Reference numberEC/1978/32
Previous numbersCert XX, 121
TitleShaw, Bernard Leslie: certificate of election to the Royal Society
DescriptionCitation typed
CitationDistinguished for his pioneering work on the chemistry of organo-transition metal compounds, especially pi-allylic compounds and transition metal hydride complexes, he has contributed greatly to our understanding of the bonding, stereochemistry, directional electronic effects, and mechanisms of reactions involved. In recent years he has shown that transition metal complexes with bulky tertiary phosphine ligands have remarkable physical properties and unusual chemical and catalytic reactivity. The valuable concept of oxidative addition has been introduced for the synthesis of a wide range of complexes of platinum, iridium, or rhodium, and the first clear-cut examples provided of allylic bridges between two metal atoms; the chemistry of pi-allylic complexes has subsequently been extensively and usefully developed. He described the first carboxylato-bridged allylic-palladium and -rhodium complexes, and these have since been much used in synthesis. He has also made a major contribution to the chemistry of transition metal complexes now often used or postulated as catalytic intermediates, e.g., in hydrocarboxylation or hydrosilylation, and in major industrial processes such as olefin isomerisation, hydroformylation, and homogeneous catalytic hydrogenation.
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NA430Shaw; Bernard Leslie (1930 - 2020)1930 - 2020
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