Jonathan P. Hill

Jonathan P. Hill
Supermolecules Group
Supramolecular Chemistry, Preparative Chemistry
Academic degree:
Ph.D, Brunel University, UK (1995)
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Educational and Working History

2006 - Present Senior Researcher, Supermolecules Group, National Institute for Materials Science.
2004 Postdoctoral Fellow, International Center for Young Scientists, National Institute for Materials Science.
2002 Postdoctoral fellow, ERATO Nanospace Project, Tokyo, Japan. (Prof. T. Aida)
2001 Postdoctoral fellow, University of Karlsruhe, Germany. (Prof. A. K. Powell)
1999 Senior Researcher, University of East Anglia, UK. (Prof. A. K. Powell)
1997 STA Postdoctoral fellow, AIST Kansai, Osaka, Japan (Dr. Yo Shimizu)
1995 Ph.D, Brunel University, UK.


  1. Self-assembly of small molecules. Supramolecular synthesis of molecular arrays in various media including solution or at surfaces. Highlights: (a) preparation of self-assembled nanotubes with large aspect ratio and monodisperse cross-sectional diameter; (b) control of surface assembly using molecular oxidation state or hydrogen bonding.
  2. Chemistry of non-planar tetrapyrroles. Certain tetrapyrroles (porphyrins) can be synthetically manipulated through the usually inaccessible central nitrogen atoms permitting modulation of their properties. Highlights: (a) chromogenic sensing of anions; (b) poly-tautomerism in novel corrole derivatives.
  3. Nanomaterials from coordination complexes of transition elements. Coordination complexes of transition metal cations can be processed by a variety of means into materials with nanoscale structural features. Highlights: (a) thermolytic processing of dinuclear complexes of iron; (b) nanostructured microspheres of manganese oxide by room temperature solution processing.

Selected Publications

  1. Xie Y, Hill JP, Schumacher AL, Karr PA, D'Souza F, Anson CE, Powell AK, Ariga K, 'Tautomerism in Novel Oxocorrologens', Chem. Eur. J., 13, (2007) 9824-9833.
  2. Hill JP, Wakayama Y, Akada M, Ariga K, 'Self-Assembly Structures of a Phenol-Substituted Porphyrin in the Solid State: Hydrogen Bonding, Kagome Lattice and Defect Tolerance', J. Phys. Chem. C., 111, (2007) 16174-16180.
  3. Schumacher AL, Sandanayaka ASD, Hill JP, Ariga K, Karr PA, Araki Y, Ito O, D'Souza F, 'Supramolecular Triad and Pentad Composed of Zinc Porphyrin(s), Oxoporphyrinogen, and Fullerene(s): Design and Electron Transfer Studies', Chem. Eur. J., 13, (2007) 4628-4635.
  4. Hill JP, Wakayama Y, Schmitt W, Tsuruoka T, Nakanishi T, Karr PA, Zandler ML, McCarty AL, D'Souza F, Milgrom LR, Ariga K, 'Regulating the Stability of 2-Dimensional Crystal Structures using an Oxidation State dependent Molecular Conformation', Chem. Commun., (2006), 2320-2322.
  5. Schmitt W, Hill JP, Malik S, Anson CE, Powell AK, 'Thermolysis of a Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Supramolecular Coordination Assembly: Templating the Formation of Nanostructured Fibrous Materials and C-based Microcapsules', Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 44, (2005) 7048-7053
  6. Schmitt W, Hill JP, Juanico P, Caneschi A, Costantino F, Anson CE, Powell AK, 'Supramolecular Coordination Assemblies of Dinuclear FeIII Complexes', Angew. Chem, Int. Ed., 44, (2005) 4187-4192.
  7. Hill JP, Hewitt IJ, Anson CE, Powell AK, McCarthy AL, Karr PA, Zandler ML, D'Souza F, 'Highly Non-Planar, Electron Deficient, N-Substituted Tetraoxocyclohexadienylidene Porphyrinogens: Structural, Computational and Electrochemical Investigations', J. Org. Chem., 69, (2004) 5861-5869.
  8. Hill JP, Jin W, Kosaka A, Fukushima T, Ichihara H, Shimomura T, Ito K, Hashizume T, Ishii N, Aida T, 'Self-Assembled Hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene Graphitic Nanotubes', Science, 304, (2004) 1481-1483.
  9. Schmitt W, Anson CE, Hill JP, Powell AK, 'Cation-π binding of an Alkali Metal Ion by Pendant α,α-Dimethylbenzyl Groups in a Mixed Metal Coordination Complex', J. Am. Chem. Soc., 125, (2003) 11142-11143.