Imperial College London

Professor Paul D. Lickiss

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Professor of Organometallic Chemistry



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Paul Lickiss, Professor of Organometallic Chemistry, is interested in the chemistry of main group compounds, particularly organosilicon compounds.  Research is currently focused in several areas. 

The synthesis of metal-organic frameworks, particularly containing main group elements as the metal node, and organosilicon compounds as the linkers between the nodes is being studied.  New extended reach ligands containing siloxane, Si-O-Si, linkages are also being used as linkers.  These new framework materials have potential for gas capture and storage, such as carbon dioxide capture and hydrogen storage.  They also have potential in catalysis and for selective binding of a variety of molecules.

Our interest in compounds containing Si-O bonds such as silanols and siloxanes concentrates on the synthesis, characterisation and uses of cubic silsesquioxanes. The use of low molecular weight siloxanes as potential non-polar solvents for a variety of chemical transformations is also being investigated in collaboration with Professor T. Welton.

The use of bulky groups to promote new reaction pathways and novel structural features has led to bridged Si cations being prepared. The fundamentals of organosilicon reaction mechanisms are of continuing interest to the group.    

The use of ultrasound in synthetic chemistry (sonochemistry) is also being investigated in order to determine its synthetic utility in a variety of synthetically useful applications.



Davies RP, Delmas L, White A, et al., Trisiloxane-centred Metal-Organic Frameworks and Hydrogen Bonded Assemblies, Crystengcomm, ISSN:1466-8033

Braddock DC, Lickiss PD, Rowley BC, et al., 2018, Tetramethyl Orthosilicate (TMOS) as a Reagent for Direct Amidation of Carboxylic Acids, Organic Letters, Vol:20, ISSN:1523-7060, Pages:950-953

Mohamed NA, Davies RP, Lickiss PD, et al., 2017, Chemical and biological assessment of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) in pulmonary cells and in an acute in vivo model: relevance to pulmonary arterial hypertension therapy, Pulmonary Circulation, Vol:7, ISSN:2045-8932, Pages:643-653

Tome LC, Gouveia ASL, Ab Ranii MA, et al., 2017, Study on Gas Permeation and CO2 Separation through Ionic Liquid Based Membranes with Siloxane-Functionalized Cations, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Vol:56, ISSN:0888-5885, Pages:2229-2239

Delmas LC, Horton PN, White AJP, et al., 2017, Siloxane-based linkers in the construction of hydrogen bonded assemblies and porous 3D MOFs, Chemical Communications, Vol:53, ISSN:1359-7345, Pages:12524-12527

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