Dr Sophie Benjamin is a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry and teaches on the chemistry course cluster (Fdn, BSc, MChem, MRes and MSc). Her research interests encompass molecular main group and transition metal chemistry with a particular interest in unusual organometallic complexes. She likes to use as much of the periodic table as possible in both her research and her teaching. Dr. Benjamin is also the Radiation Protection Officer for the University.
After studying Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, Dr Benjamin completed her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Southampton, where she was then awarded an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship to undertake a postdoctoral research project. She moved to NTU to take up her current position in 2015.
Research in the Benjamin group aims to synthesise and exploit new inorganic molecules, from the study of fundamental bonding to the design of new catalysts, with a focus on the heavier elements of the p-block. For more information, visit the group website.
Transition metal complexes with heavy Group 15 ligands
Organometallic main group catalysts
You can apply to do PhD in the Benjamin group through NTU's fully funded studentship scheme, recruiting now! More information here. If you are interested please contact Dr. Benjamin direct. The closing date is 14 Feb 2020. Opportunities also exist to conduct Masters level research in the group.
Dr Benjamin is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and sits on the committee of the RSC coordination and organometallic discussion group (CODG) and the RSC main group discussion group.
Selected publications (see link below for full list):
‘A five-membered PdSbn coordination series’. Jolleys A., Lake B. R. M., Krämer T. and Benjamin S. L., 2018, Organometallics
[Pd4(μ3-SbMe3)4(SbMe3)4]: A Pd(0) tetrahedron with μ3-bridging trimethylantimony ligands. Benjamin, S.L., Krämer, T., Levason, W., Light, M.E., Macgregor, S.A. and Reid, G., 2016. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138 (22), pp. 6964-6967.
Non-aqueous electrodeposition of functional semiconducting metal chalcogenides: Ge2Sb2Te5 phase change memory. Bartlett PN, Benjamin SL, (Kees) de Groot CH, Hector AL, Jolleys A, Huang R, Kissling GP, Levason W, Pearce SJ, Reid G* and Wang Y, Materials Horizons, 2015, 2, 420-426
Neutral Organoantimony(III) and Organobismuth(III) Ligands as Acceptors in Transition Metal Complexes – Role of Substituents. Benjamin SL, Reid G, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 2015, 297298, 168-180
Chemical vapour deposition of antimony chalcogenides with positional and orientational control: precursor design and substrate selectivity. Benjamin SL, de Groot CH, Hector AL, Huang R, Koukharenko E, Levason W and Reid G, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2015, 3, 423-430
Bromostibine complexes of Fe(II): hypervalency and reactivity. Benjamin SL, Levason W, Light ME, Reid G and Rogers SM, Organometallics, 2014, 33, 2693
Controlling the nanostructure of bismuth telluride by selective chemical vapour deposition from a single source precursor. Benjamin SL, de Groot CH, Gurnani C, Hector AL, Huang R, Koukharenko E, Levason W and Reid G, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2014, 2, 4865-4869 (Inside Cover)
Synthesis and reactions of a hybrid tristibine ligand. Benjamin SL, Levason W and Reid G, Organometallics, 2013, 32, 2760-2767
Medium and high oxidation state metal/non-metal fluoride and oxide-fluoride complexes with neutral donor ligands. Benjamin SL, Levason W and Reid G, Chemical Society Reviews, 2013, 42, 1460-1499
Halostibines SbMeX2 and SbMe2X: Lewis acids or Lewis bases? Benjamin SL, Levason W, Reid G and Warr RP, Organometallics, 2012, 31, 1025-1034See all of Sophie Benjamin's publications...