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Dr Stephen P Thomas

Dr Stephen P Thomas
Royal Society University Research Fellow
Room 223

University of Edinburgh
Joseph Black Building
David Brewster Road

0131 650 4825

Research Interests: 
Catalysis, organometallic chemistry of 1st row transition metals, mechanism, small molecule activation, reductive functionalisation of alkenes

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.

Overview of Thomas research

Iron-catalyzed, highly regioselective synthesis of a-aryl carboxylic acids from styrene derivatives and CO2, Mark. D. Greenhalgh and Stephen P. Thomas J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 11900

Iron-catalysed, hydride-mediated reductive cross-coupling of vinyl halides and Grignard reagents, Bryden A. F. Le Bailly, Mark D. Greenhalgh and Stephen P. Thomas Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 1580