2019 Ludwig Mond Award Winner
Professor Stuart Macgregor
Awarded for computational studies that have changed our understanding of C-H functionalisation, C-F bond activation, and the formation and reactivity of sigma-alkane complexes in the solid state.
About the Winner
Stuart Macgregor received his BSc Honours degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1988 and then completed a PhD in metallaborane chemistry under the joint supervision of Alan Welch and Lesley Yellowlees. This provided an all-round experience in chemical synthesis, crystallography, (spectro)electrochemistry and molecular orbital calculations. After graduating in 1992, Stuart decided to focus on the last of these areas, turning full-time to computational chemistry through the award of a Royal Society/NATO Western European Fellowship. This was held with Odile Eisenstein at the Université de Paris-Sud and it was here that he first encountered density functional theory. After two years at the Australian National University, Stuart returned to Edinburgh in 1997 to take up a lectureship at Heriot-Watt University. He was promoted to Reader in 2006 and full Professor in 2009 and served as the Head of the Institute of Chemical Sciences from 2010-2014.
At Heriot-Watt Stuart has pursued the use of computational chemistry to model the structure and reactivity of transition metal systems and to date has published over 160 papers and book chapters. C-H and C-F bond activation have been recurring themes, with an emphasis on how these challenging processes can be integrated into cycles for homogeneous catalysis and metal-mediated organic synthesis. Much of this work has been performed in close collaboration with experimentalists, in particular Dai Davies (Leicester) and Mike Whittlesey (Bath). More recently, work with Andy Weller (Oxford) has focussed on modelling sigma-alkane complexes and the use of periodic density functional theory to explore organometallic structure and reactivity in the solid state.
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