Dr Wilson was born in Bristol and studied chemistry at the University of Bath. His personal and academic tutor in inorganic chemistry, Professor Michael Hill, inspired him to pursue a doctorate in the main group of elements. Dr Wilson was awarded a DTA studentship to investigate the “redox activity of main group compounds”. His doctoral research concentrated on the advancement of organocalcium chemistry through the isolation of prototypical species and the investigation of their unexplored reactivity. This ambitious research serendipitously culminated in the infeasible nucleophilic alkylation of benzene, a milestone in the chemical landscape.
In 2015, Dr Wilson collaborated with Professor Roland Fischer (TU Graz) on smart inorganic polymers by virtue of short-term scientific mission funded by the COST network.
Dr Wilson’s research as a postdoc in the Hill group has diversified within the discipline of main group chemistry to encompass elements beyond calcium. Nevertheless, the synthesis of incredible complexes that mediate remarkable reactions has remained his fundamental aim.