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2020
82. Dasgupta, A., Babaahmadi, B., Slater, B., Yates, B.F., Ariafard, A., Melen,* R.L., "Borane-Catalyzed Stereoselective C–H Insertion, Cyclopropanation, and Ring-Opening Reactions", Chem, 2020, In Press

81. Dasgupta, A., Stefkova, K., Babaahmadi, B., Gierlichs, L.J., Ariafard,* A., Melen,* R.L., "Triarylborane‐Catalyzed Alkenylation Reactions of Aryl Esters with Diazo Compounds", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2020, 59, 1-6.

80. Ould, D.M.C., Melen,* R.L., "Diazaphospholene and Diazaarsolene Derived Homogeneous Catalysis", Chem. Eur. J. 2020, 26,1–12.

79. Basak, S., Alvarez-Montoya, A., Winfrey, L., Melen,* R.L., Morrill,* L.C., Pulis,* A.P., "B(C6F5)3-Catalyzed Direct C3 Alkylation of Indoles and Oxindoles", ACS Catalysis, 2020, 10, 4835.

78. Gazis, T.A., Wilcox,* D., Melen,* R.L., Molecular Catalysis, Springer Book chapter, accepted.

77. Sharma, G., Newman, P.D., Melen, R.L., Platts,* J.A., "Computational design of an intramolecular frustrated lewis pair catalyst for enantioselective hydrogenation", Journal of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, 2020, 19, 2050009.

76. Wilcox, D., Carden, J.L., Ruddy, A.J., Newman, P.D., Melen,* R.L., "Asymmetric ketone hydroboration catalyzed by alkali metal complexes derived from BINOL ligands", Dalton Trans., 2020, 49, 2417.

75. Carden, J.L., Dasgupta, A., Melen,* R.L., "Halogenated triarylboranes: synthesis, properties and applications in catalysis", Chem. Soc. rev., 2020, 49, 1706 (back cover).

74. Gazis, T.A., Mohajeri Thaker, B.A.J., Willcox, D., Ould, D.M.C., Wenz, J., Rawson, J.M., Hill, M.S., Wirth, T., Melen,* R.L."1,3-Carboboration of Iodonium Ylides", Chem. Commun., 2020, 56, 3345.

73. Soltani, Y., Dasgupta, A., Gazis, T.A., Ould, D.M.C., Richards, E., Slater, B., Stefkova, K., Vladimirov, V.Y., Wilkins, L.C., Willcox, D., Melen,* R.L. "Radical Reactivity of Frustrated Lewis Pairs with Diaryl Esters", CRPS, 2020, 1, 100016. 

72. Stefkova, K., Gierlichs, L.J., Willcox,* D., Melen,* R.L., "Borocations in Catalysis", EIBC, 2020, 10.1002/9781119951438.eibc2641.

​2019 

71. Ould, D.M.C., Tran, T.T.P., Rawson, J.M., Melen,* R.L., "Structure–property-reactivity studies on dithiaphospholes", Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 16922

70. Willcox, D., Melen,* R.L. "Borane-catalyzed heterocycle synthesis", Trends in Chemistry, 2019, 1, 625

69. Gazis, T.A., Dasgupta, A., Hill, M.S., Rawson, J.M., Wirth, T., Melen,* R.L. "Reactions of hydrazones and hydrazides with Lewis acidic boranes", Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 12391.  

68. Willcox, D., Melen,* R.L. "Illuminating Lewis acidity strength", CHEM, 2019, 5, 1362.  

67. Santi, M., Ould, D.M.C., Wenz, J., Soltani, Y., Melen,* R.L., Wirth,* T., "Metal-free tandem rearrangement/lactonization: Access to 3,3-disubstituted benzofuran-2-(3H)-ones", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2019, 58, 7861. 

66. Melen,* R.L., “Frontiers in molecular p-Block Chemistry: From Structure to Reactivity”, Science, 2019, 363, 479.  

65. Zhu, D., LaFortune, J.H.W., Melen,* R.L., Stephan,* D.W., “Electrophilic boron carboxylate and phosphinate complexes”, Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 2038.

64. Carden, J.L., Gierlichs, L.J., Wass, D.F., Browne, D.L., Melen, R.L. "Unlocking the Catalytic Potential of Tris(3,4,5-trifluorophenyl) Borane with microwave Irradiation", Chem. Commun., 2019, 59, 318.

2018
63. Khan, I., Reed-Berendt, B.G., Melen,* R.L., Morrill,* L.C. “FLP-Catalysed Transfer Hydrogenation of Silyl Enol Ethers”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57, 12356.

62. Soltani, Y., Adams, S.J., Börger, J., Wilkins, L.C., Newman, P.D., Pope,* S.J.A., Melen,* R.L. “Synthesis and photophysical properties of imine borane adducts towards vapochromic materials”, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 12656.

61. Ould, D.M.C., Melen,* R.L. “Arsenic Catalysis: Hydroboration of Aldehydes Using a Benzo-fused Diaza-benzyloxy-arsole”, Chem. Eur. J., 2018, 24, 15201.

60. Schneider, C., LaFortune, J.H.W., Melen,* R.L., Stephan,* D.W. “Lewis and Brønsted Basicity of Phosphine-Diazomethane Derivatives”, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 12742.

59. Hokamp, T., Mollari, L., Wilkins, L.C., Melen, R.L., Wirth,* T., "Alternative Strategies with Iodine: Fast Access to New Iodine(III) Compounds", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57, 8306; "Alternative Strategien mit Iod: schneller Zugang zu bisher unzugänglichen Iod(III)‐Verbindungen", Angew. Chem., 2018, 130, 8438.

58.  Ruddy, A.J., Ould, D.M.C., Newman, P.D., Melen,* R.L., "Push and pull: the potential role of boron in N2 activation", Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 10377.

57. Wilkins, L.C., Soltani, Y., Lawson, J.L., Slater, B., Melen,* R.L., "Divergent Elementoboration: 1,3‐Haloboration versus 1,1‐Carboboration of Propargyl Esters", Chem. Eur. J., 2018, 24, 7364.

56. Melen,* R.L. “A Step Closer to Metal-Free Dinitrogen Activation: A New Chapter in the Chemistry of Frustrated Lewis Pairs”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57, 880; “ Metallfreie Stickstoffaktivierung: Ein neues Kapitel in der Chemie frustrierter Lewis-Paare”, Angew. Chem., 2018, 130, 890.

55. Soltani, Y., Wilkins, L.C., Melen,* R.L. “A Comparative Assessment of Modern Cyclization Methods of Substituted Alkynyl Esters, Ethers, and Acids”, Synlett, 2018, 29, 1 (Invited Synpacts article). 

2017

54. 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, 2017, 7, 7748

53. Wilkins, L.C., Melen, R.L., Platts, J.A., Newman,* P.D. “Amidine functionalized phosphines: tuneable ligands for transition metals”, Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 14234.

52. 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, 2018, 37, 712 (invited article).

51. 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.

50. 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

49. 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

48. 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.

47. 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). 

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

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

44. 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).

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

2016
42. 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.

41. 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.

40. 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

39. 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.

38. 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.

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

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

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

34. 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
33. 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

32. 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.

31. 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.

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

29. 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).

28. 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
27. 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

26. 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).

25. 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).

24. 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).

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

22. 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
21. Melen*, R. L., “Applications and reactivity trends of homoleptic p-block metal amido reagents”, Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 16449 (Invited Perspective).

20. 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)

19. 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.

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

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

16. 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.

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

2012
14. 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.

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

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

10. 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

9. 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

8. 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
7. Bullock, T. H., Melen, R. L., Wright, D. S. “Group 2 (Be-Ba) and Group 12 (Zn-Hg)”, Organomet. Chem., 2010, 36, 168.

6. 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.

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

4. 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
3. 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). 

2. 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
1. 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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