I started my PhD at the University of Warwick in October 2019 after graduating from Newcastle University with a Master’s degree in Chemistry. I am a shared PhD student between the Senn group and the Chaplin group, as my project combines organometallic chemistry with high pressure crystallography.
I aim to synthesise a range of low valent late transition metal complexes (mainly Rhodium(I) pincer ligand complexes) and utilise these reactive fragments to activate chemically robust bonds (such as C-Cl or C-H). Ideally, these complexes containing these types of bonds will undergo a solid-state transition upon the application of pressure to the crystal, involving the oxidative addition of the C-X bond to the metal centre. These bond cleavage mechanisms and other significant structural changes will be monitored using high pressure crystallography.