In the Leitao Lab we are interested in creating new inorganic polymers which contain main-group atoms in the backbone. One of our favourite ways to link the atoms together is through catalytic condensation reactions which eliminate small molecules such as H2 and H2O. Determining the catalytic mechanisms involved in the formation of the various homonuclear and heteronuclear main-group bonds, is of particular interest. We use the knowledge gained from our mechanistic studies to develop highly efficient catalysts capable of targeting specific products.
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