Department of Chemistry


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Webster Research Group


Dr Ruth Webster


Following my MSci degree at the University of Strathclyde, I carried out my PhD under the supervision of Professor Robin Bedford at the University of Bristol. This research focussed on the use of Rh and Pd for directing group mediated C-H functionalisation chemistry, principally for the selective formation of aryl-aryl and aryl-halide bonds. This research was supported by GSK. In 2011 I was awarded a Government of Canada Commonwealth Research Fellowship to undertake postdoctoral research with Professor Laurel Schafer at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. This research involved the use of early transition metal, primarily Ti complexes for the synthesis of biopolymers. In 2012 I was awarded a Bath Prize Fellowship to commence independent research in the field of catalysis. My research continues to span the fields of organic, organometallic and polymer chemistry.

Research Interests

  • Metal insertion/activation of strong bonds
  • Development of catalytic processes with traditionally inert bonds
  • Design and implementation of simple chiral catalysts in enantioselective transformations
  • Biopolymer synthesis
  • New routes for metallopolymer synthesis


Coles, N. and Webster, R., 2017. Forthcoming. Iron catalyzed dehydrocoupling of amine- and phosphine-boranes. Israel Journal of Chemistry

Coles, N., Mahon, M. and Webster, R., 2017. Phosphine- and Amine-Borane Dehydrocoupling Using a Three Coordinate Iron(II) β-Diketiminate Pre-Catalyst. Organometallics, 36 (11), pp. 2262-2268.

Webster, R., 2017. β-Diketiminate complexes of the first row transition metals: Applications in catalysis. Dalton Transactions, 46 (14), pp. 4483-4498.

Espinal-Viguri, M., Mahon, M. F., Tyler, S. N. G. and Webster, R. L., 2017. Iron catalysis for the synthesis of ligands:exploring the products of hydrophosphination as ligands in cross-coupling. Tetrahedron, 73 (1), pp. 64-69.

King, A., Gallagher, K., Mahon, M. F. and Webster, R. L., 2017. Markovnikov versus anti-Markovnikov hydrophosphination: Divergent reactivity using an iron(II) β-diketiminate pre-catalyst. Chemistry - A European Journal, 23 (38), pp. 9039-9043.

Espinal-Viguri, M., King, A. K., Lowe, J. P., Mahon, M. F. and Webster, R. L., 2016. Hydrophosphination of unactivated alkenes and alkynes using iron(II):catalysis and mechanistic insight. ACS Catalysis, 6 (11), pp. 7892-7897.

Espinal, M., Woof, C. R. and Webster, R., 2016. Iron catalyzed hydroboration:unlocking reactivity through ligand modulation. Chemistry - A European Journal, 22 (33), pp. 11605-11608.

Gallagher, K. J., Espinal-Viguri, M., Mahon, M. F. and Webster, R. L., 2016. A study of two highly active, air-stable iron (III)-μ-oxo pre-catalysts:synthetic scope of hydrophosphination using phenyl- and diphenylphosphine. Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, 358 (15), pp. 2460-2468.

King, A. K., Buchard, A., Mahon, M. F. and Webster, R. L., 2015. Facile, catalytic dehydrocoupling of phosphines using β-diketiminate iron(II) complexes. Chemistry - A European Journal, 21 (45), pp. 15960-15963.

Brown, C. A., Nile, T. A., Mahon, M. F. and Webster, R. L., 2015. Iron catalysed Negishi cross-coupling using simple ethyl-monophosphines. Dalton Transactions, 44 (27), pp. 12189-12195.

Gilmour, D. J., Webster, R. L., Perry, M. R. and Schafer, L. L., 2015. Titanium pyridonates for the homo- and copolymerization of rac-lactide and ε-caprolactone. Dalton Transactions, 44 (27), pp. 12411-12419.

Bent, S. J., Mahon, M. F. and Webster, R. L., 2015. Copper malonamide complexes and their use in azide-alkyne cycloaddition reactions. Dalton Transactions, 44 (22), pp. 10253-10258.

Bedford, R. B., Bowen, J. G., Davidson, R. B., Haddow, M. F., Seymour-Julen, A. E., Sparkes, H. A. and Webster, R. L., 2015. Facile hydrolysis and alcoholysis of palladium acetate. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 54 (22), pp. 6591-6594.

Gallagher, K. and Webster, R. L., 2014. Room temperature hydrophosphination using a simple iron salen pre-catalyst. Chemical Communications, 50 (81), pp. 12109-12111.

Evans, V., Mahon, M. F. and Webster, R. L., 2014. A mild, copper-catalysed amide deprotection strategy:use of tert-butyl as a protecting group. Tetrahedron, 70 (41), pp. 7593-7597.

Tyler, S. N. G. and Webster, R. L., 2014. Sterically hindered malonamide monomers for the step growth synthesis of polyesters and polyamides. Chemical Communications, 50 (73), pp. 10665-10668.

Webster, R. L., 2014. Random copolymerisations catalysed by simple titanium α-amino acid complexes. RSC Advances, 4 (10), pp. 5254-5260.

Garcia, P., Payne, P. R., Chong, E., Webster, R. L., Barron, B. J., Behrle, A. C., Schmidt, J. A. R. and Schafer, L. L., 2013. Easily assembled, modular N,O-chelating ligands for Ta(V) complexation:A comparative study of ligand effects in hydroaminoalkylation with N-methylaniline and 4-methoxy-N-methylaniline. Tetrahedron, 69 (27-28), pp. 5737-5743.

Webster, R. L., Noroozi, N., Hatzikiriakos, S. G., Thomson, J. A. and Schafer, L. L., 2013. Titanium pyridonates and amidates: novel catalysts for the synthesis of random copolymers. Chemical Communications, 49 (1), pp. 57-59.

Bedford, R. B., Haddow, M. F., Mitchell, C. J. and Webster, R. L., 2011. Mild C-H halogenation of anilides and the isolation of an unusual palladium(I)-palladium(II) species. Angewandte Chemie, 123 (24), pp. 5638-5641.

Bedford, R. B., Mitchell, C. J. and Webster, R. L., 2010. Solvent free catalytic C–H functionalisation. Chemical Communications, 46 (18), pp. 3095-3097.

Bedford, R. B., Engelhart, J. U., Haddow, M. F., Mitchell, C. J. and Webster, R. L., 2010. Solvent-free aromatic C–H functionalisation/halogenation reactions. Dalton Transactions, 39 (43), pp. 10464-10472.

Bedford, R. B., Webster, R. L. and Mitchell, C. J., 2009. Palladium-catalysed ortho-arylation of carbamate-protected phenols. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 7 (23), pp. 4853-4857.

Bedford, R. B., Haddow, M. F., Webster, R. L. and Mitchell, C. J., 2009. The catalytic ortho-arylation of tyrosine. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 7 (15), pp. 3119-3127.

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