Research Areas: Overview


The main thrust of much of our work involves the synthesis of novel organometallic complexes, investigation of their underlying electronic structure and delineation of fundamental patterns of reactivity. Recent work within the Aldridge group is focussed in four main areas (see links to further information at bottom):


1. Novel systems for small molecule activation/catalysis incorporating Main Group elements as the active site

2. Group 13-based ligand systems: fundamental structure/reactivity studies and applications in (de)-hydrogenation

3. Applications of low-coordinate complexes stabilized by N-heterocyclic carbene ligands (NHCs)

4. Novel Lewis acids and acid/base pairs with applications in detection and sensing technologies


Recent highlights in these areas include


Isolation of highly reactive Main Group systems including first examples of acyclic silylenes and of M(II) radicals for Group 13 [link and link]


Demonstration of reversible redox based bond modification at a Main Group metal [link]


Development of a Frustrated Lewis Pair detection protocol for nitrous oxide [link]


Main Group Bond Activation      Group 13 ligands      NHCs      Anion Binding/Detection












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