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Petr Kilian


Petr Kilian
Postal address:
School of Chemistry
Purdie Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
United Kingdom


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Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 467304

Research overview

Kilian is a Main Group synthetic chemist with a major interest in pnictogen (Group 15) chemistry; particularly in the context of the interplay between unusual structure, bonding, reactivity, and properties. A significant aspect of that has been the development of a research programme on peri-substitution.
The peri-backbone is best described as a “clamping scaffold” - the rigid aromatic organic backbone forces the two peri-atoms into sub-van der Waals distances with overlap of the occupied orbitals. This results in a significantly modified potential energy surface and hence special reactivity and bonding. From the initial status of a curiosity, the chemistry of clamping scaffolds has developed into a major research theme. Peri-substituted species are increasingly finding use in biology, advanced materials, and FLP chemistry.

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