Research interests in our research group

The past few decades have witnessed many intriguing and versatile discoveries in main group chemistry. From the fundamental aspects point of view, the synthetic efforts in the area have, for example, led to the isolation of unique compounds with novel structural arrangements that challenge the traditional concepts of chemical bonding, e.g. through creation of compounds with multiple bonds between heavier main group elements, low-valent compounds with vacant coordination sites and main group centered radicals with sufficient stability to be structurally characterized. These types of advances will inevitably generate new reagents with improved physical properties for chemical transformations that are bound to help respond to the societal demands, for example, in search of alternative energy sources and new materials (polymers, nanomaterials, semiconductors, chemical sensors, nanotubes, etc.), in catalysis and in medicinal chemistry (Publ. 1).

In this context, the broad objective of our research is the synthesis of new and innovative main group compounds in a variety of ligand environments for utilization in coordination and radical chemistry. These primarily inorganic ligands are explored to seek for unusual reactivity, novel bonding and unique electronic, optical and magnetic properties. All the properties are also assessed in the context of potential applicability, for example, in materials science. With these targets in mind, the aim is to offer a suitable venue for comprehensive and high-quality research training at both undergraduate and graduate student level as well as for postdoctoral researchers.

We are part of the departmental strength area of Synthetic and Structural Chemistry and locally close collaboration is being done with the NanoScience center in addition to a number of national and international partners. Both the Department of Chemistry and the Nanoscience Center at the University of Jyväskylä provide us wonderful up-to-date facilities.

Selected publications

Publication 1

Chivers, T., Konu, J.: The Future of Main Group Chemistry, Comm. Inorg. Chem., 2009, 30, 131. (DOI)

Publication 2

Chivers, T., Konu, J.: Stable and persistent radicals of group 13-17 elements in ’Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry II: From Elements to Applications’, Vol. 1, J. Reedijk and K. Poeppelmeier (Eds.), Oxford, Elsevier, 2013, pp. 349-373. (DOI)

Publication 3

Chivers, T., Konu, J. Thirumoorthi, R.: PCP-bridged chalcogen-centred anions: coordination chemistry and carbon-based reactivity, Dalton Trans., 2012, 41, 4283 (a perspective on the chemistry of chalcogen-centered ligands). (DOI)