Fairlamb Research Group

Catalysis, Synthetic and Mechanistic Chemistry

Our research interests are in the development and application of transition metals in catalysis and synthetic chemistry.  We are interested in metal-ligand catalyst design (at Fe, Mn, Pd, Au and Cu), physical organic and organometallic processes and mechanistic understanding. Our work involves the exploitation of imidate, NOx, alkene, phosphine and N-heterocyclic carbene ligands.

Organometallic therapeutic agents such as carbon monoxide-releasing molecules (CO-RMs) are of interest to the research group. We are further engaged in target-directed synthesis, e.g. unsaturated macrocyclic 2-pyrone compounds, as a sharpening tool for our new catalysts and catalytic processes.

Should you wish to join the group, please email IJSF to explore possibilities. Unless advertised, PDRA positions are not available, but we would be keen to discuss other funding possibilities, e.g. fellowships.

Professor Ian J. S. Fairlamb BSc PhD CertEd FRSC


Our research aligns with University of York strategy themes of Environmental Resilience and Sustainability, Technologies of the Future and Health and Wellbeing.

  • Catalysis and Mechanistic Chemistry
  • Synthetic Chemistry
  • Photochemistry in Organic and Organometallic Chemistry
  • Therapeutic Carbon Monoxide Releasing Molecules
  • Stabilized Metal Nanoparticles for Cross-Couplings
  • Ligand Design (flexible multi-dentate ligand systems)
  • 2-Pyrone Chemistry (metal complexes and natural product compounds)
  • Push-Pull Alkenes and Alkynes in Catalysis, Synthesis and Biophysics 


Transition metals of interest to the research group.

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