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!

Conference and Graduation

23 July 2018: The Barry group has shared their recent work at the ICOMC conference in Florence (Italy). Nicolas presented our work on the nanocrystallisation while Anaïs focused on the biological properties of our 16-electron complexes.

In the mean time, Maria has graduated with a MChem degree with distinction. Maria also won the prize for the best MChem. Congratulations!

Chemistry degree at Bradford

6 July 2018: The School of Chemistry now provides a unique Master’s education in Materials Chemistry, offering the opportunity to carry out a 12-month research project from a selection that covers all aspects of Materials Chemistry. We also deliver a research-focused degree in Analytical Sciences MSc. Respective information can be found here: and there