James Wilton-Ely

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Dr James Wilton-Ely

Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry
Telephone Number: 
020 7594 9718
Telephone Extension: 
49 718
Research Interests: 
Transition metal functionalised nanoparticles for use in catalysis
MRI contrast agents based on multimetallic assemblies and nanoparticles
Functionalised thiols for SAM-based nanotechnology applications
Functional multimetallic compounds
Conversion of biomass into platform chemicals using metal catalysts in ionic liquids
Sulfur-based ligand systems in catalysis

Dr James Wilton-Ely joined Imperial in 2009 after being on the faculty at the University of Oxford and UCL. He has extensive experience in coordination and organometallic chemistry of metals from groups 8-11 and their use in catalysis. Current research focuses on multimetallic assemblies and the immobilisation of metal units on gold nanoparticles. These materials address applications in catalysis and bioimaging (targeted MRI contrast agents). The research into nanoscale materials extends also to functionalised thiols for the preparation of Self Assembly Monolayers (with Dr Manfred Buck, St. Andrews). Most recently, the dissolution of biomass in ionic liquids and subsequent conversion into platform chemicals has become the focus of a joint project with Dr Jason Hallett (Imperial College).

New publications:

Reusable and highly active supported Cu(I)-NHC catalysts for click chemistry. J.-M. Collinson, J. D. E. T. Wilton-Ely, S. Diez-Gonzalez Chem. Commun., 2013, in press [doi: 10.1039/C3CC44371J]

Multimetallic complexes and functionalised nanoparticles based on oxygen and nitrogen donor combinations. S. Naeem, A. Ribes, A. J. P. White, M. N. Haque, K. B. Holt, J. D. E. T. Wilton-Ely Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52 4700-4713 [doi: 10.1021/ic400335y]

External positions held: 

Co-Director of the MRes in Catalysis programme


Dr Wilton-Ely teaches and tutors in inorganic chemistry and lectures courses on Crystal and Molecular Architecture and Advanced Transition Metal Chemistry.