Dr. Andrew Surman

Phone:   0141 330 5530
Before arriving in Glasgow, I studied at the University of London (King’s College; Imperial College), and ICIQ (Tarragona, Catalunya), then spent some years working in industry (Plaxica Ltd) and a brief time at the University of Puerto Rico.

I am working on a number of projects within the Cronin group: while the subject matter varies (polyoxometalate chemistry; artificial life/Origin of Life), control and analysis of complex systems is a common theme, as is the automation of synthesis and analysis. I lead an ‘Origins’ research team, and look after the group's liquid chromatography and Ion Mobility MS facilities

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Group Publications

13. Miller–Urey Spark-Discharge Experiments in the Deuterium World, G. J. T. Cooper, A. J. Surman, J. McIver, S. Colon-Santos, P. S. Gromski, S. Buchwald, I. Suarez Marina, L. Cronin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017, 56, 8079-8082
12. Spontaneous Assembly of an Organic–Inorganic Nucleic Acid Z-DNA Double-Helix Structure, V. Kulikov, N. A. B. Johnson, A. J. Surman, M. Hutin, S. M. Kelly, M. Hezwani, D. -L. Long, G. Meyer, L. Cronin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017, 56, 1141-1145
11. Overcoming the Crystallization Bottleneck: A Family of Gigantic Inorganic {Pdx}L (x=84, 72) Palladium Macrocycles Discovered using Solution Techniques, L. G. Christie, A. J. Surman, R. A. Scullion, F. Xu, D. -L. Long, L. Cronin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 12741-12745
10. Self-Templating and In Situ Assembly of a Cubic Cluster-of-Clusters Architecture Based on a {Mo24Fe12} Inorganic Macrocycle, W. Xuan, A. J. Surman, Q. Zheng, D. -L. Long, L. Cronin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 128, 12895-12899
9. Sizing and Discovery of Nanosized Polyoxometalate Clusters by Mass Spectrometry, A. J. Surman, P. J. Robbins, J. Ujma, Q. Zheng, P. E. Barran, L. Cronin, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 3824-3830
8. Exploiting the equilibrium dynamics in the self-assembly of inorganic macrocycles based upon polyoxothiometalate building blocks, H. -Y. Zang, A. J. Surman, D. -L. Long, L. Cronin, H. N. Miras, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 9109-9912
7. Formation of oligopeptides in high yield under simple programmable conditions, M. Rodriguez, A. J. Surman, G. J. T. Cooper, I. Suarez Marina, Z. Hosni, M. P. Lee, L. Cronin, Nat. Commun., 2015, 6, 8385
6. Configurable Nanosized Metal Oxide Oligomers via Precise Click Coupling Control of Hybrid Polyoxometalates, A. Macdonell, N. A. B. Johnson, A. J. Surman, L. Cronin, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 5662-5665
5. Controlling the Ring Curvature, Solution Assembly, and Reactivity of Gigantic Molybdenum Blue Wheels, W. Xuan, A. J. Surman, H. N. Miras, D. -L. Long, L. Cronin, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 14114-14120
4. Exploring the Symmetry, Structure, and Self-Assembly Mechanism of a Gigantic Seven-Fold Symmetric {Pd84} Wheel, R. A. Scullion, A. J. Surman, F. Xu, J. S. Mathieson, D. -L. Long, F. Haso, T. Liu, L. Cronin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 10032-10037
3. Polyoxometalate Clusters Integrated into Peptide Chains and as Inorganic Amino Acids: Solution- and Solid-Phase Approaches, C. Yvon, A. J. Surman, M. Hutin, J. Alex, B. O. Smith, D. -L. Long, L. Cronin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 126, 3404-3409
2. A collection of robust methodologies for the preparation of asymmetric hybrid Mn-Anderson polyoxometalates for multifunctional materials, C. Yvon, A. Macdonell, S. Buchwald, A. J. Surman, N. Follet, J. Alex, D. -L. Long, L. Cronin, Chem. Sci., 2013, 4, 3810-3817
1. Use of ion-mobility mass spectrometry (IMS-MS) to map polyoxometalate Keplerate clusters and their supramolecular assemblies, P. J. Robbins, A. J. Surman, J. Thiel, D. -L. Long, L. Cronin, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 1909-1911