Doctoral Student at the
Rex Richards Building, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QU
Following from themes in the Hill group I investigated the reactivity of boryl species. Typically reagents containing boron act as electrophiles due to the vacant p-orbital and low electronegativity of the boron centre. It is possible to reverse this by using alkaline earth metals bonded to boron chemistry, because of the difference in electronegativities, enabling the boron centre to act as a nucleophile.
Previously carried out with Calcium, Strontium and Barium, so this was extended to investigate it's reactivity when bonded to Magnesium. The aim of the research was to use boron to aid in the synthesis of numerous functional groups which have been previously reached through rare and expensive transition metal catalysts. The reactivity of the magnesium borate complex was tested through reactions with carbodiimides and imines.
Shell Global Solutions in the Greenhouse Gas Intensity Analysis team. I carried out a literature research project to determine which of two tools for estimating N2O emissions from crop production was the closest to the measurements that reported in literature.