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  1. "Synthesis and properties of (±)trans-(h2-alkene)(2-alkyloxy-4-stilbazole)- dichloroplatinum: a very remarkable family of organometallic mesogens", J P Rourke, F P Fanizzi, D W Bruce, D A Dunmur and P M Maitlis, J Chem Soc, Dalton Trans, 1992, 3009. Download copy
  2. "Organometallic liquid crystals based on octahedral rhodium(III)", J P Rourke, D W Bruce and T B Marder, J Chem Soc, Dalton Trans, 1995, 317. Download copy
  3. "Cyclopalladated acac and cp liquid crystals: a comparative study", D P Lydon, G W V Cave and J P Rourke, J Mater Chem, 1997, 7, 403. Download copy
  4. "Di-cyclopalladated Schiff's base liquid crystals: novel metallomesogens ", D P Lydon and J P Rourke, Chem Commun, 1997, 1741. Download copy
  5. "Cyclopalladated Schiff's base liquid crystals: the effect of the acac group on the thermal behaviour", G W V Cave, D P Lydon and J P Rourke, J Organomet Chem, 1998, 555, 81. Download copy
  6. "Inter- versus intra-molecular C-H activation: the synthesis and characterisation of a novel platinum complex", G W V Cave, A J Hallett, W Errington and J P Rourke, Angew. Chem., 1998, 37, 3466, Download copy (German) Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 1998, 37, 3270. Download copy (English)
  7. "High yield synthesis of a di-cyclometallated C^N^C tridentate platinum complex", G W V Cave, N W Alcock and J P Rourke, Organometallics, 1999, 18, 1801. Download copy
  8. "C-H activation induced by water. Mono-cyclometallated to di- cyclometallated: C^N^C tridentate platinum complexes.", G W V Cave, F P Fanizzi, R J Deeth, W Errington and J P Rourke, Organometallics, 2000, 19, 1355. Download copy
  9. "Chiral cyclopalladated liquid crystals from amino acids", D J Saccomando, C Black, G W V Cave, D P Lydon and J P Rourke, J Organomet Chem, 2000, 601, 305. Download copy
  10. "Trans dichloro stilbazole methyl-n-alkyl sulfoxide-platinum(II) complexes: the first examples of metallomesogens containing chiral centres directly bonded to the metal", F P Fanizzi, V Alicino, C Cardellicchio, P Tortorella and J P Rourke, Chem. Commun, 2000, 673. Download copy
  11. "Di-metallated platinum carbonyl complexes: platinum-platinum interactions in the solid state", C P Newman, G W V Cave, M Wong, W Errington, N W Alcock and J P Rourke, J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 2001, 2678. Download copy
  12. "Doubly Cyclometallated Pyridazines: Contrasting Behaviour with Palladium and Platinum.", J W Slater, D P Lydon, N W Alcock and J P Rourke, Organometallics, 2001, 20, 4418. Download copy
  13. "Regiospecific high yield reductive coupling of diynes to give a luminescent rhodium complex", J P Rourke, A S Batsanov, J A K Howard and T B Marder, Chem. Commun, 2001, 2626. Download copy
  14. "Mechanism of Formation of mer-trans-[Rh(H)(CC- R)2(PMe3)3] via C-H Oxidative Addition: Alkyne scrambling and hydride replacement", J P Rourke, G Stringer, D S Yufit, J A K Howard and T B Marder, Organometallics, 2002, 21, 429. Download copy
  15. "Doubly cyclopalladated pyridazines: Chiral liquid crystals", J W Slater, D P Lydon and J P Rourke, J Organomet Chem, 2002, 645, 246. Download copy
  16. "13C Kinetic isotope effects in the copper(I)-mediated living radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate", S Harrisson, J P Rourke and D M Haddleton, Chem. Commun, 2002, 1470. Download copy
  17. " Cyclometallated Nitrogen Heterocycles", J W Slater and J P Rourke, J Organomet Chem, 2003, 688, 112. Download copy
  18. "Cp2ZrMe(12-h-Me-1-closo-CB11HMe10)]: a transition metal complex of a highly-methylated carborane anion", M J Ingleson, A J Clarke, M F Mahon, J P Rourke and A S Weller, Chem. Commun, 2003, 1930. Download copy
  19. "Silver-phosphine complexes of the highly methylated carborane monoanion [closo-1-H-CB11Me11]-", A J Clarke, M J Ingleson, G Kociok-Kohn, M F Mahon, N J Patmore, J P Rourke, G D Ruggiero and A S Weller J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 1503. Download copy
  20. G E Ball, T Darwish, S Geftakis, M W George, D J Lawes, P Portius and J P Rourke. “Characterization of an Organometallic Xenon Complex using NMR and IR Spectroscopy”; Proc. Nat. Acad. Science USA, 2005, 102, 1853-1858. Download copy
  21. P G Evans, N A Brown, G J Clarkson, C P Newman and J P Rourke. “Cyclopalladated acetate dimers: Crystal structures and VT-NMR.”; J. Organomet. Chem., 2006, 691, 1251-1256. Download copy
  22. K Randell, M J Stanford, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke “N-heterocyclic carbenes: reaction to give anilines.”; J. Organomet. Chem., 2006, 691, 3411-3562. Download copy
  23. C P Newman, G J Clarkson, N W Alcock and J P Rourke. “Carbene or Zwitterion? Competition in Organoplatinum Complexes.”; Dalton Trans., 2006, 3321-3325.Download copy
  24. J McMaster, P Portius, G E Ball, J P Rourke and M W George. “Density Functional Theoretical Studies of the Re-Xe Bond in Re(Cp)(CO)(PF3)Xe and Re(Cp)(CO)2Xe.”; Organometallics, 2006, 25, 5242-5248. Download copy
  25. G E Ball, C M Brookes, A J Cowan, T A Darwish, M W George, H K Kawanami, P Portius and J P Rourke. “A delicate balance of complexation vs. activation of alkanes: NMR and TRIR studies of the interaction of alkanes with [Re(Cp)(CO)(PF3)]”; Proc. Nat. Acad. Science USA, 2007, 104, 6927-6932. Download copy
  26. C P Newman, K Casey-Green, G J Clarkson, G W V Cave, W Errington and J P Rourke. “Cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes: oxidation to, and C-H activation by, platinum(IV).”; Dalton Trans., 2007, 3170-3182. Download copy
  27. C P Newman, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “Silver(I) N-heterocyclic carbene complexes: a new bonding motif.”; J. Organomet. Chem., 2007, 692, 4962-4968. Download copy
  28. C P Newman, R J Deeth, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “Synthesis of Mixed NHC/L Platinum(II) Complexes: Restricted Rotation of the NHC Group”; Organometallics., 2007, 26, 6225. Download copy
  29. J Mamtora, S H Crosby, C P Newman, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “Platinum(IV) complexes: C-H activation at low temperatures.”; Organometallics, 2008, 27, 5559-5565. Download copy
  30. S H Crosby, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “A delicate balance between sp2 and sp3 C-H bond activation: a Pt(II) complex with a dual agostic interaction.”; J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 14142-14143. Download copy
  31. N R Wilson, P A Pandey, R Beanland, R J Young, I A Kinloch, L Gong, Z Liu, K Suenaga, J P Rourke, S J York and J Sloan. “Graphene oxide; structural analysis and application as a highly transparent support for electron microscopy”; ACS Nano, 2009, 3, 2547-2556. Download copy
  32. S H Crosby, G J Clarkson R J Deeth and J P Rourke. “Platinum(IV) DMSO complexes: Synthesis, isomerisation and agostic intermediates”; Organometallics, 2010, 29, 1966-1976. Download copy
  33. G L Petretto, M Wang, A Zucca and J P Rourke. “Platinum(II) N-heterocyclic carbene complexes: coordination and cyclometallation”; Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 7822-7825. Download
  34. J Sloan, Z Liu, K Suenaga, N R Wilson, P A Pandey, L M Perkins, J P Rourke, and I J Shannon. “Imaging the Structure, Symmetry and Inhibited Rotation of C2v Polyoxometalate Ions on Graphene Oxide”; Nano Lett., 2010, 10, 4600-4606. Download
  35. N R Wilson, P A Pandey, R Beanland, J P Rourke, U Lupo, G Rowlands and R A Römer. “On the structure and topography of free-standing chemically modified graphene”; New J. Phys. 2010, 12, 125010.
  36. S H Crosby, R J Deeth, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “Platinum(IV) centres with agostic interactions from both sp2 and sp3 C-H bonds”; Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 1227-1229. Download
  37. J P Rourke, P A Pandey, J J Moore, M Bates, I A Kinloch, R J Young and N R Wilson. “The real graphene oxide revealed: stripping the oxidative debris from the graphene-like sheets”; Angew. Chem., 2011, 50, 3173. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201007520.
  38. S H Crosby, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “Reactions of a Pt(II) agostic complex: de-cyclometallation, di-cyclometallation and solvent switchable formation of a roll-over complex.”; Organometallics, 2011, 30, 3603-3609. Download
  39. H R Thomas, R J Deeth, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “A Palladium(II) agostic complex: exchange of aryl-Pd and alkyl-Pd bonds”; Organometallics, 2011, 30, 5641-5648. Download
  40. P A Pandey, G R Bell, J P Rourke, A M Sanchez, M D Elkin, B J Hickey and N R Wilson. “Physical vapor deposition of metal nanoparticles on chemically modified grapheme: observations on metal-graphene interactions”; Small, 2011, 7, 3202-3210 Download
  41. G L Petretto, J P Rourke, L Maidich, S Stoccoro, M A Cinellu, G Minghetti, G J Clarkson and A Zucca. “Heterobimetallic roll-over derivatives”; Organometallics, 2012, 31, 2971. Download 
  42. P A Pandey, L A Rochford, D S Keeble, J P Rourke, T S Jones, R Beanland and N R Wilson. “Resolving the nanoscale morphology and crystallographic structure of molecular thin films: F16CuPc on graphene oxide”; Chem. Mater., 2012, 24, 1365-1370. Download copy
  43. S H Crosby, H R Thomas, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “Concerted reductive coupling of an alkyl chloride at Pt(IV)”; Chem. Comm., 2012, 48, 5775-5777. Download copy.
  44. S H Crosby, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “Relieving steric strain at octahedral Pt(IV): Isomerisation and reductive coupling of alkyl and aryl chlorides.”; Organometallics, 2012, 31, 7256–7263. Download copy.
  45. H R Thomas, C Vallés, I A Kinloch, R J Young, N R Wilson and J P Rourke. “Identifying the fluorescence of graphene oxide”; J. Mater. Chem. C, 2013, 1, 338-342. Download copy.
  46. L Maidich, A Zucca, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “Oxidative addition of MeI to a rollover complex of Pt(II): isolation of the kinetic product”; Organometallics, 2013, 32, 3371-3375. Download copy.
  47. H R Thomas, S P Day, W E Woodruff, C Vallés, R J Young, I A Kinloch, G W Morley, J V Hanna, N R Wilson and J P Rourke. “Deoxygenation of Graphene Oxide: Reduction or Cleaning?”; Chem. Mater., 2013, 25, 3580, Download copy.
  48. C Vallés, I A Kinloch, R J Young, N R Wilson and J P Rourke. “Graphene Oxide and Base-Washed Graphene Oxide as Reinforcements in PMMA Nanocomposites”; Composites Sci. Tech., 2013, 88, 158-164
  49. A Zucca, L Maidich, L Canu, G L. Petretto, S Stoccoro, M A Cinellu, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “Rollover-assisted C(sp2)-C(sp3) bond formation”; Chem. Eur. J., 2014, 20, 5501-5510.
  50. H R Thomas, A J Marsden, M Walker, N R Wilson and J P Rourke. “Sulfur functionalised graphene oxide via epoxide ring-opening”; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 7613-7618. Downlad copy.
  51. P A Shaw, J M Phillips, C P Newman, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “Intramolecular transcyclometallation: the
 exchange of an aryl–Pt bond for an alkyl–Pt bond via an agostic intermediate”; Chem. Comm., 2015, 51, 8365-8368. download copy
  52. C Bosch-Navarro, Z P L Laker, H R Thomas, A J Marsden, J Sloan, N R Wilson and J P Rourke. “Covalently binding atomically designed Au9 clusters to chemically modified graphene”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 9560-9563. download copy
  53. C Bosch-Navarro, M Walker, N R Wilson and J P Rourke. “Covalent modification of exfoliated fluorographite with nitrogen functionalities”; J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015, 3, 7627-7631. download copy
  54. C Bosch-Navarro, Z P L Laker, J P Rourke and N R Wilson. “Reproducible, stable and fast electrochemical activity from easy to make graphene on copper electrodes”; Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 29628-29636.
  55. H R Thomas, D J Phillips, N R Wilson, M I Gibson and J P Rourke. “One-step grafting of polymers to graphene oxide”; Polym. Chem.; 2015, 6, 8270-8274.
  56. L Maidich, G Dettori, S Stoccoro, M A Cinellu, J P Rourke and Antonio Zucca. “Electronic and steric effects in rollover C-H bond activation”; Organometallics, 2015, 34, 817-828.
  57. N R Wilson and J P Rourke. “A defence of the two-component model of graphene oxide”; Carbon, 2016, 96, 339-341. Download copy
  58. T Troadec, Sze-yin Tan, C J Wedge, J P Rourke, P R Unwin and A B Chaplin. “One-electron Oxidation of [M(PtBu3)2] (M = Pd, Pt): Isolation of Monomeric [Pd(PtBu3)2]+ and Redox Promoted C–H Bond Cyclometalation”; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 3754-3757. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201511467
  59. C Bosch-Navarro, L M Perkins, R J Kashtiban, J P Rourke, I J Shannon, J Sloan. “Comparative imaging of polyoxometalate ion on graphene oxide under high voltage/low dose and low voltage/low dose conditions”; ACS Nano, 2016, 10, 769-802. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b05898
  60. P A Shaw, J M Phillips, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “Trapping Five-Coordinate Platinum(IV) Intermediates”; Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 11397-11406. DOI: 10.1039/C6DT02088G
  61. C Bosch-Navarro, J P Rourke and N R Wilson. “Controlled electrochemical and electroless deposition of noble metal nanoparticles on graphene”; RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 73790-73796. DOI: 10.1039/C6RA14836K
  62. P A Shaw, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “Long-lived Five-Coordinate Platinum(IV) Intermediates: Regiospecific C-C Coupling”; Organometallics, 2016, 35, 3751-3762. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.organomet.6b00697
  63. C Bosch-Navarro, Z P L Laker, A J Marsden, N R Wilson and J P Rourke. “Non-covalent functionalization of graphene with a hydrophilic self- limiting monolayer for macro-molecule immobilization”; Flatchem, 2016, 1, 52-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.flatc.2016.11.001
  64. P A Shaw and J P Rourke. “Selective C-C coupling at a Pt(IV) centre: 100% preference for sp2-sp3 over sp3-sp3.”; Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 4768-4776. DOI: 10.1039/C7DT00328E
  65. P A Shaw, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “Reversible C-C bond formation at a triply cyclometallated platinum(IV) centre”; Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 5547-5558. DOI: 10.1039/C7SC01361B
  66. C I Biggs, C Packer, S Hindmarsh, M Walker, N R Wilson, J P Rourke and M I Gibson. “Impact of sequential surface-modification of graphene oxide on ice nucleation”; Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 21929-21932. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP03219F
  67. P A Shaw, G J Clarkson and J P Rourke. “Oxidation of an o-tolyl phosphine complex of platinum: C-H activation and transcyclometallation.”; J. Organomet. Chem., 2017, 851, 115-121. DOI:10.1016/j.jorganchem.2017.09.026
  68. R C Knighton, J Emerson-King, J P Rourke, C A Ohlin and A B Chaplin. “Solution, solid-state, and computational analysis of agostic interactions in a coherent set of low-coordinate rhodium(III) and iridium(III) complexes.” Chem. Eur. J., 2018, 24, 4927-4938, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201705990