We have experience in ligand design (for example with N-heterocyclic carbene, phosphine and amido donors), in synthetic inorganic/organometallic chemistry leading to unusual metal complexes, mainly with transition metals (d-block).
We target complexes with catalytic potential, unusual photophysical or magnetic properties and interesting reactivity (for example towards small molecules and reagents, H2, N2, CO2, silanes, organohalogen compounds). We use extensively methodologies based on glove box and Schlenk line techniques to maintain inert atmospheres during the syntheses and manipulations. The complexes are characterised by X-ray diffraction,NMR and EPR spectroscopies and specialised techniques, the latter in collaboration with academic and industrial teams. Frequently, insight into specific problems emerging from the experimental work is sought by computational methods (in collaboration)