At last our cross-sector, multi-institution, twitter-catalysed ‘matters arising’ paper identifying the real palladium-based catalysts in the claimed ‘amine catalysed’ Suzuki coupling has been published in Nature Catalysis. Many congratulations to all 23 of the authors involved! For a free, read only version, see: https://rdcu.be/cCuJ0
Congratulations to Sanita Tailor on passing her viva!
Many congratulations to Sanita for passing her PhD viva today, despite the added complexities of doing it remotely by Zoom!
Congratulations to Mattia Manzotti
Mattia successfully defended his PhD last Friday through the doubly unusual medium of the exam being virtual via Zoom AND having two rather than one external examiner. Despite that, he nailed it!
The group welcomes two new PhD students
Exploring the mechanism of a new catalytic ring-opening reaction of the unusual molecule, propellane
Methylenespiro[2.3]hexanes via Nickel-Catalyzed Cyclopropanations with [1.1.1]Propellane, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 51, 20325–20334
Debunking dubious science
Two recent papers from the group critically examine spurious claims of 1st row transition metal catalysed Suzuki cross-coupling.
Revisiting Claims of the Iron‐, Cobalt‐, Nickel‐, and Copper- Catalyzed Suzuki Biaryl Cross-Coupling of Aryl Halides with Aryl Boronic Acids, Organometallics 2019, 38, 1770−1777
Can Immobilization of an Inactive Iron Species Switch on Catalytic Activity in the Suzuki Reaction? Cat. Lett. 2020, 150, 963-968
Post-doctoral position available
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with Professor Robin Bedford on the development and application of homogeneous first-row transition metal catalysts for cross-coupling and related reactions. The project is funded by the EPSRC Catalysis Hub, and you will interact with researchers at other Universities in the UK and at the Harwell Research Campus.
Experience in organometallic synthesis or homogeneous catalysts design and the routine use of air-sensitive techniques are essential. Applicants must have a PhD in synthetic of homogeneous catalytic chemistry. Experience in characterising paramagnetic complexes is desirable.
The post is available to start as soon as possible for 2 years and the closing date for applications is the 23rdApril 2019. Full details and the application procedure can be found here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/jobs/find/details.html?nPostingId=37094&nPostingTargetId=126454&id=Q50FK026203F3VBQBV7V77V83&LG=UK&mask=uobext
Congratulations toAntonis, Stephen et al for their recent publication in Nature Catalysis
The highly surprising behaviour of diphosphine ligands in iron-catalysed Negishi cross-coupling
Antonis M.Messinis, Stephen L. J.Luckham, Peter P. Wells, Diego Gianolio, Emma K.Gibson, Harry M. O’Brien, Hazel A. Sparkes, Sean A. Davis, June Callison, David Elorriaga, Oscar Hernandez-Fajardo and Robin B. Bedford, Nature Catalysis, 2019, 2, 123-133. A read-only version of this paper can be found here: https://rdcu.be/be4e9
Congratulations to Harry and Mattia on the paper in Nature Catalysis
Congratulations to Soneela and Sanita on their accepted Angewandte
Cobalt-catalyzed Suzuki biaryl coupling of aryl halides
Soneela Asghar, Sanita B. Tailor, David Elorriaga and Robin B. Bedford, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201710053