Dutton - Organic, organometallic and inorganic chemistry from synthetic and theoretical perspectives
Dr Jason Dutton
Associate Professor and Deputy Head, Chemistry, College of Science, Health and Engineering
We examine the fundamental chemistry of a wide variety of systems (literally spanning the periodic table from beryllium to iodine) using both synthetic and computational theoretical approaches.
Our broad approach is to discover new structure, bonding and reactivity for a variety of elements by placing those elements into unusual bonding environments and carefully observing what they do. To achieve this we target reactions that result in either very electron poor or very electron rich environments.
Complementing the synthetic work, detailed theoretical studies are also employed to both understand our observations and predict new chemistry. Our research has been published in such journals as The Journal of The American Chemical Society and Angewandte Chemie, and we are currently funded by the Australian Research Council.