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Transformations Publications

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2017, 2016, 2015, 2014,

Publications Include:



F. Sinclair, J. A. Hlina, J. A. L. Wells, M. P. Shaver, and P. L. Arnold, Ring opening polymerisation of lactide with uranium(IV) and cerium(IV) phosphinoaryloxide complexes.Dalton Trans., 2017 46, 10786-90, doi: 10.1039/C7DT02167D.

P. L. Arnold, Z. R. Turner., Carbon oxygenate transformations by actinide compounds and catalysts. Nature Reviews Chemistry 2017, 1, doi:10.1038/s41570-016-0002.


Romain, C; Zhu, Y.; Williams, C.K , Sustainable Polymers From Renewable Resources for Today and Tomorrow, Nature, in press      

Romain, C.; Zhu, Y.; Dingwall, P.; Paul, S.; Rzepa, H. S.; Buchard, A.; Williams, C. K., Chemoselective Polymerizations from Mixtures of Epoxide, Lactone, Anhydride, and Carbon Dioxide, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 4120-4131   

Thevenon, A.; Romain, C.; Bennington, M. S.; White, A. J. P.; Davidson, H. J.; Brooker, S.; Williams, C. K., Dizinc Lactide Polymerization Catalysts: Hyperactivity by Control of Ligand Conformation and Metallic Cooperativity, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 55, 8680-8685       

Andrey V. Protchenko†, Joshua I. Bates†, Liban M. A. Saleh†, Matthew P. Blake†, Andrew D. Schwarz†, Eugene L. Kolychev†, Amber L. Thompson†, Cameron Jones‡, Philip Mountford†, and Simon Aldridge, Enabling and Probing Oxidative Addition and Reductive Elimination at a Group 14 Metal Center: Cleavage and Functionalization of E-H Bonds by a Bis(boryl)stannylene, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY,  Volume: 138, Issue: 13, Pages: 4555-4564, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b00710

Trott, G.; Saini, P. K.; Williams, C. K., Catalysts for Co2/Epoxide Ring-Opening Copolymerization, Philos. Trans. R. Soc. A-Math. Phys. Eng. Sci., 374.  

Charlie Fehl and Benjamin G. Davis, Proteins as Templates for Complex Synthetic Metalloclusters: Towards Biologically Programmed Heterogeneous Catalysis, Proc. R. Soc. A, 472, 20160078, DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2016.0078

A. Grigoropoulos G. F. S. Whitehead, N. Perret, A. P. Katsoulidis, F. M. Chadwick, R. P. Davies, A. Haynes, L. Brammer, A. S. Weller, J. Xiao and M. J. Rosseinsky, Encapsulation of an organometallic cationic catalyst by direct exchange into an anionic MOF, Chem. Sci, 7, 2037-2050   

P. Marcé, J. Lynch, A. J. Blacker, J. M. J. Williams., A Mild Hydration of Nitriles Catalysed by Copper(II) Acetate, Chem. Commun, 52, 1436.   

P. Marcé, J. Lynch, A. J. Blacker, J. M. J. Williams, Conversion of Nitroalkanes into Carboxylic Acids via Iodide Catalysis in Water, Chem. Commun, 52, 1013.   

Zhang, Xingguang; Durndell, Lee; Isaacs, Mark; Parlett, Christopher; Lee, Adam; Wilson, Karen, Pt catalyzed aqueous-phase hydrogenation of D-glucose to D-sorbitol, ACS Catalys, In press      

Zhang, Xingguang; Wilson, Karen; Lee, Adam, Heterogeneously catalyzed hydrothermal processing of C5C6 sugars, Chemical Reviews, In press   

 Perret, Noemie Grigoropoulos, Alexios Zanella, Marco Manning, Troy D Claridge, John B Rosseinsky, Matthew J, Catalytic Response and Stability of Nickel/Alumina for the Hydrogenation of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural in Water, CHEMSUSCHEM, Volume: 9, Issue: 5, Pages: 521-531     


Garden, J. A.; Saini, P. K.; Williams, C. K., Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: A Heterodinuclear Polymerization Catalyst. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 15078-15081.       

Brown, N. J.; Garcia-Trenco, A.; Weiner, J.; White, E. R.; Allinson, M.; Chen, Y.; Wells, P. P.; Gibson, E. K.; Hellgardt, K.; Shaffer, M. S. P.; Williams, C. K., From Organometallic Zinc and Copper Complexes to Highly Active Colloidal Catalysts for the Conversion of Co2 to Methanol, ACS Catalysis, 5, 2895-2902

Romain, C.; Bennington, M. S.; White, A. J. P.; Williams, C. K.; Brooker, S, Macrocyclic Dizinc(Ii) Alkyl and Alkoxide Complexes: Reversible Co2 Uptake and Polymerization Catalysis Testing, Inorg. Chem., 54, 11842-11851  

Paul, S.; Romain, C.; Shaw, J.; Williams, C. K., Sequence Selective Polymerization Catalysis: A New Route to Aba Block Copoly(Ester-B-Carbonate-B-Ester), Macromolecules,  48, 6047-6056            

Thevenon, A.; Garden, J. A.; White, A. J. P.; Williams, C. K., Dinuclear Zinc Salen Catalysts for the Ring Opening Copolymerization of Epoxides and Carbon Dioxide or Anhydrides, Inorg. Chem, 54, 11906-11915   

Zhu, Y.; Romain, C.; Poirier, V.; Williams, C. K., Influences of a Dizinc Catalyst and Bifunctional Chain Transfer Agents on the Polymer Architecture in the Ring-Opening Polymerization of Epsilon-Caprolactone, Macromolecules, 48, 2407-2416  

Richard L. Wingad, Paul J. Gates, Steven T. G. Street, and Duncan F. Wass, Catalytic Conversion of Ethanol to n-Butanol Using Ruthenium P-N Ligand Complexes, ACS CATALYSIS, Volume: 5  Issue: 10  Pages: 5822-5826, DOI:10.1021/acscatal.5b01327

Tchenko, Andrey V.; Blake, Matthew P.; Schwarz, Andrew D. Jones, Cameron Mountford, Philip Aldridge, Simon, Reactivity of Boryl- and Silyl-Substituted Carbenoids toward Alkynes: Insertion and Cycloaddition Chemistry, ORGANOMETALLICS, 34, Issue: 11, Pages: 2126-2129, DOI: 10.1021/om501252m    

Giulio Bianchini,   Giorgio Strukul,  Duncan F. Wass  and    Alessandro Scarso, Photomodulable phosphines incorporating diarylethene moieties, RSC ADVANCES, Volume: 5, Issue: 14, Pages: 10795-10798, DOI: 10.1039/c4ra16127k


Andrey V. Protchenko, Deepak Dange, Matthew P. Blake, Andrew D. Schwarz, Cameron Jones, Philip Mountford, and Simon Aldridge, Oxidative Bond Formation and Reductive Bond Cleavage at Main Group Metal Centers: Reactivity of Five-Valence-Electron MX2 Radicals, J. Am. Chem. Soc, 136 (31), pp 10902–10905, DOI: 10.1021/ja5062467