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Professor Anthony Legon

Professor Anthony Legon

Professor Anthony Legon
B.Sc., Ph.D.(U.C.Lond.), D.Sc.(Lond.), F.R.S.C., F.R.S.

Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry

Area of research

Investigations of non-covalent interactions

Office S103
Cantock's Close,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TS
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 331 7708

Research summary

The aim of my research is to understand non-covalent interactions of closed-shell molecules. The focus is on factors controlling the properties (especially directionality, interaction strength and electric-charge redistribution) of complexes involving the hydrogen bond B…HX, the halogen bond B…XY and, recently, the ‘coinage-metal’ bond B…MX (B is a simple Lewis base, HX a hydrogen halide, XY a di-halogen and M is Cu or Ag). Precise values of the properties of such complexes in effective isolation are determined by rotational spectroscopy[1-3].

For the hydrogen bond, many series of complexes B…HX have been examined by systematically varying B (for example ...

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I was born in Acton, Suffolk in 1941 but returned before the end of World War II to the east end of London, where I was educated, first at the Lawrence School (Bethnal Green) and later at the Coopers’ Company School (Mile End). I read for the BSc (Special) degree in Chemistry at UCL and conducted  doctoral research there with Jim Millen, with whom I subsequently had a long and happy research collaboration. My association with UCL continued as Turner and Newall Fellow (1968-70), Lecturer (1970-83), Reader (1983-4) and Thomas Graham Professor (1989–90) in its Chemistry Department. In 1980, I spent ...

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