Michael carried out his undergraduate degree at the University of York in the UK. After a short stay at the University of Helsinki, Michael returned to York to study for a PhD in the group of Jason Lynam, studying mechanistic and supramolecular organometallic chemistry. Completing his PhD thesis in 2008, he began postdoctoral work with Simon Duckett, also at the University of York, working on novel hyperpolarisation techniques for NMR spectroscopy. In 2010, Michael moved to the group of David Scheschkewitz, first at Imperial College and then later at the Universität des Saarlandes as a Marie Curie fellow, where he worked on low-valent silicon chemistry.
Michael was appointed to a Chancellor’s Fellowship in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh in October 2013. In 2016, Michael was awarded an ERC Starting Grant.
Aluminum Hydride Catalyzed Hydroboration of Alkynes Alessandro Bismuto, Stephen P. Thomas*, and Michael J. Cowley*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 15356–15359, doi: 10.1002/anie.201609690.
Ligand coordination modulates reductive elimination from aluminium(III) Stephanie J. Urwin, David M. Rogers, Gary S. Nichol and Michael J. Cowley* Dalton Trans. 2016, 13695-13699, doi: 10.1039/C6DT02698B.
Base-stabilized phosphinidene boranes via silylium-ion abstraction Amy N. Price and Michael J. Cowley* Chem. Eur. J., 2016, 6248–6252, doi: 10.1002/chem.201600836.
2010 – 2013
Phosphide Delivery to a Cyclotrisilene T. P. Robinson, M. J. Cowley, D. Scheschkewitz*, and J. M. Goicoechea*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 683–86.
From Disilene (Si=Si) to Phosphasilene (Si=P) and Phosphacumulene (P=C=N) P. Willmes, M. J. Cowley, M. Hartmann, M. Zimmer, V. Huch, and D. Scheschkewitz*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 2216–20.
Donor–Acceptor Adducts of a 1, 3‐Disila‐2‐oxyallyl Zwitterion M. J. Cowley, V. Huch, and D. Scheschkewitz*, Chem. Eur. J., 2014, 20, 9221–24.
Carbonylation of Cyclotrisilenes M. J. Cowley, Y. Ohmori, V. Huch, M. Ichinohe, A. Sekiguchi, and D. Scheschkewitz*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 13247–50. (‘Very Important Paper’)
Equilibrium between a cyclotrisilene and an isolable base adduct of a disilenyl silylene M. J. Cowley, V. Huch, H. S. Rzepa, and D. Scheschkewitz*, Nature Chem., 2013, 5, 876–9.
Functionalized cyclic disilenes via ring expansion of cyclotrisilenes with isocyanides Y. Ohmori, M. Ichinohe, A. Sekiguchi, M. J. Cowley, V. Huch, and D. Scheschkewitz*, Organometallics, 2013, 32, 1591–4.
Reversible base coordination to a disilene K. Leszczyńska, K. Abersfelder, A. Mix, B. Neumann, H.-G. Stammler, M. J. Cowley, P. Jutzi, and D. Scheschkewitz*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 6785–8.
Transmetallation reactions of a lithium disilenide M. J. Cowley, K. Abersfelder, A. J. P. White, M. Majumdar, and D. Scheschkewitz*, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 6595–7.
2004 – 2010
Probing signal amplification by reversible exchange using an NMR flow system R. E. Mewis, K. D. Atkinson, M. J. Cowley, S. B. Duckett*, G. G. R. Green,* R. A Green, L. R. Highton, D. Kilgour, L. S. Lloyd, J. a B. Lohman, and D. C. Williamson, Magn. Reson. Chem., 2014 doi: 10.1002/mrc.4073.
Hyperpolarisation through reversible interactions with para-hydrogen L. S. Lloyd, A. Asghar, M. J. Burns, A. Charlton, S. Coombes, M. J. Cowley, G. J. Dear, S. B. Duckett,* G. R. Genov, G. G. R. Green,* L. A. R. Highton, A. J. J. Hooper, M. Khan, I. G. Khazal, R. J. Lewis, R. E. Mewis, A. D. Roberts, A. J. Ruddlesden, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014, 4, 3544–54.
Iridium N-heterocyclic carbene complexes as efficient catalysts for magnetization transfer from para-hydrogen M. J. Cowley, R. W. Adams, K. D. Atkinson, M. C. R. Cockett, S. B. Duckett*, G. G. R. Green*, J. a B. Lohman, R. Kerssebaum, D. Kilgour, and R. E. Mewis, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 6134–7.
Reversible interactions with para-hydrogen enhance NMR sensitivity by polarization transfer R. W. Adams, J. A. Aguilar, K. D. Atkinson, M. J. Cowley, P. I. P. Elliott, S. B. Duckett*, G. G. R. Green,* I. G. Khazal, J. López-Serrano, and D. C. Williamson, Science, 2009, 323, 1708–11.
Spontaneous Transfer of Para hydrogen Derived Spin Order to Pyridine at Low Magnetic Field Kevin D Atkinson, M. J. Cowley, P. I. Elliott, S. B. Duckett*, G. G. R. Green*, J. López-Serrano, and A. C. Whitwood, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 13362–8.
Para-hydrogen induced polarization without incorporation of para-hydrogen into the analyte D. Atkinson, M. J. Cowley, S. B. Duckett*, P. I. Elliott, G. G. Green*, J. López-Serrano, I. G. Khazal, and A. C. Whitwood, Inorg. Chem., 2008, 48, 663–70.
Rhodium vinylidene and alkyne complexes containing a pendant uracil group M. J. Cowley, J. M. Lynam*, and A. C. Whitwood, J. Organomet. Chem., 2010, 695, 18–25.
Ruthenium alkynyl, carbene and alkenyl complexes containing pendant uracil groups: an investigation into the formation of alkenyl-phosphonio complexes J. Cowley, J. M. Lynam*, R. S. Moneypenny, A. C. Whitwood, and A. J. Wilson, Dalton Trans., 2009, 9529–42.
A mechanistic study into the interconversion of rhodium alkyne, alkynyl hydride and vinylidene complexes Cowley, J. Lynam*, and J. Slattery, Dalton. Trans., 2008, 4552–4. (‘Hot paper’)
One-Electron Reduction of Molybdenum η2 (4e)-Alkyne Complexes as a Pathway to the η2 (3e) Vinyl Ligand S. Baines, M. Cowley, A. Chafen, and J. Lynam*, Organometallics, 2007, 26, 1093–5.
Transition metal vinylidene complexes as supramolecular building blocks: nucleobase-mediated self-assembly of crystals with hexagonal symmetry M. Cowley and J. Lynam*, Dalton. Trans., 2007, 4427–38.