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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Staff and Governance

Core Staff

The day-to-day running of IMEMS is the responsibility of the Core Executive Committee, comprising the Director and Associate Directors and the Administrator. 

Publication details for Prof. Andrew Beeby

De Ornellas, S., Slattery, J.M., Edkins, R.M., Beeby, A., Baumann, C.G. & Fairlam, I.J.S. (2015). Design and synthesis of fluorescent 7-deazaadenosine nucleosides containing pi-extended diarylacetylene motifs. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 13(1): 68-72.

Author(s) from Durham


C-modified 7-deazaadenosines containing a diphenylacetylene moiety have been synthesised using cross-coupling approaches. The C-modified nucleosides exhibit remarkable fluorescence properties, including high quantum yields. Solvatochromic studies show a near linear correlation between the Stokes shift and solvent polarity which is indicative of intramolecular charge transfer. DFT calculations have allowed us to correlate the experimentally observed photophysical properties with the calculated HOMO–LUMO energy gaps within a series of real and model compounds.

Full Executive Committee

Our Full Executive Committee is made up of the Core Executive Committee, listed above, plus a number of executive members including:

International Advisory Board

We are extremely fortunate to have be able to call on the help and guidance of colleagues from around the world who help to shape and guide our direction, strategy and international reach. Our current Advisory Board members are: