Professor Andrew Weller

Subject: Chemistry

Department: Chemistry



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Professor Andrew Weller studied for his first degree at the University of Warwick and a PhD at the University of Bristol, the latter specialising in organometallic Chemistry. He then worked in Edinburgh and the US as postdoctoral researcher, before being awarded a 8 year Royal Society University Research Fellowship which he held at the University of Bath. In 2007 he moved to Oxford to take up a personal chair in Chemistry and a tutorial Fellowship at Magdalen.


Andrew Weller teaches all aspects of the Inorganic Chemistry curriculum, and has particular expertise in organometallic Chemistry and catalysis.

Research Interests

Research in the Weller group is based upon synthetic organometallic chemistry, and in particular the generation and stabilisation of transition metal complexes with a low coordination number or which are “operationally unsaturated”. Through this he is particularly interested in topics related to catalysis, C-H, C-C and B-H sigma complexes and subsequent activation and the self-assembly of metal fragments to form novel clusters that show promise as models for hydrogen on metal surfaces and new hydrogen storage devices. His research themes broadly encompass organometallic, inorganic chemistry and catalysis. For more details see:

Selected Publications

  • M. A. Huertos and A. S. Weller* Revealing the P–B coupling event in the rhodium catalysed dehydrocoupling of phosphine boranes H3B·PR2H (R = tBu, Ph). Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 1881
  • J. F. Hooper, R. D. Young, I. Pernik, A. S. Weller* and M. C. Willis* Carbon-carbon bond construction using boronic acids and aryl methyl sulfides: Orthogonal reactivity in Suzuki-type couplings Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 1568
  • Synthesis and Characterization of a Rhodium(I) σ-Alkane Complex in the Solid–State. S. D. Pike, A. L. Thompson, A. G. Algarra, D. C. Apperley, S. A. Macgregor* and A S. Weller.* Science, 2012, 337, 1648
  • A. B. Chaplin, J. F. Hooper, A. S. Weller, and M. C. Willis Intermolecular hydroacylation: High Activity Rhodium Catalysts Containing Small Bite Angle Diphosphine Ligands. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 4885.
  • L. J. Sewell, G. C. Lloyd-Jones, and A. S. Weller Development of a Generic Mechanism for the Dehydrocoupling of Amine-Boranes: A Stoichiometric, Catalytic, and Kinetic Study of H3B·NMe2H Using the [Rh(PCy3)2]+ Fragment, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 3598
  • J. F. Hooper, A. B. Chaplin, C. González-Rodríguez, A. L. Thompson, A. S. Weller, and M. C. Willis Aryl Methyl Sulfides for Rhodium–Catalyzed Alkyne Carbothiolation: Arene Functionalisation with Activating Group Recycling J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 2906