The Mad Alchemist's Lair
Don't bite the acid donut!
Don't bite the acid donut!
Don't bite the acid donut!
The Acid Lion's Valhalla
here, with more detailed information on subsequent pages. I am now working as a post-doctoral fellow in the research group of Dr. H. Lang in the on heterometallic tweezer chemistry.

My thesis work, and the work that I am currently doing, is centred on the reactivity of organometallic complexes containing multiple metal centres. Of course, the first question that most people ask when they look at this is "Why bother?" Basically, organometallic compounds undergo some fascinating and useful reactions. They can stabilize unstable www.sex-sites.co.uk compounds long enough to allow them to undergo desired reactions; they can activate normally unreactive substrates; and they can catalyze various organic reactions so as to make valuable compounds (drugs, antibiotics, fuels, etc.) available more economically. Even if a certain compound does not do these things very well www.sex-websites.co.uk, they can be used to model these reactions, which will help us understand the reactions that do work well (which will hopefully lead to improvements in these processes).

Binuclear compounds are particularly interesting (to us, anyway), since the presence of two metals in close proximity allows for the possibility of metal-metal cooperation, allowing reactions normally forbidden in mononuclear systems. In metals, as in heads, two is better than one. Many chemists make clusters of metal atoms, since the more metals you have, the closer you are to heterogeneous systems (which do some wonderful things, but are very poorly understood). Trouble is, the more metals you have, the harder it is to figure out what is going on. So, I like to stick to only two metals for now.

















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