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Research interests

Webster group research focuses on catalysis with first row transition metals, with a focus on iron catalyst design for the synthesis of bonds between main-group elements. We are interested in trying to understand mechanism and in order to do so we use a varity of in situ and in-line techniques.

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phosphine Chemical Compounds
Phosphines Chemical Compounds
Iron Chemical Compounds
Palladium Medicine & Life Sciences
Titanium Chemical Compounds
Boranes Chemical Compounds
Copolymers Chemical Compounds
Copper Chemical Compounds

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Projects 2014 2023

Research Output 2009 2019

5 Citations (Scopus)

Room temperature iron-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation and regioselective deuteration of carbon-carbon double bonds

Espinal-Viguri, M., Neale, S., Coles, N., Macgregor, S. & Webster, R., 9 Jan 2019, In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 141, 1, p. 572-582 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

1,1-Diphosphines and divinylphosphines via base catalyzed hydrophosphination

Coles, N., Mahon, M. & Webster, R., 21 Sep 2018, In : Chemical Communications. 54, 74, p. 10443-10446 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)
9 Downloads (Pure)

Rapid Metal-Free Formation of Free Phosphines from Phosphine Oxides

Provis-Evans, C., Emanuelsson, E. A. C. & Webster, R., 13 Aug 2018, In : Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis. 360, 20, p. 3999-4004 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Reducing agents

Room Temperature Ni(II) Catalyzed Hydrophosphination and Cyclotrimerization of Alkynes

Webster, R., 1 Dec 2018, In : Inorganics. 6, 4, 120.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
6 Citations (Scopus)
90 Downloads (Pure)

Iron catalysis for the synthesis of ligands: exploring the products of hydrophosphination as ligands in cross-coupling

Espinal-Viguri, M., Mahon, M. F., Tyler, S. N. G. & Webster, R. L., 5 Jan 2017, In : Tetrahedron. 73, 1, p. 64-69

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


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

Intermolecular hydrophosphination of alkynes and dehydrocoupling studies using iron catalysts

Author: King, A., 22 Nov 2018

Supervisor: Webster, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Synthetic and mechanistic investigations of catalytic hydrogenation, dehydrogenation and hydrophosphination

Author: Coles, N., 4 Sep 2019

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD