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Professor Duncan Wass

Our research interests are in the area of homogeneous catalysis and organometallic chemistry. Catalysis is the key tool used both industrially and in academic laboratories 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 composite materials with new functionality.

Research keywords

  • homogeneous catalysis
  • organometallic compounds
  • molecules
  • biofuels
  • low carbon chemical manufacturing
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