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2017
Khan, I., Manzotti, M., Tizzard, G.J., Coles, S.J., Melen,* R.L. Morrill,* L.C. “Frustrated Lewis Pair (FLP)-Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Aza-Morita− Baylis−Hillman Adducts and Sequential Organo-FLP Catalysis”, ACS Catalysis, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.7b03077. 

Wilkins, L.C., Melen, R.L., Platts, J.A., Newman,* P.D. “Amidine functionalized phosphines: tuneable ligands for transition metals”, Dalton Trans., DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03343E.

Ould, D.M.C., Rigby, A.C., Wilkins, L.C., Adams, S.J., Platts, J.A., Pope, S.J.A., Richards, E., Melen,* R.L. “Investigations into the Photophysical and Electronic Properties of Pnictoles and Their Pnictenium Counterparts”, Organometallics, DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00564 (invited article).

Tran, T.T.-P., Ould, D.M.C., Wilkins, L.C., Wright,* D.S. Melen,* R.L., Rawson,* J.M. “Supramolecular Aggregation in Dithia-arsoles: Chlorides, Cations and N-centered Paddlewheels”, CrystEngComm, 2017, 19, 4696.

Soltani, Y., Wilkins, L.C., Melen,* R.L. “Stoichiometric and Catalytic C−C and C−H Bond Formation with B(C6F5)3 via Cationic Intermediates”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017, 56, 11995; “Stöchiometrische und katalytische C-C- und C-H-Bindungsbildung mit B(C6F5)3 über kationische Zwischenstufen”, Angew. Chem.,  2017, 129, 12157. 

Lawson, J.R., Wilkins, L.C., Melen,* R.L. “Tris(2,4,6-trifluorophenyl)borane: An Efficient Hydroboration Catalyst”, Chem. Eur. J., 2017, 23, 10997

Yin, Q., Soltani, Y., Melen,* R.L., Oestreich,* M. “BArF3-Catalyzed Imine Hydroboration with Pinacolborane Not Requiring the Assistance of an Additional Lewis Base”, Organometallics, 2017, 36, 2381.

Wilkins, L.C., Howard, J.H., Burger, S., Frentzel-Beyme, L., Browne,* D.L., Melen,* R.L. “Exploring Multistep Continuous Flow Hydrosilylation Reactions Catalyzed by Tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane”, Adv. Synth. Catal., 2017, 359, 2580. Designated a Very Important Paper. 

Wilkins, L.C., Melen,* R.L. “Small Molecule Activation with Frustrated Lewis Pairs”, EIBC, DOI: 10.1002/9781119951438.eibc2520

Lawson, J.R., Melen,* R.L. “Recent Developments and Applications of Boron Reagents”, Organometallic Chemistry, 2017, 41, 1-27 (Invited book chapter).

Wilkins, L.C., Santi, N., Luk, L.Y.P., Melen,* R.L. “Reactions of biologically inspired hydride sources with B(C6F5)3”, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2017.0009 (Invited article).

Lawson, J.R., Melen,* R.L. “Tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane and Beyond: Modern Advances in Borylation Chemistry”, Inorg. Chem., 2017, 56, 8627.

2016
Melen,* R.L., Less, R.J., Pask, C.M., Rawson,* J.M. “Structural Studies of Perfluoroaryldiselenadiazolyl Radicals: Insights into Dithiadiazolyl Chemistry”, Inorg. Chem.,  Inorg. Chem., 2016, 55, 11747.

Lawson, J.R., Wilkins, L.C., Andre, M., Richards, E., Ali, M.N., Platts, J.A., Melen,* R.L. “Synthesis and Reactivity of N,N’-1,4-diazabutadiene Derived Borocations”, Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 16177.

Wilkins, L.C., Lawson, J.R., Wieneke, P., Rominger, F., Hashmi, A.S.K., Hansmann, M.M., Melen,* R.L. “The Propargyl Rearrangement to Functionalised Allyl- Boron and Borocation Compounds”, Chem. Eur. J., 2016, 22,14618. 

Wilkins, L.C., Gϋnther, B.A.R., Walther, M., Lawson, J.R., Wirth, T., Melen,* R.L. “Contrasting Frustrated Lewis Pair Reactivity Using Selenium and Boron-Based Lewis Acids”, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 11292; “Gegensätzliche Reaktivität frustrierter Lewis-Paare mit Selen- und Bor-basierten Lewis-Säuren”, Angew. Chem., 2016, 128, 11462.

Lam, J., Günther, B.A.R., Farrell, J.M., Eisenberger, P., Bestvater, B.P., Newman, P.D., Melen,* R.L. Crudden,* C.M., Stephan,* D.W. “Chiral Carbene–Borane Adducts: Precursors for Borenium Catalysts for Asymmetric FLP Hydrogenations”, Dalton. Trans., 2016, 45, 15303

Wilkins, L.C., Melen*, R.L. “Enantioselective Main Group Catalysis: Modern Catalysts for Organic Transformations”, Coord. Chem. Rev., 2016, 324, 123.

Melen,* R. L., “Dehydrocoupling Routes to Element-Element Bonds Catalysed by Main Group Compounds”, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016, 45, 775.

Melen,* R. L., Stephan,* D. W., "Main group transformations", Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 5879.

Wilkins, L. C., Hamilton, H. B., Kariuki, B. M., Hashmi, A. S. K., Hansmann, M. M., Melen,* R. L., "Lewis acid-base 1,2-addition reactions: Synthesis of pyrylium borates from en-ynoate precursors", Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 5929

2015
Hansmann,* M. M., Melen, R. L., Rudolph, M., Rominger, F., Wadepohl, H., Stephan,* D. W., Hashmi,* A. S. K., “Cyclopropanation / Carboboration Reactions of Enynes with B(C6F5)3”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 15469

Wilkins, L. C., Wieneke, P., Newman, P. D., Rominger, F., Hashmi, A. S. K., Hansmann*, M. M., Melen,* R. L., “Pathways to functionalized heterocycles: The propargyl rearrangement using B(C6F5)3”, Organometallics, 2015, 34, 5298.

Melen,* R. L., Wilkins, L. C., Kariuki, B. M., Wadepohl, H., Gade, L. H., Hashmi, A. S. K., Stephan, D. W., Hansmann*, M. M., “Diverging Pathways in the Activation of Allenes with Lewis Acids and Bases: Addition, 1,2-Carboboration and Cyclization”, Organometallics, 2015, 34, 4127.

Melen, R. L., Stephan*, D. W., “Cycloaddition Reactions of (C6F5)2BN3 with Dialkyl Acetylenedicarboxylates ”, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 5045.

Bähr, A., Ollegott, K., Wilkins, L., Kariuki, B. M., Melen*, R. L., “σ- versus π-activation of alkynyl benzoates using B(C6F5)3”, Molecules, 2015, 20, 4530 (Invited article, special issue on boron chemistry).

Melen*, R. L., Gade*, L. H., “New Chemistry with Anionic NNN-Pincer Ligands”, Topics in Organometallic Chemistry: Organometallic Pincer Chemistry II, ed. G. van Koten and R. A. Gossage, 2015, in press. DOI: 10.1007/3418_2015_114


2014
Deng, Q.-H., Melen, R. L., Gade*, L. H., “Anionic Chiral Tridentate N-Donor Pincer Ligands in Asymmetric Catalysis”, Acc. Chem. Res., 2014, 47, 3162

Sauer, D. S., Melen, R. L., Kruck, M., Gade*, L. H., “Chromophores, Fluorophores and Robust Ancillary Ligands for Molecular Catalysts: 1,3-Bis(2-pyridylimino)isoindolines”, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2014, 2014, 4715 (Front Cover).

Melen*, R. L., Simmonds, H. R., Wadepohl, H., Gade, L. H., Wood, P. T., Wright*, D. S., “Formation of an Unusual Bis(diguanidinate) Ligand via Nucleophilic Attack of a Guanidinate onto a Carbodiimide”, Aust. J. Chem., 2014, 67, 1030 (invited article).

Hansmann, M. M., Melen, R. L., Rominger, F., Hashmi*, A. S. K., Stephan*, D. W., “Lewis Acid Promoted Cyclisation of Propargyl Esters: The First Structural Characterisation of a Dioxolium Compound”, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 7243 (Hot Article, Front Cover).

Melen*, R. L., “Applications of Boron Reagents in the Synthesis of Heterocycles”, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 1161 (Invited Feature Article, Inside Cover). 

Hansmann, M. M., Melen, R. L., Rominger, F., Hashmi*, A. S. K., Stephan*, D. W., “Boron Allylation Reagents Derived from Propargyl Carboxylates”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 777.

2013
Melen*, R. L., “Applications and reactivity trends of homoleptic p-block metal amido reagents”, Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 16449 (Invited Perspective).

Melen*, R. L., Grubbs, R. H., “Q&A: The bond shifter”, Nature, 2013, 502, S56 (doi:10.1038/502S56a). (invited interview with 2005 Chemistry Nobel Prize winner, R. Grubbs)

Melen, R. L., Hansmann, M. M., Lough, A. J., Hashmi, A. S. K., Stephan*, D. W., “Cyclisation versus 1,1-Carboboration: Reactions of B(C6F5)3 with Propargyl Amides”, Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 11928.

Melen, R. L., Lough, A. J., Stephan*, D. W., “Boron Azides in Staudinger Oxidations and Cycloadditions”, Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 8674.

Melen, R. L., Stephan*, D. W., “Cycloaddition Reactions Between Dicyclohexylboron Azides and Alkynes”, Dalton. Trans., 2013, 42, 4795, (designated a ‘Hot Paper’).

Melen*, R. L., Eisler, D. J., Hewitt, R. A., Rawson*, J. M., “Synthesis and structural studies on thioimides, R2C=NSR and sulfur diimides, R2C=NSN=CR2”, Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 3888.

Melen*, R. L., Rawson*, J. M. “Structural Variations on an Electron Precise Theme”, Coord. Chem. Rev., 2013, 257, 1232.

2012
Melen*, R. L., Rawson*, J. M., Eisler, D. J. “Structural Studies of Copper (II) Complexes Derived from Di-2-Pyridyl-Ketone, (py)2CO”, Polyhedron, 2012, 47, 16.

Less, R. J., Melen, R. L., Wright*, D. S. “Catalytic Versus Stoichiometric Dehydrocoupling Using Main Group Metals”, RSC Advances, 2012, 2, 2191.

Stokes, F. A., Less, R. J., Haywood, J., Melen, R. L., Thompson, R. I., Wheatley*, A. E. H., Wright*, D. S., Johannes Johansson, A., Kloo, L. “Structure and Bonding of the First Mn(II) Phosphide Complex”, Organometallics, 2012, 31, 23

2011
Less, R. J., Melen, R. L., Wright, D. S. “Group 2 (Be-Ba) and Group 12 (Zn-Hg)”, Organomet. Chem., 2011, 37, 100.

Hansmann, M. M., Melen, R. L., Wright*, D. S. “Group 13 BN dehydrocoupling reagents, similar to transition metal catalysts but with unique reactivity”, Chem. Sci., 2011, 2, 1554

Cowley, H. J., Holt, M. S., Melen, R. L., Rawson, J. M., Wright*, D. S. “Catalytic dehydrocoupling of Me2NHBH3 with Al(NMe2)3”, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 2682

Melen, R. L., McPartlin, M., Wright*, D. S. “An unexpected dependence on the Sn(II) base; reactions of Sn(NR2)2 with aromatic dithiols”, Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 1649.

2010
Bullock, T. H., Melen, R. L., Wright, D. S. “Group 2 (Be-Ba) and Group 12 (Zn-Hg)”, Organomet. Chem., 2010, 36, 168.

Clark, E. R., Melen, R. L., Rawson, J. M. “Oxygen, sulfur, selenium, tellurium and polonium”, Ann. Rep. Prog. Chem., Sect. A: Inorg. Chem., 2010, 106, 119.

McPartlin, M., Melen, R. L., Naseri, V., Wright*, D. S. “Formation and Rearrangement of Sn(II) Phosphanediide Cages”, Chem. Eur. J., 2010, 16, 8854.

Chan, W. T. K., García, F., McPartlin, M., Melen, R. L., Wright*, D. S. “Syntheses and structures of [Me2Si{As(PtBu)3}2] and [(CyP)3SiMe2] (Cy = cyclohexyl, C6H11)”, J. Organomet. Chem., 2010, 695, 1069 (invited article).

2009
Less, R. J., Melen, R. L., Naseri, V., Wright*, D. S. “Recent perspectives on main group-mediated dehydrocoupling of P-P bonds”, Chem. Commun., 2009, 4929 (invited Review). 

Haynes, D. A., Melen, R. L., Rawson, J. M. “Oxygen, sulfur, selenium, tellurium and polonium”, Ann. Rep. Prog. Chem., Sect. A: Inorg. Chem., 2009, 105, 155.

2008
Bacon, C. E., Eisler, D. J., Melen, R. L., Rawson*, J. M. “Formation of N-bridgehead 1,2,5-thiadiazolium and selenadiazolium rings through an intramolecular cyclisation reaction”, Chem. Commun., 2008, 4924.

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