Parkin, Hayley

Project title: Isolating Nickel Phosphenium Complexes for Catalytic Applications

Department: Chemistry

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Lisa Rosenberg

"This project will include the synthesis of some unusual new nickel complexes and their characterization using NMR spectroscopy. We are interested in these "phosphenium" complexes as catalysts for hydrophosphination, which allows the formation of new carbon-phosphorous bonds.  Previous research has shown that phosphenium species are able to react with simple, unactivated alkenes, which broadens the applications of this catalytic process."