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Dr. Robert James Baker
Assistant Professor, Chemistry


Dr Bob Baker was born in 1975 in Blaenavon, South Wales. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Warwick and carried out his PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. P. G. Edwards at Cardiff University (1997-2001) on early transition metal triphosphamacrocycles. He then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow with Prof. Cameron Jones (2001-2005), working on low oxidation state group 13 compounds. He was then awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship held at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, working with Prof. Dr. Matthias Tamm on substituted cyclohepatrienyl early transition metal complexes. From 2006-2008 he was a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at Nottingham Trent University, before moving to Trinity College in January 2009. His research interests are in fundamental and applied actinide chemistry and the development of new transition metal complexes for catalysis

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

J.A> Platts and R.J Baker, A computational investigation of orbital overlap versus energy degeneracy covalency in [UE2]2+ (E = O, S, Se, Te) complexes, Dalton Transactions, 49, 2020, p1077 - 1088 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

I. Pidchenko, S. Bauters, I. Sinenko, S. Hempel, L. Amidani, D. Detollenaere, L. Vincze, D. Banerjee, R van Silfhout, S. Kalmykov, J. Goettlicher, R. Baker and K. Kvashnina, Uranium Speciation in Altered Cu-As bearing Granite Rock from Krunkelbach Uranium Deposit, Southern Germany. , RSC Advances, 2020 Journal Article, 2020

P. M. Kowalski, S. Lange, G. Deissmann, M. Sun, K. O. Kvashnina, R. Baker, P. Kegler, G. Murphy and D. Bosbach, , Modeling of Nuclear Waste Forms: State-of-the-Art and Perspectives, MRS Advances, 5, 2020, p213 - 222 Journal Article, 2020 URL

Vitova, T. and Pidchenko, I. and Schild, D. and PrÃ"Ã mann, T. and Montoya, V. and Fellhauer, D. and Gaona, X. and Bohnert, E. and Rothe, J. and Baker, R.J. and Geckeis, H., Competitive Reaction of Neptunium(V) and Uranium(VI) in Potassium-Sodium Carbonate-Rich Aqueous Media: Speciation Study with a Focus on High-Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy, Inorganic Chemistry, 59, 2020, p8 - 22 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Mahmood, K. and Hashmi, W. and Ismail, H. and Mirza, B. and Twamley, B. and Akhter, Z. and Rozas, I. and Baker, R.J., Synthesis, DNA binding and antibacterial activity of metal(II) complexes of a benzimidazole Schiff base, Polyhedron, 157, 2019, p326-334 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Begum, F. and Twamley, B. and Baker, R.J., The Solid State Structure of [TMEDAH 2 ][B 5 O 6 (OH) 4 ] 2, Journal of Chemical Crystallography, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Begum, F. and Ikram, M. and Twamley, B. and Baker, R.J., Perfluorinated phosphine and hybrid P-O ligands for Pd catalysed C-C bond forming reactions in solution and on Teflon supports, RSC Advances, 9, (50), 2019, p28936-28945 Journal Article, 2019 TARA - Full Text DOI

Biswas, S. and Edwards, S.J. and Wang, Z. and Si, H. and Vintró, L.L. and Twamley, B. and Kowalski, P.M. and Baker, R.J., Americium incorporation into studtite: A theoretical and experimental study, Dalton Transactions, 48, (34), 2019, p13057-13063 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

S. Nuzzo, J. van Leusen, B. Twamley, J. A. Platts, P. Kögerler and R. J. Baker, Oxidation of Uranium(IV) Thiocyanate Complexes: Mixed Valent and Cation-Cation Interactions in Uranium Compounds., Dalton Transactions, 48, 2019, p6704 - 6708 Journal Article, 2019 URL DOI

Ullah, H. and Previtali, V. and Mihigo, H.B. and Twamley, B. and Rauf, M.K. and Javed, F. and Waseem, A. and Baker, R.J. and Rozas, I., Structure-activity relationships of new Organotin(IV) anticancer agents and their cytotoxicity profile on HL-60, MCF-7 and HeLa human cancer cell lines, European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 181, (111544), 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Tonya Vitova* , Ivan Pidchenko , Saptarshi Biswas #, George Beridze§∥, Peter W. Dunne , Dieter Schild , Zheming Wang⊥, Piotr M. Kowalski*§∥, and Robert J. Baker* , Dehydration of the Uranyl Peroxide Studtite, [UO2(η2-O2)(H2O)2]·2H2O, Affords a Drastic Change in the Electronic Structure: A Combined X-ray Spectroscopic and Theoretical Analysis, Inorganic Chemistry, 57, (4), 2018, p1735 - 1743 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Aurora Walshe, Elaine Spain, Tia E. Keyes, Robert J. Forster, Robert J. Baker, Redox Processes in Solid-State Uranyl (Oxy)hydroxide Minerals, ChemElectroChem, 5, (6), 2018, p958--963 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Vitova, T., Pidchenko, I., Biswas, S., Beridze, G., Dunne, P.W., Schild, D., Wang, Z., Kowalski, P.M., Baker, R.J., Dehydration of the Uranyl Peroxide Studtite, [UO2(n2-O2)(H2O)2]·2H2O, Affords a Drastic Change in the Electronic Structure: A Combined X-ray Spectroscopic and Theoretical Analysis, Inorganic Chemistry, 57, (4), 2018, p1735-1743 Journal Article, 2018

H. Omorodion, M. Palenzuela, B. Twamley and R. J. Baker, A rationally designed perfluorinated host for the extraction of PFOA from water utilising non-covalent interactions, New Journal of Chemistry, 42, 2018, p7956 - 7968 Journal Article, 2018 URL

F. Begum, M. A. Choudhary, M. A. Mirza, B. Twamley and R. J. Baker, Synthesis and Structure of the Cyclic Borenium Cation 1,1,3,3-tetramethyl-1,34,2-diazaborolidin-1-ium chloride, J. Chem. Cryst, 48, 2018, p209 - 212 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Stefano Nuzzo, Brendan Twamley, James A. Platts, Robert J. Baker, Pseudohalide Tectons within the Coordination Sphere of the Uranyl Ion: Experimental and Theoretical Study of C"H···O, C"H···S, and Chalcogenide Noncovalent Interactions, Inorganic Chemistry, 57, (7), 2018, p3699-3712 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

J. A. Platts and R. J. Baker, Non-Covalent Interactions of Uranyl Complexes: A Theoretical Study, Phys.chem.Chem.Phys, 20, 2018, p15380 - 15388 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Nuzzo, S. and Twamley, B. and Baker, R.J., Clâ ¯Cl and Clâ ¯H Interactions in the Chlorinated Hydocarbon 1,1,1,2,2,3,3-Heptachloropropane: A Structural Study, Journal of Chemical Crystallography, 47, (5), 2017, p182-186 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Biswas, S. and Ma, S. and Nuzzo, S. and Twamley, B. and Russell, A.T. and Platts, J.A. and Hartl, F. and Baker, R.J., Structural Variability of 4f and 5f Thiocyanate Complexes and Dissociation of Uranium(III)-Thiocyanate Bonds with Increased Ionicity, Inorganic Chemistry, 56, (23), 2017, p14426-14437 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Ullah, H. and Twamley, B. and Waseem, A. and Khawar Rauf, M. and Tahir, M.N. and Platts, J.A. and Baker, R.J., Tin···Oxygen Tetrel Bonding: A Combined Structural, Spectroscopic, and Computational Study, Crystal Growth and Design, 17, (7), 2017, p4021-4027 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Farrell, D. and Kingston, S.J. and Tungulin, D. and Nuzzo, S. and Twamley, B. and Platts, J.A. and Baker, R.J., N-Aryl-9,10-phenanthreneimines as Scaffolds for Exploring Noncovalent Interactions: A Structural and Computational Study, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2017, (37), 2017, p5597-5609 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Cullen R.J, Jayasundara D.R, Baker R.J, O'Connell G, Donnelly T, Ballantine K.E, Lunney J.G, Colavita P.E, Laser-driven rapid functionalization of carbon surfaces and its application to the fabrication of fluorinated adsorbers, RSC Advances, 6, (86), 2016, p82924 - 82932 Journal Article, 2016 DOI URL

S. Biswas, R. Steudner, M. Schmidt, C. McKenna, L. L. Vintro, B. Twamley and R.J. Baker, An investigation of the interactions of Eu3+ and Am3+ with uranyl minerals: implications for the storage of spent nuclear fuel., Dalton Transactions, 45, 2016, p6383 - 6393 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text URL

S. Nuzzo, M. P. Browne, B. Twamley, M. E. G. Lyons and R. J. Baker, A structural and spectroscopic study of the first uranyl selenocyanate, [Et4N]3[UO2(NCSe)5], Inorganics, 4, 2016, p4 - 8 Journal Article, 2016 URL TARA - Full Text DOI

Ikram M, Rehman S, Khan A, Baker R.J, Hofer T.S, Subhan F, Qayum M, Faridoo, Schulzke C, Erratum: Corrigendum to †Synthesis, characterization, antioxidant and selective xanthine oxidase inhibitory studies of transition metal complexes of novel amino acid bearing Schiff base ligand†(Inorganica Chimica Acta (2015) 428 (117â€"126) (S0020169315000249) (10.1016/j.ica.2015.01.021)), Inorganica Chimica Acta, 453, 2016, p779- Journal Article, 2016 URL DOI

Nuzzo S, Twamley B, Platts J.A, Baker R.J, Characterisation of isothiocyanic acid, HNCS, in the solid state: Trapped by hydrogen bonding, Chemical Communications, 52, (90), 2016, p13296 - 13298 Journal Article, 2016 URL DOI

Omorodion, Harrison; Twamley, Brendan; Platts, James; Baker, Robert, Further Evidence on the Importance of Fluorous-Fluorous Interactions in Supramolecular Chemistry: A Combined Structural and Computational Study, Crystal Growth and Design, 15, 2015, p2835 - 2841 Journal Article, 2015 URL DOI

M. Ikram, S. Rehman, A. Khan, R. J. Baker, T.S. Hofer, F. Subhan, M. Qayum, Faridoon, C. Schulzke, Synthesis, characterization, antioxidant and selective xanthine oxidase inhibitory studies of transition metal complexes of novel amino acid bearing Schiff base ligand, Inorganica Chimica Acta, 428, 2015, p117 - 126 Journal Article, 2015 DOI URL

Dipti Patel, Ashley J. Wooles, Emtithal Hashem, Harrison Omorodion, Robert J. Baker and Stephen T. Liddle, Comments on reactions of oxide derivatives of uranium with hexachloropropene to give UCl4, New Journal of Chemistry, 2015, p7559-7562 Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text DOI

Robert J Baker, Uranium Minerals and their Relevance to Long Term Storage of Nuclear Fuels, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 266-267, 2014, p123-136 Journal Article, 2014 URL DOI

Emtithal Hashem, James A. Platts, Frantisek Hartl, Giulia Lorusso, Marco Evangelisti, Carola Schulzke, Robert J. Baker, , Thiocyanate complexes of uranium in multiple oxidation states: a combined structural, magnetic, spectroscopic, spectroelectrochemical and theoretical study, Inorganic Chemistry, 53, 2014, p8624 - 8637 Journal Article, 2014

Emtithal Hashem, Thomas McCabe, Carola Schulzke and Robert J. Baker, Synthesis, Structure and Photophysical Properties of [UO2X2(O=PPh3)2] (X = Cl, Br, I), Dalton Transactions, 43, 2014, p1125 - 1131 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI URL

Aurora Walshe, Tim Prüßmann, Tonya Vitova and Robert J. Baker, An EXAFS and HR-XANES Study of the Uranyl Peroxides [UO2(η2-O2)(H2O)2].nH2O (n = 0,2) and Uranyl (Oxy)hydroxide [(UO2)4O(OH)6].6H2O, Dalton Transactions, 43, (11), 2014, p4400-7 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI

Emtithal Hashem, Giulia Lorusso, Marco Evangelisti, Thomas McCabe, Carola Schulzke, James A. Platts and Robert J. Baker, Fingerprinting the oxidation state of U(IV) by emission spectroscopy, Dalton Transactions, 42, 2013, p14677 - 14680 Journal Article, 2013 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

Walshe A, Fang J, Maron L, Baker RJ, New mechanism for the ring-opening polymerization of lactones? Uranyl aryloxide-induced intermolecular catalysis., Inorganic chemistry, 52, (15), 2013, p9077-86 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Muhammad Ikram, Sadia Rehman, Muhammad Ali, Faridoon, Carola Schulzke, Robert J. Baker, Alexander James Blake, Khan Malook, Henry Wong, Saeed-Ur-Rehman, Urease and α-chymotrypsin inhibitory activities of transition metal complexes of new Schiff base ligand: Kinetic and thermodynamic studies of the synthesized complexes using TG DTA pyrolysis, Thermochimica Acta, 562, 2013, p22 - 28 Journal Article, 2013 URL DOI

Rehman, S, Ikram, M, Khan, A, Min, S, Azad, E, Hofer, TS, Mok, KH, Baker, RJ, Blake, AJ, Rehman, SU, New dicoumarol sodium compound: crystal structure, theoretical study and tumoricidal activity against osteoblast cancer cells, Chemistry Central Journal, 7, 2013, p110- Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text DOI

S. Rehman, M. Ikram, R. J Baker, M. Zubair, E. Azad, S. Min, K. Riaz, KH Mok and S.-U. Rehman, Synthesis, characterization, in vitro antimicrobial, and U2OS tumoricidal activities of different coumarin derivatives, Chemistry Central Journal, 7, 2013, p1-12 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text DOI URL

Muhammad Ikram, Sadia Rehman, Faridoon, Robert J. Baker, Hanif Ur Rehman, Ajmal Khan, Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Saeed-Ur -Rehman, Synthesis and distinct urease enzyme inhibitory activities of metal complexes of Schiff-base ligands: Kinetic and thermodynamic parameters evaluation from TG-DTA analysis, Thermochimica Acta, 555, 2013, p72 - 80 Journal Article, 2013 URL DOI

E. Hashem, A.N. Swinburne, C. Schulzke, R.C. Evans, J.A. Platts, A. Kerridge, L.S. Natrajan and R.J. Baker, Emission Spectroscopy of Uranium(IV) Compounds: A Combined Synthetic, Spectroscopic and Computational Study, RSC Advances, 3, 2013, p4350 - 4361 Journal Article, 2013 DOI TARA - Full Text

C. Mallon, A. Walshe, R. J. Forster, T. E. Keyes, and R. J. Baker, The Physical Characterization and Reactivity of the Uranyl Peroxide [UO2(2-O2)(H2O)2].2H2O: Implications for Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuels, Inorganic Chemistry, 51, 2012, p8509 - 8515 Journal Article, 2012 DOI URL

Jian Fang, Aurora Walshe, Laurent Maron and Robert J Baker, Ring Opening Polymerization of Epoxides Catalyzed by Uranyl Complexes: An Experimental and Theoretical Study of the Reaction Mechanism, Inorganic Chemistry, 51, 2012, p9132 - 9140 Journal Article, 2012 DOI URL

M. Ikram, S.-Ur-Rehman, S. Rehman, R. J. Baker and C. Schulzke, Synthesis, characterization and distinct butyrylcholinesterase activities of transition metal complexes of 2-[(E)-(quinolin-3-ylimino)methyl]phenol, Inorganica Chimica Acta, 390, 2012, p210 - 216 Journal Article, 2012 DOI URL

R.J. Baker, The Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry of UI3 and U{N(SiMe3)2}3: Synthetic Reagents par excellence, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 256, 2012, p2843 - 2871 Journal Article, 2012 DOI URL

R. J. Baker, P.E. Colavita, D. Murphy, J. A. Platts and J. D. Wallace, Fluorine-Fluorine Interactions in the Solid State: An Experimental and Theoretical Study, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 116, 2012, p1435 - 1444 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

M. Ikram and R.J. Baker, Fluorous Catalyst Recycling Utilising Highly Fluorinated Zinc Compounds: Ring Opening Polymerisation of e-Caprolactone, Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, 139, 2012, p58 - 62 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text

R. J. Baker, New reactivity of the uranyl ion, Chemistry - A European Journal, 18, 2012, p16258 - 16271 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

R.J. Baker and A Walshe, Ring Opening Polymerisation of Epoxides Catalysed by a Uranyl Aryloxide and Uranyl Chloride. , Chemical Communications, 48, 2012, p985 - 987 Journal Article, 2012 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

Julia Baker, Robert J Baker and Carola Schulzke, Perfluorinated Oxygen and Sulfur Containing Compounds as Extractants for Gold(III), Gold Bulletin, 44, (2), 2011, p79 - 83 Journal Article, 2011 DOI URL

R.J. Baker, J. Fuchs, A.J. Richards and H.V. Ogilvie, Perfluorinated Phosphine Oxide and Sulfide Ligands as Extractants for Heavy Metals and Radionuclides, Journal of Environmental Management, 92, 2011, p2781 - 2785 Journal Article, 2011 URL DOI

R.J. Baker and E. Hashem, A Study of the Reactivity of Secondary Phosphines with Radical Sources: A New Dehydrocoupling Reaction. , Helvetica Chimica Acta, 93, 2010, p1081 - 1085 Journal Article, 2010 URL DOI

R.J. Baker, E. Hashem, M. Motevalli, H.V. Ogilvie and A. Walshe, 38. The Coupling of Pyridine and Dichloromethane Mediated by UO2Cl2, Zeitschrift fuer Anorganish und Algamaigne Chemie, 636, 2010, p443 - 445 Journal Article, 2010 URL

R.J. Baker, T. McCabe, J.E. O'Brien, and H.V. Ogilvie, 39. Thermomorphic Metal Scavengers: A synthetic and multinuclear NMR study of highly fluorinated ketones and their application in heavy metal removal. , Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, 131, 2010, p621 - 626 Journal Article, 2010 URL DOI

R.J. Baker, H.V. Ogilvie and A.J. Richards, Perfluorinated Phenols as Extraction Agents for Cs+ and Sr2+. , Radiochimica Acta, 98, 2010, p507 - 511 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

R.J. Baker and H. V. Ogilvie, Nottingham Trent University, A New Process for Soil Remediation using a Supercritical Solvent, 2009, WO2009109754A1. Patent, 2009

R. J. Baker, C. Jones, D. P. Mills, G. A. Pierce and M. Waugh, Investigations into the preparation of groups 13-15 N-heterocyclic carbene analogues. , Inorg. Chim. Acta, 361, 2008, p427 - 435 Journal Article, 2008 DOI

Molybdenum compounds containing CO and/or isocyanides in, editor(s)R.H. Crabtree and D.M.P. Mingos , Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry III, Elsevier, 2007, pp391 - 512, [Robert J Baker and Matthias Tamm] Book Chapter, 2007

S. Aldridge, R.J. Baker, N.D. Coombs, C. Jones, R.P. Rose, A. Rossin and D.J. Willock, , Complexes of a gallium heterocycle with transition metal dicyclopentadienyl and cyclopentadienylcarbonyl fragments, and with a dialkylmanganese compound. , Dalton Trans., , 2006, p3313 - 3320 Journal Article, 2006 TARA - Full Text DOI

. R.J. Baker, T. Bannenberg, A. Kunst, S. Randoll and M. Tamm,, Adduct formation of [( Ø7-C7H7)Zr( Ø5-C5H5)] with phosphines and N-heterocyclic carbenes: A combined structural, thermodynamic and theoretical study. , Inorg. Chim. Acta, , 359, 2006, p4797 - 4801 Journal Article, 2006 DOI

R.J. Baker, C. Jones, D.P. Mills, D.M. Murphy E. Hey-Hawkins and R. Wolf,, The reactivity of Gallium-(I), -(II) and -(III) heterocycles towards group 15 substrates: Attempts to prepare gallium-terminal pnictinidene complexes. , Dalton Trans, 2006, p67 - 72 Journal Article, 2006 DOI TARA - Full Text

R.J. Baker and C. Jones, Synthesis and Characterisation of Sterically Bulky Lithium Amidinate and Bis-amidinate Complexes. , J. Organomet. Chem. , 691, 2006, p65 - 71 Journal Article, 2006 DOI

R.J. Baker, R.D. Farley, C. Jones, D.P. Mills, M. Kloth and D.M. Murphy, , An EPR and ENDOR investigation of a series of diazabutadiene-group 13 complexes., Chem. Eur. J., , 11, 2005, p2972 - 2982 Journal Article, 2005 DOI

R.J. Baker, C. Jones and M. Kloth, Oxidation reactions of an anionic gallium(I) N-heterocyclic carbene analogue with group 16 compounds., Dalton Trans, 2005, p2106 - 2110 Journal Article, 2005 TARA - Full Text DOI

K.L. Antcliff, R.J. Baker, C. Jones, D.M. Murphy and R.P. Rose, Reactions of a gallium(II)-diazabutadiene dimer, [[(H)C(But)N]2}GaI}2], with [ME(SiMe3)2] (M = Li or Na; E = N, P or As): Structural, EPR and ENDOR characterization of paramagnetic gallium(III) pnictide complexes., Inorg. Chem, 44, 2005, p2098 - 2105 Journal Article, 2005 DOI

R.J. Baker and C. Jones, "GaI": A versatile reagent for the synthetic chemist., Dalton Transaction, 2005, p1341 - 1348 Journal Article, 2005 TARA - Full Text DOI

R.J. Baker, C. Jones and D.M. Murphy,, Evidence for the first oxidative addition of a transition metal into a digallane(4): Synthesis, structural characterisation and EPR studies of [Cp2ZrIII{Ga[N(Ar)C(H)]2}2][Li(THF)4], Ar = C6H3Pri2-2,6. , Chem. Commun., , 2005, p1339 - 1341 Journal Article, 2005 DOI TARA - Full Text

R.J Baker and C. Jones, The coordination chemistry and reactivity of group 13 metal(I) heterocycles, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 249, 2005, p1857 - 1869 Journal Article, 2005 DOI

R.J. Baker, C. Jones, M. Kloth and D.P. Mills, , The reactivity of Gallium(I) and Indium(I) halides towards bipyridines, terpyridines, imino-substituted pyridines and bis(imino)acenaphthenes., New J. Chem, 28, 2004, p207 - 213 Journal Article, 2004 DOI

R.J. Baker, H. Bettentrup and C. Jones,, The synthesis and structural characterisation of the first gallium(II) dialkylphosphide complex, Inorg. Chem. Commun, 7, 2004, p1289 - 1291 Journal Article, 2004 DOI

R.J. Baker, C. Jones, M. Kloth and J. A. Platts,, Oxidative coupling of an anionic gallium(I) carbene analogue: Synthesis and structural characterisation of an unprecedented à-cyclopentadienyl-bridged digallane complex, Organometallics, 23, 2004, p4811 - 4813 Journal Article, 2004 DOI

R.J. Baker, M. Brym, C. Jones and M. Waugh,, 9-Triptycenyl complexes of Group 13 and 15 halides and hydrides. , J. Organomet. Chem., , 689, 2004, p781 - 790 Journal Article, 2004 DOI

R.J. Baker and C. Jones, The molecular structure of ditriptycenyl ditelluride, Main Group Met. Chem. , 27, 2004, p323 - 325 Journal Article, 2004

R.J. Baker, C. Jones, P.C. Junk and M. Kloth, Kinetic control over the thermal stability of the In-H bond: Synthesis and characterisation of amido indium hydride complexes. , Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 43, 2004, p3852 - 3855 Journal Article, 2004 DOI

R.J. Baker, H. Bettentrup and C. Jones, The reactivity of primary and secondary amines, secondary phosphanes and N-heterocyclic carbenes towards group 13 metal(I) halides., Eur. J. Inorg. Chem, 2003, p2446 - 2451 Journal Article, 2003 DOI

C.D. Abernathy, R.J. Baker, M.L. Cole, A.J. Davies and C. Jones,, Reactions of a carbene stabilized indium trihydride complex, [InH3{CN(Mes)C2H2N(Mes)}] Mes = mesityl, with transition metal complexes. , Transition Met. Chem, 28, 2003, p296 - 299 Journal Article, 2003 DOI

R.J. Baker and C. Jones, The reaction of 'GaI' with a 1,3-diyne: Synthesis, characterisation and reactivity of a novel C-C coupled ene-diyne-bis(gem-organodigallium(III)) complex. , Chem. Commun., 2003, p390 - 391 Journal Article, 2003 DOI TARA - Full Text

R.J. Baker, C. Jones and J.A. Platts, Analogies between the reactivities of an anionic gallium(I) heterocycle and N-heterocyclic carbenes towards metallocenes, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 125, 2003, p10534 - 10535 Journal Article, 2003 DOI

R.J. Baker, C. Jones and J.A. Platts, Synthesis, structural and theoretical studies of an iron-gallium(I) heterocycle complex: Analogies with N-heterocyclic carbene chemistry, Dalton Trans., , 2003, p3673 - 3674 Journal Article, 2003 DOI

R.J. Baker, H. Bettentrup and C. Jones, The synthesis of phosphorus heterocycles from tetra-tert-butyltetraphosphacubane, Acta Cryst., C59, 2003, pm339 - m341 Journal Article, 2003 DOI

R.J. Baker, C. Jones, M. Kloth and J.A. Platts, Synthesis and structural characterization of thermally stable group 13 hydride complexes derived from a gallium(I) carbene analogue., Angew. Chem. Int. Edn.,, 42, 2003, p2660 - 2663 Journal Article, 2003 DOI

R.J. Baker and C. Jones, [1,3-Di(mesityl)imidazole-2-ylidene]Gallium Iodide Dihydride, Appl. Organomet. Chem., 17, 2003, p807 - 808 Journal Article, 2003 DOI

R.J. Baker and C. Jones, The molecular structure of [{ Ý-Ga(Ar-DAB)2}{ Ý-K(TMEDA)}( Ý-C5H5){ Ý-K(TMEDA)}].(C7H8)1.5, Ar-DAB = {(C6H3Pri2-2,6)NC(H)=}2. , Main Group Met. Chem., , 26, 2003, p267 - 268 Journal Article, 2003

R.J. Baker, H. Bettentrup and C. Jones, (2,6-Diisopropylphenyl)isopropyldeneammonium iodide, Acta Cryst., E59, 2003, po538 - o539 Journal Article, 2003 DOI

R.J. Baker, P.G. Edwards, R.D. Farley, D.M. Murphy, J.A. Platts and K.E. Voss, Low valent carbonylvanadium complexes of the triphosphorus macrocycle 12[ane]P3Et3. , J. Chem. Soc., Dalton. Trans., 2003, p944 - 948 Journal Article, 2003 TARA - Full Text DOI

R.J. Baker, R.D. Farley, C. Jones, M. Kloth and D.M. Murphy, The reactivity of diazabutadienes towards low oxidation state group 13 iodides and the synthesis of a new gallium(I) carbene analogue, J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans.,, 2002, p3844 - 3850 Journal Article, 2002 TARA - Full Text DOI

R.J. Baker, P.G. Edwards J.Gracia-Moria, F. Ingold and K.M.A. Malik, Manganese and Rhenium triphosphorus macrocycle complexes and reactions with alkenes., J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans, 2002, p3985 - 3992 Journal Article, 2002 TARA - Full Text DOI

R.J. Baker, R.D. Farley, C. Jones, M. Kloth and D.M. Murphy, Synthesis and characterisation of the first carbene and diazabutadiene-indium(II) complexes., Chem. Commun, 2002, p1196 - 1197 Journal Article, 2002 TARA - Full Text DOI

R.J. Baker, M.L. Cole, C. Jones and M.F. Mahon, , Bidentate N-Heterocyclic carbene complexes of group 13 trihydrides and trihalides., J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans, 2002, p1992 - 1996 Journal Article, 2002 TARA - Full Text DOI

R.J. Baker, P.C. Davies, P.G. Edwards, R.D. Farley, S.S. Liyanage, D.M. Murphy and B. Yong, Early transition metal complexes of triphosphorus macrocycles, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2002, p1975 - 1984 Journal Article, 2002 DOI

R.J. Baker and P.G. Edwards, Transition metal complexes of triphosphorus macrocycles: A new class of homogeneous olefin polymerisation catalysts., Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, 2002, p2960 - 2965 Journal Article, 2002 DOI TARA - Full Text

R.J. Baker, A.J. Davies, C. Jones and M. Kloth, Structural and spectroscopic studies of carbene and N-donor ligand complexes of group 13 hydrides and halides., J. Organomet. Chem, 656, 2002, p203 - 210 Journal Article, 2002 DOI

G.R. Willey, R.J. Baker, J.V. Haslop, M.P. Spry and M.G.B. Drew, Coordination studies of the ligand series RNH.C.(CH2)n.C.NHR where R = alkyl, aryl;  = O,S and n = 0,1,2. Part 6. Crystal structures and bonding considerations of the ligands MeNH.CO.CH2.CO.NHMe (L1), MeNH.CO.CH2.CH2.CO.NHMe (L4), MeNH.CS.CH2.CS.NHMe (L5) and the SnIV complexes SnBr4L1.L1, SnBr4L2.2THF and SnBr4L3.MeCN where L2 = iC3H7NH.CO.CH2.CO.NHiC3H7 and iC3H7NH.CS.CH2.CS.NHiC3H7. , Polyhedron, (17), 1998, p3291 - 3303 Journal Article, 1998 DOI

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

H. Omorodion and R. J. Baker, Recent Advances in Rare Earth Extraction: Where Do WEEE Stand, Irish Chemical News, (2), 2016, p12 - 36 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text URL

Research Expertise


My research focusses on two themes: actinide chemistry, both fundamental and applied to the storage of Spent Nuclear Fuels; non-covalent interactions and their applications to e-waste reclaimation. In actinide chemistry I am internationally recognised and have published 22 papers on this topic including invited reviews and gained ca £2.5m of funding at synchrotrons in UK and Germany - synchrotron time is very competitive, highly prized and gives deeper insights into the chemistry and physics of the actinide compounds. These experiments take ca 1 year from planning to the experiment and data analysis is not trivial with an average lead time of 1.5 years to publication. We are one of a handful of groups worldwide that can do this and have conducted measurements that pushed the capabilities of the synchrotrons beyond the state of the art. We collaborate with multidisciplinary groups from US and Europe and have had several "firsts": the use of emission spectroscopy in U(IV) chemistry that has become a mainstream technique; the use of hard oxophiolic uranyl compounds to catalyse the ring opening of oxygen containing monomer a reaction that should not occur but has led to generalisable mechanistic insights. Funding for this work has been from IRCSET PhD and IRC postdoctoral schemes and I have won EU funding (TALISMAN) and DAAD funding to visit large scale facilities in Germany to conduct transuranium research. Our endeavours in non-covalent interactions has generated 15 papers, two of which were selected to be on the front cover of the Journal. Notably we have explored the weak C-F F-C interactions that have recently become a hot topic in the literature, spurred on by our results, and we have utilised these to extract the Persistent Organic Pollutant Perflourooctanoic acid from water for the first time, and extended to the extraction of important elements from waste electronics. This work has been funded by a PhD studentship from the Environment Protection Agency. I have been nominated for the Van der Waals prize in non-covalent interactions (2020). Since being appointed I have published 54 peer reviewed paper, averaging 1 publication every 10 weeks.


  • Title
    • TOMEX - TOxic Metal EXtraction
  • Summary
    • The contamination of the environment by toxic metals is a major problem that can require expensive clean-up procedures. This project aims to develop an ex-situ soil re-mediation for a number of toxic metals using supercritical CO2 as a solvent. These can be broadly classed as actinide elements and heavy metal waste from industry and mining applications.
  • Funding Agency
    • The Lachesis Fund
  • Date From
    • August 2008
  • Date To
    • February 2009
  • Title
    • Unusual Oxidation State Uranium Chemistry
  • Summary
    • We are exploring the chemistry of high oxidation state uranium chemistry. The elucidation of new reactivity pathyways that shed light on the 5f-orbital interaction will be explored. Furthermore, reduction to the Uranyl(V) ion will be explored.
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCSET
  • Date From
    • sept 2009
  • Date To
    • sept 2012
  • Title
    • Actinide Chemistry at ISIS
  • Summary
    • This project involved three measuremnt periods at the Nuetron and Muon Spallation source (ISIS) in UK. We measured uranium and thorium compounds using 6 different beamlines in 13 blocks. Experiments are ca. 30,000EUR per day of in kind funding.
  • Funding Agency
    • ISIS
  • Date From
    • 2017
  • Date To
    • 2021
  • Title
    • Actinide Chemistry at Diamond
  • Summary
    • This project consists of measurements of uranium compounds at the Diamond synchrotron in the UK. We measured on three different beamlines in three measurement sessions. Beamtime is very competetiive and highly prized. The beamlines are costed at ca 30000EUR per day of in kind funding.
  • Funding Agency
    • Diamond and CALYPSO
  • Date From
    • 2017
  • Date To
    • 2021
  • Title
    • Actinide Chemistry at BESSY II
  • Summary
    • This project consists of measurements of uranium compounds at the BESSY II synchrotron in Berlin. We had two measurement sessions, and were able to change the policy of the synchrotron to allow uranium compounds on site. Beamtime is very competetive and highly prized. The beamlines are costed at ca 35000EUR per day of in kind funding.
  • Funding Agency
  • Date From
    • 2018
  • Date To
    • 2019


Catalysis; Catalysis/Kinetics; Homogeneous catalysis; Inorganic Chemistry; Lanthanides; Nuclear chemistry; Nuclear/Radioactive Wastes; Organometallic chemistry; Organometallic Chemistry, Main Group; Polymer Chemistry; Polymer technology, biopolymers; Radioactivity; Waste Management



Associate Editor for RSC Advances, the flagship multidisciplinary journal for the Royal Society of Chemistry 2016

Awards and Honours

Alexander von Humboldt Research Scholarship 2005-2006


Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry 2018

Member of the RSC 2006 – 2018

Member of the ACS 2006 – 2017

Fellow of Institute of Chemistry Ireland 2009 – 2015