Richard J. Puddephatt
Richard John Puddephatt
1943 (age 76–77)
|Alma mater||University of London,|
University College London
|Institutions||University of Western Ontario|
|Doctoral advisors||Alwyn G. Davies, |
Robin J. H. Clark
|Influences||Malcolm H. Chisholm|
Richard John Puddephatt,  was born 1943 in Aylesbury, England. He is a Distinguished University Professor in the department of chemistry at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, Canada. Richard is a former holder of a Canada research chair in material synthesis. He has been studying the fundamental chemistry of gold and other precious metals in the development of new materials for potential applications in health care and electronics. Dr. Puddephatt's research interests involve organometallic chemistry related to catalysis and materials science, and he is considered a world expert on platinum and gold chemistry. He has authored two books: The Chemistry of Gold and The Periodic Table of Elements.
- Penn and Tylers Green Primary School
- High Wycombe Royal Grammar School
- BSc from the University of London in 1965
- PhD from University College London in 1968
Research and career
Puddephatt has conducted pioneering research on synthesis, reactivity and elucidation of mechanisms in the organometallic chemistry of the noble metals, particularly related to the role of organometallic compounds in catalysis and in materials science. He has elucidated the mechanisms of reactions which are fundamental in many homogenous catalytic processes, most notably in studies of oxidative addition and reductive elimination with alkylplatinum and alkyl–gold complexes and of skeletal rearrangements of metallacyclobutane complexes, often called the Puddephatt rearrangement.
Remarkable coordinatively unsaturated platinum clusters and platinum–rhenium clusters have been synthesised and shown to be excellent mimics of the surface reactivity, related to heterogeneous catalysis by supported platinum and bimetallic platinum–rhenium catalysts. New, commercially useful organometallic precursors for chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of thin films of metals such as palladium, platinum, silver and gold have been discovered and the fundamental mechanisms of those CVD processes elucidated. He has also synthesised catenanes and metal-containing polymers by dynamic ring opening polymerisation.
Awards and honours
Puddephatt was won numerous awards including
- Officer of the Order of Canada
- Distinguished University Professor
- Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, FRS in 1998
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, FRSC
- Canada Research Chair
- Bucke Science Prize and Hellmuth Prize, University of Western Ontario
- Alcan Award and E.W.R. Steacie Award of the Chemical Society of Canada
- CIC Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada
- Nyholm Lecture Award and Award for Chemistry of the Noble Metals of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- E.G. Pleva Teaching Award
- NSERC Award of Excellence (2001)
- Order of Canada Profile
- Harvey, Pierre D.; Abd-El-Aziz, Alaa S. (2006). "Special Issue in Honour of Professor Richard J. Puddephatt". Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials. 15 (4): 369–370. doi:10.1007/s10904-006-9010-6. ISSN 1574-1443.
- Puddephatt, Richard J. (2016). "Malcolm Harold Chisholm. 15 October 1945 – 20 November 2015". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. London: Royal Society. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2016.0025.
- Anon (1998). "Professor Richard Puddephatt OC FRS". London: royalsociety.org. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:
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- Order of Canada Profile
- University of Western Ontario Profile
- UWO President's Honour Roll
- Bibliography at Amazon.com
- Faculty Profile