Latest Papers

01 April 2020: Preclinical Anticancer Activity of an Electron‐Deficient Organoruthenium(II) Complex, J. J. Soldevila‐Barreda, M. Azmanova, A. Pitto‐Barry, P. A. Cooper, S. D. Shnyder, N. P. E. Barry, ChemMedChem, 2020, doi: 10.1002/cmdc.202000096.

20 February 2020: The Sound of Chemistry: Translating Infrared Wavenumbers into Musical Notes, N. Garrido, A. Pitto-Barry, J. J. Soldevila Barreda, A. Lupan, L. Comerford Boyes, W. Martin, and N. P. E. Barry, Journal of Chemical Education, 2020, 97, 703-709.

08 October 2019: Effect of Temperature on the Nucleation and Growth of Precious Metal Nanocrystals, A. Pitto-Barry and N. P. E. Barry, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, 58, 18482-18486.

Good bye!

31 August 2019: The group said goodbye and farewell to Hélène by enjoying a curry night. Hélène will continue her studies at the Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Organique et Minérale in Compiègne, France. We wish her all the best for the two years reamining to obtain her MSc degree.

Latest paper

22 Novembre 2018: Our latest results on the controlled release of carbon monoxide (the silent killer gas) from organometallic complexes is now online (and open access)

Controlled Release of Carbon Monoxide from a Pseudo Electron-Deficient Organometallic Complex published in ACS Omega

A 16-electron iridium organometallic is reacted with carbon monoxide to form an 18-electron CO-adduct. This CO-adduct is stable for weeks in the solid state, but quickly reverts to its parent 16-e complex in tetrahydrofuran solution, releasing CO(g). Using a simple methodology, we show that this gas can subsequently be used to perform a carbonylation reaction on another molecule.

Topics: Acylation; Coordination chemistry (Organomet.); Equilibrium constant; Free energy

Welcome! and Congratulations

4 September 2018: Delighted to welcome Maria in the group; this time as a PhD student! Things are getting serious and exciting.


With a bit of delay (Aug 3, 2018), also very happy to welcome Joan, arriving fresh from Bochum to work with us on an Academy of Medical Sciences funded project.


And since we are catching up on the news section, congrats to Nicolas on meeting the requirements for Fellowship of The Higher Education Academy. Next in line is Anaïs (expected 2019). Good luck to her!