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Gregory Wildgoose

Professor Gregory Wildgoose MChem, DPhil, MRSC

Research Fellow


University of East Anglia

Research summary

My research interests are broad, covering many areas of synthetic inorganic chemistry coupled with electrochemistry. In particular I specialise in the development of main group complexes with applications in frustrated Lewis pair catalysis for small molecule activation. Most recently I have pioneered the concept of "electrochemical-frustrated Lewis pairs", combining frustrated Lewis pair activation of dihydrogen with electrochemical oxidation of the resulting intermediates. Together this has enabled the development of metal-free electrocatalysts for hydrogen activation with applications in fuel cells, batteries and other energy generation/storage technologies. My synthetic work makes use of inert atmosphere techniques, and analysis by various spectroscopic techniques (multinuclear NMR, EPR, IR, UV-vis), mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography. Prior to my move into inorganic synthetic chemistry, my background is in analytical and nano-scale electrochemistry using various techniques including voltammetric and pulsed potential methods coupled with digital simulation of the resulting electrochemical data for mechanistic and kinetic data elucidation. My research is focussed on developing important small molecule activation catalysts and electrocatalysts to convert substrates (e.g. H2, CO, CO2 and N2) into important high value feedstocks and also on applying these systems to develop new approaches to energy storage/generation technologies (fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors).

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Frustrating Electrochemistry: Developing Electrocatalytic Frustrated Lewis Pairs

Scheme: University Research Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2014 - Sep 2017

Value: £287,264.46

"Designer" organometallic-electrodes using chemically modified carbon nanotubes

Scheme: University Research Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2009 - Sep 2014

Value: £488,161.24