Terrance Hadlington

Organometallic Catalysis

My research looks towards developing a deep fundamental understanding of the synergistic reactive capacity of novel organometallic systems, and utilising this knowledge in taking on some of the biggest chemical challenges we face today. Leaning heavily towards catalysis, we develop catalytic systems which utilise abundant, low-cost, and benign chemical elements, such as p-block elements (e.g. Ga, Ge, Sn, Al, Mg, Ca) and first-row transition metal elements (e.g. Mn, Fe, Co, Ni). Our main focus is the development of synergistic systems, with an enhanced reactivity brought about by reactive interplay between low-valent main group and transition metal centres, a key goal being the 100% atom efficient synthesis of amines. This looks to take low-valent main group species, which are often seen as ‘laboratory curiosities’, towards easily applicable ligands, to tackle some of the most pressing chemical challenges we face in catalysis today.

Key publications:

Geometrically Constrained Cationic Low-Coordinate Tetrylenes: Highly Lewis Acidic σ-Donor Ligands in Catalytic Systems, P. M. Keil, T. J. Hadlington,* Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 10.1002/anie.202114143.

Reversible metathesis of ammonia in an acyclic germylene–Ni0 complex, P. M. Keil, T. Szilvasi, T. J. Hadlington,* Chem. Sci. 202112, 5582–5590.

Low-valent group 14 element hydride chemistry: towards catalysis, T. J. Hadlington*, M. Driess, C. Jones,* Chem. Soc. Rev. 201847, 4176–4197.