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The Arnold and Love groups March 2015.



green uranyl glass U(V)uranyl crystal

uranium glass and a single crystal of a U(V) uranyl complex

The glass was made at the Edinburgh College of Art from uranyl compounds made in our lab

The single crystal balancing on the top of the valve is a remarkably stable U(V) complex made from one electron reduction of the ubiquitous uranyl dication


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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 for the development of new homogeneous catalysts.


Nov '15: Funded PhD studentships now available to start next autumn: Work on new Pacman-type uranium chemistry in collaboration with Prof J B Love's group, or on new catalysts made from bimetallic f-block aryloxide complexes as part of the Criticat Centre for Doctoral Training CDT.

Nov '15: Congratulations to the PLAgroup team on winning first prize in the poster competition at the Nuclear Waste Decommissioning conference held this year in Glasgow’s Science Centre. The winning students are Jordann Wells, Megan Seymour, and Jamie Purkis.

Nov '15: Congratulations to Dr Andy Fyfe on passing his viva.

Aug '15: the first bis(imido) thorium complex, and made by a simple, and we hope general, route. doi/abs/10.1021/jacs.5b06630

Jul '15: Kezia Dugdale visits our labs to discuss female role models in science, and the importance of science to the Scottish economy.

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 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.

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