Marcus Drover - Synthetic Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry

Dr. Marcus W. Drover - Organometallic/Inorganic/Main-Group Chemistry

Dr. Marcus W. Drover

Ph.D. (The University of British Columbia)
Assistant Professor
253-3000 Ext. 3532
363 Essex Hall
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Research in my group spans the traditional bounds of synthetic inorganic and organic chemistry, with an overarching goal to develop new functional molecules: ligands, transition metal complexes, and main group compounds that promote the equitable use of resources, specifically with regard to global hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen cycles. We are motivated by a desire to revise the way in which we, as humans, interact with the planet by inventing ways to utilize greenhouse gasses as feedstocks, designing new catalysts for clean energy, and providing better methods for the synthesis of specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and bulk consumer products.

In this vein, our interests comprise concepts broadly related to catalysis using novel organometallic constructs having structure and/or bonding properties that can be leveraged for the development of new [or modification of known] reactions with creative design elements drawn from nature. Collectively, these themes buttress a research program devoted to exploiting inorganic and main group chemistry for application in sustainability science.


Drover, M. W.; Nagata, K.; Peters, J. C. Fusing Triphenylphosphine with Tetraphenylborate: Introducing the 9-Phosphatriptycene-10-phenylborate (PTB) Anion. Chem. Commun. 201854, 7916-7919. DOI: 10.1039/C8CC04321C

Drover, M. W.; Peters, J. C. Expanding the Allyl Analogy: Accessing eta3-P,B,P Diphosphinoborane Complexes of Group 10. Dalton Trans. 201847, 3733-3738. DOI: 10.1039/C8DT00058A

Drover, M. W.; Love, J.A.; Schafer, L.L. 1,3-N,O-Complexes of Late Transition Metals: Ligands with Flexible Bonding Modes and Reaction Profiles. Chem. Soc. Rev. 201746, 2913-2940. DOI: 10.1039/c6cs00715e

Drover, M. W.; Bowes, E. G.; Love, J. A.; Schafer, L. L.Accessing delta-B-H Coordinated Complexes of Rh(I) and Ir(I) Using Mono- and Dihydroboranes: Cooperative Stabilization by a Phosphoramidate Coligand. Organometallics 201736, 331-341. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.6b00784

Beattie, D. D.; Bowes, E. G.; Drover, M. W.; Love, J. A.; Schafer, L. L. Oxidation State Dependent Coordination Modes: Accessing an Amidate-Supported Nickel(I) delta-bis(C-H) Agnostic Complex. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 201655, 13290-13295. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201607243

Drover, M. W.; Love, J. A.; Schafer, L. L. Toward Anti-Markovnikov 1-Alkyne O-Phosphoramidation: Exploiting Metal-Ligand Cooperativity in a 1,3-N,O Chelated Cp*Ir(III) Complex. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016138, 8396-8399. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b05143

Drover, M. W.; Bowes, E.G.; Schafer, L. L.; Love, J. A.; Weller, A. S. Phosphoramidate-Supported Cp*Ir(III) Aminoborane H2B=NR2 Complexes: Synthesis, Structure, and Solution Dynamics. Chem. –Eur. J. 201622, 6793-6797. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201600951

Drover, M. W.; Schafer, L. L.; Love, J. A. Capturing HBCy2: Employing N,O-Chelated Complexes of Rhodium(I) and Iridium(I) for Chemoselective Hydroboration. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 201655, 3181-3186. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201511448

Drover, M. W.; Schafer, L. L.; Love, J. A. Amidate-Ligated Complexes of Rhodium(I): A Showcase of Coordination Flexibility. Organometallics 201534, 1783-1786. DOI: 10.1021/om501209c 

Drover, M. W.; Beh, D. W.; Kennepohl, P.; Love, J. A. 3-Rhoda-1,2-diazacyclopentanes: A Series of Novel Metallacycle Complexes Derived From C-N Functionalization of Ethylene. Chem. -Eur. J. 201420, 13345-13355. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201403682