Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis

Research in the Dorta lab is directed toward the preparation of reactive transition metal complexes for stoichiometric and catalytic applications. We focus our attention on the development of new chiral and non-chiral auxiliary ligand systems which are able to bind, activate and functionalize the substrates at the metal center. The ultimate goal of the overall research program is to identify new ligand families and their corresponding metal complexes for new, more selective or more widely applicable catalytic transformations.

State-of-the-art routine lab equipment is available for synthesis (individual Schlenk-lines, individual rotavaps with chillers, 3 double gloveboxes to share, high pressure reaction vessels with monitoring) as well as analysis (GC-MS, GC-FID's and HPLC instruments with chiral stationary phases). State-of-the-art NMR and X-ray equipment is available in the building.

Inquiries from prospective summer students, honours students, PhD students as well as postdoctoral researchers should be directed to: reto.dorta@uwa.edu.au

 

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