Biography

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School Position: Royal Society University Research Fellow.

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Greg obtained his MChem and DPhil from Oxford University in 2003 and 2006 respectively. For his DPhil he studied under Prof Richard G. Compton, developing chemically modified nanomaterials for electrochemical sensors and studying their fundamental properties. In 2006 he was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at St. John’s College, Oxford, and continued to work alongside Prof Compton. In 2009 Greg was awarded a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship. He not only moved to establish his research group within the School of Chemistry at UEA in October of that year, but moved the area of his research to synthesise and develop inorganic electrocatalysts for energy and materials applications. In 2012 Greg was promoted to Reader of Chemistry, elected as FRSC in 2014 and promoted to Professor of Chemistry in 2015.

Greg served as an Associate Editor for RSC Advances until 2016, and is a reviewer for over 24 leading chemical journals. He has presented numerous invited Keynote and Plenary lectures around the world, and serves as an external reviewer for the National Science Foundation of South Africa. Greg is a co-inventor of the founding technology of Senova Systems, a spin-off company based in California, and sat on the company’s Scientific Advisory Board until 2015.

Selected Publications

Teaching Old Compounds New Tricks: Efficient N2 Fixation by Simple Fe(N2)(diphosphine)2 Complexes
Laurence R. Doyle, Gregory G. Wildgoose, and Andrew E. Ashley, Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 7550-7554

Metal-free electrocatalytic hydrogen oxidation using frustrated Lewis pairs and carbon-based Lewis acids
Elliot J. Lawrence, Ewan Clark, Liam D. Curless, James M. Courtney, Robin J. Blagg, Michael J. Ingleson, and Gregory G. Wildgoose, Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 2537-2543

Exploring Structural and Electronic Effects in Three isomers of Tris{bis(trifluoromethyl)phenyl}borane: Towards the Combined Electrochemical-Frustrated Lewis Pair Activation of H2
Robin J. Blagg, Elliot J. Lawrence, Katie Resner, Vasily S. Oganesyan, Thomas J. Herrington, Andrew E. Ashley and Gregory G. Wildgoose, Dalton Trans. 2016 45, 6023-6031

Facile Protocol for Water-Tolerant “Frustrated Lewis Pair”-Catalyzed Hydrogenation
Daniel J. Scott, Trevor R. Simmons, Elliot J. Lawrence, Gregory G. Wildgoose, Matthew J. Fuchter and Andrew E. Ashley, ACS Catalysis2015, 5, 5540-5544.

A combined "electrochemical-frustrated Lewis pair" approach to hydrogen activation: surface catalytic effects at platinum electrodes
Elliot J. Lawrence, Robin J. Blagg, David L. Hughes, Andrew E. Ashley, Gregory G. Wildgoose, Chem. Eur. J., 2015, 21, 900-906

An Electrochemical Study of Frustrated Lewis Pairs: A Metal-free Route to Hydrogen Oxidation
Elliot J. Lawrence, Vasily S. Oganesyan, David L. Hughes, Andrew E. Ashley, Gregory G. Wildgoose, J. Am. Chem. Soc.2014136, 6031-6036.

Metal–Free Dihydrogen Activation by a Borenium Cation: A Combined Electrochemical/Frustrated Lewis Pair Approach
Elliot J. Lawrence, Thomas J. Herrington, Andrew E. Ashley, Gregory G. Wildgoose, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 9922-9925

The Formazanate Ligand as an Electron Reservoir: BIs(Formazanate) Zinc Complexes Isolated in Three Redox States
Mu–Chieh Chang, Thomas Dann, David P. Day, Martin Lutz, Gregory G. Wildgoose and Edwin Otten, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.201453, 4118-4122.

Exploring the fate of the tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane radical anion in weakly coordinating solvents.
Elliot J. Lawrence, Vasily S. Oganesyan, Gregory G. Wildgoose and Andrew E. Ashley
Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 782–789.
DOI: 10.1039/C2DT31622F

Electrochemistry of AuII and AuIII pincer complexes: determination of the AuII–AuII bond energy.
Thomas Dann, Dragos–Adrian Rosca, Joseph A. Wright, Gregory G. Wildgoose and Manfred Bochmann
Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 10169–10171.
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC45984E

Separating electrophilicity and lewis acidity: the synthesis, characterisation and electrochemistry of electron deficient tris(aryl)boranes B(C6F5)3-n(C6Cl5)n (n=1-3).
Andrew E. Ashley, Thomas J. Herrington, Gregory G. Wildgoose, Hasna Zaher, Amber L. Thompson, Nicholas H. Rees, Tobias Kraemer, Dermot O’Hare,
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 14727-14740
DOI: 10.1021/ja205037t

3-Aryl-3(trifluoromethyl)diazirines as versatile photoactivated “linker” molecules for the improved covalent modification of graphitic and carbon nanotube surfaces.
Elliot J. Lawrence, Gregory G. Wildgoose, Leigh Aldous, Yimin A. Wu, Jamie H. Warner, Richard G. Compton and Paul D. McNaughter,
Chem. Mater, 2011, 23, 3740-3751
DOI: 10.1021/cm201461w

Homoleptic Permethylpentalene Complexes: “Double Metallocenes” of the First-Row Transition Metals.
Andrew E. Ashley, Robert T. Cooper, Gregory G. Wildgoose, Jennifer C. Green and Dermot O’Hare,
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 15662–15677
DOI: 10.1021/ja8057138

 

Career History

  • 2006 -09 - Junior Research Fellow, St. John’s College, Oxford University.
  • 2009 - Royal Society University Research Fellow
  • 2012 - 15 - Reader of Chemistry
  • 2014 - Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
  • 2015 - Professor of Chemistry

Highlighted Publications

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Chang, M., Dann, T., Day, D., Lutz, M., Wildgoose, G., Otten, E.

(2014)

The Formazanate Ligand as an Electron Reservoir: Bis(Formazanate) Zinc Complexes Isolated in Three Redox States,

in Angewandte Chemie International Edition

53.

pp. 4118-4122

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Lawrence, E., Oganesyan, V., Hughes, D., Ashley, A., Wildgoose, G.

(2014)

An Electrochemical Study of Frustrated Lewis Pairs: A Metal-free Route to Hydrogen Oxidation,

in Journal of the American Chemical Society

136.

pp. 6031-6036

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Lawrence, E. J., Herrington, T. J., Ashley, A. E., Wildgoose, G. G.

(2014)

Metal-Free Dihydrogen Oxidation by a Borenium Cation: A Combined Electrochemical/Frustrated Lewis Pair Approach,

in Angewandte Chemie International Edition

53.

pp. 9922–9925

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Dann, T., Roşca, D., Wright, J. A., Wildgoose, G. G., Bochmann, M.

(2013)

Electrochemistry of AuII and AuIII pincer complexes: determination of the AuII–AuII bond energy,

in Chemical Communications

49.

pp. 10169-10171

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Lawrence, E., Wildgoose, G., Aldous, L., Wu, Y., Warner, J., Compton, R., Mcnaughter, P.

(2011)

3-Aryl-3-(trifluoromethyl)diazirines as Versatile Photoactivated “Linker” Molecules for the Improved Covalent Modification of Graphitic and Carbon Nanotube Surfaces,

in Chemistry of Materials

23.

pp. 3740-3751

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Ashley, A., Herrington, T., Wildgoose, G., Zaher, H., Thompson, A., Rees, N., Krämer, T., O’Hare, D.

(2011)

Separating Electrophilicity and Lewis Acidity: The Synthesis, Characterization, and Electrochemistry of the Electron DeficientTris(aryl)boranes B(C6F5)3–n(C6Cl5)n(n= 1–3),

in Journal of the American Chemical Society

133.

pp. 14727-14740

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All Publications

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Blagg, R. J., Lawrence, E. J., Resner, K., Oganesyan, V. S., Herrington, T. J., Ashley, A. E., Wildgoose, G. G.

(2016)

Exploring structural and electronic effects in three isomers of tris{bis(trifluoromethyl)phenyl}borane: Towards the combined electrochemical-frustrated Lewis pair activation of H2,

in Dalton Transactions

45

(14)

pp. 6023-6031

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Blagg, R. J., Simmons, T. R., Hatton, G. R., Courtney, J. M., Bennett, E. L., Lawrence, E. J., Wildgoose, G. G.

(2016)

Novel B(Ar')2(Ar'') hetero-tri(aryl)boranes: a systematic study of Lewis acidity,

in Dalton Transactions

45

(14)

pp. 6032-6043

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Lawrence, E. J., Clark, E. R., Curless, L. D., Courtney, J. M., Blagg, R. J., Ingleson, M. J., Wildgoose, G. G.

(2016)

Metal-free electrocatalytic hydrogen oxidation using frustrated Lewis pairs and carbon-based Lewis acids,

in Chemical Science

7

(4)

pp. 2537-2543

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Blagg, R. J., Wildgoose, G. G.

(2016)

H2 activation using the first 1:1:1 hetero-tri(aryl)borane,

in RSC Advances

6

(48)

pp. 42421-42427

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Doyle, L. R., Hill, P. J., Wildgoose, G., Ashley, A. E.

(2016)

Teaching old compounds new tricks: efficient N2 fixation by simple Fe(N2)(diphosphine)2 complexes,

in Dalton Transactions

45

(18)

pp. 7550-7554

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Buttress, J., Day, D., Courtney, J., Lawrence, E., Hughes, D., Blagg, R., Crossley, A., Matthews, S., Redshaw, C., Bulman Page, P., Wildgoose, G.

(2016)

“Janus” Calixarenes: Double-Sided Molecular Linkers for Facile, Multianchor Point, Multifunctional, Surface Modification,

in Langmuir

32

(31)

pp. 7806–7813

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Lawrence, E. J., Blagg, R. J., Hughes, D. L., Ashley, A. E., Wildgoose, G. G.

(2015)

A combined "electrochemical-frustrated Lewis pair" approach to hydrogen activation: surface catalytic effects at platinum electrodes,

in Chemistry - A European Journal

21

(2)

pp. 900-906

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Zakharova, E. A., Noskova, G. N., Moskaleva, M. L., Elesova, E. E., Wildgoose, G.

(2015)

Investigation into the Speciation of Inorganic Arsenic in Weakly Alkaline Medium by Voltammetry,

in Electroanalysis

27

(4)

pp. 890-901

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Scott, D. J., Simmons, T. R., Lawrence, E. J., Wildgoose, G. G., Fuchter, M. J., Ashley, A. E.

(2015)

Facile Protocol for Water-Tolerant “Frustrated Lewis Pair”-Catalyzed Hydrogenation,

in ACS Catalysis

5

(9)

pp. 5540-5544

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Gimeno, M. C., López-de-Luzuriaga, J. M., Manso, E., Monge, M., Olmos, M. E., Rodríguez-Castillo, M., Tena, M., Day, D. P., Lawrence, E. J., Wildgoose, G. G.

(2015)

Synthesis, Photochemical, and Redox Properties of Gold(I) and Gold(III) Pincer Complexes Incorporating a 2,2′:6′,2″-Terpyridine Ligand Framework,

in Inorganic Chemistry

54

(22)

pp. 10667–10677

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Day, D., Dann, T., Hughes, D., Oganesyan, V., Steverding, D., Wildgoose, G.

(2014)

Cymantrene–Triazole "Click" Products: Structural Characterization and Electrochemical Properties,

in Organometallics

33

(18)

pp. 4687–4696

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Chang, M., Dann, T., Day, D., Lutz, M., Wildgoose, G., Otten, E.

(2014)

The Formazanate Ligand as an Electron Reservoir: Bis(Formazanate) Zinc Complexes Isolated in Three Redox States,

in Angewandte Chemie International Edition

53

(16)

pp. 4118-4122

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Lawrence, E., Oganesyan, V., Hughes, D., Ashley, A., Wildgoose, G.

(2014)

An Electrochemical Study of Frustrated Lewis Pairs: A Metal-free Route to Hydrogen Oxidation,

in Journal of the American Chemical Society

136

(16)

pp. 6031-6036

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Lawrence, E. J., Herrington, T. J., Ashley, A. E., Wildgoose, G. G.

(2014)

Metal-Free Dihydrogen Oxidation by a Borenium Cation: A Combined Electrochemical/Frustrated Lewis Pair Approach,

in Angewandte Chemie International Edition

53

(37)

pp. 9922–9925

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(Article)

(Published)


Day, D., Dann, T., Blagg, R., Wildgoose, G.

(2014)

Synthesis and characterization of redox active cyrhetrene–triazole click products,

in Journal of Organometallic Chemistry

770

pp. 29-34

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Lawrence, E., Oganesyan, V., Wildgoose, G., Ashley, A.

(2013)

Exploring the fate of the tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane radical anion in weakly coordinating solvents,

in Dalton Transactions

42

pp. 782-789

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Dann, T., Roşca, D., Wright, J. A., Wildgoose, G. G., Bochmann, M.

(2013)

Electrochemistry of AuII and AuIII pincer complexes: determination of the AuII–AuII bond energy,

in Chemical Communications

49

(86)

pp. 10169-10171

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Bear, J., McNaughter, P., Jurkschat, K., Crossley, A., Aldous, L., Compton, R., Mayes, A., Wildgoose, G.

(2012)

Synthesis and characterisation of carbon nanotubes covalently functionalized with amphiphilic polymer coated superparamagnetic nanoparticles,

in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science

383

pp. 110-117

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Vasic, M., Sljukic, B., Wildgoose, G., Compton, R.

(2012)

Adsorption of bismuth ions on graphite chemically modified with gallic acid,

in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

14

pp. 10027-10031

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Lawrence, E., Wildgoose, G., Aldous, L., Wu, Y., Warner, J., Compton, R., Mcnaughter, P.

(2011)

3-Aryl-3-(trifluoromethyl)diazirines as Versatile Photoactivated “Linker” Molecules for the Improved Covalent Modification of Graphitic and Carbon Nanotube Surfaces,

in Chemistry of Materials

23

(16)

pp. 3740-3751

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Key Research Interests

Dr Wildgoose’s research interests are broad, spanning areas of inorganic and organic synthetic chemistry (e.g. calixarenes), materials chemistry (including nanomaterials and analytical surface science techniques such as electron microscopy, AFM and XPS), and physical electrochemistry. The over-arching aim of his current research is the synthesis and characterisation of organometallic and inorganic main group complexes, including the use of Frustrated Lewis Pairs, in conjunction with studies of their electrochemical properties. These are then used to drive (electro)catalytic reactions with applications in both “green synthesis” and clean energy production and storage.

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Teaching Interests

I teach a mixture of 1st year and 4th year inorganic chemistry and 3rd year physical chemistry topics as well as lecturing on the post-graduate MEng course. Following the lead of Dr Lancaster (UEA Chemistry) I am a keen supporter of innovative technology aids to teaching, including the use of screencasts of all my lectures, social media sites such as Twitter, and tools such as the “flipped” lecture.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • 2013 - Invited Keynote Lecture, 13th Topical Meeting of the International society of Electrochemistyr, Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2012 - Invited Keynote Lecture, BioTech Conference, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2011 - Invited Lecture, Great Western Electrochemistry Meeting, Bath, UK
  • 2010 - Invited Keynote Lecture, International Society of Electrochemistry Meeting, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2010 - Invited Keynote Lecture, Symposium of the Theory and Practice of Voltammetric Analysis, Tomsk, Russia
  • 2008 - Invited Keynote Lecture, Society of Physical Chemists of Serbia 9th International Conference, Belgrade, Serbia
  • 2008 - Invited Plenary Lecture, SA–UK Workshop “Nanoscience for Electrochemistry”, Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2005 - Invited Keynote Lecture, XVth SIBEE conference, Parana State, Brazil

Administrative Posts

2014 - present - School Director of Enterprise

2010-2012 - School Colloquia Organizer.