Boron adducts of formazanate ligands

Date: April 1, 2021 12:00 pm (ET)


  • Joe Gilroy
    The University of Western Ontario

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The coordination chemistry of formazanate ligands with main group and transition metal elements has received significant attention due to the optical and redox properties imparted by this class of N-donor chelating ligands.1 Our work in this area has focused on the study of structure-property relationships in boron formazanate complexes for the development of novel dye architectures, including examples with relatively simple structures that emit in the near-IR (e.g., 1). More recently, we have set out to explore the effects of non-traditional bonding (e.g., 2) and cationic charge (e.g., 3) at boron on the optoelectronic properties of this fascinating class of heterocycles with a view of establishing design principles for multifunctional dyes comprised of main group elements and nitrogen. Our efforts in these areas will be discussed in detail.

  1. Gilroy, J. B.; Otten, E.  Soc. Rev. 2020, 49, 85-113.

About the Strem Chemicals Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry – 2020 award winner:
Joe B. Gilroy is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Western Ontario. Originally from the West Coast of Canada, he completed both his BSc and PhD at the University of Victoria where he conducted research in stable radical chemistry under the supervision of Robin Hicks. He moved to the University of Bristol for his postdoctoral studies where he worked in several different areas of metal-containing polymer chemistry with Ian Manners as an NSERC and EU Marie Curie PDF. At Western, Gilroy leads a talented team of hard-working students and postdocs who work in many different areas of synthetic materials chemistry, with major focuses including the development of luminescent and semiconducting molecular and polymeric materials containing unique combinations of group 13, 14, and 15 elements. He has published 85 scientific papers and 2 patents and his work has been recognized by several awards, including the Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, Western’s Petro-Canada Young Innovator and Faculty Scholar Awards, the CNC-IUPAC travel award, and an Ontario Early Researcher Award.