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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 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 three main areas (see links to further information at right):


  The synthetic, structural and reaction chemistry of transition metal complexes containing multiple bonds to group 13 elements;


  Activation of E-H bonds (E = B, C, N) via transition metal boryl and related complexes;


  The design and synthesis of novel Lewis acids with applications in catalysis and sensors.


  The design and exploitation of novel highly sterically demanding ligands in transition metal and main group chemistry.



Recent highlights in these areas include:


  The first example of an f-element to boron bond

(J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 3836);


   The first examples of a BN alkene analogue coordinated to a metal centre

(Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 921; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 11500;

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 8494);


  The first trapping of a group 13 analogue of N2 and CO

(J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 5449; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 16111 highlighted in Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 6326);







Further Information




Research Areas Overview

Multiply bonded systems

Metal boryl complexes


Sterically demanding ligands



Current project funding







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The diatomic molecule GaI as a ligand

in transition metal chemistry:

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 16111.

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 5449.