Nixon Lab


Selected Publications


Front cover of "Phosphorus: The Carbon Copy"

K. Dillon, F. Matthey, J. F. Nixon
"Phosphorus: The Carbon Copy"
J. Wiley, Chichester, 1998

Recent Journal Articles:

  • J.F. Nixon, L. Nyulaszi and D. Szieberth
    Heteroatom Chem. 2015, 26, 307-312

    "Remarkable Differences in Amine Substitution Reactions of Trichloromethyl and Trifluoromethyl Difluorophosphines, CX3PF2 (X = F, Cl): A Computational Study"

  • N. Tsoureas, A. F. R. Kilpatrick, J. F. Nixon, O.T.Summerscales, F. G. N. Cloke and P. B. Hitchcock
    Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2013, 716, 4085

    “First example of a two-electron reduction of a phospha-alkyne. Synthesis and structural characterisation of the Di-Uranium (IV) pentalene complex  [{U(η5-C5Me5)(η8-C8H4(SiiPr3-1,4)2)}2-η-tBuCP]”

  • K. Harikrishna Reddy, D. Usharani, J. F. Nixon, and E. D. Jemmis
    Chem Eur. J., 2012, 17,  9142
    “Structure and Bonding in Stannadiphospholes and their dianions [SnC2P2R2]m (R= H, tBu m=0, -2): A comparative study with C5H5+and C5H5- analogues”

  • S. Deng, C. Schwarzmaier, M. Zabel, J. F. Nixon, M. Bodensteiner, E. V. Peresypkina, G. Balazs and M. Scheer
    Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2011, 2991
    "Remarkable differences in the coordination chemistry of structurally related 1,2,4-triphosphaferrocenes with copper (I) halides and silver(I) salts"
  • C. W. Tate, P. B. Hitchcock, G. A. Lawless, L. Nyulaszi, Z. Benko and J. F. Nixon
    C. R. Chem., 2010, 18, 1082
    ‘‘Structural and bonding aspects of molybdenum tricarbonyl complexes of 1,3,5-tritertiarybutyl-2,4,6-triphosphabenzene, P3C3But3 and some λ3, λ3,, λ5, -  and λ3,, λ5, λ5,, -alkylated derivatives"
  • S. B. Clendenning P. B. Hitchcock, G. A. Lawless, J. F. Nixon and C. W. Tate
    J. Organomet. Chem., 2010, 695, 717
    "Differences in ligating behaviour of 2,4,6-tritertiarybutyl-phosphabenzene and 2,3,4-tritertiarybuyl -1,3,5-triphosphabenzene"
  • A. Schindler, M. Zabel, J. F. Nixon and M. Scheer
    Z. Naturfosch. Tiel B, 2009, 64, 1429
    “Hexaphosphaferrocene, [Fe(η5-P3C2But2)2] , as a connecting moiety in  oligomeric and polymeric compounds”

  • M. M. Al-Ktaifani, M. P. Coles, I. R. Crossley, L. J. Evans, P. B. Hitchcock, G. A. Lawless, J. F. Nixon
    J. Organomet. Chem., 2009, 694, 4223
    "Opening “JAWS”.  Functionalisation of the Hexaphosphapentaprismane cage, P6C4tBu4, affording X2P6C4tBu4, (X = Me, I). Crystal and molecular structures of X2P6C4tBu4 (X = Me, I) and [cis-PtCl2Me2P6C4tBu4]."

  • D. Usha Rani, A. Poduska, J. F. Nixon, and E. D. Jemmiis

    Chem. Eur. J., 2009, 15, 8429
    "Electronic Structure and Bonding in Neutral and Dianionic Boradiphospholes: R'BC2P2R2 (R= H, But, R'=H, Ph)"

  • M. M. Al-Ktaifani,  P. B. Hitchcock and J.  F. Nixon
    J. Mol. Struct., 2009, 922, 109
    ‘Aluminium triiodide induced complexation and structural rearrangement of the hexaphospha-pentaprismane cage, P6C4tBu4"

  • Deng, C.  Schwarzmaier, M. Zabel, J. F. Nixon, Al.Y. Timoshkin and M. Scheer
    Organometallics, 2009, 28, 1075
    "Coordination Behaviour of the 1, 2, 3 –triphosphaferrocene [CpFe(η 5-P3C2(H)Ph)] with organometallic moieties"

  • N. M. West, P. S. White, J.L. Templeton and J. F. Nixon
    Organometallics, 2009,  28, 1425
    "Cycloaddition reactions of terminal alkynes and phosphaalkynes with an isolable five-coordinate β-Diiminate Pt(IV) Dihydrosilyl Complex"

  • F.G.N. Cloke, J. C. Green, P. B. Hitchcock, J. F. Nixon, J. L. Suter and D. J.Wilson
    Dalton Trans., 2009, 1164
    "Syntheses, Structural studies and Density Functional Theory calculations of the "pseudo" tetraphospha-metallocenes  [M(η -P2C3But3)2], (M= Ni, Pd, Pt)"

  • S.Deng,  C. Schwarzmaier, U.Vogel, M. Zabel, J. F. Nixon and M. Scheer
    Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2008, 4870
    "Unexpected differences in the coordination behaviour of 1,2,4-triphosphaferrocenes towards Cu(I) chloride"

  • Y. Zhang, F.S. Tham, J. F. Nixon, C. Taylor, J.C Green and C.A. Reed
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2008, 47,  3801
    "The low Basicity of Phosphabenzenes: First examples of Protonation, Alkylation and Silylation reactions"

  • M. M. Al-Ktaifani, P. B. Hitchcock, M. F. Lappert, J. F. Nixon and P. Uiterweerd
    Dalton Trans., 2008, 2825
    "Specific insertion reactions of a germylene, stannylene and plumbylene into the unique P-P bond of the hexaphospha-pentaprismane cage, P6C4tBu4: Crystal and Molecular structures of P6C4tBu4ER2 (E = Ge, Sn, R = N(SiMe3)2; E = Pb, R = (C6H3(NMe2)2)"

  • G. K. B. Clentsmith, F. G. N. Cloke, M.D. Francis, J.R. Hanks, P. B. Hitchcock and  J. F. Nixon
    J. Organomet. Chem., 2008, 693, 2287
    "Synthesis and structural characterisation of lanthanide and actinide complexesderived from the 3,5-di-tert-butyl-1, 2, 4-triphospholyl ring anion, P3C2But-. Crystal and molecular structures of  [M(η5-P3C2But2)22-P3C2But2)] (M = Sc, Y, Tm, and U)"

  • M. M. Al-Ktaifani, P. B. Hitchcock and J. F. Nixon
    Dalton Trans., 2008, 1132
    "Facile insertion and halogen migration reactions of the hexaphosphapentaprismane cage, P6C4tBu4 , with zerovalent and divalent platinum complexes"

  • M. M. Al-Ktaifani, P. B. Hitchcock and J. F. Nixon
    J. Organomet. Chem., 2008, 693, 725
    "Protonation of the lithio derivatives of the 1, 2, 4-tri-phosphaferrocenes, [LiFe(η4- P2C2tBu2PBu)(η5-C5R5)], (R = H, Me). Crystal and molecular structure of [Fe(η4-P3C2tBu2BuH)(η5-(C5Me5)]"

  • M. M. Al-Ktaifani, PB. Hitchcock and J. F. Nixon
    J. Organomet. Chem., 2008, 693, 611
    "Lithiation and alkylation reactions of the tri-phosphaferrocenes, [Fe(η5-P3C2tBu2)(η5-C5R5)], (R = H and Me): Crystal and molecular structures of the LiFe(η4-P2C2tBu2PnBu)(η5-C5Me5)2 dimer, [Fe(η4-P2C2tBu2PnBuMe)(η5-C5Me5)] and cis-[PtCl2(PMe3)Fe(η4-P2C2tBu2PnBuMe)(η5-C5H5)]"

  • M.D. Francis, P.B. Hitchcock, J. F. Nixon and L. Nyulászi
    Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2008, 1735
    "Reactivity of [M(η4-P2C2tBu2)], (M = Ge, Sn), with tert-butylphosphaethyne, P≡CtBu.  Synthesis, structural characterisation and computational studies of the novel zwitterionic organophosphorus cage compounds [MP4C4tBu4] (M = Ge, Sn)"