Nicholas Taylor, a member of Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones???s group, was awarded the prize for best talk at USIC 2015 (Universities of Scotland Inorganic Chemistry Conference) held at Heriot-Watt University. He describes the research here.
USIC is a long running meeting which will celebrate its 50th year in 2016, bringing together inorganic chemists across Scotland and northern England. The event gives postgraduate students the opportunity to present and discuss their research with students and academics from a range of backgrounds.
A wide variety of pathways are often available to achieve a given synthetic transformation, such that deciding which route to follow is often not an easy task. Poor choice of reaction conditions can result in a range of problems including low yields, long reaction times and subsequent problems with purification.
My research has focussed on uncovering the mechanisms likely to be operative in some main group Lewis acid/base displacement equilibria. We have used this this information to improve reaction conditions resulting in more efficient and higher yielding reactions. Extending this, we have developed a general model to rationalise and ultimately predict both chemical reactivity and reaction times.