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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 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

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

Fully funded PhD studentship available (EU/UK students)

The project will explore the organometallic chemistry of alkane activation reactions from both experimental and computational perspectives and is co-supervised by Mercedes Alonso Giner at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Enquires are welcome, but should be directed as soon as possible via email; please include a current CV that details any past research work.

Previous research highlights can be found here.