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.

Publications

Isolation of cyclic aluminium polysulfides by stepwise sulfurization
Xu Huihui, Weetman Catherine, Hanusch Franziska, Inoue Shigeyoshi
Chemistry - A European Journal Vol 28 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202104042
Low valent main group compounds in small molecule activation
Weetman Catherine
Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry (2021) (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119951438.eibc2779
Reactivity studies and structural outcomes of a bulky dialkylaluminium amide in the presence of the N-Heterocyclic Carbene, ItBu
Pollard Victoria A, Fuentes Maria-ngeles, Robertson Stuart D, Weetman Catherine, Kennedy Alan R, Brownlie Josh, Angus Fraser J, Smylie Cooper, Mulvey Robert E
Polyhedron Vol 209 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.poly.2021.115469
Germyliumylidene : a versatile low valent group 14 catalyst
Sarkar Debotra, Dutta Sayan, Weetman Catherine, Schubert Emeric, Koley Debasis, Inoue Shigeyoshi
Chemistry - A European Journal Vol 27, pp. 13072-13078 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202102233
Reversible activation and transfer of white phosphorus by silyl-stannylene
Sarkar Debotra, Weetman Catherine, Munz Dominik, Inoue Shigeyoshi
Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.202013423
Recent developments in low‐valent aluminum chemistry
Weetman Catherine, Xu Huihui, Inoue Shigeyoshi
Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry (2020) (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119951438.eibc2753

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Professional activities

Small Molecule Activation and Catalysis with Low-Oxidation State Main Group Compounds
Speaker
26/8/2021
Small Molecule Activation and Catalysis from Around the Periodic Table and Europe
Speaker
5/2/2021
Small Molecule Activation and Catalysis from Around the Periodic Table and Europe
Speaker
5/2/2021
Aluminium Multiple Bonds for Bond Activations and Catalysis
Speaker
8/4/2020
Aluminium Multiple Bonds for Bond Activations and Catalysis
Speaker
17/2/2020
Aluminium Multiple Bonds
Speaker
23/9/2019

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Projects

Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Murphy, Fainche
Mulvey, Robert (Principal Investigator) Weetman, Catherine (Principal Investigator) Mulvey, Robert (Co-investigator) Weetman, Catherine (Co-investigator) Murphy, Fainche (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Murphy, Fainche
Mulvey, Robert (Principal Investigator) Weetman, Catherine (Principal Investigator) Mulvey, Robert (Co-investigator) Weetman, Catherine (Co-investigator) Murphy, Fainche (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025

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Royal College Building

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