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  • COFUND Marie Curie Research Fellow
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia
  • PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Bath

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Research Goal:

Dr Wakeham’s goal is to increase the value of carbon dioxide through homogeneous catalysis. Currently considered a major contributing factor to the increase in global temperatures and a waste product from the combustion of fossil fuels. Catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide into value-added products represents an opportunity to reuse carbon that is currently released into the atmosphere.

Research Project:

Dr Wakeham is working on low-cost novel catalysts for the valorisation (increase of value) of CO2 in homogenous phase. Synthesising a range of well-defined, relatively inexpensive iron, molybdenum and tungsten complexes, to test their ability to activate hydrogen and effect the reduction of CO2 to produce formic acid.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Homogeneous Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Hydrogenation
  • Iron based catalysts

Publications

  1. Rex, R., Wakeham, R., Brian, P., Legzdins, P., Wakeham, R. Cationic and Neutral Cp*M(NO)(κ2-Ph2PCH2CH2PPh2) Complexes of Molybdenum and Tungsten: Lewis-Acid-Induced Intramolecular C–H Activation Inorganic Chemistry 56 6 3612 3622
  2. Fabulyak, D., Handford, R., Holmes, A., Levesque, T., Wakeham, R., Patrick, B., Legzdins, P., Rosenfeld, D., Wakeham, R. Thermal Chemistry of Cp*W(NO)(CH2CMe3)(H)(L) Complexes (L = Lewis Base) Inorganic Chemistry 56 1 573 582
  3. Wakeham, R., Baillie, R., Patrick, B., Legzdins, P., Rosenfeld, D. Selective Functionalization of a Variety of Hydrocarbon C(sp3)–H Bonds Initiated by Cp*W(NO)(CH2CMe3)(η3-CH2CHCHPh) Organometallics 36 1 39 52
  4. Wakeham, R., Morris, J., Williams, J., Wakeham, R. ChemInform Abstract: Alternative Hydrogen Source for Asymmetric Transfer Hydrogenation in the Reduction of Ketones. ChemInform 47 17
  5. Wakeham, R., Morris, J., Williams, J., Wakeham, R. Alternative Hydrogen Source for Asymmetric Transfer Hydrogenation in the Reduction of Ketones ChemCatChem 7 24 4039 4041

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