North West & North Wales - Josh Turner

Josh graduated from the Queen's College, Oxford in 2013 with an MChem in Chemistry. His final year Masters thesis, supervised by Professor Simon Aldridge, titled 'Co-ordination and Activation of Gallium Hydrides at Transition Metal Centres'. Subsequently, he went on to complete a PhD at the University of Bristol, supervised by Professor Ian Manners. Whilst there, his work focused on investigating reaction mechanisms related to inorganic polymer synthesis, which culminated in a thesis entitled 'The Use of Iron in the Dehydrocoupling of Amine- and Phosphine-Borane Adducts'.

Since finishing his PhD in 2017, Josh moved on to work for the National Nuclear Laboratory as a Chemistry Research Associate. Away from work, he spends time playing hockey, tennis and enjoying that the Lake District is on his back door!

Exploring inorganic main group polymers

The use of polymers permeates our modern lives in such a way that any attempt to consider a world without them is unthinkable. Curiously though, the vast majority of the polymers in use today have backbones from only a handful of elements. What about synthesising polymers out of other elements of the periodic table, perhaps other elements from the main group? Over the last 30 years, a number of polymers have been reported where the backbone has been derived from other main group elements. How far have we come and what are the key challenges faced?

From polyaminoboranes to polysilanes, this lecture will give an overview of the area, with specific attention placed on the story of polyphosphinoboranes, and polyphosphazenes. These two examples compare stories of technologies at different stages of development.

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