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Dr Bao N. Nguyen
Dr Bao N. Nguyen

Dr Bao Nguyen is a Tenure-tracked Research Fellow in Physical Organic Chemistry at University of Leeds from September 2012. He actively collaborates with colleagues from both the School of Chemistry and School of Chemical and Process Engineering to address current challenges in process chemistry. He is a core member of the Institute of Process Research and Development (iPRD), a flagship institute set up by the Leeds Transformation Fund.

Dr Nguyen did his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Dr John M. Brown FRS. He then moved to Dr Michael C. Willis' group, where he developed the first Pd-catalysed coupling reaction employing sulfur dioxide by suppressing catalyst deactivation. Afterward, he joined Imperial College London, working in Dr King Kuok Hii's group to delineate the nature of the palladium species in different catalytic reactions and developing separation methods for these species. He was awarded his first independent position as a Ramsay Memorial Fellow at Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London.

BN group are interested in understanding mechanism of catalytic processes and improving/optimising the application of these processes in both academia and industry. The research is highly collaborative and focuses on the interdisciplinary interface between Physical/Organic/Process Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The current research themes in the group include the use of CO2 as synthon for specialty and fine chemicals, kinetic and mechanistic studies of metal catalysed coupling reactions using state-of-the-art physical and analytical techniques, and applications of X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy (XAFS) in mechanistic studies of homogeneous catalytic reactions.