The Emslie Group

Inorganic and Organometallic Synthesis - Actinide, Lanthanide and Transition Metal Complexes, Borane-Functionalized Complexes, and Metal ALD Precursors and Reactivity

New Ligand Design and Synthesis - Ultra-Rigid Ligands and Ambiphilic Ligands

Reactivity - Stoichiometric and Catalytic Organometallic Reactivity, Olefin Polymerization, Cooperative Substrate Activation, Metal Film Deposition, and Redox Reactions

Applications - Catalysis, Small Molecule Activation, and ALD

Characterization - includes X-Ray Crystallography, Multinuclear and Variable Temperature NMR, Cyclic Voltammetry, IR, UV-Vis and NIR Spectroscopy, PXRD, and DFT Calculations

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Sept 2016 - John and Aisling start in the group as final year undergrad students on exchange from Bristol University. Welcome!

Sept 2016 - Majeda starts in the group as a new grad student. Welcome!

Aug 2016 - The Emslie group's ALD reactor is 1 year old!!.

June 2016 - Brad returns for graduation.

Dec 2015 - Jeffrey's MnR2 paper is accepted for publication in Organometallics.

Nov 2015 - Jeffrey wins the prize for best talk at the IDW at RMC in Kingston. Great work!

October 2015 - Brad successfully defends his PhD thesis and heads off to a PDF in the group of Polly Arnold at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Sept 2015 - Four new undergrads start in the lab! Welcome to Lilly, Matt, Archie and Alon.

Aug 2015 - ALD reactor construction and programming completed, and it works!.

July 2015 - Brad's Pd/Ni FcPPB vs FcPPP paper accepted to Organometallics.

May 2015 - Jeff receives an OGS. Great work!

May 2015 - Brad's PtR2 TXPB Organometallics paper is up on asap. His 7th paper from the group!

May 2015 - Edwin's Acridanide Backbone Pincer Ligand Yttrium paper is accepted in Dalton Trans. Nice work! Finally a blue compound!

May 2015 - Katia starts as a grad student in the group. Welcome!

May 2015 - Lilly starts as a undergrad summer student in the group. Welcome!

December 2014 - Brad and Judy's alane-appended ambiphilic ligand paper is now on Angewandte asap.

December 2014 - Christmas dinner at Slainte's Pub. 7 out of 9 group members were there, as well as 3 Emslie group escapees (previous undergrads now at U of T or Brock U). See the 'people' page for photos.

December 2014 - Brad's FcPPB paper is highghted by Bourissou et al. in Angewandte Chemie: DOI or MacLibaccessDOI.

November 2014 - Brad wins the prize for best talk at the IDW in Montreal. Go Brad!!

November 2014 - Many Emslie group members and ex-students at the IDW in Montreal!: Talks from Brad Cowie (current PhD), Edwin Wong (current PDF), as well as Terry Chu, Meera Mehta and Judy Tsao (previous undergrads in the group). Posters from Jeffrey Price and Nick Andreychik (current PhDs). Katarina Paskaruk and Todd Whitehorne from the group are also attending.

November 2014 - The group is featured in the author profile associated with our Chem. Eur. J. paper: DOI or MacLibaccessDOI

October 2014 - Brad's Chem. Eur. J. paper is now on asap.

September 2014 - Brad's new PPB ligand paper (ligand synthesis and Pt complexes) is accepted to Chem. Eur. J. The paper was selected as a VIP, and we were awarded the front cover.

September 2014 - Katarina starts in the Emslie group as a 4th year undergraduate thesis project student. Welcome!

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Welcome to the Emslie Group Webpage

Research in the Emslie group is focused on:

(1) Highly rigid ligand actinide complexes: organometallic reactivity and catalysis, small molecule activation, redox chemistry, structural and bonding studies. Future work may also include applications in lanthanide/actinide separation.

(2) Late transition metal ambiphilic ligand complexes; synthesis, structures, stoichiometric reactivity, and catalysis.

(3) The development of new organometallic reactivity for metal Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD): new volatile precursor synthesis, solution deposition reactions, mechanistic studies, and ALD reactor studies.

As a consequence, the Emslie research program (as a whole) involves early and late transition metal, actinide and main group chemistry, coordination, organometallic and materials chemistry, organic ligand synthesis, catalysis, small molecule activation and ALD. The breadth of research carried out in the group provides students/PDFs with a uniquely broad background and skillset. Students interested in joining the group typically have a choice between several different research areas, which can differ significantly (e.g. more exploratory vs more applied research, substantial vs minimal new ligand synthesis, mainly organometallic vs coordination chemistry, transition metal vs f-element chemistry etc.). However, the Emslie group is a synthetic inorganic chemistry group, so the major focus (typically >80%) of all projects is molecular synthesis (mostly air-sensitive; in some cases extremely air-sensitive).

All aspects of our research program involve extremely air sensitive materials, and students/PDFs gain extensive expertise in the vacuum line and glove box techniques. These skills have wide academic and industrial application, for example in laboratories involved in homogeneous catalysis (e.g. olefin polymerisation or pharmaceutical synthesis), in semiconductor and microelectronics research, and in the nuclear industry. For more information on specialized glove box applications, see:

Chemistry in the Emslie lab also relies heavily on the synthesis of new ligands (often containing B, Al, P, S, etc.) which requires a significant level of skill in organic synthesis and provides students with experience in techniques of importance in most chemistry laboratories.

Members of the Emslie group run and interpret data from a wide variety of techniques including: 1D, 2D, multinuclear and VT NMR spectroscopy, IR, NIR and UV-Vis spectroscopy, ALD reactor studies, GC-MS, HRMS, TGA, electrochemistry, and combustion elemental analysis. Students in the group also have the option to solve their own X­ray crystal structures and perform DFT calculations. Overall, this experience provides students/PDFs with the skills required to identify and study almost any molecular compound.