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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)






Simon Aldridge: Academic History (CV here)


·       10/2010 – date: Professorof Main Group Chemistry, University of Oxford, and Fellow, The Queen’s College. Research interests: main group and transition metal organometallic chemistry; low coordinate metal systems; Lewis acids in catalysis and sensors. Current chairman of the RSC Main Group Chemistry interest group. Winner of RSC Dalton Transactions European Lectureship for 2009 and the RSC Main Group Chemistry Award 2010.


·       01/2007 – 09/2010: University Lecturer, Inorganic Chemistry, Oxford


·       08/1998 – 12/2006: School of Chemistry, Cardiff University. Senior lecturer from 2005. Co-founder and Director Centre for Fundamental and Applied Main Group chemistry.


·       12/1997 – 07/1998: Post-doctoral research associate, Imperial College, London (with Prof DMP Mingos FRS).


·       03/1998 – 11/1997: Fulbright Scholar and post-doctoral research associate, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA (with Prof TP Fehlner).


·       10/1992 – 03/1996: DPhil student, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford (with Prof AJ Downs). Main group organometallic and hydride chemistry (thesis: ‘Studies of Some Volatile Compounds of Main Group Elements,’ submitted Dec 1995).


·       11/1988 – 06/1992: Undergraduate student, Jesus College, University of Oxford (first class BA Hons chemistry, Jesus College open scholar 1989-1992, inorganic thesis prize 1992).







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