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Research interests

Our interests lie in the organometallic and coordination chemistry of late transition metals. We have a particular focus on bond activation reactions (e.g. C-H activation) in both stoichiometric and catalytic processes.

We employ a combination of Schlenk, vacuum line and glove box techniques for the manipulation of air and water sensitive compounds, replying heavily on multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography for characterisation.

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Research Output

Breaking bonds over many timescales: In celebration of Robin Perutz's 70th birthday

Duckett, S. B., Nicasio, M. C. & Whittlesey, M. K., 14 Jan 2020, In : Dalton Transactions. 49, 2, p. 254-255 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Heterobimetallic Ruthenium-Zinc Complexes with Bulky N-Heterocyclic Carbenes: Syntheses, Structures and Reactivity

Espinal-Viguri, M., Varela-Izquerido, V., Miloserdov, F., Riddlestone, I., Mahon, M. & Whittlesey, M., 26 Mar 2019, In : Dalton Transactions . 48, 13, p. 4176-4189 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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2 Citations (Scopus)

N-Heterocyclic Carbene Non-Innocence in the Catalytic Hydrophosphination of Alkynes

Blackaby, W. J. M., Neale, S. E., Isaac, C. J., Sabater, S., MacGregor, S. A. & Whittlesey, M. K., 4 Apr 2019, In : ChemCatChem. 11, 7, p. 1893-1897 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)


Alkaline-Earth Catalysis for Inorganic Polymer Synthesis

Author: Morris, L., 19 Feb 2020

Supervisor: Whittlesey, M. (Supervisor) & Hill, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Chelating phosphine complexes of ruthenium for the co-ordination and activation of small molecules

Author: Ledger, A., 1 Apr 2011

Supervisor: Whittlesey, M. (Supervisor) & Williams, J. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Diamido- and diaminocarbene complexes of the late d-block metals

Author: Collins, L., 12 Apr 2016

Supervisor: Whittlesey, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Inexpensive methods of catalytic hydrophosphination utilising iron and simple metal salts

Author: Gallagher, K., 2 Oct 2019

Supervisor: Webster, R. (Supervisor) & Whittlesey, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Author: Blackaby, W., 19 Feb 2020

Supervisor: Johnson, A. (Supervisor) & Whittlesey, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD