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Mountford Group 2013-2014

Back row: Nick Rees | Ross Green | Matt Blake | Liban Saleh | Ben Clough | Aidan Cooper | Adam Russell | Andrey Protchenko | Richard Collins.  Front row: Anastasia Miller | Laura Groom | Junjuda Unruangsri | Helen Yin | Philip Mountford | Laura Stevenson | Bryony Core | Lucy Budden | Adán Reyes-Sanchez

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Matt Blake joined the Mountford group in 2009 as a graduate of Bristol University where he carried out his undergraduate research project with Dr Duncan Wass. He spent the first year of his DPhil working on aspects of the metal-catalysed polymerisation of cyclic esters for the sustainable synthesis of biodegradable environmentally friendly polymers. In the last two years of his DPhil he explored the chemistry of new metal-metal bonds involving alkaline earth, lanthanide and transition metals. Matt submitted his thesis in February 2013. He has since continued in the group as a post-doc, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, further developing the chemistry of molecular metal-metal bonded systems. Matt is also a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College.

Lucy Budden  is a Masters (Part II) student and is a member of St Edmund Hall College. She is working on aspects of the metal-catalysed polymerisation of cyclic esters for the sustainable synthesis of biodegradable environmentally friendly polymers.

Ben Clough, a new DPhil in the group, is a graduate of the University of Oxford and a member of St Edmund Hall. He carried out his Part II research project in the group of Dr Jose Goicoechea, working on the transition metal-mediated activation of group 15 Zintl ions. In his DPhil studies he is developing the synthesis and reactivity of titanium alkoxyimido compounds.

Richard Collins is a second year DPhil in the group and a member of Linacre College. Richard previously spent his Part II year in the Mountford group working on aspects of the metal-catalysed polymerisation of cyclic esters for the sustainable synthesis of biodegradable environmentally friendly polymers. He is now working towards his DPhil in olefin polymerisation catalysis in association with LANXESS Elastomers B.V.

Aidan Cooper is a member of St John's college and for his Masters project is working on the synthesis and reactivity of transition metal imido and hydrazido compounds.

Bryony Core is a graduate of the University of St Andrews where she carried out a research project with Prof. Paul Kamer on the the synthesis of new chiral phosphacyclic ligands for late transition metals. She is a member of Trinity College and is currently working towards her DPhil on ring-opening polymerization catalysis using rare earth and alkaline earth catalysts.

Ross Green is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (MChem) where he worked with Dr. Jason Love on the chelation and reactivity of the uranyl cation. He is working towards a DPhil investigating metal-metal bonds between alkaline earth and transition metal elements. He is a member of St. Edmund Hall.

Laura Groom is a graduate of Oxford University and a member of Brasenose college. Laura spent her Part II year in the Mountford group working on developing new stoichiometric and catalytic chemistry of the Ti=N-R multiple bond, focussing on new C-N bond forming reactions. She is continuing to develop this area in her DPhil.

Anastasia Miller is a new Part II student and a member of St Edmund Hall college. Anastasia is looking at transition metal hydrazide chemistry, focusing on ligand development.

Philip Mountford is Professor of Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis and Head of Inorganic Chemistry. His research interests centre around studies of the synthesis, structure, bonding and reactivity of organometallic compounds of the transition metals and lanthanides. For further details follow the link at the top of the page.

Andrey Protchenko is a post-doc in the group working on a collaborative project (with Profs Simon Aldridge and Cameron Jones, Monash University) which is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and Oxford University's John Fell Fund. Andrey is exploring the chemistry of the metal-boron bond in a range of new supporting ligand environments. He worked with Prof Mike Lappert at University of Sussex on the chemistry of lanthanide complexes in low (+2 for La) or high (+4 for Ce) oxidation states.

Nick Rees is NMR manager for Inorganic Chemistry and an associate member of the group. Without Nick and his repertoire of very clever NMR experiments - not to mention keeping the two 300 MHz and the 500 MHz Inorganic NMR spectrometers going - we wouldn't be able to characterise and study most of the more exotic compounds we make.

Adán Reyes-Sanchez Adán Reyes-Sánchez is a graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico where he did a Master’s project on the nickel-catalysed hydroamination of organic unsaturations under the supervision of Prof. Juventino García. He is a member of St Edmund Hall and currently he is working on the synthesis of organolanthanide complexes for the activation of small molecules as part of his DPhil studies, which are funded by CONACYT MX, the Mexican Bureau of Education, the Department of Chemistry of the University of Oxford and St Edmund Hall.

Adam Russell  is a graduate of Imperial College (MSci) where he worked with Dr David Scheschkewitz in the area of unsaturated molecular silicon species in his final year research project. Adam is a member of Balliol College and is now working towards his DPhil in olefin polymerisation catalysis in association with LANXESS Elastomers B.V.

Liban Saleh is a graduate of Liverpool University and is working on the coordination chemistry of anionic Group 13 heterocycles with the early transition and rare earth metals. Liban is a member of New College. This work is being carried out in collaboration with Profs Simon Aldridge and Cameron Jones (Monash University, Australia).

Laura Stevenson is a graduate of Imperial College (MSci) where she worked with Dr George Britovsek on the carbonylation of biomass derived alcohols. Laura is currently working on aspects of transition metal hydrazide chemistry, principally towards catalytic N-C bond forming reactions.

Junjuda Unruangsri is a graduate of Oxford University and a member of St Hilda's college.  Having spent her Part II year in the Mountford group working on developing the chemistry of the early transition metal M=N-NR2 functional group, she is now working on the metal-catalysed  polymerisation of cyclic esters for the sustainable synthesis of biodegradable environmentally friendly polymers.

Helen Yin  is a graduate of Imperial College (BSc) where she did her undergraduate research project with Prof. Charlotte Williams on the synthesis of zinc alkyl and hydride species. She is now working towards her DPhil on ring-opening polymerization catalysis using rare earth and alkaline earth catalysts.

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