Paul J. RagognaPaul J. Ragogna
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (Dalhousie)
NSERC PDF (Toronto)
Office: BGS 2022, Labs: BGS 2004 & 2006

Phone (Office): (519) 661-2111 ext. 87048
Phone (Lab): (519) 661-2111 ext. 81474 and 80049

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Synthetic Main Group and Organometallic Chemistry


    John Charles Polanyi Prize

Current Research Programs:

Our group has a central theme, which can broadly be defined as synthesizing fundamentally interesting new molecules containing main group or transition metal elements. We target the identification of new structure, bonding and reactivity, which will allow us to gain a better understanding of the periodic table. The ultimate goal is to utilize our observations in practical applications.

We have three concurrent research areas that can be categorized into the following:

1. Highly charged group 16 element centres
2. Developing late metal metallopolymers
3. New phosphonium ionic liquids

This means our areas of interest focuses on several groups in the periodic table: (a) Group 16, noteably S, Se and Te; (b) Group 9 and 10, specifically Co and Ni; and, (c) group 15, with a specific focus on P.

Selected Publications:

C. D. Martin, P.J. Ragogna* “Reactions of alpha-diimine ligands with the in situ generated “S(OTf)2 synthon” Inorg. Chem. (Accepted March 2010).

J. J. Tindale, K. Hartlen, A. Alizadeh, M. S. Workentin and P. J. Ragogna*, “Maleimide-Modified Phosphonium Ionic Liquids: A Template Towards (Multi) Task-Specific Ionic Liquids” Chem. Eur. J., 2010 (Accepted March 2010)

J. L. Dutton, T. L. Battista, M. J. Sgro, and P. J. Ragogna* “Diazabutadiene complexes of selenium as Se2+ transfer reagents” Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 1041 -1043 (Communication).

Caleb D. Martin, Christine M. Le, P. J. Ragogna “Remarkably Stable Chalcogen(II) Dications” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 15126 - 15127 (Communication).

J. L. Dutton, H. M. Tuononen, P. J. Ragogna* “Tellurium(II) Centered Dications from the Novel Pseudohalide Te(OTf)2”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 4409-4413 (Communication).

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