Zoë Turner joined the group in August 2012. In 2010, she obtained her PhD from Edinburgh University working on small molecule activation by electropositive metal N-heterocyclic carbene complexes under the supervision of Prof. Polly Arnold. Following this, she travelled to the US as the Astra Zeneca Fulbright Scholar to work in the group of Prof Paul Chirik at Princeton University. Here, she studied dinitrogen activation using transition metals supported by redox-active ligands.

Since 2014, she has been the SCG Research Fellow, carrying out independent research while also leading the group organometallic research. She is the co-author of 45 papers and co-inventor on 11 patent applications.

Away from the lab, Zoë enjoys watching sport of all kinds, as well as travelling and hiking.

Selected publications:

Bismuth pyridine dipyrrolide complexes: a transient Bi(II) species which ring opens cyclic ethers. Z. R. Turner, Inorg. Chem., (2019), doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b02314.

Carbon oxygenate transformations by actinide compounds and catalysts. P. L. Arnold and Z. R. Turner, Nat. Rev. Chem., (2017), 1, in press.

Chemically Non-Innocent Cyclic (Alkyl)(Amino)Carbenes: Ligand Rearrangement, C-H and C-F Bond Activation. Z. R. Turner, Chem. Eur. J., (2016), 22, 11461-11468.

Group 1 and 2 cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbene complexes. Z. R. Turner and J.-C. Buffet, Dalton Trans., (2015), 44, 12985-12989

Molecular pnictogen activation by rare earth and actinide complexes. Z. R. Turner, Inorganics, (2015), 3, 597-635.