A major theme of my research has been the preparation and study of interesting molecules - nature has no monopoly on these, and making new molecules with unusual properties is intellectually challenging and potentially useful.
Thus we prepared the first stable acyclic carbene, developed the original proton sponge, synthesized medium-ring bicyclic compounds which provide the “gold-standard” for short, strong hydrogen bonds and also for three-electron bonds, and made novel polymers based on the concept of conformational control by quaternary centres.
Current research includes work on 6π + 4π cycloadditions, and the development of highly nucleophilic carbene ligands.
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