The Macgregor Group
Stuart did his BSc (1988) and PhD (1992) at the University of Edinburgh, working with Lesley Yellowlees and Alan Welch on the structural and electrochemical properties of metallaboranes. He won a NATO Western European Fellowship to work with Odile Eisenstein at the Université de Paris-Sud in Orsay (1992-1994), where he first encountered density functional theory. After two years as a post-doc at the Australian National University he returned to Edinburgh in 1997 to take up a lectureship at Heriot-Watt University. He was promoted to Reader in 2006 and full Professor in 2009 and served as Head of the Institute of Chemical Sciences from 2010 to 2015.
Stuart's research uses computational methods to model the structure and reactivity of transition metal systems in both solution and the solid state. He works in close collaboration with experimentalists and targets applications in catalysis. In 2019 he received the Royal Society of Chemistry's Ludwig Mond Award for his work exploring novel mechansms of C–H and C–F activation and the organometallic chemistry of σ-alkane complexes in the solid state.
Bengt's research focuses on modelling organometallic catalysis and reactivity in the solid state using density functional theory. This work is in collaboration with Prof. Andy Weller of the University of York.
Arron's research concerns modelling rhodium σ-alkane complexes and their use in heterogeneous catalysis with DFT. This project is in collaboration with the Andy Weller group at the University of York with the studentship funded by the school of engineering and physical sciences.
Lewis is a final year student on the MChem in Chemistry degree and is currently doing his final year project studying mechanisms of base-assisted C–H activation
Cameron is researching the reactivity of heterobimetallic complexes for his MChem project. The project is probing the reactivity of a novel ruthenium-aluminium complex with small molecules using computational methods, with the aim of developing new catalysts. The work is being carried out in parallel with experimental studies in the Whittlesey Group at the University of Bath.
Susanna is carrying out her MChem project on Ruthenium-catalysed C–H alkylation. The project will focus on the mechanism of this process and aims to define it, which can help in the development of improved catalysts. The work is in collaboration with the Larrosa group at the University of Manchester.