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Research interests

The research of Prof. Wesley Browne is built on expertise in spectroscopy and electrochemistry to unlock the mechanisms by which molecular catalysts and functional materials work. The research line in oxidation catalysis focuses on developing new environmentally sustainable methods for the oxidation of organic compounds. Elucidating reaction mechanisms with spectroscopy and especially Raman spectroscopy is a core task. In this field we have developed several fundamentally new methods for highly effective alkene epoxidation and dihydroxylation as well as identified and characterised first in class examples of reactive intermediates of relevance to bioinorganic chemistry also. The research line on molecular based functional materials explores novel electrochemical and photochemically driven switching mechanisms enabling new materials applications. We work closely with industry on many projects and although fundamental in nature, the research in the group has shown direct application in commercial processes and products. By expanding our knowledge in reaction mechanisms and the functioning of catalysts and responsive materials, we also drive development of spectroscopic and spectroelectrochemical methods of wider relevance.

Publications

Activation of alkyl hydroperoxides by manganese complexes of tmtacn for initiation of radical polymerisation of alkenes

Effect of monodentate heterocycle co-ligands on the μ-1,2-peroxo-diiron(III) mediated aldehyde deformylation reactions

Excited State Dynamics in Unidirectional Photochemical Molecular Motors

Formylation boosts the performance of light-driven overcrowded alkene-derived rotary molecular motors

Reaction of (N4Py)Fe with H2O2 and the relevance of its Fe(IV)=O species during and after H2O2 disproportionation

A Common Active Intermediate in the Oxidation of Alkenes, Alcohols and Alkanes with H2O2 and a Mn(II)/Pyridin-2-Carboxylato Catalyst

Backward multiplex coherent anti-Stokes Raman (CARS) spectroscopic imaging with electron-multiplying CCD (EM-CCD) camera

Construction of a three-state responsive framework from a bistable photoswitch

Control of Photoconversion Yield in Unidirectional Photomolecular Motors by Push-Pull Substituents

Formation of substituted dioxanes in the oxidation of gum arabic with periodate

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