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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
  • Isolation and reaction chemistry of complexes with a low coordination number
  • Transition-metal-mediated activation and functionalisation of alkanes
  • Organometallic chemistry of palladium and platinum in unusual oxidation states
  • Applications of NHC- and phosphine- based pincer ligands in organometallic chemistry and catalysis

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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