Dr Daniel Sykes

Dr. Daniel Sykes is the course leader for Chemistry BSc (Hons) and a Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry.


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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 a Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry. He is currently course leader for Chemistry BSc (Hons) and Chemistry (including in foundation year) - BSc (Hons) course leader. He is also an academic tutor and recruitment coordinator for the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences cluster.

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 (CY4001, CY4005, CY5009, CY6010) 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.
  • 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.


Dr Sykes also runs an NMR consultancy from the University. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for Dalton Transactions and Royal Society of Chemistry Advances. He is also a member of the 'London Met Lab: Empowering London Social Wealth' working group and 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.

Dr Daniel Sykes
Chemistry BSc (Hons) Course Leader
Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry