Aluminium, Boron, Phosphorus, Silicon.

The Cowley group use synthetic chemistry to create and understand new main-group compounds for catalysis and small molecule activation.

We’re a research group based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh who prepare and study new compounds of the abundant p-block elements. We work to discover new fundamental chemistry that we use to advance catalysis and materials chemistry.


Our latest results on Al=Al chemistry are now available on ChemRxiv here.

Recently published

The Phospha-Bora-Wittig Reaction

Featured in J. Am. Chem. Soc. most read articles Aug/Sep 2021