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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)






Archived News (Autumn 2010)


Dr Aldridge has been awarded the 2010 Royal Society of Chemistry award for Main Group Chemistry, a prize awarded by the RSC since 1970 to recognize outstanding research in any aspect of the chemistry of the s and p block elements. The award will be presented at the RSC’s Inorganic Chemistry Awards Symposium to be held at Queen’s University Belfast in February 2011.


Post-doctoral co-workers Drasko Vidovic and Juan Baena have accepted academic jobs at NTU Singapore and the University of Huelva, respectively.


Dr Aldridge has been invited to give talks at upcoming meetings in the US: SW regional ACS meeting (New Orleans, December 2010), Pacifichem 2010 meeting (Honolulu, December 2010) IUPAC Congress, (Puerto Rico (August 2011) and in Europe: RCS Coordination Chemistry Discussion Group (CCDG) meeting (UEA, July 2011), RSEQ Biennial Meeting (Valencia, July 2011).


Recently accepted papers include studies of C-H borylation by Christina Tang (Angew. Chem.) and a communication by Andrey Protchenko (Chem. Commun.) on boron and gallium nucleophiles which has been selected as a ‘hot article’ by the journal’s editors. This article also features as the inside cover of Chem. Commun.











     Further Information (links)





     RSC Main group Chemistry award


     RSC’s Inorganic Chemistry Awards



     Andrey Protchenko’s hot article in

     Chem. Commun.


     Chem. Commun. inside cover


     Pacifichem 2010 - Hawaii


     CCDG meeting 2011 - UEA


     Earlier archived news






     Figures (above and left)





     The diverging reaction site selectivity

     of Group 13 heterocycles towards a

     titanium electrophile, leading to B-C

     and Ga-M bond formation. Hot article

     and inside cover of Chem. Commun.