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Welcome to the Whittlesey group webpage.
Please feel free to have a look around, see what research we do and find out more about the group!

Our main research focus is on the use of late transition metal complexes bearing N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands for the activation and functionalization of inert bonds, including C-H and C-F bonds. NHCs are a class of compounds that have received a great deal of interest by transition metal chemists in the last ten years, principally because they can act as replacements for phosphine ligands in catalytic reactions. Our interest lies in investigating the fundamental reactivity of NHCs and developing an understanding of reaction mechanisms. In this way, we hope over time to bring about the rational development of new catalysts.

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117. Experimental and Computational Studies of the Copper Borate Complexes [(NHC)Cu(HBEt3)] and [(NHC)Cu(HB(C6F5)3)]. L. R. Collins, N. A. Rajabi, S. A. Macgregor, M. F. Mahon and M. K. Whittlesey Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201655, 15539-15543.

116. Influence of Ring-Expanded N-Heterocyclic Carbenes on the Structures of Half-Sandwich Ni(I) Complexes: An X-ray, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR), and Electron Nuclear Double Resonance (ENDOR). Study. S. Pelties, E. Carter, A. Folli, M. F. Mahon, D. Murphy, M. K. Whittlesey and R. Wolf Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55 (21), 11006-11017.


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