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Some unusual reactivity of NHCs

on Thu, 26/11/2015 - 09:55

Graphical abstract: Even the normal is abnormal: N-heterocyclic carbene C2 binding to a phosphaalkene without breaking the P [[double bond, length as m-dash]] C π-bondChemistry sometimes throws curve balls. A strong donor like an NHC involved in the formation of a weak adduct with a phosphaalkene. What?!? Take a look at this recent collaboration with UBC colleague Prof. Derek Gates and Prof. Rainer Streubel from Bonn.

New insights into Ruthenium arene anticancer agents

on Wed, 25/11/2015 - 08:26

Table of Contents graphical abstractOur most recent publication is now available in Inorg. Chem. ASAP. Congrats to Thamy and Shirin on their hard work putting this manuscript together.

Thanks Weiying!

on Tue, 29/09/2015 - 13:59

It had to end. Weiying, our excellent Globalink undergraduate student left Vancouver to return home to complete his undergraduate degree. Weiying worked in the lab for three months, working on probing the electronic structure of a series of pi-complexes of both nickel and copper.

Welcome Melanie!

on Tue, 15/09/2015 - 00:00

Melanie Backer has joined the group to pursue her undergraduate senior thesis. She will be working on studying the interactions between halogenated dyes and peptides and proteins, with the thought that halogen bonding can disrupt hydrogen bonding and thus prevent peptide aggregation processes.

Thanks Connie!

on Tue, 18/08/2015 - 15:36

The summer is coming to an end and that means that the RISE Conference is just around the corner. It also (sadly) means that Connie will be returning to the University of Toronto after a great few months at UBC. Thanks for all of your hard work and enthusiasm - and have fun at the RISE Conference!

Group Paddling Trip!

on Mon, 25/05/2015 - 13:25

The group is going to explore False Creek and English Bay on Friday, May 29th. We will be meeting at 11am (do NOT be late!) at Ecomarine on Granville Island and going out for 2-3 hours. You must let Pierre know if you are planning on attending or not!


Welcome Aaron, Andrew, Connie, and Daniel!

on Mon, 04/05/2015 - 07:20

As the summer begins, things are changing in the group. Wei is preparing to defend her thesis (June 3rd) and a host of new faces have joined the group. Connie is an enthusiastic student from the University of Toronto who has joined the group for the summer as a RISE Scholar.