Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize 2015 Winner

Dr Adrian Chaplin
Dr Adrian Chaplin
University of Warwick


Awarded for contributions to the fundamental organometallic chemistry of small molecule activation reactions





About the Winner

Born in New Zealand, Adrian obtained his undergraduate degree in 2003 from Massey University before relocating to Switzerland to pursue his interest in organometallic chemistry. He carried out his doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Paul Dyson at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), on the picturesque shores of Lake Geneva, graduating in 2007.

He then spent four years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford in the group of Prof. Andrew Weller, working with reactive group 9 transition metal systems and developing new hydroacylation catalysts in collaboration with Prof. Michael Willis. From 2009 - 2011 whilst at Oxford, he also held the R. J. P. Williams Junior Research Fellowship in Chemistry at Wadham College. 

Adrian commenced his independent academic career at the University of Warwick in October 2011 following award of a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Work in the Chaplin group involves synthetic organometallic chemistry of the late transition metals, with an emphasis on fundamental mechanistic chemistry and catalysis. 

Current research is focused on C-H bond activation reactions using systems featuring: 

(i) interlocked and encapsulating ligand topologies inspired from supramolecular chemistry; 
(ii) phosphine- and NHC-based "pincer" ligands; and 
(iii) conformationally rigid bioxazoline-derived NHC ligands.

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