Professor Eric G Hope

Prof Eric G. Hope

Professor in Inorganic Chemistry
Tutor for the MSc Programme
BSc, PhD (Southampton)
Tel : +44 (0)116 252 2108
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  • BSc, PhD (Southampton)


  1. J. Fawcett, D. A. J. Harding and E. G. Hope, Dalton Trans., (2010), 39, 5827-5832.
  2. K. S. Coleman, F. Fawcett, D. A. J. Harding, E. G. Hope, K. Singh and G. A. Solan, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. (2010), 4130-4138.
  3. J. Fawcett, D. A. J. Harding, E. G. Hope, K. Singh and G. A. Solan, Dalton Trans., (2010), 39, 10781-10789.
  4. J. Fawcett, D. A. J. Harding, E. G. Hope, K. Singh and G. A. Solan, Organometallics, (2012), 31, 1518-1523
  5. EGH Image 3E. Perperi, Y. Huang, P. Angeli, G. Manos, C. R. Mathison, D. J. Cole-Hamilton, D. J. Adams and E. G. Hope, Dalton Trans., (2004), 2062-2064.
  6. E. G. Hope, J. Sherrington and A. M. Stuart, Adv. Synth. Catal., (2006), 348, 1635-1639.
  7. N. Audic, P. W. Dyer, E. G. Hope, A. M. Stuart and S. Suhard, Adv. Synth. Catal. (2010), 352, 2241-2250.
  8. D. Gudmunsen, E. G. Hope, D. R. Paige and A. M. Stuart, J. Fluorine Chem., (2009), 130, 942-950.
  9. J. A. Bennett, E. G. Hope, A. M. Stuart and K. Singh, J. Fluorine Chem., (2009), 130, 615-620.
  10. D. Duncan, E. G. Hope, K. Singh and A. M. Stuart, Dalton Trans., (2011), 1998-2005.


Fluoride as a Ligand in Organometallic and Coordination Complexes

A strong theme for the Leicester fluorine group has evolved from early work on carbonyl-fluoride complexes of rhenium, osmium, iridium and ruthenium.

Figure 2  Bis-cyclometallation in a Ru(II) – NHC complex.

There is now worldwide interest in using fluoride-metal systems for catalysis. Recent highlights from Leicester include the synthesis and ruthenium(II) and iridium(III) phosphine and NHC fluorides.

Coordination Chemistry of Fluorinated Ligands


Another strong theme for the Leicester Fluorine group has been focussed on evaluating the unique influence of fluorine substitution on ligand properties in transition metal coordination chemistry. Ligand classes recently studied include phosphines, phosphonic acids and PCP pincers. lights include:

Fluorous Approaches to Catalysis

We have built upon our synthetic expertise in fluorine-containing ligands for  applications to product separation issues in catalytic systems including :

  • developing a flow-separator system for the continuous hydroformylation of long chain alkenes in collaboration with groups in St Andrews and UCL.
  • exploiting fluorous silicas for supported fluorous phase catalysis.
  • developing new fluorous solid phase supports based on polystyrene and zirconium phosphonates for fluorous solid phase extraction of sensitive metal catalysts.
  • EGH Image 4

    Fluorinated SupportRConversion (%)Pd Leaching (%)
    Run 1Run 2Run 3Run 1Run 2Run 3
    Fluorous Polystyrene COMe 99 99 54 1.7 0.7 04
    Fluorous Silica COMe 99 23 4 2.6 0.2 0.3
    Fluorous Polystyrene OMe 99 99 56 0.1 0.3 0.1
    Fluorous Silica OMe 23 0 0 - - -


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