Regiodivergent Hydrosilylation, Hydrogenation, [2+2]-Cycloaddition and C–H Borylation using Counterion Activated Earth-abundant Metal Catalysis Riaz Agahi, Amy J. Challinor, Joanne Dunne, Jamie Docherty, Neil B. Carter and Stephen P. Thomas. Chemical Science, 2019, DOI: 10.1039/C8SC05391J


Earth-Abundant Metal Catalysis Enabled by Counterion Activation Riaz Agahi, Amy J. Challinor, Neil B. Carter and Stephen P. Thomas. Org. Lett.2019, 21, 993-997.

Manganese-Catalysed Hydrofunctionlization of Alkenes. Jonathan R. Carney, Barry R. Dillon, Leonie Campbell and Stephen P. Thomas. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57, 10620-10624.

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Aluminum-catalyzed hydroboration of alkenes. Alessandro Bismuto, Michael J. Cowley and Stephen P. Thomas, ACS Catal., 2018, 8, 2001-2005.


Borane-Catalysed Hydroboration of Alkynes and Alkenes. Nate W. J. Ang, Cornelia S. Buettner, Scott Docherty, Alessandro Bismuto, Jonathan R. Carney, Jamie H. Docherty, Michael J. Cowley, Stephen P. Thomas.  Synthesis, 2018, 50, 803-808.

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Cobalt-catalysed Markovnikov selective hydroboration of vinylarenes.  Jingying Peng, Jamie H. Docherty, Andrew P. Dominey and Stephen P. Thomas, Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 4726–4729.


Iron-Catalyzed Heck-Type Alkenylation of Functionalized Alkyl Bromides. Kailong Zhu, Joanne Dunne, Michael P. Shaver and Stephen P. Thomas, ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 2353-2356.


Activation and Discovery of Earth-Abundant Metal Catalysts Using Sodium tert-Butoxide. Jamie H. Docherty, Jingying Peng, Andrew P. Dominey and Stephen P. Thomas, Nature Chem. 2017, 9, 595-600.


Aluminium Hydride Catalyzed Hydroboration of Alkynes. Alessandro Bismuto, Stephen P. Thomas and Michael J. Cowley, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201655, 15356-15359.


Markovnikov-Selective, Activator-Free Iron-Catalyzed Vinylarene Hydroboration. Alistair J. MacNair, Clément R. P. Millet, Gary S. Nichol, Alan Ironmonger and Stephen P. Thomas, ACS Catal. 20166, 7217-7221.


Amine-Activated Iron Catalysis: Air- and Moisture-Stable Alkene and Alkyne Hydrofunctionalization. Amy J. Challinor, Marc Calin, Gary S. Nichol, Neil B. Carter and Stephen P. Thomas, Adv. Synth. Catal. 201615, 2404-2409.

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Recent Advances of Manganese Catalysis for Organic Synthesis. Jonathan R. Carney, Barry R. Dillon and Stephen P. Thomas, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 201623, 3912-3929.

Amine-bis(phenolate) Iron(III)-catalysed Formal Hydroamination of Olefins. Kailong Zhu, Michael P. Shaver and Stephen P. Thomas, Chem. Asian. J. 201611, 977-980.


Chemoselective Nitro Reduction and Hydroamination Using a Single Iron Catalyst. Kailong Zhu, Michael P. Shaver and Stephen P. Thomas, Chem. Sci. 20167, 3031-3035.

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Iron Oxides and Simple Iron Salt-based Catalysis. Jamie H. Docherty and Stephen P. Thomas, in Sustainable Catalysis: With Non-endangered Metals, Part 1.; North, M. Ed.; The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015, pp. 344-372.

Stable and Easily Handled Fe(III) Catalysts for Hydrosilylation of Ketones and Aldehydes. Kailong Zhu, Michael P. Shaver and Stephen P. Thomas. Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 2119-2123.

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Iron-Catalysed Hydrofunctionalisation of Alkenes and Alkynes. Mark D. Greenhalgh, Alison S. Jones and Stephen P. Thomas. ChemCatChem 2015, 7, 190-222.

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Broad Scope Hydrofunctionalization of Styrene Derivatives Using Iron-Catalyzed Hydromagnesiation. Alison S. Jones, James F. Paliga, Mark D. Greenhalgh, Jacob M. Quibell, Alan Steven and Stephen P. Thomas. Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 5964-5967.

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Iron-catalysed, general and operationally simple formal hydrogenation using Fe(OTf)3 and NaBH4Alistair J. MacNair, Ming-Ming Tran, Jennifer E. Nelson, G. Usherwood Sloan, Alan Ironmonger and Stephen P. Thomas. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2014, 12, 5082-5088.

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Iron-Catalyzed Hydromagnesiation: Synthesis and Characterization of Benzylic Grignard Reagent Intermediate and Application in the Synthesis of Ibuprofen. Mark D. Greenhalgh, Adam Kolodziej, Fern Sinclair and Stephen P. Thomas. Organometallics 2014, 33, 5811.

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Iron-Catalysed Reductive Cross-Coupling of Alkenes. Mark D. Greenhalgh and Stephen P. Thomas. ChemCatChem 2014, 6, 1520-1522.

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Iron-Catalysed Chemo-, Regio-, and Stereoselective Hydrosilylation of Alkenes and Alkynes using a Bench-Stable Iron(II) Pre-Catalyst. Mark D. Greenhalgh, Dominik J. Frank and Stephen P. Thomas. Adv. Synth. Catal. 2014, 356, 584-590.

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Heterogeneous Catalytic Hydrogenation of C=C and C≡C bonds. Stephen P. Thomas and Mark D. Greenhalgh, in Comprehensive Organic Synthesis, 2nd Ed.; Clayden, J., Vol. Ed.; Molander, G. A.; Knochel, P., Eds.; Elsevier, 2014; Vol. 8, pp. 564-604.

Iron-Catalysed Alkene Hydrogenation and Reductive Cross-Coupling Using a Bench-Stable Iron(II) Pre-catalyst. Dominik J. Frank, Léa Guiet, Alexander Käslin, Elliot Murphy and Stephen P. Thomas. RSC Adv. 2013, 3, 25698-25701.

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Chemo-, Regio-, and Stereoselective Iron-Catalysed Hydroboration of Alkenes and Alkynes. Mark D. Greenhalgh and Stephen P. Thomas, Chem. Commun. 201349, 11230-11232.


Iron-Catalysed Reduction of Olefins using a Borohydride Reagent. Tom S. Carter, Léa Guiet, Dominik J. Frank, James West and Stephen P. Thomas, Adv. Synth. Catal. 2013, 355, 880-884.

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Iron-Catalyzed Hydromagnesiation of Olefins. Mark D. Greenhalgh and Stephen P. Thomas, Synlett 2013, 24, 531-534.Abstract

Iron-Catalyzed, Highly Regioselective Synthesis of α-Aryl Carboxylic Acids from Styrene Derivatives and CO2. Mark D. Greenhalgh and Stephen P. Thomas,J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 11900-11903.

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Iron-catalysed, hydride-mediated reductive cross-coupling of vinyl halides and Grignard reagents. Bryden A. F. Le Bailly, Mark D. Greenhalgh and Stephen P. Thomas, Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 1580-1582.

Iron-catalysed reduction of carbonyls and olefins. Bryden A. F. Le Bailly and Stephen P. Thomas, RSC Advances 2011, 1, 1435-1445.


One-pot synthesis of 2,3,4,5,6-pentasubstituted tetrahydropyrans using lithiation-borylation, allylation and Prins cyclisation reactions. A. Mahmood, J. R. Suárez, S. P. Thomas and V. K. Aggarwal, Terahedron Letters 201354, 49-51.

Application of the Lithiation-Borylation Reaction to the Rapid and Enantioselective Synthesis of the Bisabolane Family of Sesquiterpenes. V. K. Aggarwal, L. T. Ball, S. Carobene, R. L. Connelly, M. J. Hesse, B. M. Partridge, P. Roth, S. P. Thomas and M. P. Webster, Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 9230-9232.

Enantioenriched synthesis of Escitalopram using lithiation-borylation methodology. B. M. Partridge, S. P. Thomas and V. K. Aggarwal, Tetrahedron 2011, 67, 10082-10088.

Application of the Lithiation-Borylation Reaction to the Preparation of Enantioenriched Allylic Boron Reagents and Subsequent In Situ Conversion into 1,2,4-Trisubstituted Homoallylic Alcohols with Complete Control over All Elements of Stereochemistry. M. Althaus, A. Mahmood, J. R. Suarez, S. P. Thomas and V. K. Aggarwal, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 4025-4028.

Stereoselective Synthesis of trans-β-Lactams by Palladium-catalysed Carbonylation of Vinyl Aziridines. F. Fontana, G. C. Tron, N. Barbero, S. Ferrini, S. P. Thomas and V. K. Aggarwal, Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 267- 269.

Asymmetric Hydroboration of 1,1-Disubstituted Alkenes. S. P. Thomas and V. K. Aggarwal, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 1896-1898.

Homologation and Alkylation of Boronic Esters and Boranes by 1,2-Metallate Rearrangement of Boron Ate Complexes. S. P. Thomas, R. M. French, V. Jheengut and V. K. Aggarwal, Chemical Record 2009, 9, 24- 39.

A General Method for the α-Acyloxylation of Carbonyl Compounds. C. S. Beshara, A. Hall, R. L. Jenkins, K. L. Jones, T. C. Jones, N. M. Killeen, P. H. Taylor, S. P. Thomas and N. C. O. Tomkinson, Org. Lett. 2005, 7, 5729-5732.

A Simple Method for the α-Oxygenation of Aldehydes. C. S. Beshara, A. Hall, R. L. Jenkins, T. C. Jones, R. T. Parry, P. H. Taylor, S. P. Thomas and N. C. O. Tomkinson, Chem. Commun. 2005, 1478-1480.


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