Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Dr Adrian Chaplin

Associate Professor - Reader

Adrian Chaplin profile picture

Synthetic organometallic chemistry and catalysis with a supramolecular twist. Activation of alkanes and nitrous oxide.

a dot b dot chaplin at warwick dot ac dot uk

024 761 51765

Office C501

group webpagesLink opens in a new window

@chaplinlabLink opens in a new window

Department of Chemistry
University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Road
Coventry, CV4 7AL

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • 2015 RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize [press release]
  • 2014 ERC Starting Grant [press release].
  • 2011 Royal Society University Research Fellowship.
  • Reader; University of Warwick, UK (2020 - present).
  • Royal Society University Research Fellow; University of Warwick, UK (2011 - 2019).
  • EPSRC funded postdoctoral research assistant; Willis and Weller research groups, University of Oxford, UK (2009 - 2011).
  • R. J. P. Williams Junior Research Fellow; Wadham College, Oxford, UK (2009 - 2011) .
  • EPSRC funded postdoctoral research assistant; Weller research group, University of Oxford, UK (2007 - 2009).
  • Docteur ès Sciences (PhD); Dyson research group, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland (2007).
  • BSc (Hons); Massey University, New Zealand (2002).

Synthetic and physical chemistry of late transition metal complexes, particularly in connection with their use in small molecule activation and catalysis. This research encompasses elucidating the fundamental structure, bonding and reactivity of transition metal complexes, mechanistic investigations and subsequent catalyst development.
Key lines of investigation:
  • Activation and transformation of alkanes and nitrous oxide
  • Supramolecular inspired encapsulating and interlocking ligand architectures
  • Isolation and reaction chemistry of complexes with a low coordination number
  • Organometallic chemistry of late transition metals in unusual oxidation states
  • Applications of pincer ligands in organometallic chemistry and catalysis

Adrian lectures on CH3F0 and CH403, and is a tutor for CH160 and CH267.

Past and present group members and their accomplishments are detailed on our webpages. We are always interested to hear from talented and motivated scientists. If you are interested in joining the team, please get in touch.

Selected recent publications:

[complete pulbication list]