Nicholas Beattie email@example.com
Nick, whose studentship is funded by the EPSRC, is researching the catalytic coupling of main group-boranes with a focus on understanding dehydropolymerisation mechanisms. This work is in collaboration with Prof. Andy Weller of Oxford University.
Nick graduated from Heriot-Watt in 2014 with a 1st class Masters and winning the Dr James Sandilands prize for Practical Inorganic Chemistry. He completed MChem project with Stuart Macgregor, this involved C-F activation of fluoroalkenes by Ru catalyst centres in collaboration with Prof. Mike Whittlesey of Bath University.
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Fluoroarene Complexes with Small Bite Angle Bisphosphines: Routes to Amine-Borane and Aminoborylene Complexes,
14-Vertex Heteroboranes with 14 Skeletal Electron Pairs: An Experimental and Computational Study.
The Simplest Amino-Borane H2B=NH2 Trapped on a Rhodium Dimer: Pre-Catalysts for Amine-Borane Dehydropolymerization.
Synthesis of Functionalized 1,4-Azaborinines by the Cyclization of Di-tert-butyliminoborane and Alkynes.
Dehydrocoupling of Phosphone-Boranes using the [RhCp*Me(PMe3)(CH2Cl2)][BArF4] Precatalyst: Stoichiometric and Catalytic Studies.
Oxidative Heck Desymmetrisation of 2,2-Disubstituted Cyclopentene-1,3-diones.
20th May 2017
Nick will be spending the next 6 weeks at the University of Montpellier working under Dr Christophe Raynaud. This visit is funded by the Scottish Funding Council.
11th August 2016
The group atteneded the 50th USIC Conference at Strathclyde University. Stuart gave a plenary talk whilst Nick also presented his work. Tobi, Nasir and Nick also presented posters.
14th June 2016
The group enjoyed attending the ScotCHEM Computational Chemistry Conference hosted by Edinburgh University. Nick presented his work on the dehydrocoupling of amine-boranes. Meanwhile, Tobi and Nasir presented posters on their work.
29th March 2016
The group recently attended Dalton 2016. Stuart presented, while Tobi, Nick and Nasir all presented posters, with Tobi winning the Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson poster prize.
10th November 2015
Stuart and Nasir travelled to the University of Bath for collaborative meetings with Prof. Mike Whittlesey.
20th October 2015
Stuart, Tobi and Nick headed down to Oxford for collaborative meetings with The Weller Group over EPSRC funded projects on σ-alkane complexes and main-group boranes.
3rd October 2015
Nick presented a poster on the Mechanism of Formation of 1,4-Azaborinines at the Annual EPS Research Poster Event 2015. He was awarded the 1st Year Postgraduate Research Prize.
2nd July 2015
Stuart and Nick headed over to Bratislava for EuCOMC XXI (EuCheMS International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry). Stuart was invited to present, and he discussed our recent work on C-H activation and heterocycle formation.
1st April 2015
Claire, Dave, Tobi, Nick, Emma and Vera travelled to the Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Discussion group at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. Claire gave her talk on kinetic modelling of C-I activation with a Ru(II) hydride-phosphine complex: