Postgraduate Student (Organometallic Group)
BSc(Hon) (First Class)
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Curtis is a laboratory demonstrator in undergraduate general and synthetic chemistry laboratory sessions, for first year chemistry units, KRA113 and KRA114, and second year units KRA224 and KRA225. He has previously been a senior/assistant demonstrator for third year units formerly known as KRA334 (Structural Methods) and KRA333 (Organometallic Chemistry). He is currently a topic lecturer for KRA342 Catalysis and Reaction Processes and is involved in demonstrating for the laboratory component of this unit.
Currently my PhD project focuses on structure and reactivity chemistry of bis(N-heterocyclic carbene) palladium complexes, looking at the lower oxidation states of palladium (i.e. Pd(II), Pd(I) and Pd(0)). The project has an overall industrial catalysis application (in CO/ethylene copolymerisation) and also fundamental research into discovering novel NHC-palladium structures. X-ray crystal structure analysis (Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction) is heavily relied upon for structural determination and confirmation of ligand binding modes. My work is also in collaboration with the computational chemistry group in probing reaction pathways and formations mechanisms.
Supervisors: Assoc Prof Michael Gardiner and Dr David McGuinness
Authorised by the Head of School, Physical Sciences
27 July, 2015