The Emslie Group
Inorganic Synthesis - Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry - Actinide, Lanthanide and Transition Metal Complexes, Borane-Functionalized Complexes, and Metal ALD Precursors
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 - ALD, Catalysis, Small Molecule Activation, and f-Element Separation
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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December 2013 -Nick wins a department of chemistry impact award for his paper in Angewandte Chemie.
Nov 2013 - Brad gives a talk at the IDW at York.
October 2013 -Kelly married to Travis. Congratualtions! Click here for picture
September 2013 -4G09 student Tara Dickie starts in the lab. Her project will focus on thorium organometallic chemistry.
August 2013 -Preeti moves to a position at Green Centre Canada. Good work!
July 2013 - Brad attends the EuCheMS Conference on Organometallic Chemistry in St. Andrews, Scotland.
May/June 2013 - Brad and Nick give talks at the CSC in Quebec City, QC.
April 2013 -Adam is awarded an NSERC CGS-M award. Judy is awarded an NSERC PGS-M award. Not easy to come by these days...
March 2013 -Nick's Organometallics paper is published (a special issue on "Recent Advances in Organo f-Element Chemisty").
Jan 2013 -Nick's Angewandte paper is published.
Nov 2012 - Brad and Nick presented posters at the IDW at U Ottawa.
Aug 2012 -Kelly and Nick presented posters at the ICOMC in Lisbon, Portugal.
Aug 2012 - Kelly and Nick presented posters at the ICFE in Udine, Italy. Nick wins the Dalton Transactions poster prize. Great work!
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.
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 the Emslie 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: http://www.mbraunusa.com/mbraun-glovebox-applications.htm.
Chemistry in the Emslie lab also relies heavily on the synthesis of new ligands (often containing B, P, S, Se 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, 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.