Alastair J. J. Lennox

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Suzuki-Miyaura (SM) cross-coupling is arguably the most widely-applied transition metal catalysed carbon-carbon bond forming reaction to date. Its success originates from a combination of exceptionally mild and functional group tolerant reaction conditions, with a relatively stable, readily prepared and generally environmentally benign organoboron reagent.(More)
The Suzuki-Miyaura coupling is one of the few transition-metal-catalyzed C-C bond-forming reactions that have been used in applications ranging from discovery chemistry to manufacturing processes. Although coupling proceeds through the generic three-stage 'oxidative addition, transmetalation, reductive elimination' sequence, there are a number of features(More)
The hydrolysis of potassium organotrifluoroborate (RBF(3)K) reagents to the corresponding boronic acids (RB(OH)(2)) has been studied in the context of their application in Suzuki-Miyaura coupling. The "slow release" strategy in such SM couplings is only viable if there is an appropriate gearing of the hydrolysis rate of the RBF(3)K reagent with the rate of(More)
Ruthenium PNP complex 1a (RuH(CO)Cl(HN(C2H4Pi-Pr2)2)) represents a state-of-the-art catalyst for low-temperature (<100 °C) aqueous methanol dehydrogenation to H2 and CO2. Herein, we describe an investigation that combines experiment, spectroscopy, and theory to provide a mechanistic rationale for this process. During catalysis, the presence of two anionic(More)
The reduction of water has been achieved through a non-noble-metal-based homogeneous catalyst system that is formed in situ. Optimisation of the ligand quantities increased catalyst turnover numbers compared to preformed complexes. Mechanistic studies confirm a heteroleptic Cu complex as the active photosensitiser (PS) and an in situ formed Fe-phosphido(More)
A series of phenanthroline-based ligands have been synthesised and their influence as bidentate nitrogen ligands in heteroleptic [Cu(P^P)(N^N)]+ photosensitisers in light-driven water reduction has been studied. In this noble-metal-free Cu-Fe-based photocatalytic water reduction system, the structural effects of the nitrogen ligands have been explored,(More)