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Dr Michael Cowley

Dr Michael Cowley

Chancellor's Fellow

Room 283

University of Edinburgh
Joseph Black Building
David Brewster Road

Research Interests

Low-valent main group chemistry, organometallic chemistry, small molecule activation

Research Overview

My research interests are focused on preparative main-group and organometallic chemistry. In particular, I am interested in low-valent main group compounds of group 13 and 15. The pursuit of novel bonding and structural characteristics is important, however more so is the emergence of new modes of reactivity, e.g. in small molecule activation. Areas for research include: the development of heavy multiply bonded and/or aromatic compounds, their use in small molecule activation, and their coordination chemistry.


  1. Carbonylation of cyclotrisilenes. M. J. Cowley, Y. Ohmori, V. Huch, M. Ichinohe, A. Sekiguchi and D. Schechkewitz, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013
  2. Equilibrium between a cyclotrisilene and an isolable base adduct of a disilenyl silylene. M. J. Cowley, V. Huch, H. S. Rzepa, and D. Scheschkewitz, Nat. Chem., 2013, 5, 876–9
  3. Functionalized Cyclic Disilenes via Ring Expansion of Cyclotrisilenes with Isocyanides. Y. Ohmori, M. Ichinohe, A. Sekiguchi, M. J. Cowley, V. Huch, and D. Scheschkewitz, Organometallics, 2013, 32, 1591–1594
  4. Transmetallation reactions of a lithium disilenide. M. J. Cowley, K. Abersfelder, A. J. P. White, M. Majumdar, and D. Scheschkewitz, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 6595–7