Jeff Leigh

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Key Contributions

Working in the unique environment of the multidisciplinary Unit (later Laboratory) of Nitrogen Fixation has been a great pleasure and privilege.

Preparation of dozens of new dinitrogen complexes, more than any other research group, for example,  Chatt, Leigh & Richards (1970) Dinitrogen complexes of osmium(II).  J. Chem. Soc. (A), 2243-2246;

The discovery of the first reaction of dinitrogen coordinated to a metal ion, rather than  its simple displacement,  Chatt, Head, Leigh & Pickett (1978) Mechanism of alkylation and acylation of dinitrogen coordinated to molybdenum and tungsten,.  J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1638-1647;

Initial studies in the electrochemistry of complexes containing coordinated dinitrogen, Leigh & Pickett (1977) Electrochemical behaviour of organonitrile dinitrogen complexes of molybdenum(0) and tungsten(0) and the anchoring of a dinitrogen  complex to an electrode surface,  J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1797-1800;

The cyclic protonation of dinitrogen coordinated to iron rather than to molybdenum or tungsten, Leigh & Jimenez-Tenorio (1991) Exchange of dinitrogen between iron and molybdenum centers and the reduction of dinitrogen bound to iron: implications for the chemistry of nitrogenases.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 113, 5862-5863;

The elucidation of the mechanism of the acetylene metathesis reaction which involves carbyne intermediates, Leigh, Rahman & Walton (1982) Carbon-carbon triple-bond fission in the homogeneous catalysis of acetylene metathesis.  J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., 541-542.


Author, Leigh (2004) The World’s Greatest Fix, Oxford University Press, (USA);

Part author and overall editor, Leigh (ed.) (2002) Nitrogen Fixation at the Millennium.  Elsevier, Amsterdam;

Leigh (ed.), (2011) Principles of Chemical Nomenclature, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, Oxford;

Leigh (ed.) Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry, Recommendations 1990, Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford