Mathew completed his PhD in 2017 on alkaline earth mediated carbon monoxide reduction at the University of Bath (UK) under the supervision of Prof. Mike Hill. During his PhD he undertook a brief secondment to The Ohio State University (USA) to work under the late Prof. Malcolm Chisholm, to work on catalytic lactide polymerisation. He then moved to Victoria University of Wellington to work as a postdoctoral researcher for Prof. Martyn Coles on the synthesis and reactivity of low valent main group complexes, before becoming a lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington in 2019.
Mat’s main research interests are in developing the synthesis of novel organometallic complexes, investigation of their underlying electronic structure and delineation of fundamental patterns of reactivity. Mat’s research involves the synthesis of air and moisture sensitive complexes using Schlenk line and glove box techniques, which are analysed by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray and neutron diffraction. Recent research has focused on the design of low valent lanthanide complexes for small molecule (CO2, CO, H2, N2) activation and catalytic reduction.