Zoë Turner joined the O'Hare group in August 2012. In 2010, she obtained her PhD from Edinburgh University working on small molecule activation by electropositive metal N-heterocyclic carbene complexes under the supervision of Prof. Polly Arnold. Following this, she travelled to the US as the Astra Zeneca Fulbright Scholar to work in the group of Prof Paul Chirik at Princeton University. Here, she studied dinitrogen activation using transition metals supported by redox-active ligands.

In Oxford, she works on new catalysts for olefin polymerisation in collaboration with SCG Chemicals. Away from the lab, Zoë enjoys watching sport of all kinds, as well as travelling and hiking.


Selected publications:

Carbon oxygenate transformations by actinide compounds and catalysts. P. L. Arnold and Z. R. Turner, Nat. Rev. Chem., (2017), 1, in press.

Chemically Non-Innocent Cyclic (Alkyl)(Amino)Carbenes: Ligand Rearrangement, C-H and C-F Bond Activation. Z. R. Turner, Chem. Eur. J., (2016), 22, 11461-11468.

Group 1 and 2 cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbene complexes. Z. R. Turner and J.-C. Buffet, Dalton Trans., (2015), 44, 12985-12989

Molecular pnictogen activation by rare earth and actinide complexes. Z. R. Turner, Inorganics, (2015), 3, 597-635.

Chiral Group 4 cyclopentadienyl complexes and their use in polymerization of lactide monomers. Z. R. Turner, J.-C. Buffet and D. O'Hare, Organometallics, (2014), 33, 3891-3903.