My group’s chemistry is focused on developing and understanding catalytic chemical transformations. The ability to streamline the efficiency of current and future industrial catalytic processes is a key element in societies’ reduction of energy usage for a greener future. This research field encompasses more traditional redox-active metal-based catalysis to recently developed Frustrated Lewis Pair (FLP) catalysis.
The emergence of Frustrated Lewis Pairs (FLPs) has led to the activation of small molecules using group 13 and 15 centres. We are currently exploring catalytic reactivity of customised FLPs to target a variety of molecule activations and catalytic transformation.
Org. Lett. 2017, 19, 1934–1937
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 10682–10686
Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 25, 6290–6294
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 2572–2578
Org Lett. 2021, 23, 1915–1920
PCP pincer complexes featuring alkylidene central donors have shown huge potential in synergistic metal-ligand bond-activation chemistry. Unfortunately, these ligands are often difficult to access, especially for base metal examples. Our group has found new ways to access such complexes and is currently exploring their potential in challenging bond-activation processes and metal-ligand cooperative catalysis.
Organometallics 2017, 36, 3117–3124
Dalton Trans. 2017, 46, 15407–15414
Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 8234–8241
Organometallics 2020, 39, 797–803
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 18168–18177
Traditionally, metal hydrides are thought of as being basic in nature. Through the use of phosphine-based pincer-type ligands, we are developing ever more acidic metal hydrides that can undergo alternate reactivity with a number of substrates as compared to their more traditionally basic counterparts.
Organometallics 2017, 36, 1609–1617
Dalton Trans. 2020, 49, 15184–15189
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 10700–10708