We aim to address challenges in sustainability through the development of homogeneous transition metal catalysts. In particular, investigating hydrogenation and dehydrogenation processes with relevance to the storage and transportation of hydrogen fuel. Our focus is on understanding how such processes occur. The rational design of efficient catalytic systems requires knowledge of how catalysts and substrates behave in order to tune their reactivity and thereby deliver enhanced performance.
We are interested in designing organometallic catalysts which utilise molecular cooperativity. Our work involves the synthesis of ligands and their transition metal complexes, and studying their reactivity and catalytic behaviour, using an array of analytical techniques including NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography.