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Royal Society of Chemistry SPR: Organophosphorus Chemistry Vol. 49 out now!

– Posted on 16.06.2020

A collection of up-to-date reviews from experts in their field across a wide range of research topics on phosphorus chemistry is available now!

Organophosphorus Chemistry: Volume 49

Series: SPR – Organophosphorus Chemistry

Editor(s): David W Allen, David Loakes, Lee J Higham, John C Tebby

Table of contents

  • Tertiary Phosphines: Preparation and Reactivity
  • Phosphine Chalcogenides
  • Tervalent Phosphorus Acid Derivatives
  • Phosphonium Salts and P-Ylides
  • Quinquevalent Phosphorus Acids
  • Pentacoordinated and Hexacoordinated Compounds
  • Phosphazenes
  • Green Synthetic Approaches in Organophosphorus Chemistry: Recent Developments


Copper catalysts give 1-phosphapyracenes from LJH primary phosphines: a new US collaboration

– Posted on 16.06.2020

Read all about our collaboration with the Glueck research group in Organometallics on the synthesis of chiral 1-phosphapyracenes from our air-stable chiral MOP primary phosphines – carried out at Newcastle University, UK and Dartmouth College, USA:

Copper–Phosphido Intermediates in Cu(IPr)-Catalyzed Synthesis of 1-Phosphapyracenes via Tandem Alkylation/Arylation of Primary Phosphines



New collaboration with the Redshaw group on rhenium and technetium radiopharmaceuticals!

– Posted on 16.06.2020

We have been working with our collaborators in the Redshaw and Archibald groups to synthesise rhenium complexes with the water-soluble PTA ligand. These compounds are of relevance to nuclear medicine and you can read about their preparation and cell studies at the link below:

Water-Soluble Rhenium Phosphine Complexes Incorporating the Ph2C(X) Motif (X = O, NH): Structural and Cytotoxicity Studies


Jenny wins 1st Prize at EngD 2016

– Posted on 12.07.2016

Well done to Jenny who won first prize for her presentation on ‘The Synthesis of Fluorescent Phosphorus Ligands and their Applications in Catalysis and Medical Imaging’ at the annual EngD conference at The Baltic this month. Jenny was supported by Bob Redfern and Roy Valentine of High Force Research Ltd who have co-sponsored her throughout her postgraduate studies.

Jenny Bob and Roy EngD 2016

You can read more about Jenny’s work on mitochondrial imaging agents here.

Congratulations to Sophie, Steve and Vincent

– Posted on 12.07.2016

Congratulations go to the 2016 LJH MChem students who all worked very hard and carried out successful research projects. Steven worked on the synthesis of interesting polynuclear lanthanide complexes, whilst both Vincent and Sophie worked on preparing novel Bodipy phosphine dyes for biological cell imaging. Enjoy your forthcoming graduation and best wishes for the future.