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School of Chemical Sciences

Inorganic Chemistry

Key Staff Involved

Professor Penny Brothers


Professor Penny Brother's primary research activities involve the syntheses of new coordination and organometallic complexes, and determining their structure and chemical properties. The focus of much of this work is on understanding new coordination and bonding modes for main group and transition metals. As well as advances in fundamental knowledge, there are potential applications in new materials and drug discovery.

Associate Professor Christian Hartinger

Christian hartinger

Associate Professor Chrsitian Hartinger's research interests are in biological inorganic, medicinal and bioanalytical chemistry, utilizing an interdisciplinary approach in drug discovery. We are particularly interested in the development of metal-based anticancer agents and studies on their modes of action, with a current focus on organometallic compounds with targeting and targeted properties.


Professor James Wright


Professor James Wright's research covers a wide range of topics, but general underlying themes are transition metal chemistry and Green Chemistry.  In our research we synthesise and study new compounds that display a broad diversity of reactivities, structures and bonding types. In some cases, such as our studies of metallabenzenes and inorganometallic chemistry, we investigate the fundamental properties of materials with unprecedented structures, bonding types or reactivities. In other cases our research is more practically orientated, as in the development and study of new catalysts for environmentally benign transformations and oxidations of organic compounds. The underlying concepts of Green Chemistry are used as the powerful guiding principles of our research in these areas.

Dr Erin Leitao

Erin Laitao(1)

Dr. Erin Leitao's research programme is focused mainly on catalysis of the underexplored p-block in the periodic table.  Projects in her group are interdisciplinary involving the synthesis of transition-metal and main-group catalysts as well as novel main-group substrates to be used in creating main-group based molecules and materials. Particular attention is paid to mechanistic elucidation of the catalysis and subsequent catalyst re-design to improve the catalyst efficiency. The main-group molecules and materials of interest have potential applications in medicine, electronics, technological advances, as sensors and as new materials.