Imperial College London

Dr Wilton-Ely

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Reader in Inorganic Chemistry



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Dr James Wilton-Ely joined Imperial in 2009 after being a member of staff at the University of Oxford and UCL. He has extensive experience in coordination and organometallic chemistry of metals from groups 8-11 and their use in catalysis.

Current research focuses on multimetallic assemblies and the immobilisation of metal units on gold nanoparticles. These materials address applications in catalysis, bioimaging (targeted MRI contrast agents) and sensing (carbon monoxide, heavy metals in water). The research into nanoscale materials extends also to functionalised thiols for the preparation of Self Assembly Monolayers (with Prof. Manfred Buck, St. Andrews). Most recently, the dissolution of biomass in ionic liquids and subsequent conversion into platform chemicals has become the focus of a joint project with Dr Jason Hallett (Imperial Chemical Engineering).

Further details of this research and other topics under investigation can be found on the group's website. A PDF file with a summary of these research areas is available. The JW-E group has expanded in order to explore these projects. Information for prospective PhD, MRes, MSci and BSc students is also available.

Dr Wilton-Ely is the Director of the MRes Green Chemistry Programme and Founder and former Co-Director of the MRes in Catalysis. He is the Director of MRes Studies for the Department of Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). 

Research Metrics. Publications: 85, h-index: 29.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Toscani A, Marín-Hernández C, Robson J, et al., 2019, Highly sensitive and selective molecular probes for chromo-fluorogenic sensing of carbon monoxide in air, aqueous solution and cells, Chemistry - A European Journal, Vol:25, ISSN:0947-6539, Pages:2069-2081

de la Torre C, Toscani A, Marin-Hernandez C, et al., 2017, Ex vivo tracking of endogenous CO with a ruthenium(II) complex, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:139, ISSN:1520-5126, Pages:18484-18487

Wilton-Ely JD, white A, Jantan K, et al., 2017, From recovered metal waste to high-performance palladium catalysts, Green Chemistry, Vol:19, ISSN:1463-9262, Pages:5846-5853

Rasekh M, Ahmad Z, Cross R, et al., 2017, Facile Preparation of Drug-Loaded Tristearin Encapsulated Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Using Coaxial Electrospray Processing, Molecular Pharmaceutics, Vol:14, ISSN:1543-8384, Pages:2010-2023

Robson JA, Gonzàlez de Rivera F, Jantan KA, et al., 2016, Bifunctional chalcogen linkers for the stepwise generation of multimetallic assemblies and functionalized nanoparticles, Inorganic Chemistry, Vol:55, ISSN:1520-510X, Pages:12982-12996

Moragues ME, Toscani A, Sancenon F, et al., 2014, A Chromo-Fluorogenic Synthetic "Canary" for CO Detection Based on a Pyrenylvinyl Ruthenium(II) Complex, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:136, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:11930-11933

Cecchini MP, Turek VA, Demetriadou A, et al., 2014, Heavy Metal Sensing Using Self-Assembled Nanoparticles at a Liquid–Liquid Interface, Advanced Optical Materials

Naeem S, Serapian SA, Toscani A, et al., 2014, Ring-Closing Metathesis and Nanoparticle Formation Based on Diallyldithiocarbamate Complexes of Gold(I): Synthetic, Structural, and Computational Studies, Inorganic Chemistry, Vol:53, ISSN:0020-1669, Pages:2404-2416

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