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Scott Group Research Topics

Enantioselective catalysis of organic transformations

  The shape or architecture of a chiral catalyst has a profound effect on its ability to determine the stereochemistry of the organic reaction. As organometallic chemists we strive to design and synthesise catalysts in which the chirality is so well-expressed in the active site that the catalyst selectivity approaches perfection. While many groups around the world are working on this type of chemistry, our approach is quite distinctive in that we make catalysts in which are chiral-at-metal. We have developed new ways of generating beautiful chiral architectures.
Molecular materials such as chiral conductors and magnets


We have a particular interest in the synthesis of materials based on chiral building blocks and developing an understanding of how the physical properties of the material (conductivity, magnetism) are affected by their chirality.

Bioinorganic chemistry based on optically pure water-soluble complexes for healthcare applications



We have developed methods by which to assemble optically pure metal/ligand architectures that are stable in water and which interact selectively with DNA.

Discovery of new catalysts and processes for the industrial polymerisation of alkenes

Giles TBS


We are working on the applications of new early transition metal complexes in this area, and have particular interest in designing highly robust catalysts that may be applied in industrial situations. We are developing syntheses of copolymers of various kinds with industrial collaborators.

Publication News

Mechanism of Catalytic Cyclohydroamination by Zirconium Salicyloxazoline Complexes, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 15308–15320

fac-Specific syntheses of homochiral [Fe(NN')3]2+ complexes (NN' = pyridine keto-hydrazone); origins of the stereoselectivity, Dalton Trans. 2010, 39, 4447-4454.

Organic-soluble optically pure anionic metal complexes; PPh4[M(S,S-EDDS)]·2H2O (M = Fe, Co, Cr), Dalton Trans. 2010, (39), 2919 - 2927.

Chirality and diastereoselection in the μ-oxo diiron complexes L2Fe–O–FeL2 (L = bidentate salicylaldiminato), Dalton Trans., 2010, (39), 2309-2326

Substituent effects in ethene/styrene copolymerization: Dormant state destabilization, Journal of Polymer Science 2009, 47, 3111-7.

Self-Assembling Optically Pure Fe(A-B)3 Chelates, Chem Comm, 2009, 1727

Awakening a Dormant Catalyst: Salicylaldimine Systems for Ethene/Styrene Copolymerization, Dalton Transactions, 2008, 6883 - 6885.

Single Diastereomer Half-Sandwich Salicyloxazoline Complexes of Titanium and Zirconium, Organometallics 27, 2008, 2706

Constrained geometry aminooxazolinate ligands giving chiral zirconium guanidinates; catalytic cyclohydroamination, Dalton Trans. 2008, 2983-90 HOT ARTICLE - top 10 downloads

A new reference material for UV-visible circular dichroism, Chirality, 2008, 20, 1029-38.