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     New Chemistry




     A transition metal borylene

     complex stabilized by a non-

     carbonyl ligand set: formation

     by spontaneous halide loss to

     give an extremely short metal-

     -boron bond (video).

     (work by David Addy)







Research in the Aldridge group is centred on main group and transition metal organometallic chemistry, and ranges from fundamental studies of structure/bonding and reactivity for new types of bond through to applications of Lewis acids in anion recognition and sensors. The work is supported by a range of sources including the EPRSC, charities (e.g. the Leverhulme Trust) governmental and industrial partners (e.g. BP, DSTL/MoD and Biofusion), has been recognized by two recent awards, and has given rise to over 100 publications, including research which has been highlighted in Science and Angewandte Chemie.


The group for the academic year 2011/12 numbers fourteen, comprised of two post-doctoral research associates, seven doctoral students, one visiting student and four Part 2 undergraduate project students. Our research is carried out in the state-of-the-art Chemistry Research Laboratory (CRL) on Mansfield Road. More information on current research projects, published work, current and former group members and opportunities within the group can be found by following the links shown left.


Information regarding Part 2 opportunities for 2011-12



Recent News


• Dr Aldridge promoted to Professor in Oxford University’s recent ‘recognition of distinction’  exercise • Twelfth  doctoral  student graduates  from  the  Aldridge group

Work by recent DPhil graduate Hassanatu Mansaray, Part 2 student Alex Rowe and current DPhil student Nick Phillips selected as a ‘hot article’ by Chem. Commun.Recent paper by 2010-11 Part 2 student Mike O’Neill published in J. Am. Chem. Soc.


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     Click citation for link


     Editor’s choice highlight on ‘boron

     metathesis’ in Science:

     Science 2005, 310, 747.


     Angewandte Chemie highlight article

     on group 13 analogues of CO and N2:

     Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 6326.


     Angewandte Chemie highlight article

     On transition metal complexes of BF:

     Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 3412.







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     (right) Inside cover (Chem. Commun.

     November 2010) featuring work

     on the reactivity of Group 13


     Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 8546.


     (left) Cover of Inorg. Chem. from

     February 2008 issue featuring work

     On colorimetric sensor systems

     Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 793.