We make and study reactive and unusual complexes of the rare earths, actinides, and early transition metals. We use these to make new catalysts for difficult transformations such as hydrocarbon C-H bond activation and CO2 chemistry. Our labs are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for the synthesis of highly air-sensitive complexes, and the study of their reactivity towards small, inert molecules, particularly in the development of new homogeneous catalysts.
Jul '15: Kezia Dugdale visits our labs to discuss female role models in science, and the importance of science to the Scottish economy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QfmhEFOoSk
Apr '15: the results of a new collaboration are reported in Angew. Chem. - the observation of extremely short agostic C-H bond interactions with uranium centres at high pressures. doi:10.1002/anie.201411250
Mar '15: Congratulations to Nicola Bell on being is nominated to represent Scottish chemists at the 'Voices of the future 2015' in Westminster which gives early career scientists the opportunity to question MPs on how they decide upon science funding and incorporate research into policy making.
Mar '15: Marketa Suvova is selected to present at the RSC Dalton Division Poster Symposium for young chemists, to be held in Burlington House in London this month. Good luck to her in the finals.
Feb '15: Congratulations and good luck to Thomas Cadenbach who will take up a new a lectureship position in May, having been awarded a prestigious Prometeo Fellowship by the Ecuadorian government.
Nov '14: Congratulations to Dr Charlotte Stevens on passing her PhD viva, and good luck in her new job.
Sept '14:Congratulations and good luck to Joy Farnaby as she starts a Junior Research Fellowship at Imperial College, London.
Aug '14: Two new Drs in a month. Congratulations Dr Isobel Marr and Dr Rebecca White on passing their PhD vivas.
April '14: Welcome to Dr Rianne Lord, starting an EPSRC-funded PDRA position to study macrocyclic uranyl chemistry.
Jan '14: Congratulations Dr Aaron Gamboa on passing his PhD viva.
Dec '13: Congratulations and best wishes to Rowan Young on getting a lectureship at the National University of Singapore.
Aug '13: A Chemical Imbalance, our project exploring gender equality in STEM subjects, launches online. Thanks to the Royal Society for supporting it, through the award of the Rosalind Franklin prize.
Jul '13: Dr Joy Farnaby wins a poster prize at the Actinide Science conference, Actinides 2013.