Philip Power

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Philip Power

BornApril 1953 (age 6768)
Alma mater University of Dublin (B.A.)
University of Sussex (Ph.D.)
Scientific career
Institutions Stanford University (1978–1980)
University of California, Davis (1981–present)
Thesis Steric effects in group 4B and 5B metal aklyls and amides  (1977)
Doctoral advisor Michael F. Lappert
Influences Richard H. Holm

Philip Patrick Power FRS (born April 1953 [1] ) is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Davis. He has contributed to the synthesis, structure, and physical and chemical characterization of inorganic and organometallic compounds. His research focuses on low-coordinate main group and transition metal compounds. Much of this work hinges on the use of sterically crowded ligands to stabilize unusual geometries.


The structure of [CrC6H3-2,6-(C6H3-2,6-( Pr)2)2]2 prepared by Power et al. Ar2Cr2PP.svg
The structure of [CrC6H3-2,6-(C6H3-2,6-( Pr)2)2]2 prepared by Power et al.


Philip Power obtained a B.A. from University of Dublin in 1974 and a Ph.D. from University of Sussex in 1977 (under Michael F. Lappert). He was a postdoctoral coworker under Richard H. Holm at Stanford University (1978–1980). In 1981 he was appointed to the faculty of UC Davis, where he is Distinguished Professor.

Structure of the quasi-two-coordinate ferrous dithiolate Fe[SC6H3-2,6-(C6H2-2,4,6-( Pr)3)2]2. A weak Fe-C(ipso) bond is indicated by the Fe---C distance of 2.427(1) A. The structure illustrates the low coordination numbers enabled by bulky ligands. JARKAP.png
Structure of the quasi-two-coordinate ferrous dithiolate Fe[SC6H3-2,6-(C6H2-2,4,6-( Pr)3)2]2. A weak Fe-C(ipso) bond is indicated by the Fe---C distance of 2.427(1) Å. The structure illustrates the low coordination numbers enabled by bulky ligands.


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  2. Nguyen, Tailuan; Sutton, Andrew D.; Brynda, Marcin; Fettinger, James C.; Long, Gary J.; Power, Philip P. (2005). "Synthesis of a Stable Compound with Fivefold Bonding Between Two Chromium(I) Centers". Science . 310 (5749): 844–847. Bibcode:2005Sci...310..844N. doi:10.1126/science.1116789. PMID   16179432.
  3. Nguyen, T.; Panda, A.; Olmstead, M. M.; Richards, A. F.; Stender, M.; Brynda, M.; Power, P. P. (2005). "Synthesis and Characterization of Quasi-Two-Coordinate Transition Metal Dithiolates M(SAr)2 (M = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn; Ar = C6H3-2,6(C6H2-2,4,6-Pri3)2)". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 127: 8545–8552. doi:10.1021/ja042958q.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
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