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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:

  • Supramolecular inspired encapsulating and interlocking ligand architectures
  • The isolation and subsequent study of complexes with a low coordination number
  • The transition-metal-mediated activation and functionalisation of alkanes
  • The organometallic chemistry of palladium and platinum in unusual oxidation states
  • The organometallic chemistry of NHC-based pincer ligands [read our frontier article]

Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 14345

Encapsulating ligand topologies


Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 12003

Interlocking ligand topologies


Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 3754

Phosphine and NHC ligands

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Previous research highlights can be found here.