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 air-sensitive organometallic chemistry with high-pressure crystallography.
I aim to synthesise a range of late transition metal pincer complexes which contain weakly coordinating ligands, such as σ-boranes. σ-boranes are considered intermediates to B-H bond activation and are uniquely predisposed to subsequent reactivity due to the pre-activation of the B-H bond by the metal centre. If we can induce bond activation in the solid-state using pressure and monitor the reactive transition states using high-pressure crystallography, we can improve our targeted design for future bond activation catalysts.