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Professor Duncan Wass
Professor Duncan Wass
Professor of Catalysis
My research interests are in the area of homogeneous catalysis and organometallic chemistry. Catalysis is the key technology used to make useful molecules and a broad range of chemical products are our targets, from high molecular weight polymers to small molecules. The drivers for this work are achieving better catalytic activity and selectivity, using cheaper and greener feedstocks, and producing end-materials with better performance. We have specific interest in transition metal-containing frustrated Lewis pairs, new catalysts for selective olefin oligomerisation, catalytic upgrading of bioethanol and carbon dioxide, and composite materials with new functionality.
Professor Wass is a supervisor in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis
Duncan Wass completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Durham (1992-1995). He then studied for his PhD (1995-1998) under the supervision of Professor Vernon Gibson FRS at Imperial College, London. In 1999, he joined BP Chemicals Ltd, working in their Sunbury-on-Thames laboratories. After secondment to a commercial sales and marketing team, he moved to BP's research site in Brussels, Belgium. Duncan joined the School of Chemistry at Bristol University in January 2004, and was promoted to Professor of Catalysis in 2012.
- homogeneous catalysis
- organometallic compounds
- low carbon chemical manufacturing
- Please visit our website: http://www.wassresearchgroup.com/
School of Chemistry
Research areas and groups
- Chapman, A, Haddow, M & Wass, D, 2011, Frustrated Lewis Pairs beyond the Main Group: Synthesis, Reactivity, and Small Molecule Activation with Cationic Zirconocene–Phosphinoaryloxide Complexes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol 133., pp. 18463 - 18478
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- Bolimowski, P, Bond, I & Wass, D, 2016, Assessment of microcapsule—catalyst particles healing system in high performance fibre reinforced polymer composite. Smart Materials and Structures, vol 25.
- Metters, OJ, Flynn, SR, Dowds, C, Sparkes, HA, Manners, I & Wass, DF, 2016, Catalytic dehydrocoupling of Amine-Boranes Using Cationic Zirconium(IV)-Phosphine Frustrated Lewis Pairs. ACS Catalysis, vol 6., pp. 6601-6611
- Baker, A, Wass, D & Trask, R, 2016, 4D sequential actuation: Combining ionoprinting and redox chemistry in hydrogels. Smart Materials and Structures, vol 25.
- Metters, OJ, Forrest, SJK, Sparkes, HA, Manners, I & Wass, DF, 2016, Small Molecule Activation by Intermolecular Zr(IV)-Phosphine Frustrated Lewis Pairs. Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol 138., pp. 1994-2003
- Flynn, SR, Metters, OJ, Manners, I & Wass, DF, 2016, Zirconium-Catalyzed Imine Hydrogenation via a Frustrated Lewis Pair Mechanism. Organometallics, vol 35., pp. 847-850
- Chapman, AM, Flynn, SR & Wass, DF, 2016, Unexpected Formation of Early Late Heterobimetallic Complexes from Transition Metal Frustrated Lewis Pairs. Inorganic Chemistry, vol 55., pp. 1017-1021
- Aitchison, H, Wingad, RL & Wass, DF, 2016, Homogeneous Ethanol to Butanol Catalysis - Guerbet Renewed. ACS Catalysis, vol 6., pp. 7125-7132
- Baker, A, Wass, D & Trask, R, 2016, Novel Multi-Stage Three-Dimensional Deployment Employing Ionoprinting of Hydrogel Actuators. MRS Advances., pp. 1-6
- Wingad, R, Bergström, EJE, Everett, M, Pellow, K & Wass, D, 2016, Catalytic conversion of methanol/ethanol to isobutanol – a highly selective route to an advanced biofuel. Chemical Communications, vol 52., pp. 5202-5204
- Bianchini, G, Strukul, G, Wass, DF & Scarso, A, 2015, Photomodulable phosphines incorporating diarylethene moieties. RSC Advances, vol 5., pp. 10795-10798
- Forrest, SJK, Clifton, J, Fey, N, Pringle, PG, Sparkes, HA & Wass, DF, 2015, Cooperative Lewis pairs based on late transition metals: Activation of small molecules by platinum(0) and B(C6F5)3. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, vol 54., pp. 2223-2227
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