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Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Teaching Award Winner 2013
Awarded for innovative use of technology to engage, challenge and enthuse students by blurring the boundaries between the internet and the lecture theatre.
School Positions: Senior Lecturer in Chemistry; Director of Chemistry BSc (F100) and MChem (F101) degree programmes; Deputy Director of Admissions; CAP NMR committee; CHE Teaching Executive, CHE Examination Board, Member of the Energy Materials Laboratory and Wolfson Materials & Catalysis Centre.
External Positions: Committee Member Tertiary Education and Coordination Chemistry Discussion Groups of the Royal Society of Chemistry; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
A Synthetic Investigation of the Mechanism of Dehydrocoupling
Functionalised Polymers for Small Molecule Activation
A Quantitative Assessment of Innovative Teaching Practices
Dr Lancaster obtained a BSc 1991, MSc 1992 and PhD 1995, from the University of East Anglia. In 1996 the RSC awarded him the Laurie Vergnano prize for the best contribution to Inorganic Chemistry by a young researcher for his work on Early Transition Metal Alkyl Cations and their role in Polymerisation Catalysis. He then spent four years as a research officer at the University of Leeds. In February 2000 Dr Lancaster returned to UEA as a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009
Organometallic chemistry remains the richest seam of novelty and chemical adventure and provides us with the most reactive molecules and a plethora of fascinating bonding modes and structures found nowhere else in chemistry. We are interested in developing new organometallic complexes and their pre-cursors for applications as diverse as catalysing the dehydrocoupling polymerisation of ammoniaboranes, predicting, rationalising and ultimately controlling supramolecular architectures and using the synergy between main group and transition metal centres to activate small molecules.
This research has been funded by EPSRC, British Council, European Commission (RTN), Akzo Nobel and has led to many collaborations including: Dr Gregory Wildgoose, Dr David L. Hughes, Dr Joseph A. Wright, Prof. Manfred Bochmann (UEA), Dr Robbert Duchateau (Eindhoven), Prof Annie K. Powell (Karlsruhe), Dr Richard Woudenberg (Akzo Nobel).
Dr Lancaster’s is a dedicated and innovative teacher and has been rewarded by the Sir Geoffrey and Lady Allen teaching excellence award. His application of technology to support student engagement has been supported by Teaching Fellowships and funding from both the Higher Education Academy and the University Annual Fund.
Synthesis, Structure, and Supramolecular Architecture of Benzonitrile and Pyridine Adducts of Bis(pentafluorophenyl)zinc: Pentafluorophenyl–Aryl Interactions versus Homoaromatic Pairing.
Eddy Martin, Claire Spendley, Andrew J. Mountford, Simon J. Coles, Peter N. Horton, David L. Hughes, Michael B. Hursthouse, and Simon J. Lancaster
Organometallics 2008, 27, 1446; (Article).
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The structure and chemistry of tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane protected mononuclear nitridotitanium complexes.
Anna-Marie Fuller, David L. Hughes, Garth A. Jones, and Simon J. Lancaster.
Dalton Transactions. 2012, 41, 5599 – 5609.
Synthesis and Structure of Amido- and Imido(pentafluorophenyl)borane Zirconocene and Hafnocene Complexes: N H and B H Activation.
Elizabeth A. Jacobs, Anna Fuller, Simon J. Coles, Garth A. Jones, Graham J. Tizzard, Joseph A. Wright and Simon J. Lancaster.
Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 8647–8658.
The Synthesis, Structure and Stability of Adducts between Phosphide and Amide Anions and the Lewis acids Borane, Tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane and Tris(pentafluorophenyl)alane.
Anna-Marie Fuller, Andrew J. Mountford, Matthew. L. Scott, Simon J. Coles, Peter N. Horton, David L. Hughes , Michael B. Hursthouse and Simon J. Lancaster.
Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 11474-11482.