Dr Fabrizio Ortu

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Lecturer in Chemistry

UG Admissions Tutor

Laurea Magistrale (Università degli Studi di Sassari, Italy), PhD (Nottingham), MRSC

Tel: +44 (0)116 294 4670

Email: fabrizio.ortu@leicester.ac.uk

Group Pages: Ortu Group

Twitter: @FabOrtu

Research Interests:

  • Synthesis, Catalysis, C-H activation, f-element chemistry, main group chemistry

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The main research focus of our group is on organometallic chemistry of s- and f-block metals. Together with improving our fundamental understanding of these elements and their coordination chemistry, we are interested in their application in small molecule activation, C-H activation chemistry, sustainable synthesis and catalysis.

Our methodologies are based on advanced Schlenk line and glovebox techniques. To gain further insight into the physicochemical properties of our compounds, we perform comprehensive analyses and characterisations using a variety of spectroscopic and analytical techniques, e.g. single crystal X-ray crystallography, multinuclear NMR specstroscopy, UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy, EPR spectroscopy, SQUID magnetometry, cyclic voltammetry.

Selected publications:

  1. Studies of Hysteresis and Quantum Tunnelling of the Magnetisation in Dysprosium(III) Single Molecule Magnets: F. Ortu, D. Reta, Y.-S. Ding, C.A.P. Goodwin, M.P. Gregson, E.J.L. McInnes, R.E.P. Winpenny, Y.-Z. Zheng, S.T. Liddle, D.P. Mills, N.F. Chilton, Dalton Trans., 2019, DOI: 10.1039/C9DT01655D.
  2. Field- and temperature-dependent quantum tunnelling of the magnetisation in a large 2 barrier single-molecule magnet: Y.S. Ding, K.-X. Yu, D. Reta, F. Ortu, R.E.P. Winpenny, Y.Z. Zheng, N.F. Chilton, Nature Commun., 2018, 9, 3134, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05587-6.
  3. Molecular magnetic hysteresis at 60 kelvin in dysprosocenium: C. A. P. Goodwin, F. Ortu, D. Reta, N. F. Chilton, D. P. Mills, Nature, 2017, 548, 439, DOI: 10.1038/nature23447.
  4. Synthesis and Electronic Structures of Heavy Lanthanide Metallocenium Cations: C.A.P. Goodwin, D. Reta, F. Ortu, N.F. Chilton, D.P. Mills, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 18714, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b11535.
  5. Analysis of Lanthanide-Radical Magnetic Interactions in Ce(III) 2,2′-Bipyridyl Complexes: F. Ortu, J. Liu, M. Burton, J. M. Fowler, A. Formanuik, M.-E. Boulon, N. Chilton, D. P. Mills, Inorg. Chem., 2017, 56, 2496, DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b02683.
  6. Actinide covalency measured by pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy: A. Formanuik, A.-M. Ariciu, F. Ortu, R. Beekmeyer, A. Kerridge, F. Tuna, E. J. McInnes, D. P. Mills, Nature Chem., 2017, 9, 578, DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2692.
  7. Tuning Coordination in s-Block Carbazol-9-yl Complexes Through Manipulation of Ligand Sterics: F. Ortu, G. J. Moxey, A. J. Blake, W. Lewis, D. Kays, Chem. Eur. J., 2015, 21, 6949, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201406490.
  8. Alkaline earth complexes of silylated aminopyridinato ligands: homoleptic compounds and heterobimetallic coordination polymers: F. Ortu, G. J. Moxey, A. J. Blake, W. Lewis, D. Kays, Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52, 12429, DOI: 10.1021/ic4012923.

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Department of Chemistry
University of Leicester
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