. pp. 3951-3953. ISSN 1359-7345

Marcos, P.M., Ascenso, J.R. and Cragg, Peter (2007) Binding properties and molecular mechanics calculations of p-tert-butylhexahomotrioxa-calix[3]arene tri(diethyl)amide with alkali, alkaline earth, transition and heavy metal cations Supramolecular Chemistry, 19 (3). pp. 199-206. ISSN 1061-0278

Fucassi, F., Lowe, J.E., Pavey, K.D., Shah, S., Faragher, Richard, Green, M.H.L., Paul, F., O'Hare, D. and Cragg, Peter (2007) alpha-Lipoic acid and glutathione protect against the prooxidant activity of SOD/catalase mimetic manganese salen derivatives Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 101 (2). pp. 225-232. ISSN 0162-0134

Cragg, Peter (2007) Supramolecular chemistry In: Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, Concise, 5th Edition. Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, pp. 981-985. ISBN 9780470047484

Iqbal, K.S.J. and Cragg, Peter (2007) Transmembrane ion transport by calixarenes and their derivatives Dalton Transactions, 1. pp. 26-32. ISSN 1477-9226

Cragg, Peter (2006) Supramolecular chemistry In: Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, pp. 29-70. ISBN 9780471484943

Cragg, Peter (2005) A Practical Guide to Supramolecular Chemistry Wiley, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 9780470866542

Cragg, Peter (2004) Homocalixarenes In: Atwood, J.L. and Steed, J.W., eds. Encyclopedia of Supramolecular Chemistry. Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 649-657. ISBN 9780824747251

Miah, M., Pavey, K.D., Gun'ko, V.M., Sheehan, R. and Cragg, Peter (2004) Observation of transient alkali metal inclusion in Oxacalix[3]arenes Supramolecular Chemistry, 16 (3). pp. 185-192. ISSN 1029-0478

Cragg, Peter, Heirtzler, F.R., Howard, M.J., Prokes, I. and Weyhermuller, T. (2004) In flagrante metallo-cyclophane self-assembly? Chemical Communications, 3. pp. 280-281. ISSN 1364-548X

Beeharry, N., Lowe, J.E., Hernandez, A.R., Chambers, J.A., Fucassi, F., Cragg, Peter, Green, M.H.L. and Green, I.C. (2003) Linoleic acid and antioxidants protect against DNA damage and apoptosis induced by palmitic acid Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis, 530 (1-2). pp. 27-33. ISSN 0027-5107

O'Hare, D., Fucassi, F., Cragg, Peter and Green, M.H.L. (2003) The voltammetric behavior of superoxide dismutase/catalase mimics Electroanalysis, 15 (13). pp. 1101-1107. ISSN 1521-4109

Magennis, S.W., Craig, J., Gardner, A., Fucassi, F., Cragg, Peter, Robertson, N., Parsons, S. and Pikramenou, Z. (2003) Crown ether lanthanide complexes as building blocks for luminescent ternary complexes Polyhedron, 22 (5). pp. 745-754. ISSN 0277-5387

Cragg, Peter (2002) Artificial transmembrane channels for sodium and potassium Science Progress, 85 (3). pp. 219-241. ISSN 0036-8504

Abouderbala, L.O., Belcher, W.J., Boutelle, M.G., Cragg, Peter, Steed, J.W., Turner, D.R. and Wallace, K.J. (2002) Cooperative anion binding and electrochemical sensing by modular podands Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 99 (8). pp. 5001-5006. ISSN 1091-6490

Miah, M., Romanov, N. and Cragg, Peter (2002) Acid-catalyzed formation of Hexahomooxacalix[3]arenes Journal of Organic Chemistry, 67 (9). pp. 3124-3126. ISSN 1520-6904

Abouderbala, L.O., Belcher, W.J., Boutelle, M.G., Cragg, Peter, Dhaliwal, J., Fabre, M., Steed, J.W., Turner, D.R. and Wallace, K.J. (2002) Anion sensing venus flytrap hosts: a modular approach Chemical Communications, 4. pp. 358-359. ISSN 1359-7345

Arya, P., Channa, A., Cragg, Peter, Prince, P.D. and Steed, J.W. (2002) C-Donor lariat ether scorpionates New Journal of Chemistry, 26. pp. 440-447. ISSN 1144-0546

Cragg, Peter, Miah, M. and Steed, J.W. (2002) Implications for mercury toxicity from the structure of an Oxacalix[3]arene-HgCl2 complex? Supramolecular Chemistry, 14 (1). pp. 75-78. ISSN 1061-0278

Langford, J., Pavey, K.D., Olliff, C.J., Cragg, Peter, Hanlon, Geoff, Paul, F. and Rees, G.D. (2002) Real-time monitoring of stain formation and removal on calcium hydroxyapatite surfaces using quartz crystal sensor technology Analyst, 127. pp. 360-367. ISSN 0003-2654

Pavey, K.D., Miah, M., Fucassi, F., Paul, F. and Cragg, Peter (2001) Vitamin C induced decomposition of lipid hydroperoxides: direct evidence of genotoxin-DNA binding detected by QCRS Chemical Communication (18). pp. 1886-1887. ISSN 1364-548X

Fucassi, F., Pavey, K.D., Lowe, J.E., Olliff, C.J., Green, M.H.L., Paul, F. and Cragg, Peter (2001) Characterisation of small molecule binding to DNA using a quartz crystal resonant sensor Chemical Communications (9). pp. 841-842. ISSN 1364548X

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