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Joseph Wright joined UEA as postdoctoral research assistant in 2005, and studied solid-support catalysis and energy materials in the groups of Professor Manfred Bochmann and Professor Chris Pickett, respectively. He was appointed to a faculty position as a Lecturer in Energy Materials in 2012. Prior to his time at UEA, he obtained his PhD the University of Cambridge studying organometallic reaction mechanism, and carried out a two year post-doctoral research post in Southampton.

My research is focussed on understanding reaction mechanism at metal centres, and exploiting this insight to develop new catalytic materials. A key area of interest is biologically-inspired metal complex, many of which have direct relevance to producing new energy materials. As part of the Energy Materials Laboratory I'm also involved in collaborative work across organometallic and bioinorganic projects.

Selected publications

Electronic control of the protonation rates of Fe-Fe bonds

A. Jablonskytė, L. R. Webster, T. R. Simmons, J. A. Wright and C. J. Pickett

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 13038-13044

DOI: 10.1021/ja506693m


[FeFe] Hydrogenase: Protonation of 2Fe3S Systems and Formation of Super-reduced Hydride States

A. Jablonskytė, J. A. Wright, S. A. Fairhurst, L. R. Webster and C. J. Pickett

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 10143-10146

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201406210


Gold peroxide complexes and the conversion of hydroperoxides into gold hydrides by successive oxygen-transfer reactions

D.-A. Roşca, J. A. Wright, D. L. Hughes and M. Bochmann

Nat. Commun., 2013, 4, 2167

DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3167

Paramagnetic Bridging Hydrides of Relevance to Catalytic Hydrogen Evolution at Metallo-sulfur Centers
A. Jablonskytė, J. A. Wright, S. A. Fairhurst, J. N. T. Peck, S. K. Ibrahim, V. S. Oganesyan and C. J. Pickett
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 18606–18609
DOI: 10.1021/ja2087536

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