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Stephen Foley BSc (Queen's University) PhD (University of Ottawa) Associate Professor

Office
Thorvaldson 255

Research Area(s)

  • Design of novel palladacycles for applications in C-C and C-heteroatom coupling reactions
  • Investigations into metals other than palladium for coupling reactions
  • Investigations into the reactivity of low-coordinate metal complexes for applications in catalytic polymerization reactions
  • Synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry with an emphasis on homogeneous catalysis

Publications

Publications (names in bold indicate students in my group who are co-authors)

27. Paulose, T. A. P.; Wu, S.; Olson, J. A.; Chau, T.; Theaker, N.; Hassler, M.; Quail, J. W.; Foley, S. R.* “Bis-diimidazolylidine complexes of nickel: investigations into nickel catalyzed coupling reactions” Dalton Trans. 2012, 41, 251-260.

26. Chitanda, J. M.; Wu, S.; Quail, J. W.; Foley, S. R.* “Synthesis of mixed Ar,Ar'-diaryliminoisoindolines for applications in palladacycle formations”, Inorg. Chim. Acta 2011, 379, 122-129.

25. Paulose, T. A. P.; Wu, S.; Quail, J. W.; Foley, S. R.* “Synthesis, characterization and properties of a tri(N-heterocyclic carbene)palladium(II) complex”, Inorg. Chem. Commun. 2012, 15, 37-39.

24. Chitanda, J. M.; Quail, J. W.; Foley, S. R.* “Mononuclear palladacycles of N,N’-diaryl-2-iminoisoindolines”, J. Organomet. Chem. 2009, 694, 1542-1548.

23. Chitanda, J. M.; Prokopchuk, D. E.; Quail, J. W.; Foley, S. R.* “From pyrroles to isoindolines: synthesis of a g-diimine ligand for applications in palladium coordination chemistry and catalysis”, Organometallics 2008, 27, 2337-2345.

22. Olson, J. A.; Boyd, R.; Quail, J. W.; Foley, S. R.* “Copper(II) ethylene polymerization catalysts: do they really exist?”, Organometallics 2008, 27, 5333-5338.

21. Paulose, T. A. P.; Olson, J. A.; Quail, J. W.; Foley, S. R.* “Non-symmetrically substituted di-N-heterocyclic carbene palladium(II) complexes: synthesis, structure and catalytic activity”, J. Organomet. Chem. 2008, 693, 3405-3410.

20. Chitanda, J. M.; Prokopchuk, D. E.; Quail, J. W.; Foley, S. R.* “Synthesis of palladacycles employing iminoisoindolines as monoanionic bidentate ligands”, Dalton Trans. 2008, 6023-6029.

19. Olson, J. A.; Paulose, T.A.P.; Wennek, P.; Quail, J. W.; Foley, S. R.* “Synthesis, structure and norbornene polymerization activity of a bulky β-diketiminato palladium(II) complex”, Inorg. Chem. Commun. 2008, 11, 1297-1299.

18. Chitanda, J.M.; Quail, J.W.; Foley, S.R.* "n-(2,6-Diisopropylphenyl)formamide", Acta Cryst., 2008, E64, o1728.

17. Chitanda, J.M.; Quail, J.W.; Foley, S.R.* "Bis[2-phenyl-1-(phenylimino)isoindoline]di-μ-chlorido-bis[dichloridopalladate(II)]benzene disolvate", Acta Cryst., 2008, E64, m907-m908.

16. Wu, F.; Foley, S. R.; Burns, C. T.; Jordan, R. F.* “Acrylonitrile Insertion Reactions of Cationic Palladium Alkyl Complexes” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 1841-1853.

15. Schaper, F.; Foley, S. R.; Jordan, R. F.* "Acrylonitrile Polymerization by Cy3PCuMe and (Bipy)2FeEt2" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 2114-2124.

14. Foley, S. R.; Shen, H.; Qadeer, U. A.; Jordan, R. F.* "Generation and Insertion Reactivity of Cationic Palladium Complexes That Contain Halogenated Alkyl Ligands" Organometallics 2004, 23, 600-609.

13. Foley, S. R.; Stockland, R. A., Jr., Shen, H.; Jordan, R. F.* "Reaction of Vinyl Chloride with Late Transition Metal Olefin Polymerization Catalysts" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 4350-4361.

12. Stockland, R. A.; Foley, S. R.; Jordan,  R. F.* "Reaction of Vinyl Chloride with Group 4 Metal Olefin Polymerization Catalysts" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 796-809.

11. Foley, S.R.; Yap, G.P.; Richeson, D.S.* "Synthesis and Structural Characterization of the first Trialkylguanidinate and Hexahydropyramidopyramidinate Complexes of Tin" Polyhedron 2002, 21, 619-627.

10. Foley, S.R.; Yap, G.P.; Richeson, D.S.* "Synthesis and Characterization of Iron Complexes with Monoanionic and Dianionic N,N',N"-Trialkylguanidinate Ligands", Inorg. Chem. 2002, 41, 4149-4157.

9. Guiver, M. D.*; Robertson, G. P.; Rowe, S.; Foley, S. R.; Kang, Y. S.; Park, H. C.; Won, J.; Le T., Hoai N., “Modified polysulfones. IV. Synthesis and characterization of polymers with silicon substituents for a comparative study of gas-transport properties”,    J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. 2001, 39, 2103-2124.

8. Foley, S. R.; Yap, Glenn P. A.; Richeson, D. S.* “Iron Guanidinate Complexes and Formation of a Novel Dinuclear Iron(II) Species with a Dianionic (biguanidinate) Ligand” Chem. Commun. 2000, 16, 1515-1516.

7. Foley, S. R.; Richeson, D. S.* “Chalcogen Atom Transfer Reactions. Kinetics of Terminal Bonded Sulfur Atom Transfer between Main Group Metal Centers.” Chem. Commun. 2000, 15, 1391-1392.

6. Foley, S.R.; Yap, G.P.; Richeson, D.S.* "Oxidative Addition to M(II) (M = Ge, Sn) Amidinate Complexes: Routes to Group 14 Chalcogenolates with Hypervalent Coordination Environments", J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans. 2000, 10, 1663-1668.

5. Foley, S.R.; Zhou, Y.; Yap, G.P.; Richeson, D.S.* "Synthesis of M(II)[N(SiMe3)2][Me3SiNC(tBu)NSiMe3] (M = Sn, Ge) From Amidinate Precursors: Active Catalysts for Phenyl Isocyanate Cyclization", Inorg. Chem. 2000, 39, 924-929.

4. Foley, S.R.; Zhou, Y.; Yap, G.P.; Richeson, D.S.* "Synthesis of M(II)[N(SiMe3)2][Me3SiNC(tBu)NSiMe3] (M = Sn, Ge) From Amidinate Precursors: Active Catalysts for Phenyl Isocyanate Cyclization", Inorg. Chem. 2000, 39, 924-929.

3. Foley, S.R.; Yap, G.P.; Richeson, D.S.* "Formation of Novel Tetrasulfido Tin Complexes and Their Ability to Catalyze the Cyclotrimerization of Aryl Isocyanates", Organometallics 1999, 18, 4700-4705.

2. Foley, S.R.; Bensimon,C.; Richeson, D.S.* "Facile Formation of Rare Terminal Chalcogenido Germanium Complexes with Alkylamidinates as Supporting Ligands", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1997, 119, 10359-10363.

1. Guiver, M.P.*; Robertson, G.P.; Foley, S.R. "Chemical Modification of Polysulfones II : An Efficient Method for Introducing Primary Amine Groups onto the Aromatic Chain", Macromolecules 1995, 28, 7612-7621.

Research

Materials, Surfaces and Nanostructures catalyst inorganic chemistry metals organometallic reactions

Our research interests focus on synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry with an emphasis on homogeneous catalysis. The long term goal of the program is to develop the world's mightiest catalyst that does everything. But in the meantime, we will settle for the more conventional tagline: we make things that can transform other things into new things.

Current interests include:

design of novel palladacycles for applications in C-C and C-heteroatom coupling reactions

investigations into metals other than palladium for coupling reactions

investigations into the reactivity of low-coordinate metal complexes for applications in catalytic polymerization reactions



Education & Training

BSc (Chemistry), Queen's University

PhD (Chemistry), University of Ottawa, Supervisor: Darrin Richeson

Postdoctoral studies, University of Chicago, Supervisor: Richard Jordan