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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.

Lines of investigation:

  • Activation and transformation of alkanes, nitrous oxide, and nitric 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

Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 14345Link opens in a new window

Encapsulating ligand topologies


Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 12003Link opens in a new window

Interlocking ligand topologies


Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 3754Link opens in a new window

Phosphine and NHC ligands

Previous research highlights can be found here.