Dr Catherine Weetman

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

Cath is a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Catalysis & Synthesis section of the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry. Cath’s research interests are in the design and development of new bimetallic catalysts based upon main group elements due to their low cost, high natural abundance, and environmentally benign nature. The combination of two metal centres, which are directly bound together in the bimetallic framework, aim to develop our fundamental understanding of chemical bonding, and will open up new reactivity pathways not accessible to monometallic compounds. This will lead to the establishment of many new sustainable catalytic processes and target the activation of strong bonds such as those found within greenhouse gases.

Cath obtained her MChem (2011) and PhD (2015) from the University of Bath under the supervision of Prof. Michael Hill in s-block catalysis. Following this, Cath moved to the University of Edinburgh where she diversified into d- and f-block organometallic chemistry under the guidance of Professors Polly Arnold and Jason Love. At the end of 2017, Cath was awarded a TU Munich Foundation Fellowship (TUFF) to join Prof. Shigeyoshi Inoue for low-oxidation state p-block chemistry. This was additionally supported by the award of a EuroTech Marie-Curie Fellowship to develop aluminium multiple bond chemistry, which also involved a 6-month secondment at EPFL, Switzerland. In July 2020, Cath joined University of Strathclyde as a Chancellor’s Fellow.


Reversible activation and transfer of white phosphorus by silyl-stannylene
Sarkar Debotra, Weetman Catherine, Munz Dominik, Inoue Shigeyoshi
Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2020)
Recent developments in low‐valent aluminum chemistry
Weetman Catherine, Xu Huihui, Inoue Shigeyoshi
Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry (2020) (2020)
N-heterocyclic carbene-stabilized germa-acylium ion : reactivity and utility in catalytic CO2 functionalizations
Sarkar Debotra, Weetman Catherine, Dutta Sayan, Schubert Emeric, Jandl Christian, Koley Debasis, Inoue Shigeyoshi
Journal of the American Chemical Society Vol 142, pp. 15403-15411 (2020)
Main group multiple bonds for bond activations and catalysis
Weetman Catherine
Chemistry - A European Journal (2020)
Dialumenes – aryl vs. silyl stabilisation for small molecule activation and catalysis
Weetman Catherine, Porzelt Amelie, Bag Prasenjit, Hanusch Franziska, Inoue Shigeyoshi
Chemical Science Vol 11, pp. 4817-4827 (2020)
CO2 fixation and catalytic reduction by a neutral aluminum double bond
Weetman Catherine, Bag Prasenjit, Szilvási Tibor, Jandl Christian, Inoue Shigeyoshi
Angewandte Chemie International Edition Vol 58, pp. 10961-10965 (2019)

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