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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)






Current Group


The current group (2011/12) numbers fourteen: two post-doctoral research associates, seven doctoral students, one visiting student and four Part 2 project students.


DPhil and Part 2 Students


David Addy. Dave completed his Part 2 project in the group in 2008, and has is now writing up his DPhil work on metal borylene systems, having transferred from St Peter’s to Queen’s. See links to some of Dave’s recent work on borylene and borane complexes of electron rich transition metals.


Michael Kelly. Mike started his DPhil in the group in October 2009 after a successful Part 2 project the preceding year on carbazolyl chemistry. His research project is focused on the use of novel Lewis acids in anion binding and sensing.


Ian Riddlestone. Ian was awarded his MChem degree (2009) from Newcastle University with a year’s Industrial placement at ICI Paints. His MChem project involved looking at the chemistry of thioether-functionalized lithium phosphide complexes with Dr Keith Izod. Ian’s current project is a CASE sponsored study looking at small molecule activation with BP.


Nick Phillips. Nick did his Part 2 project in the group in 2009-10 working on the synthesis of new transition metal borylene complexes possessing non-carbonyl ligand sets and started his DPhil studies in the group in October 2010, looking at Group 9 metal N-heterocyclic carbene chemistry.


Joe Abdalla joined the group in September 2011 after a Part 2 project with Dr Chris Timmel, and is working on novel aspects of the coordination chemistry of BN-containing ligands.


Remi Tirfoin joined the group in September 2011 and is working on novel ferrocene based Lewis acid systems for anion chelation.


Raihan Musa. Raihan did her undergraduate BSc Industrial Chemistry with Industrial Experience honours degree at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (First Class honours). She joined the group in September 2011 and is currently working on Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry for Anion Recognition. Raihan is sponsored by Government of Malaysia under their Fellowship Program; she is also a member of The Queen's College.


The current cohort of Part 2 students comprises Johnny Rowles (St Anne’s), Paul Kaufman (Merton), Stuart Cornes (Wadham) and James Branch (Jesus). James is working on anion binding and sensing using mixed bidentate Lewis acid systems. Stuart is also working on anion binding in collaboration with the group of Paul Beer, while Paul is working on the coordination chemistry of alanes. Johnny is investigating the chemistry of expanded ring N0-heterocyclic carbene ligands.







     Further Information




    Group Calendar

    Group Members

         Post-doctoral co-workers

         DPhil and Part 2 students

         Former Group Members

         Simon Aldridge





     Assorted Photos









    Christmas dinner 2010:

    Sian, Nick and Ian at Pierre Victoire



    Niagara Falls 2011:

    Simon, Nick and Dave at the Niagara

    Falls IMEBORON meeting