Professor Andrew Weller
Department of Chemistry | Chemistry Research Laboratories | Mansfield Road | University of Oxford | Oxford | UK OX1 3TA
EPSRC Established Career Fellow
Fellow of
Magdalen College, Oxford
Tel: 01865 285151    Fax: 01865 272690

Welcome to the homepages of Andrew Weller. Research in the group is based upon synthetic organometallic chemistry, and in particular the generation and stabilisation of transition metal complexes with a low coordination number. Through this we are interested in topics related to catalysis, structure and bonding and energy, and in particular complexes that display C-H, B-H and C-C bonding modes (via agostic and sigma interactions) and activation. We also have interest in the self-assembly of metal fragments to form novel clusters that show promise as models for hydrogen on metal surfaces and new hydrogen storage devices. Follow the links above for more information on research in the group and its publications.

PRDA Position available for Jan 2017
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work under the supervision of Professor Andrew Weller on a research project funded by the SCG Chemicals Co. Ltd for a period of two years entitled: Low–Temperature Hydrocarbon Upgrading Using Solid–State Molecular Organometallic Catalysts. The project involves optimising recently developed systems in the laboratories of Professor Andrew Weller and designing and implementing new systems for challenging C–H activation catalysis. For more information see

Formation of a σ-alkane Complex and a Molecular Rearrangement in the Solid-State: [Rh(Cyp
2PCH2CH2PCyp2)(η22-C7H12)][BArF 4].
Organometallics 2016, in the press. [.pdf]
Special issue on hydrocarbon activation
(with S. Macgregor, Heriot–Watt).
Transition Metal Alkane Sigma–Complexes: Synthesis, Characterization and Reactivity
Adv. Organomet. Chem. 2016, in the press. [.pdf]
DOI: 10.1016/bs.adomc.2016.09.001
Selective C-H Activation at a Molecular Rhodium Sigma-Alkane Complex by Solid/Gas Single-Crystal to Single-Crystal H/D Exchange.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, in the press. [.pdf]
(with S. Macgregor, A. Edwards, G. Buntkowsky).
Simultaneous orthogonal methods for the real-time analysis of catalytic reactions

ACS Cat. 2016, 6, 6911. [.pdf]
(with J. S McIndoe, Univeristy of Victoria).
The Simplest Amino-borane H2B=NH2 Trapped on a Rh2 Dimer.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 6551. [.pdf] OAlogo
(with S. Macgregor, Heriot–Watt).
Phosphoramidate-Supported Cp*Ir(III) Aminoborane H2B=NR2 Complexes: Synthesis, Structure, and Solution Dynamics
Chem. Eur. J. 2016 22 6793. [pdf]
with L. Schafer and J. Love, UBC)
Variable Coordination Modes and Catalytic Dehydrogenation of B-Phenyl Amine-Boranes
Dalton Trans 2016, 45, 6183 [.pdf] OAlogo
A Rh–pentane sigma–alkane complex. Characterization in the solid–state by experimental and computational techniques.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 3677. [.pdf] OAlogo
(with S. Macgregor, Heriot–Watt and M. Iannuzzi, Zurich).
Dehydrocoupling of Phosphine-Boranes Using the [RhCp*Me(PMe3)(CH2Cl2)][BArF4] Precatalyst: Stoichiometric and Catalytic Studies
Chemical Science Cover (C5SC04150C) A-Weller
Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 2414 [.pdf] OAlogo
(with S. Macgregor, Heriot–Watt).
Graphic: Dr Karl Harrison

A convenient route to a norbornadiene adduct of iridium with chelating phosphines, [Ir(R2PCH2CH2PR2)(NBD)][BArF4]
and a comparison of reactivity with H
2 in solution and the solid–state.

J. Organomet. Chem. 2016, in the press. [pdf] OAlogo
(Special issue dedicated to Professor Jack Lewis).
Encapsulation of an organometallic cationic catalyst by direct exchange into an anionic MOF
Grigoropoulos_TOC figure
Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 2037 [.pdf] OAlogo
A collaboration as part of the
EPSRC UK Catalysis Hub
with (R. Davies, A. Haynes, L. Brammer, J. Xiao and M.J. Rosseinsky)

The Synthesis, Characterization and Dehydrogenation of Sigma–Complexes of BN–Cyclohexanes

Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 310. [pdf] OAlogo
(with Shih–Yuan Lui, Boston College and D. Dixon, University of Alabama)

Flag Counter