Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award 2012 Winner
University of Sussex
For his extensive and many facetted contributions to inorganic and organotransition metal chemistry.
About the Winner
Geoff Cloke went to Balliol College, Oxford as an undergraduate, and it was his Part II year there with Malcolm Green that stimulated his longstanding interests in metal vapour synthesis and sandwich complexes. He stayed on in Malcolm Green's group as a D.Phil. student, and was then awarded a Ramsay Memorial Research Fellowship at Balliol College in 1979.
In 1981 he spent a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Dick Schrock at MIT, and then in 1983 moved to Sussex, initially as an EPSRC Advanced Fellow, where he was awarded a New Blood Lectureship in 1984. He was promoted to Reader in 1991, a Chair in 1995 and is currently Head of Chemistry at Sussex. During his early years at Sussex, his research focused on applying the metal vapour technique to the synthesis of early transition metal and f-element compounds in novel oxidation states and culminated in the isolation of the first lanthanide complexes in oxidation state zero. Subsequently he expanded his research interests to include the design of new polyfunctional amide ligands for early transition metal mediated olefin polymerisation and dinitrogen cleavage, the development of pentalene ligands for organometallic chemistry, and synthetic and mechanistic studies on catalytic C-X bond formation by palladium N-heterocyclic carbene complexes.
His most recent contributions have been on the reductive coupling of CO, and activation of CO2 and other small molecules by uranium(III) mixed sandwich complexes. He is a past recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship (1988), Corday-Morgan Medal (1990), and Tilden Lectureship (1998). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007.
Professor Cloke's Research Group
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