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Dr Adrian Chaplin


Associate Professor
BSc (Hons, Massey), PhD (EPFL), FRSC

+44 24761 51765

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Research Summary

The fundamental structure, bonding and reactivity of late transition metal complexes. Transition metal catalysis and small molecule activation. The use of supramolecular ligand architectures in catalysis and for studying unstable organometallic species. Alkane activation. [more details]
Selected Publications

  • Terminal Alkyne Coupling Reactions through a Ring: Mechanistic Insights and Regiochemical Switching.
    C. M. Storey, M. R. Gyton, R. E. Andrew and A. B. Chaplin*. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 12003 – 12006.
  • Solution, Solid-State, and Computational Analysis of Agostic Interactions in a Coherent Set of Low-Coordinate Rhodium(III) and Iridium(III) Complexes.
    R. C. Knighton, J. Emerson-King, J. P. Rourke, C. A. Ohlin and A. B. Chaplin*. Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 4927 – 4938.
  • Potassium Binding Adjacent to Cationic Transition Metal Fragments: Unusual Heterobimetallic Adducts of a Calix[4]arene-Based Thione Ligand.
    R. Patchett, R. C. Knighton, J. D. Mattock, A. Vargas and A. B. Chaplin*. Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 14345 – 14350.
  • UV-light promoted C–H bond activation of benzene and fluorobenzenes by an iridium(I) pincer complex.
    S. A. Hauser, J. Emerson-King, S. Habershon and A. B. Chaplin*. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 3634 – 3636.
  • One-electron Oxidation of [M(PtBu3)2] (M = Pd, Pt): Isolation of Monomeric [Pd(PtBu3)2]+ and Redox Promoted C–H Bond Cyclometalation.
    T. Troadec, S.-y. Tan, C. J. Wedge, J. P. Rourke, P. R. Unwin and A. B. Chaplin*. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 3754 – 3757.
  • NHC-based pincer ligands: carbenes with a bite.
    R. E. Andrew, L. González-Sebastián, A. B. Chaplin*. Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 1299 - 1305.

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