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.


Austen, B. J. H.; Sharma, H.; Zurakowski, J. A.; Drover, M.W. Racemic and Meso Diastereomers of a P-Chirogenic Diboranyldiphosphinoethane. Organometallics 2022, ASAP.

Facchinato, D.; Zurakowski, J. A.; Drover, M.W. Rhodium Disulfur and Dioxygen Complexes: Examination of Boron Secondary Coordination Sphere Effects. J. Coord. Chem. 2022, ASAP. DOI: 10.1080/00958972.2022.2067989​ (Invited contribution for 2022 Emerging Leaders in Coordination Chemistry)

Drover, M.W. A Guide to Secondary Coordination Sphere Editing. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2022, 51, 1861-1880. DOI: 10.1039/D2CS00022A (Invited contribution for 2022 Emerging Investigators Issue)

Zurakowski, J. A.; Austen, B. J. H.; Brown, K. R.; Drover, M.W. Bis(1-bora-4-phosphorinane) Ring Closure at Cp*M (M = Co, Fe) Complexes. Chem. Commun. 2022, 58, 2500-2503. DOI: 10.1039/D1CC07060F

Zurakowski, J. A.; Austen, B. J. H.; Drover, M.W. Exterior Decorating: Lewis Acid Secondary Coordination Spheres for Cooperative Reactivity. Trends Chem. 2022, 4, 331-346. DOI: 10.1016/j.trechm.2022.01.007 (Invited contribution for 3rd Anniversary Special Edition)

Demchuk, M.; Zurakowski, J. A.; Austen, B. J. H.; Nelson, D. J.; Drover, M.W. Competitive Gold/Nickel Transmetalation. Chem. Commun. 2022, 58, 68-71. DOI: 10.1039/D1CC06064C (Invited contribution for Boron Chemistry in the 21st Century: From Synthetic Curiosities to Functional Molecules)

Zurakowski, J. A.; Austen, B. J. H.; Dufour, M. C.; Spasyuk, D. M.; Nelson, D. J.; Drover, M.W. Lewis-Acid Promoted Oxidative Addition at a [Ni(diphosphine)2] Complex: The Critical Role of a Secondary Coordination Sphere. Chem. –Eur. J.  2021, 27, 16021-16027. DOI: 10.1002/chem.202103121 (Selected as a “HOT” Article, “HOT” Topic: C-C Coupling)

Zurakowski, J. A.; Austen, B. J. H.; Dufour, M. C.; Bhattacharyya, M.; Spasyuk, D. M.; Drover, M.W. Preparation of a Borane-Appended Cobalt(III) Hydride: Evidence for Metal-Ligand Cooperativity in O—H Bond Activation. Dalton Trans. 2021, 50, 12440-12447. DOI: 10.1039/D1DT02331D (Selected for Front Cover Art for a #DaltonTurns50 Anniversary Issue)

Zurakowski, J. A.; Austen, B. J. H.; Drover, M.W. Wrapping Rhodium in a Borane Canopy: Implications for Hydride Transfer. Organometallics 2021, 40, 2450-2457. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.1c00194 (Selected for Supplementary Cover Art)

Zurakowski, J. A.; Drover, M.W. A Proton Passing Game: Relaying Small Molecules Across the Goal Line. Matter, 2021, 4,2598-2600. DOI: 10.1016/j.matt.2021.06.001 (Invited for an inaugural “Researcher’s Choice” Issue)

Zurakowski, J. A.; Bhattacharyya, M.; Spasyuk, D. M.; Drover, M.W. Octaboraneyl [Ni(H)(diphosphine)2]+ Complexes: Exploiting Phosphine Ligand Lability for Hydride Transfer to an [NAD]+ Model. Inorg. Chem. 2021, 60, 37-41. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c03409

Drover, M.W. and Chitnis, S.C. So You Want to Develop a Virtual Lecture Series? Lessons Learned from the Global Inorganic Discussion Weekend (GIDW) – a Canadian Initiative. Can. J. Chem. 2020, 98, 737-740. DOI: 10.1139/cjc-2020-0324 (Peer-Reviewed Perspective)

Drover, M.W.; Bowes, E.G.; Dufour, M.C.; Lesperance-Nantau, L.A. Platinum Complexes of a Boron-Rich Diphosphine Ligand

Dalton Trans. 2020, 49, 16312-16318. DOI: 10.1039/D0DT00963F (Invited for a special issue of “New Talent Americas 2020”)

Drover, M.W.; Dufour, M.C.; Lesperance-Nantau, L.A.; Noriega, R.P.; Levin, K.; Schurko, R.W. Octaboranyl Complexes of Nickel: Monomers for Redox-Active Coordination Polymers. Chem. –Eur. J. 2020, 26, 11180-11186. DOI: 10.1002/chem.202001218 (Invited Front Cover/”HOT” Article)

Drover, M.W.; Schild, D.J.; Oyala, P.; Peters, J.C. Generating Potent C–H PCET Donors: Ligand-Induced Fe-to-Ring Proton Migration from a Cp*FeIII–H Complex Demonstrates a Promising Strategy. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 18963-18970. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c09363

Drover, M.W.; Chalkley, M.J.; Peters, J.C. Catalytic N2-to-NH3 (or -N2H4) Conversion by Well-Defined Molecular Coordination Complexes. Chem. Rev. 2020, 120, 5582-5636. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.9b00638. (Invited contribution for a special thematic issue “Reactivity of Nitrogen from the Ground to the Atmosphere”)

Drover, M.W.; Schild, D.J.; Oyala, P.; Peters, J.C. Snapshots of a Migrating H-atom: Characterization of a Reactive Fe(III) Indenide Hydride and its Nearly Isoenergetic Ring-Protonated Fe(I) Isomer. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 15504-15511. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201909050

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