Catalysis is one of the most complex and diverse phenomenon in synthetic science. It can be classified in various ways, although mostly often this is done based on the physical nature of the catalyst. In this talk, Dr Bao Nguyen will discuss his own personal journey in catalytic research, going through chemical processes using homogenous catalysts, immmobilised catalysts, catalysts which are in-between and those which are beyond the traditional classifications.
Dr Bao Nguyen is a Lecturer in Physical Organic Chemistry at University of Leeds, where he has been from September 2012. He actively collaborates with colleagues from both the School of Chemistry and School of Chemical and Process Engineering to address current challenges in process chemistry. He is a core member of the Institute of Process Research and Development (iPRD), a flagship institute set up by the Leeds Transformation Fund.
Dr Nguyen did his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Dr John M. Brown FRS. He then moved to Dr Michael C. Willis’ group, where he developed the first Pd-catalysed coupling reaction employing sulfur dioxide by suppressing catalyst deactivation. Afterward, he joined Imperial College London, working in Dr King Kuok Hii’s group to delineate the nature of the palladium species in different catalytic reactions and developing separation methods for these species. He was awarded his first independent position as a Ramsay Memorial Fellow at Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London.