Research in organometallic and inorganic chemistry includes basic air-stable and air-sensitive organometallic synthesis, structural characterisation, fundamental mechanistic and reactivity studies of a wide array of metal complexes. Metals of interest includes transition metals such as titanium, chromium, palladium, platinum and lanthanides such as samarium, europium and neodymium, to name a few.
Areas of focus include: development of efficient metal-based catalysts for industrial processes as well as exploring the fine detail of various catalytic reaction mechanisms, synthesis of a variety of macrocycles to utilise in tuning lanthanide metal reactivity and systematic investigations into the steric influences of bis(N-Heterocyclic Carbene) ligands on palladium complex structure and reactivity.
Our group also works and collaborates closely with the computational chemistry group on the elucidation of reaction pathways.
For further reading see the following recent publications:
P. D. W. Boyd, A. J. Edwards, M. G. Gardiner, C. C. Ho, M.-H. Lemée-Cailleau, D. S. McGuinness, A. Riapanitra, J. W. Steed, D. N. Stringer, B. F. Yates, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2010, 49, 6315-6318. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201003177
J.A. Suttil, D.S. McGuinness, M. Pichler, M.G. Gardiner, D.H. Morgan, S.J. Evans, Dalton Transactions, 2012. DOI: 10.1039/c2dt11737a
S.S. Karpiniec, D.S. McGuinness, G.J.P. Britovsek, J. Patel, Organometallics 2012, 31, 3439−3442 DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1021/om300084s
M.G. Gardiner, A.N. James, C. Jones, C. Schulten, Dalton Transactions, 2010, 39, 6864-6870 DOI: 10.1039/C0DT01266A
Authorised by the Head of School, Chemistry
9 May, 2012