Prof Richard Layfield - publications


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  • Pugh, T., Chilton, N., & Layfield, R. (2016). Antimony-ligated dysprosium single-molecule magnets as catalysts for stibine dehydrocoupling. Chemical Science. DOI: 10.1039/C6SC04465D. Publication link: 3118bc12-704d-46f3-8525-a1e803b4bc83
  • Grindell, R., Vieru, V., Pugh, T., Chibotaru, L. F., & Layfield, R. (2016). Magnetic frustration in a hexaazatrinaphthylene-bridged trimetallic dysprosium single-molecule magnet. Dalton Transactions, 45, 16556-16560. DOI: 10.1039/C6DT01763K. Publication link: a199e50f-4613-41a4-9e31-fc6ba7c176f2
  • Moilanen, J. O., Chilton, N., Day, B. M., Pugh, T., & Layfield, R. A. (2016). Strong Exchange Coupling in a Trimetallic Radical-Bridged Cobalt(II)-Hexaazatrinaphthalene Complex. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition), 55(18), 5521–5525. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201600694. Publication link: 9f213a27-6686-4fd3-84cd-99a6b35879bf
  • Pugh, T., Chilton, N., & Layfield, R. (2016). A Low-Symmetry Dysprosium Metallocene Single-Molecule Magnet with a High Anisotropy Barrier. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition). DOI: 10.1002/anie.201604346. Publication link: d8dab8d3-1604-4aa8-80bf-452279733368
  • Hänninen, M. M., Pal, K., Day, B. M., Pugh, T., & Layfield, R. (2016). A three-coordinate iron-silylene complex stabilized by ligand-ligand dispersion forces. Dalton Transactions, 45(28), 11301-11305. DOI: 10.1039/c6dt02486f. Publication link: dea56cd5-1fc9-4e11-9b7a-56da592047f9



  • Pugh, T., & Layfield, R. A. (2014). Reactivity of three-coordinate iron-NHC complexes towards phenylselenol and lithium phenylselenide. Dalton Transactions, 43(11), 4251-4254. DOI: 10.1039/c3dt53203h. Publication link: 3f5a35f7-43bf-4cef-8db4-6408252b69cb
  • Reisinger, S., Bodensteiner, M., Pineda, E. M., McDouall, J. J. W., Scheer, M., & Layfield, R. A. (2014). Addition of pnictogen atoms to chromium(ii): Synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of a chromium(iv) phosphide and a chromium(iii) arsenide. Chemical Science, 5(6), 2443-2448. DOI: 10.1039/c4sc00666f. Publication link: 0e25f20d-6ed8-42dd-bb5d-775399934f5d
  • König, S. N., Chilton, N. F., Maichle-Mössmer, C., Pineda, E. M., Pugh, T., Anwander, R., & Layfield, R. A. (2014). Fast magnetic relaxation in an octahedral dysprosium tetramethyl-aluminate complex. Dalton Transactions, 43(8), 3035-3038. DOI: 10.1039/c3dt52337c, 10.1039/C3DT52337C. Publication link: ae83060b-1e05-48f0-9612-e48be3dc113e


  • Smith, C. A., Tuna, F., Bodensteiner, M., Helliwell, M., Collison, D., & Layfield, R. A. (2013). Exchange-coupled oxygen- and sulfur-bridged cyclopentadienyl-manganese(ii) cages. Dalton Transactions, 42(1), 71-74. DOI: 10.1039/c2dt32262e. Publication link: d059ecf5-6282-4f7d-906a-67a81a782427
  • Woodruff, D. N., Winpenny, R. E. P., & Layfield, R. A. (2013). Lanthanide single-molecule magnets. Chemical Reviews, 113(7), 5110-5148. DOI: 10.1021/cr400018q. Publication link: 056f2409-9973-4ce0-8873-f7a814fbc0d1
  • Venugopal, A., Tuna, F., Spaniol, T. P., Ungur, L., Chibotaru, L. F., Okuda, J., & Layfield, R. A. (2013). A hydride-ligated dysprosium single-molecule magnet. Chemical Communications, 49(9), 901-903. DOI: 10.1039/c2cc38036f. Publication link: 3bcec0a4-202e-461b-a141-700c2e508ad4
  • Woodruff, D. N., Tuna, F., Bodensteiner, M., Winpenny, R. E. P., & Layfield, R. A. (2013). Single-molecule magnetism in tetrametallic terbium and dysprosium thiolate cages. Organometallics, 32(5), 1224-1229. DOI: 10.1021/om3010096. Publication link: 296b470a-8eb2-4147-8691-e5a2ebe9dde0
  • Day, B. M., Clayden, J., & Layfield, R. A. (2013). Structural influences in lithium pentadienylsilane complexes. Organometallics, 32(15), 4448-4451. DOI: 10.1021/om400596y. Publication link: 4608249d-970e-4345-8ca6-f8b651575b79
  • Day, B. M., Pugh, T., Hendriks, D., Guerra, C. F., Evans, D. J., Bickelhaupt, F. M., & Layfield, R. A. (2013). Normal-to-abnormal rearrangement and NHC activation in three-coordinate iron(II) carbene complexes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135(36), 13338-13341. DOI: 10.1021/ja408589p. Publication link: 92865d32-ef39-41be-bde5-37461030f62b
  • Layfield, R. (2013). Organometallic Single-Molecule Magnets. Organometallics. . Publication link: 66cd8080-d8b3-4d6f-9abf-adf693c58032
  • Scheuermayer, S., Tuna, F., Pineda, E. M., Bodensteiner, M., Scheer, M., & Layfield, R. A. (2013). Transmetalation of chromocene by lithium-amide, -phosphide, and -arsenide nucleophiles. Inorganic Chemistry: including bioinorganic chemistry , 52(7), 3878-3883. DOI: 10.1021/ic3025815. Publication link: 5f44054b-e88c-4b56-aee4-4ae901e05f62


  • Scheuermayer, S., Tuna, F., Bodensteiner, M., Scheer, M., & Layfield, R. A. (2012). Spin crossover in phosphorus- and arsenic-bridged cyclopentadienyl- manganese(ii) dimers. Chemical Communications, 48(65), 8087-8089. DOI: 10.1039/c2cc32893c. Publication link: a6d15219-b1e9-4ed1-84df-4e744f2a3358
  • Sulway, S. A., Layfield, R. A., Tuna, F., Wernsdorfer, W., & Winpenny, R. E. P. (2012). Single-molecule magnetism in cyclopentadienyl-dysprosium chlorides. Chemical Communications, 48(10), 1508-1510. DOI: 10.1039/c1cc14643b. Publication link: b2c1a0b7-6348-446b-b7fa-d0612639fbc5
  • Woodruff, D. N., McInnes, E. J. L., Sells, D. O., Winpenny, R. E. P., & Layfield, R. A. (2012). Synthesis, structure, and paramagnetism of manganese(II) iminophosphate complexes. Inorganic Chemistry: including bioinorganic chemistry , 51(16), 9104-9109. DOI: 10.1021/ic3014046. Publication link: 2f5b53f4-a597-4345-8f38-35d5d9563fad
  • Tuna, F., Smith, C. A., Bodensteiner, M., Ungur, L., Chibotaru, L. F., McInnes, E. J. L., ... Layfield, R. A. (2012). A high anisotropy barrier in a sulfur-bridged organodysprosium single-molecule magnet. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 51(28), 6976-6980. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201202497. Publication link: 991cf831-0fae-4182-a53a-819643193e15
  • Ingleson, M. J., & Layfield, R. A. (2012). N-Heterocyclic carbene chemistry of iron: Fundamentals and applications. Chemical Communications, 48(30), 3579-3589. DOI: 10.1039/c2cc18021a. Publication link: 5ddd7b7a-e274-4829-aa7b-915ae6be31d6


  • Layfield, R. A., McDouall, J. J. W., Scheer, M., Schwarzmaier, C., & Tuna, F. (2011). Structure and bonding in three-coordinate N-heterocyclic carbene adducts of iron(ii) bis(trimethylsilyl)amide. Chemical Communications, 47(38), 10623-10625. DOI: 10.1039/c1cc14576b. Publication link: 85b1858f-0bbd-4147-a4f2-8d4fa48a1314
  • Sulway, S. A., Collison, D., McDouall, J. J. W., Tuna, F., & Layfield, R. A. (2011). Iron(II) cage complexes of N-heterocyclic amide and bis(trimethylsilyl) amide ligands: Synthesis, structure, and magnetic properties. Inorganic Chemistry: including bioinorganic chemistry , 50(6), 2521-2526. DOI: 10.1021/ic102341a. Publication link: 21c8d5dc-e2a8-4ed0-9ade-f5217f735843
  • Sulway, S. A., Layfield, R. A., Bodensteiner, M., Scheuermayer, S., Scheer, M., & Zabel, M. (2011). Benzotriazolate cage complexes of tin(ii) and lithium: Halide-influenced serendipitous assembly. Dalton Transactions, 40(29), 7559-7563. DOI: 10.1039/c1dt10400d. Publication link: d413e5bc-9f25-4a84-85e8-a57fb743de8f
  • Solomon, S. A., Bickelhaupt, F. M., Layfield, R. A., Nilsson, M., Poater, J., & Solà, M. (2011). A donor-functionalized, silyl-substituted pentadienyllithium: Structural insight from experiment and theory. Chemical Communications, 47(21), 6162-6164. DOI: 10.1039/c1cc11697e. Publication link: ec5cb205-fbc6-42af-8163-4fa4d68ac7db
  • Woodruff, D., Bodensteiner, M., Sells, D. O., Winpenny, R. E. P., & Layfield, R. A. (2011). Synthesis and structure of cationic guanidinate-bridged bimetallic {Li 7M} cubes (M = Mn, Co, Zn) with inverse crown counter anions. Dalton Transactions, 40(41), 10918-10923. DOI: 10.1039/c1dt10999e. Publication link: f33d14e1-f25d-441c-a5c8-08049ecadb20


  • Layfield, R. A., Marek, I. (Ed.), & Rappoport, Z. (Ed.) (2010). s-Block-Metal-Mediated Manganation Reactions. In The Chemistry of Organomanganese Compounds. (pp. 1-18). (PATAI's Chemistry of Functional Groups:). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons . DOI: 10.1002/9780470682531.pat0537. Publication link: 941f642b-654e-4013-9ba1-de6dfa9707ef
  • Layfield, R. A., McDouall, J. J. W., Sulway, S. A., Tuna, F., Collison, D., & Winpenny, R. E. P. (2010). Influence of the N-bridging ligand on magnetic relaxation in an organometallic dysprosium single-molecule magnet. Chemistry - A European Journal, 16(15), 4442-4446. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201000158. Publication link: c91a8777-b0b6-44ec-939d-69dbf6770247
  • Solomon, S. A., & Layfield, R. A. (2010). The coordination chemistry of silyl-substituted allyl ligands. Dalton Transactions, 39(10), 2469-2483. DOI: 10.1039/b918619k. Publication link: a1ec079d-3ee9-4660-a375-411c7dd67131


  • Sulway, S. A., Girshfeld, R., Solomon, S. A., Muryn, C. A., Poater, J., Solà, M., ... Layfield, R. A. (2009). Alkali metal complexes of silyl-substituted ansa-(Tris)allyl ligands: Metal-, Co-Ligand- and substituent-dependent stereochemistry. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, (27), 4157-4167. DOI: 10.1002/ejic.200900618. Publication link: 9349aa61-b3c8-48a4-af84-f2d7a0c82626
  • Layfield, R. A. (2009). Developments in multiply bonded group 14 organometallic chemistry. In Organometallic Chemistry|Organomet. Chem.. (35 ed., Vol. 35, pp. 224-233). Cambridge, UK: Royal Society of Chemistry. DOI: 10.1039/b802432b. Publication link: 6e7bc98e-6f0d-485b-9772-29b582884598



  • Layfield, R. A. (2007). Group 14: Silicon, germanium, tin and lead. In Organometallic Chemistry|Organomet. Chem.. (33 ed., Vol. 33, pp. 156-169). Cambridge, UK: Royal Society of Chemistry. DOI: 10.1039/9781847558503-00156. Publication link: 3d334db2-29fc-4cd4-9f98-36f3e606f2c2
  • Layfield, R. A., García, F., Hannauer, J., & Humphrey, S. M. (2007). Ansa-tris(allyl) complexes of alkali metals: Tripodal analogues of cyclopentadienyl and ansa-metallocene ligands. Chemical Communications, (47), 5081-5083. DOI: 10.1039/b712285c. Publication link: f272d233-cda0-45ee-97e4-f10b05d9de9c


  • Layfield, R. A., Bullock, T. H., García, F., Humphrey, S. M., & Schüler, P. (2006). The cationic cluster Grignard [{MgCl(thf)2}3(μ 3-C3H5)2]+. Chemical Communications, (19), 2039-2041. DOI: 10.1039/b602059c. Publication link: 88c97dc1-7bef-4c15-b2ac-ced02e372768
  • Layfield, R. A., Bashall, A., McPartlin, M., Rawson, J. M., & Wright, D. S. (2006). A structural and magnetic study of organolanthanide(III) amides. Dalton Transactions, 6(13), 1660-1666. DOI: 10.1039/b514470a. Publication link: 35a284f1-33c4-436d-9e50-e5d038739efc
  • Layfield, R. A., Bühl, M., & Rawson, J. M. (2006). Structure, bonding, and paramagnetism in the manganese(II) tris-allyl anions [Mn{ηx-(C3H3R2) 3}]- (R = H, SiMe3; x = 1 or 3): Insight from theory. Organometallics, 25(15), 3570-3575. DOI: 10.1021/om060295a. Publication link: 37f56094-e955-4211-a6d4-44ea00149cb8


  • Layfield, R., Layfield*, R. A., & Humphrey, S. M. (2005). 11. Synthesis and structure of trans-bis-[1,2-di(N-phenylcarbamoyl)cyclopentadienyl]-bis-(THF)magnesium. Organometallics, 24. . Publication link: 3248906a-af0b-4527-9e02-6e13d71b9314


  • Layfield, R. A., & Humphrey, S. M. (2004). A manganese(II) allyl complex: Synthesis, structure, and magnetic properties of [Li(thf)4] [Mn{η3-(Me 3Si)2C3H3}{η1- (Me3Si)2C3H3}2]. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 43(23), 3067-3069. DOI: 10.1002/anie.200454008. Publication link: 46e43758-34e0-44b0-a182-9fdeee6a230e


  • Layfield, R. A., McPartlin, M., & Wright, D. S. (2003). Synthesis and structure of the novel "paddle-wheel" complex [{(η5-Cp)2Pb(μ:η5-Cp)K}̇2THF]. Organometallics, 22(12), 2528-2530. DOI: 10.1021/om030126f. Publication link: d4177ead-265d-49d8-b24e-00f8e163b202


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