Organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis


Characterising molecular geometries and intermolecular interactions that involve light atoms, predominantly hydrogen, in the presence of d- and f-block metals has led to vital contributions to the elucidation of the many coordination modes of hydrogen to metal centres in mono- and multi-metal complexes. The coordination and activation of dihydrogen at metal centres, activation of C–H and more generally X–H bonds, even hydrogen bonding involving metal centres X–H⋅⋅⋅M and X–Hδ+⋅⋅⋅Hδ––M have also been studied, enhancing our understanding of key processes, especially those important in metal-based catalytic transformations of organic molecules. LMX will be used to study very small crystals with relatively small unit cells and larger unit cell systems designed with larger and more complex ligand sets to impose chirality on the metal reaction centre or very large weakly interacting anions to stabilise cationic catalysts.

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