Students and visitors 2017-18

Somehow, this academic year has been getting away from me, but here’s a quick overview of my research group over the last few months, and, to be on the safe side, for the next few months as well:

I have supervised three final year undergraduate projects this academic year: Josie Endacott (BSc), who’s been mapping ligand effects on C-N coupling reactions, Elena Mogort-Valls (MSci), working on Baeyer-Villiger reactions and Elliot Cross (MSci), investigating catalysts capable of breaking C-O linkages in ethers. They are all currently writing up their project reports. We have also hosted Maximilian Menche for four weeks earlier this year. He is an undergraduate student in Germany and studied some first-row transition metal catalysts.

There are two PhD students that are shared with other groups: Pongsathon (Nan) Boonrod, who is a BCFN student and jointly supervised with Charl Faul. He is working on the design of nitrogen-rich functional materials, splitting his time between synthesis and computation. I also make a small contribution to Callum Woof’s PhD research. He is a member of the Catalysis CDT, based at the University of Bath with Ruth Webster, and his project focusses on the synthesis and characterisation of iron catalysts. The other parts of the supervisory team are my Bristol colleague Craig Butts, as well as Emma Richards in Cardiff.

Here at Bristol, we are very fortunate to be involved in a range of Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), and most of them involve at least one research project as part of the training offered in year 1; students then progress to PhD research in later years. Because of this, I’m currently hosting Rebekah Taylor (Catalysis CDT), who is wrestling with copper catalysis, and Harry Morgan (TMCS), working on iron catalysts. Later in April, after Rebekah and Harry have finished their projects, Derek Durand will join us for his Catalysts CDT research broadening sabbatical.

 

 

 


Accessing Alkyl- and Alkenylcyclopentanes from Cr-Catalyzed Ethylene Oligomerization Using 2-Phosphinophosphinine Ligands

The other paper out earlier this month, this time from a collaboration with Stephen Mansell and his group at Heriot-Watt and colleagues at Sasol:

Organometallics, 2018, 37 (6), pp 1062–1073
DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.8b00063

Accessing Alkyl- and Alkenylcyclopentanes from Cr-Catalyzed Ethylene Oligomerization Using 2-Phosphinophosphinine Ligands

Source: Accessing Alkyl- and Alkenylcyclopentanes from Cr-Catalyzed Ethylene Oligomerization Using 2-Phosphinophosphinine Ligands


Biocatalytic Routes to Lactone Monomers for Polymer Production

New paper out (earlier this month), from a  collaboration with Adrian Mulholland and Reynier Suardiaz here at Bristol, as well as colleagues from Manchester, led by Nigel Scrutton and brought to fruition by Hanan Messiha:

Biochemistry, Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.8b00169

Biocatalytic Routes to Lactone Monomers for Polymer Production

Source: Biocatalytic Routes to Lactone Monomers for Polymer Production


A Simple and Broadly Applicable C−N Bond Forming Dearomatization Protocol Enabled by Bifunctional Amino Reagents

New paper, drawing on Tom’s summer work: A C−N bond forming dearomatization protocol with broad scope is outlined. Specifically, bifunctional amino reagents are used for sequential nucleophilic and electrophilic C−N bond formations, with the…

Source: A Simple and Broadly Applicable C−N Bond Forming Dearomatization Protocol Enabled by Bifunctional Amino Reagents


Exploring Redox States, Doping and Ordering of Electroactive Star-Shaped Oligo(aniline)s – Mills – 2016 – Chemistry – A European Journal – Wiley Online Library

Fresh out and currently promoted as a hot paper, from my collaboration with Charl Faul’s group, a report on the PhD work by Ben Mills: Exploring Redox States, Doping and Ordering of Electroactive Star-Shaped Oligo(aniline)s – Mills – 2016 – Chemistry – A European Journal – Wiley Online Library


Ben’s paper accepted for CEJ!

Faul Research Group

Ben’s paper was very recently accepted by Chemistry – A European Journal as a very important paper!  This investigation, done in collaboration with Natalie Fey (Bristol), Patrice Rannou (Grenoble, France, and long-standing collaborator) and Tomasz Marszalek and Wojciech Pisula (Mainz, Germany and Lodz, Poland).

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Here we show that a redox-active star-shaped oligo(aniline) provides an opportunity to explore and model the intricate optoelectronic properties of a seemingly simple molecule, using a combination of experimental and modelling investigations.  Congrats to all involved!

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Picture it...

Picture It… is proud to present the first in a new series of special short posts inspired by the return of the popular BBC TV baking contest, “The Great British Bake Off” and written by our guest author, Harry Morgan, a chemistry undergraduate at New College, Oxford. Each week we hope to embark on a brief journey into the science behind a particular ingredient, technique or recipe highlighted by the bakers in the GBBO tent.

Jelly1 Orange jelly with a selection of lab glassware and models of limonene, glycine and water.

Here at Picture It, we are as excited as anyone about the return of the Great British Bake Off, and in the opening week the technical challenge provided a chance for a quick glance at some kitchen chemistry. It saw the bakers attempting to make Jaffa cakes, a favourite sweet snack since their introduction in 1927, and normally flavoured…

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