The Group are moving to York from Oxford in January 2020

Welcome to the homepages of Professor Andrew Weller. Research in the Weller group is based upon synthetic organometallic chemistry and catalysis, and in particular the generation and stabilisation of transition metal complexes with a low coordination number. These complexes often show very interesting, and novel structures, that display C–H, B–H and C–C bonding modes (via agostic or sigma interactions). Not only are we interested in the fundamentals of synthesis, bonding and structure of these complexes, but we also have a focus on their use and development in challenging catalytic bond transformations, such as C–H, B–H and C–C activation. Follow the links above for more information on research in the group and its publications.


PhD studentship available in the group at the University of York for an Oct 2020 start.
Solid-state molecular Organometallic Chemistry of Group 7 Carbonyls: Taming Reactive Complexes in an Anionic Cage

A Simple Cobalt–Based Catalyst System for the Controlled Dehydropolymerisation of H3B·NMeH2 on the Gram-Scale

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Chem. Commun. 2019 in the press [.pdf]

Synthesis of highly fluorinated arene complexes of [Rh(chelating phosphine)]+ cations, and their use in synthesis and catalysis Chem. Eur. J. 2019 in the press.

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Chem. Eur. J. 2019 in the press [.pdf]

Reversible Encapsulation of Xenon and CH2Cl2 in a Solidā€State Molecular OrganoMetallic Framework (Guest@SMOM)

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Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 16873 [.pdf]

The Role of Neutral Rh(PONOP)H, free NMe2H, Boronium and Ammonium Salts in the Dehydrocoupling of Dimethylamine-borane using the Cationic Pincer [Rh(PONOP)(η2–H2)]+ Catalyst.

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Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 14724 [.pdf]
(With S. Macgregor, Heriot–Watt)

Room Temperature Acceptorless Alkane Dehydrogenation from Molecular σ–Alkane Complexes.

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J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 11700 [.pdf]
(With S. Macgregor, Heriot–Watt)

A d10 Ag(I) amine–borane σ–complex and comparison with a d8 Rh(I) analogue: structures on the η1 to η2η2 continuum.

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Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 9776 [.pdf]
With S. Macgregor, Heriot–Watt)
Special issue to mark the IYPT)

The [Rh(Xantphos)]+ Catalyzed Hydroboration of Diphenylacetylene using Trimethyl Amine–Borane

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Inorganica Chimica Acta 2019, 491, 9 [.pdf]
(Special issue to celebrate the contributions of M. L. H. Green)

Dehydropolymerization of H3B·NMeH2 using a [Rh(DPEphos)]+ catalyst: the promoting effect of NMeH2

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ACS Catalysis 2019, 9, 3657. [pdf]
(With G. Lloyd Jones, Edinburgh

Solvent-free Anhydrous Li+, Na+ and K+ salts of [B(3,5–(CF3)2C6H3)4].
Improved Synthesis and Solid-State Structures.

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Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 3551 [.pdf]
Special issue in honour of Professor Geoff Cloke)

Amine-borane Dehydropolymerization: Challenges and Opportunities

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Chem. Eur J. 2019, 25, 1379. [.pdf]