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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 2009)


Dr Aldridge to give invited lecture at Dalton Transactions International Symposium in China: Dr Aldridge has been invited to speak at the inaugural Dalton Transactions International Symposia, to be held in China in October and November 2009. The two events, taking place in Shanghai and Nanjing, also feature speakers from UC Berkeley, EPFL, Nankai, Suzhou and Nanjing Universities. Dr Aldridge will also give an invited talk at the 2nd Asian Coordination Chemistry Conference in Nanjing.


Three new post-doctoral co-workers: Dr Inke Siewert has joined the group from that of Prof Christian Limberg at HU, Berlin. Dr Andrey Protchenko has also joined us to work on a Leverhulme Trust funded project looking at novel d and f-block boryl complexes in collaboration with the groups of Profs Cameron Jones and Philip Mountford. Dr Jochen Niemeyer will join us in early 2010 from the group of Prof Gerhard Erker in Münster.


Hello and goodbye: Several new students have joined the group in October 2009: Mike Kelly has returned after his Part 2 year to begin a DPhil on combined borane/hydrogen bond approaches to anion sensing, while Ian Riddlestone has joined us from Newcastle to work on a new collaboration with BP. We also welcome Phil Fitzpatrick, Nick Phillips, Katie Smart and Antonia Vanbergen as the new cohort of Part 2 students. At the other end of the line, Glesni Pierce successfully defended her DPhil thesis last month to become the 10th doctoral graduate from the group and the first from the University of Oxford. Well done Gles!




Other news: Dr Aldridge to give an invited talk at the Institute of Nanotechnology event taking place at the Royal College of Physicians (‘Converging Technologies for 21st Century Security’); one of last year’s part 2 students Angie Dipaolo has had a paper accepted in Chem. Commun.; Dr Aldridge has been invited to become an Editorial Advisory Board member for the ACS journal Organometallics from January 2010.







     Further Information (links)





     Dalton Transactions International



     Converging Technologies for 21st

     Century Security


     Links to the webpages of research

     collaborators Jones and Mountford


      Earlier archived news









     Facile synthetic routes to dissym-

     -metric 1,2-disubstituted ferrocene

     Lewis acids and Lewis acid/base

     Pairs. Work of Ian Morgan and Part

     2 student Angie Dipaolo just accepted

     by Chem. Commun.