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Title: The activation and fixation of dinitrogen by iron phosphine complexes
Author: Hill, Peter
ISNI:       0000 0004 6348 6212
Awarding Body: Imperial College London
Current Institution: Imperial College London
Date of Award: 2017
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Dinitrogen gas is the source of all biologically and industrially fixed nitrogen, yet the activation of this highly unreactive molecule is a significant challenge in modern chemistry. The current industrial route to fixed nitrogen compounds is the Haber-Bosch process, a reaction which has remained largely unaltered since the early 20th century. The catalytic fixation of N2 by molecular Fe complexes, by contrast, is a young and rapidly developing field, yet thus far few complexes can effect this transformation. This thesis explores the reactivity of electron-rich Fe phosphine complexes as potential catalysts for this transformation.
Supervisor: Ashley, Andrew Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral