Dr Daniel Sykes

Dr. Daniel Sykes is the course leader for Chemistry BSc (Hons) and Head of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Dr Daniel Sykes

Dr Daniel Sykes gained an MChem (Hons) with year in industry from the University of Manchester. He remained in Manchester to study for a PhD under the supervision of Professor Stephen Faulkner. Following postdoctoral work at the University of Manchester, the University of Oxford and the University of Sheffield he relocated to London Metropolitan University and is now the Head of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is currently course leader for Chemistry BSc (Hons) and Chemistry (including in foundation year) - BSc (Hons) course leader.

Dr Sykes' research interests lie within photophysical measurements of metal complexes, namely iridium and f-block metals including the energy transfer processes between them. This has led more recent work to focus on cell imaging and using complexes as emissive probes for diagnostic application. He has extensive experience in the synthesis and characterisation of said complexes. This work has led to numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and poster presentations/conference talks. His work has been cited over 1000 times.
Dr Sykes' teaching responsibilities are around inorganic and practical chemistry and project supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students. He is extremely passionate about increasing the practical skills of his students. He is a Fellow of Advance HE (previously the Higher Education Academy) from completing the PGCert in Higher Education. He is also the Sandwich placement tutor.

Submitted Publication

  • 3D Printed Controlled Release Oral Drug Delivery Systems; Amy Chave, Daniel Sykes, Bhaven Patel. Material Highlights, submitted

Pedagogy Publications

  • Introducing a Peer- and Self-assessment Process to a Group Project: an evaluation of a module on Inorganic Chemistry, Daniel Sykes, Investigations in university teaching and learning, 2015, 10, 23-30.

Research Publications

  • Cell imaging using multi-photon excitation of dual emissive d-f hybrids, Elizabeth Baggeley, DK Cao, Daniel Sykes, Stanley Botchway, Julia A. Weinstein and  Michael D. Ward.Chem  Eur. J., 2014, 20 (29), 8898-890323.
  • Sensitisation  of  Eu(III)  and  Tb(III)-based  luminescence  by  Ir(III)  units  in  Ir/lanthanide  dyads: evidence  for  energy  transfer and  electron  transfer  based  mechanisms  operating  in  parallel, Daniel  Sykes,  Ahmet  J.  Cankut,  Noorshia  Ali,  Andrew  Stephenson,  Steven  J.  Spall,  Simon  C. Parker, Julia A. Weinstein and Michael D. Ward, Dalton Trans., 2014, 43, 6414-6428  
  • Using  remote  substituents  to  control  solution  structure  and  anion  binding  in  lanthanide complexes,  Manuel  Tropiano,  Octavia  A.  Blackburn,  James  A.  Tilney,  Leila  R.  Hill,  Matteo  P. Placidi, Rebecca J. Aarons, Daniel Sykes, Michael W. Jones, Alan M. Kenwright, John S. Snaith, Thomas Just Sorenson and Stephen Faulkner, Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 49, 16566-16571 –cover article and highlighted in Chemistry Views. 
  • d-f Energy transfer in Ir(III)/ Eu(III) Dyads: Use of a Naphthyl Spacer as a Spatial and Energetic “Stepping Stone”, Daniel Sykes, Simon Parker, Igor V. Sazanovich, Andrew Stephenson, Julia A. Weinstein and Michael D. Ward,Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52(18), 10500-10511. 
  • Cu12and Cd16coordination cages and their Cu3and Cd3 subcomponents, and the role of inter-ligand stacking in π-stabilising cage complexes, Andrew Stephenson, Daniel Sykes, Michael D. Ward,Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 6756-676719.
  • Preparation  of  Fluorescent  Tubulin  Binders,  Elena  Riva,  Martin  Mattarella,  Stella  Borrelli, Michael  S.  Christodoulou, Daniele  Cartelli,  Marcus  Main,  Stephen  Faulkner,  Daniel  Sykes, Graziella Cappelletti, John S. Snaith and Daniele Passarella, ChemPlusChem, 2012, 77, 1-6.
  • Combined  two-photon  excitation  and  d-f  energy-transfer  in  Ir/lanthanide  dyads  with  time-gated  selection  from  a  two-component  emission  spectrum, Robert  M.  Edkins,  Daniel  Sykes, Andrew Beeby and Michael D. Ward, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 9977-997917.
  • Lanthanide  complexes  DOTA  monoamide  derivatives  bearing  an  isophthalate  pendent  arm, Emma  J.  Shiells,  Louise  S.  Natrajan,  Daniel  Sykes,  Manuel  Tropiano,  Paul  Cooper,  Alan  M. Kenwright and Stephen Faulkner, Dalton Trans.,2011, 40, 11451-11457. Funding body; EPSRC.
  • d-f  energy  transfer  in  a  series  of  Ir(III)/Eu(III)  dyads:  energy  transfer mechanisms  and  white light  emission,  Daniel  Sykes,  Ian  S  Tidmarsh,  Andrea  Barbieri,  Igor  V.  Sazanovich,  Julia  A. Weinstein  and  Michael  D.  Ward, Inorg.  Chem.,2011,  50(22),  11323-11339.  Funding  body; EPSRC. 
  • Visible-light  sensitisation  of  Tb(III)  luminescence  using  a  blue-emitting  Ir(III)  complex  as energy-donor, Daniel Sykes and Michael D. Ward, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 2279. Funding body; EPSRC.
  • Iridium(III) luminophores as energy donors for sensitised emission from lanthanides in the visible and near-infrared regions, Nicholas M. Tart, Daniel Sykes, Igor Sazanovich, Ian S. Tidmarsh and Michael D. Ward, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2010, 9, 886. Funding body; EPSRC.
  • Luminescence from the ligand to metal charge transfer state of the neptunyl (V) ion and its complexes in solution, Rebecca Bradshaw, Daniel Sykes, Louise S. Natrajan, Robin J. Taylor, Francis R. Livens and Stephen Faulkner, IoP Materials Science and Engineering, 2010, 9, 012047. Funding body; Oxford University.
  • Synthesis and spectroscopic studies on azo-dye derivatives of poly-metallic lanthanide complexes: using diazotisation to link metal complexes together, Matteo P. Placidi, Aaron J. Villaraza, Louise S. Natrajan, Daniel Sykes, Alan M. Kenwright and Stephen Faulkner, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131(29), 9916. Funding body; Oxford University.
  • Luminescent lanthanide arrays and d-f hybrids, Stephen Faulkner, Louise S. Natrajan, Daniel Sykes, William S. Perry. Invited ‘Perspective’ review article: Dalton Trans., 2009, 3890-3899. Funding body; Oxford University. 10
  • [Ru(bipy)3]2+ and [Os(bipy)3]2+ chromophores as sensitisers for near-infrared luminescence from Yb(III) and Nd(III) in d/f dyads:contributions from Forster, Dexter, and redox-based energy-transfer mechanisms, Theodore Lazarides, Nicholas M. Tart, Daniel Sykes, Stephen Faulkner, Andrea Barbieri and Michael D. Ward, Dalton Trans., 2009, 3971. Funding body; Oxford University.
  • Bimetallic lanthanide complexes derived from macrocycle appended m-xylyl derivatives: synthesis and spectroscopic properties, Matteo P. Placidi, Louise S. Natrajan, Daniel Sykes, Alan M. Kenwright, Stephen Faulkner, Helvetica Chimica Acta 2009, 92(11) 2427. Funding body; Nexia solutions.
  • Bimetallic Pt(II)-bipyridyl-diacetylide/Ln(III) tris-diketonate adducts based on a combination of coordinate bonding and hydrogen bonding between the metal fragments: Syntheses, structures and photophysical properties, Nawal K. Al-Rasbi, Sofia Derossi, Daniel Sykes, Stephen Faulkner, Michael D. Ward, Polyhedron, 2008, 28, 205. Funding body; Nexia solutions.
  • On the mechanism of d-f energy transfer in RuII/LnIII and OsII/LnIII dyads: Dexter-type energy transfer over a distance of 20A, Theodore Lazarides, Daniel Sykes, Stephen Faulkner, Andrea Barbieri, Michael D. Ward, Chem-Eur. J., 2008, 14(30) 9389. Funding body; Nexia solutions.
  • Using the Ugi multicomponent condensation reaction to prepare families of chromophore appended azamacrocycles and their complexes, Marcus Main, John S. Snaith, Marco M. Meloni, Maite Jauregui, Daniel Sykes, Stephen Faulkner and Alan M. Kenwright, Chem. Commun., 2008, 5212. Funding body; Nexia solutions.
  • Heteronuclear bipyrimidine-bridged Ru-Ln and Os-Ln dyads: low-energy 3MLCT states as energy-donors to Yb(III) and Nd(III), Theodore Lazarides, Harry Adams, Daniel Sykes, Stephen Faulkner, Giuseppe Calogero and Michael D. Ward, Dalton Trans., 2008, 691. Funding body; Nexia solutions.
  • Three-component coordination networks based on [Ru(phen)(CN)4]2- anions, near-infrared luminescent lanthanide(III) cations, and ancillary oligopyridine ligands:structures and photophysical properties, Svetlana G. Baca, Harry Adams, Daniel Sykes, Stephen Faulkner, Michael D. Ward, Dalton Trans., 2007, 23, 2419. Funding body; Nexia solutions.
  • Luminescence from Neptunyl (VI) species in solution, Catherine Talbot-Eeckelaars, Simon J. A. Pope, Amanda J. Hynes, Roy Copping, Robin J. Taylor, Stephen Faulkner, Daniel Sykes, Francis R. Livens and Iain May, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129(9) 2442. Funding body; Nexia solutions.
  • Polynuclear lanthanide complexes of a series of bridging ligands containing two tridentate N,N’, O-donor units: structures and luminescence properties, Tanya K. Ronson, Harry Adams, Lindsay Harding, Simon J. A. Pope, Daniel Sykes, Stephen Faulkner, Michael D. Ward, Dalton Trans., 2007, 1006. Funding body; EPSRC.
  • Luminescent PtII Chromophores with Pendant Binding Sites as Energy Donors for Sensitised Near-Intrared Emission from Lanthanides: Structures and Photophysics of PtII/LnIII Assemblies, Tanya K. Ronson, Theodore Lazarides, Harry Adams, Simon J. A. Pope, Daniel Sykes, Stephen Faulkner, Simon J. Coles, Michael B. Hursthouse, William Clegg, Ross W. Harrington and Michael D. Ward, Chem. Eur. J., 2006, 36, 9299. Funding body; EPSRC

Invited book chapter

  • Springer series on fluorescence Vol 7, 2011; Lanthanide Luminescence; Lanthanide Assemblies and Polymetallic complexes, Stephen Faulkner and Daniel Sykes. Funding body; Oxford University.
Dr Sykes is an ad hoc reviewer for Dalton Transactions and Royal Society of Chemistry Advances. He coordinates the CPS groups efforts around widening participation and outreach events. Recent events have included hosting Salter’s Festivals for year 8 students and summer schools for college students. He is also a member of the Heads of Chemistry UK group who meet regularly to look at the ways chemistry influences policy.

RSC UG research student bursary with Fizaa Omran £2660

RSC Research Fund £3200

Dr Daniel Sykes
Chemistry BSc (Hons) Course Leader
Head of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences