Dr Stephen P Thomas
Our work focuses on the development of new catalytic methodologies for organic synthesis using non-toxic, environmentally benign and inexpensive reagents and catalysts. Ultimately, we aim to provide the non-expert with operationally simple methods for the construction of complex molecular frameworks. Underpinning this is a keen interest in physical organic chemistry and organometallic mechanism to understand and probe the fundamental reactivity and interactions of our developed methods.
Current area of research include; 1. reductive alkene functionalisation using iron catalysts and frustrated Lewis pairs 2. iron-catalysed hydrogenation. 3. small molecule activation using frustrated Lewis pairs.