Recent News

 Sustainability Award: The Bronze LEAF Award has been awarded to The O'Hare Group for the work towards making their lab. a greener place. Well done everyone!

CONGRATULATIONS to Katie Laney from the O'Hare Group - who recently became a winner of the inaugural Jamie Ferguson Chemistry Innovation Award (a legacy to Jamie Ferguson from Oxford University Innovation). The award brings with it both a financial element and mentorship from OUI with leading industrial figures, together with practice at pitching to an expert audience, expanding on her innovation ‘A hydrophobic solution to the solar energy challenge'. Well done!

  • NEW Publications: 
  • Photocatalytic CO2 reduction and environmental remediation using mineralization of toxic metal cations products, T. Lai, J. Wang,  W. Xiong, Huijuan Wang, Mufei Yang Tian Li, X. Kong, X. Zou, Y. Zhao D. O’Hare and Y.-F. Song, Chem. Eng. Sci., (2022), 117704.  DOI:10.1016/j.ces.2022.117704
  • Introduction to CO2 capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), Q. Wang,  H. Pfeiffer,  R.  Amal and D. O'Hare, React. Chem. Eng.,  (2022), advance article.  DOI: 10.1039/d2re90007f
  • Aqueous miscible organic solvent treated NiTi layered double hydroxide nanosheets for air purification photocatalysis, Adrián Pastor, Chunping Chen, Gustavo de Miguel, Francisco Martin, Manuel Cruz-Yusta, Jean-Charles Buffet, Dermot O’Hare, Ivana Pavlovic, and Luis Sánchez, Chem., Eng., J., (2022), 429, 132361.  DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2021.132361

NEW Publication: Tuning Polyethylene Molecular Weight Distributions Using Catalyst Support Composition. Philip Kenyon, D. W. Justin Leung, Zoë R. Turner, Jean-Charles Buffet, and Dermot O’Hare. American Chemical Society April 22, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.1c02604 

April 2022: NEW Postdoctoral. Research Associate in Inorganic Chemistry at Oxford with Profs. Dermot O'Hare & Ludmilla Steier on electrocatalysts for O2 evolution from water. Full details on the University of Oxford website (Post 157022) c/d noon on 20th May.

April 2022: We're hiring!! An exciting opportunity to join the Research Group of Professor Dermot O'Hare as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry. Full details can be found on the University of Oxford website  (Post 157013) c/d noon  29th April.

April 2022: Opportunity to join us as Deputy Director of  the prestigious SCG-Oxford Centre of Excellence in Chemistry (Maternity Cover). Full details can be found on the University of Oxford website (Post 157011) c/d noon on 29th April. 

February 2022: The O'Hare Group & the SCG Centre of Excellence welcomes Dr Louis Morris to the team. Dr Morris is an SCG funded Research Fellow working in the broad field of the Circular Economy and Sustainability, and playing a leading role in creating and executing work in (i) future uses of plastics, (ii) utilisation of renewable feedstocks, (iii) small molecule activation. Louis joins us from the group of Prof. Dr Jun Okuda at RWTH Aachen University in Germany and his biography can be found here.

25/03/2021:Congratulations Team! Our research on Carbon Dioxide activation by permethylpentalene amide complexes has just published in Dalton Transactions.


22/03/2021: Congratulations Golf! New article on zirconocene catalysts for polyolefins synthesis just published in RSC Advances.


16/03/2021:Congratulations Team! New permethylpentalene complexes for biodegradable polymer synthesis just accepted in Dalton Tranactions.



05/03/2021: Congratulations Joyce! Her latest HOT article in Green Chemistry, FREE to access now! Find it here: http://xlink.rsc.org/?doi=10.1039/D0GC04410E … 

02/03/2021: Congratulations Kate! New article on non-toxic layered materials for green packaging published in Material Advances


18/02/2021:Congratulations Joyce! New article on using waste from water treatment plants to make new type of Layered materials just accepted in Green Chemistry


02/02/2021: Congratulations Tom! High throughput copolymerisation work just published in RSCAdvances  Thanks to HTExplore! https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2021/ra/d1ra00446h#!divAbstract …

17/11/2020: Congratulations Golf for a new paper accepted in Molecular catalysis! https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2468823120305381?dgcid=coauthor …

17/11/2020: Congratulations to Archie and Katarina in passing their vivas with minor corrections.

08/09/2020: Congratulations Sandy! New paper on in-depth study (91Zr ssNMR!!) of solid inorganic catalysts just accepted in Materials Chemistry Frontiers.


07/09/2020: Congratulations Joyce for passing her viva with flying colours! The examiners enjoyed it very much!

01/09/2020:Congratulations Peace and Issie! New article on constrained geometry I* for renewable polymer synthesis just accepted in Polymer Chemistry. 




15/07/2020: Congratulation Jess! New paper on Metallocene polyethylene Wax synthesis just published in Macromolecules


18/06/2020: Congratulations Justin! Article on structure-relationship study of CO2 capture using AMO-LDH just accepted in DaltonTransactions


10/06/2020: Congratulations Chunping! New article on silane modification of AMO-LDH just accepted in Dalton Transactions


23/04/2020: Congratulations Tom for passing his viva with flying colours! Viva by video conference follower by MS Teams group drinks. 

15/04/2020: Congratulations Max! AMO-LDH for biodiesel synthesis paper just accepted in Green Chemistry. 


11/03/2020:Congratulations Meng! New core@shell hybrid materials paper accepted in New Journal of Chemistry. https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2020/nj/c9nj06341b#!divAbstract


09/03/2020: Congratulations Tom! New paper on constrained geometry complexes for copolymerisation just accepted in Molecular Catalysis. https://sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2468823120301243

17/02/2020: Congratulations Jingfang! Article just accepted in Applied Materials & Interfaces on Aspect ratio control of LDH barrier for green flexible food packaging.



21/01/2020: Congratulations Jess! New paper on highly active solid catalyst for polymerisation just published in Macromolecules: Volcano-like popcorn effect!


18/12/2019:Congratulations Jess! New article just accepted in Molecular Catalysis: Cyclopentadienyl type complexes on solid MAO (the Sequel): Istar strikes back!


06/11/2019: Thank you@ChemistryWorld for your article on our research that discovered than dinitrogen speeds up some reactions.


06/11/2019: Our@NatureComms paper on transparent, recyclable packaging is highlighted in Periodic 2019 (pages 14 and 15), https://nature.com/articles/s41467-019-10362-2…. Thank you Oxford Chemistry.

04/11/2019: Thank you@cenmag and@OxfordChemistry for your article and news updates regarding our nitrogen promoted hydrodeoxygenation catalysts https://cen.acs.org/synthesis/catalysis/N2-speeds-hydrogenation-Ru-surface/97/i43

29/10/2019: Congratulations Haohong! New paper published in@NatureCatalysis on molecular nitrogen promoting hydrodeoxygenation of biomass. https://nature.com/articles/s41929-019-0368-6…

10/102019: Congratulations Peace! Paper just accepted in@DaltonTrans on Scandium permethylindenyl complexes for lactide polymerisation. https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2019/dt/c9dt03450a#!divAbstract….

01/10/2019 Welcome to Clement, Penny, and Rebecca, our 3 new D.Phil students as well as Gabija and Aisling, our 2 new OxICFM D.Phil students.

26/09/2019: Welcome to Sam, Charlie, Isobel, and Justin, our four new Part IIs students.

03/10/2019: Congratulations Zoë! New article just published in @InorgChem. Bismuth Pyridine Dipyrrolide complexes - a transient Bi(II) species https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b02314…b@OxfordChemistry

21/06/2019: The future of #recylable #crisppackets- Dermot O'Hare explains how 

#nanotechnology has the answer to Heather Jameson @NakedScientists 


18/06/2019: Thank you@newscientist for your article about our #recyclable food packaging. It performs 40 times better than metallised film and is transparent and microwaveable so you can see and heat your snacks!


11/06/2019: Congratulations Jingfang! Article just published in @NatureComms on our transparent, recyclable, low-energy food packaging @OxfordChemistry @CoeOxford https://go.nature.com/2MASnl1 

Read the story behind the article http://go.nature.com/2XCapV

30/05/2019: New 7 year FCA agreement for @CoeOxford, the RSC Awarded Industrial Collaboration between SCG Chemicals and Oxford University - signed by Khun Cholanat Yanaranop, President Chemicals Business, SCG,  & Dr Dan Blakey, Head of Science, Research Services. The Ceremony was officiated by HE Pisanu Suvanajata, Amabssador at the Royal Thai Embassy, Dame Helen Ghosh, Master of Balliol and Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, Professor Louise Richardson.


07/05/2019: Congratulations CoE! The SCG-Oxford Centre of Excellence for Chemistry have been named 2019 winner of the prestigious Industry-Academia Collaboration Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. The CoE have won the award for creating a unique and long-standing collaboration bringing benefits to chemical science.

07/03/2019: Congratulations Grace! New paper on boron bridged layered double hydroxides catalysts accepted in Molecular Catalysis. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2468823119301038?dgcid=author…

28/02/2019: Congratulations Sam! New paper on bimetallic permethylpentalene complexes just accepted in @DaltonTrans 

28/01/2019: Congratulations Clara! New artcle on mesoporous silica@LDH published in @RSC_Adv @OxfordChemistry https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2019/ra/c9ra00188c#!divAbstract …

24/01/2019: Well done again Jess! Lactide paper just accepted in Dalton Transactions.



21/01/2019: Congratulations Jess! Paper on permethylindenyl complexes for ethylene polymerisation just accepted in Polymer Chemistry.



07/01/2019: Congratulations Cameron on winning the 2018 Salters' Graduate Award!



12/12/2018: Well done Kate. Materials Chemistry Frontiers Hot article for 2018!



06/11/2018: Congratulations Katarina on your article just accepted in J. Energ. Chem.


30/10/18: Congratulations Clara and Chunping on your paper in Dalton Transactions! 15 days from submission to acceptance, a record!




12/10/18: Congratulations Kate and Chris! New paper accepted in Mater. Chem. Front. Perfect AIM!



09/10/18: Congratulations Chunping! New paper accepted in RSC Advances  https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2018/ra/c8ra06822d#!divAbstract


05/10/18: Congratulations Dan on your article just accepted in Polyhedron 



01/10/18: Welcome to Rebecca and Cameron (share with Prof. Weller), our new D.Phil students.

20/09/18: Welcome to Max, Sungmin, Clem, Rob and Ben, our five new Part IIs students.

28/08/18: Well done JC...New paper accepted in ChemComm Popcorn is the word!


28/08/18: Congratulations Tom W! Paper on "Group 4 permethylindenyl constrained geometry complexes for ethylene polymerisation" just accepted in Catalysis Science and Technology.


01/05/18: Welcome to Philip, our new SCG Chemicals funded PDRA.

26/04/18: Congratulations Kate on her ChemComm cover!

26/03/18: Congratulations Dr Fraser! Enjoy your new Post-Doc life in the Williams' group

07/03/18: Welcome to Dipa, joining us to share the Pn* joy.

06/03/18:  Congratulations to Kate on AIM-LDH paper accepted in ChemComm.

08/01/18: Welcome to Xuancan Zhu, our new visitor for Tsinghua University (China).

29/12/17: Congratulations to Sandy on his Modified Solid MAO article in Organometallics.

25/11/17: Congratulations to Joyce on her SiO2@LDH hybrid material article in Dalton Trans.

27/10/17: Bye Bye Dr. Tom. Hope you enjoy your new life at Infineum.

12/10/17: Congratulations to Sandy on Zr arene bis-sandwich paper accepted in ChemComm.

02/10/17: Welcome to our 3 new DPhils; Meng, Justin and Maureen!

21/09/17: Welcome to all our new Part IIs; Hannah, Grace, Jack and Alex!

29/08/17: Welcome to Jindui Hong, a new SCG Chemicals funder Post-Doc.

04/08/17: Welcome to Prof. Jong Hyeon Lee, an academic visitor for a year.

11/07/17: Congratulation Haohong! New Nature Commun. accepted on HDO for biooil.

16/06/17: Congratulation Chris! New Inorg. Chem. accepted on tungsten imido for oligomerisation.

10/11/16: Welcome to our new Post-Doc Tom Robinson. He's taken the courageous leap from main-group to organometallic chemistry. Well done Tom. He'll be working jointly with Prof. Charlotte Williams in partnership with SCG Chemicals.

02/10/16: A big welcome to our new Post-Doc Dana, relocating from sunny Tarragona just in time for Winter. Sorry Dana. She'll be working on catalytic applications of LDHs.

29/09/16: Congratulation Jess on passing your transfer of status! Let the chemistry begin!

27/09/16: Welcome to Alasdair, Ben, Joe and Justin our Part II students this year.

05/08/16: Team O'Hare returns in a blaze of glory from ICOMC 2016 in Melbourne Australia. Turns out July in Melbourne is winter. O'Hare members giving some great talks and showing some awesome posters - well done everyone!

09/05/16: Congratulations to Dermot and the O'Hare group on recently being awarded the RSC Tilden Prize 2016 for creative work on the synthesis, reactivity and advanced characterisation of molecular inorganic compounds and materials.

12/04/16: Welcome Jingfang our newest post-doc, from Conneticut US. She'll be making barrier materials from LDHs in partnership with SCG packaging.

17/03/16: Huge congratulations to Dr Henry Fisher on passing his Viva. With great doctorates, come great responsibility. Best of luck at Volte Face!

01/12/15: Good job Dermot and the O'Hare group - MPLS Impact award for excellence in generating broad user interactions that achieved impact or are conducive to achieving impact.