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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 and dinitrogen
  • The organometallic chemistry of NHC-based pincer ligands
  • Conformationally rigid NHC ligands
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Encapsulating ligand topologies

Interlocking ligand topologies

Phosphine and NHC ligands

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Previous research highlights can be found here.