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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. 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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