Research areas covered by the Jones' group are wide ranging, but broadly speaking involve the development of unique and fundamentally important areas of chemistry which challenge previously held views on structure, bonding and stability. In particular, Jones and his team are international leaders in the chemistry of very low oxidation state and low coordination number s- and p-block compounds. Their expertise in this field has led to the preparation of numerous fascinating compound types that were thought incapable of existence at room temperature until a few years ago. In addition to the fundamental aspects of modern main group chemistry, the Jones group are at the forefront of applying highly reactive, low oxidation state metal-metal bonded systems to synthesis, catalysis, materials chemistry, hydrogen storage etc. More recently, this work has been extended to related investigations into the stabilisation and applications chemistry of low oxidation state first row d-block metal-metal bonded complexes. Examples of specific areas of research currently being investigated can be found below. For more information, please go to the Group website.
Group 2 metal(I) chemistry
Magnesium(I) dimers as "bespoke" reagents for synthesis etc.
The "transition metal-like" reactivity of low oxidation state p-block compounds
The chemistry of novel first row d-block metal-metal bonded compounds
The chemistry of main group hydride complexes
Group 13 element(I) analogues of N- heterocyclic carbenes