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.

PhD position available for 2021!
If you’re interested in pursuing a PhD in the group, please see the advert for the position that is available (to start 9/2021) here.

PhD scholarships available for 2021!

There are also PhD scholarships available to support study in the group. Please see details about the Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships, and get in touch if you are interested.

Recently published

Reversible Reductive Elimination in Aluminium(II) Dihydrides