Catalysis offers the prospect of low energy, low waste synthetic routes to chemical products, i.e. clean chemical technology. Homogeneous catalysis is one of the most elegant and useful applications of transition metal chemistry and it is therefore not surprising that it is intensively studied throughout the world.
It is difficult to overstate the importance of phosphorus(III) ligands for academic and industrial research in homogeneous catalysis. Pick up any current chemistry journal concerned with synthesis and you will find many papers featuring applications of M-P(III) catalysts to processes ranging from megatonne commodity chemicals to milligramme quantities of natural ...
I did my first degree at Leicester and then a PhD with Professor Bernard Shaw at Leeds. I was a lecturer at the University of Warwick for 5 years before coming to Bristol in 1988
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