Welcome to the homepages of Professor Andrew Weller. Our group is based in the Chemistry Research Laboratories at the University of Oxford. Research in the Weller group is focused upon synthetic organometallic chemistry and catalysis, and in particular the generation and stabilisation of transition metal complexes with a low coordination number. These complexes often show very interesting, and novel, structures that display C–H, B–H and C–C bonding modes (via agostic or sigma interactions). Not only are we interested in the fundamentals of synthesis, bonding and structure of these complexes, but we also have a focus on their use and development in challenging catalytic bond transformations, such as C–H, B–H and C–C activation. Follow the links above for more information on research in the group and its publications.


Room Temperature Acceptorless Alkane Dehydrogenation from Molecular σ–Alkane Complexes.

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J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019 in the press [.pdf] oalogo-3-3
(With S. Macgregor, Heriot–Watt)

A d10 Ag(I) amine–borane σ–complex and comparison with a d8 Rh(I) analogue: structures on the η1 to η2η2 continuum.

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Dalton Trans. 2019, in the press [.pdf] oalogo-3-3
With S. Macgregor, Heriot–Watt)
Special issue to mark the IYPT)

The [Rh(Xantphos)]+ Catalyzed Hydroboration of Diphenylacetylene using Trimethyl Amine–Borane

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Inorganica Chimica Acta 2019, 491, 9 [.pdf] oalogo-3-3
(Special issue to celebrate the contributions of M. L. H. Green)

Dehydropolymerization of H3B·NMeH2 using a [Rh(DPEphos)]+ catalyst: the promoting effect of NMeH2

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ACS Catalysis 2019, 9, 3657. [pdf] oalogo-3-3
(With G. Lloyd Jones, Edinburgh

Solvent-free Anhydrous Li+, Na+ and K+ salts of [B(3,5–(CF3)2C6H3)4].
Improved Synthesis and Solid-State Structures.

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Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 3551. [pdf] oalogo-3-3
(special issue in honour of Professor Geoff Cloke)

Amine-borane Dehydropolymerization: Challenges and Opportunities

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Chem. Eur J. 2019, 25, 1379. [.pdf] oalogo-3-3