Christopher M. Pask

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Novel rhodium, iridium, and ruthenium half-sandwich complexes containing (N,N)-bound picolinamide ligands have been prepared for use as anticancer agents. The complexes show promising cytotoxicities, with the presence, position, and number of halides having a significant effect on the corresponding IC50 values. One ruthenium complex was found to be more(More)
A series of ruthenium and iridium complexes have been synthesized and characterized with 20 novel crystal structures discussed. The library of β-ketoiminato complexes has been shown to be active against MCF-7 (human breast carcinoma), HT-29 (human colon carcinoma), A2780 (human ovarian carcinoma), and A2780cis (cisplatin-resistant human ovarian carcinoma)(More)
This report presents the first known p-cymene ruthenium quinaldamide complexes which are stabilised by a hydrogen-bridging atom, [{(p-cym)Ru(II)X(N,N)}{H(+)}{(N,N)XRu(II)(p-cym)}][PF6] (N,N = functionalised quinaldamide and X = Cl or Br). These complexes are formed by a reaction of [p-cymRu(μ-X)2]2 with a functionalised quinaldamide ligand. When filtered(More)
An unusual cyclometallation reaction at palladium is described, which proceeds via C-H functionalisation of a vinylic C(sp(2))-H bond tethered to an NHC ligand. The energetic balance between palladacycle formation and bis-NHC complexation has been found to be very subtle.
Single crystals of salmeterol xinafoate (form I), prepared from slow cooled supersaturated propan-2-ol solutions, crystallize in a triclinic P1¯ symmetry with 2 closely related independent salt pairs within the asymmetric unit, with an approximately double-unit cell volume compared with the previously published crystal structure. Synthonic analysis of the(More)
A library of new bis-picolinamide ruthenium(III) dihalide complexes of the type [RuX2 L2 ] (X=Cl or I, L=picolinamide) have been synthesised and characterised. The complexes exhibit different picolinamide ligand binding modes, whereby one ligand is bound (N,N) and the other bound (N,O). Structural studies revealed a mixture of cis and trans isomers for the(More)
With the continuing depletion of petrochemical feedstocks, it has become necessary to produce new, useful, and environmentally friendly polymers for a sustainable future. Synthesis of a polyester from lactic acid was pioneered by Carothers in 1932 and developed by DuPont. Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) is a linear aliphatic thermoplastic polyester derived from(More)
The synthesis and structural characterization of a series of perfluoroaryldiselenadiazolyls [DSeDA; p-XC6F4CNSeSeN (X = F, Cl, Br, CF3, NO2, and CN for 2a-2f, respectively)] are described. Concentration-dependent solution UV/vis measurements on 2a follow the Beer-Lambert law and the transitions assigned through time-dependent density functional theory(More)