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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)






Recent News


Dr Aldridge promoted to Professor in the University’s recent ‘recognition of distinction’ exercise.


Post-doctoral co-worker Christina Tang has taken up a faculty position at Hong Kong Baptist University. Christina becomes the sixth former member of the group to secure their own academic position (following Drs Kays, Al-Fawaz, Vidovic, Urbano and Siewert).


Recently published papers include one on work by recent Hassanatu Mansaray, Alex Rowe and Nick Phillips on boron cations which has been selected as a ‘hot article’ by Chem. Commun. and a paper on BH bond activation by recent Part 2  Michael O’Neill and DPhil student David Addy published in J. Am. Chem. Soc.


Hansanatu Mansaray has become the twelfth doctoral student to graduate from the Aldridge group and has recently departed Oxford to take up a position with the African Development Bank. An example of her recent work can be found here.


Final year DPhil student David Addy has won a prestigious EPSRC doctoral prize, which will enable him to carry out research aimed at further exploitation of some of the key results from his DPhil work.


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     Further Information (links)





     Faculty position for Christina Tang


     Hassanatu, Alex and Nick’s ‘hot

     article’ in Chem. Commun.


     Dave and Mike’s JACS paper


     EPSRC doctoral prize scheme


     Previous news (archived)





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     Figures (above and left)





     (above and left) Multiple activation of

     BH bonds at late transition metal

     centres: demonstration of fund-

     -amental oxidative addition and alpha-

     hydride migration processes:

     J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 11500