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PhD – Organometallic Chemistry, Imperial College, London
MSci – Chemistry, Imperial College, London



Gareth R Owen on ResearchGate


School of Chemistry, University of Bristol (2004 – 2013) – Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship and Centenary Ramsay Memorial Fellowship

Institute for Organic Chemistry, University of Erlangen, Germany (2003 – 2004) – Alexander von Humboldt Reseach Fellowship

Department of Chemistry – Imperial College London – obtained MSci and PhD degrees (1995 – 2003)


Dr. Owen teaches inorganic chemistry and related topics. He is module leader for all inorganic modules as listed below:
PH1S16 – Fundamental Inorganic Chemistry
PH2S48 – Bioinorganic Chemistry
PH2S99 – Inorganic Chemistry 2
PH3S25 – Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

He is also contributing / has contributed to the following modules:
PH0S44, PH2S07, PH2S08, PH3S21, PH3D03 and PH4T002


49. Da Costa, R., Rawe, B. W., Iannetelli, A., Tizzard, G., Coles, S. J., Guwy, A. & Owen, G. R. Inorg. Chem. 2019, 58, 359-367. Stopping Hydrogen Migration in its Tracks: The First Successful Synthesis of Group Ten Scorpionate Complexes Based on Azaindole Scaffolds.

48. Owen, G. R. & Da Costa, R. Dalton Trans. 2018, 47, 11047-11057. Preparation and Reactivity of Rhodium and Iridium Complexes Containing a Methylborohydride Based Unit Supported by Two 7-Azaindolyl Heterocycles.

47. Owen, G. R. & Iannetelli, A. Organometallics. 2018, 37, 2177-2187. Synthesis and Characterization of Platinum and Palladium Complexes Featuring a Rare Secondary Borane Pincer Motif.

46. A. Iannetelli, G. Tizzard, S. J. Coles and G. R. Owen, Inorganic Chemistry. 2018, 57, 446-456. Sequential Migrations between Boron and Rhodium Centres: A Cooperative Process between Rhodium and a Mono-Substituted Borohydride Unit

45 M. Slivarichova, R. C. ​da Costa, J. Nunn, R. Ahmad, M. F. Haddow, H. A. Sparkes, T. Gray, G. R. Owen, J. Organomet. Chem., 2017, 847, 224-233. Two synthetic routes to bis(1-methyl-imidazole-2-thione)methane and bis(1-benzyl-imidazole-2-thione)methane complexes including sulfur atom insertion into copper−NHC bonds.

44. G. R. Owen,* Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 10712. Functional Group Migrations Between Boron and Metal Centres Within Transition Metal‒Borane and ‒Boryl Complexes and Cleavage of H–H, E–H and E–E’ Bonds.

43. G. R. Owen,* P. H. Gould, A. Moore, G. Dyson, M. F. Haddow, A. Hamilton, Dalton Trans. 2013, 42, 11074. Copper and Silver Complexes Bearing Flexible Hybrid Scorpionate Ligand mpBm.

42. Y.-Y. Kuo, M. F. Haddow, A. L. Jamieson, G. R. Owen,* Trans. Met. Chem. 2013, TMCH-D-13-00170. Synthesis, Characterisation and Catalytic Application of Dichloro(η6-p-cymene){diphenyl(3-methyl-2-indolyl)phosphine}ruthenium(II) and Related Studies.

41. M. Slivarichova, M. F. Haddow, H. Othman, G. R. Owen*, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2013, 2782. Synthesis and structural characterization of rhodium complexes featuring ditopic N-heterocyclic carbene/thione donors.

39. N. Tsoureas, A. Hamilton, M. F. Haddow, J. N. Harvey, A. G. Orpen, G. R. Owen,* Organometallics, 2013, 32, 2840. Insight into the Hydrogen Migration Processes Involved in the Formation of Metal-Borane Complexes: The Importance of the Third Arm of the Scorpionate Ligand.

38. A. Zech, M. F. Haddow, H. Othman, G. R. Owen,* Organometallics, 2012, 31, 6753. Utilizing the 8-Methoxycyclooct-4-en-1-ide Unit as a Hydrogen Atom Acceptor En Route to ‘Metal-Borane Pincers’.

37. M. Slivarichova, E. Reading, M. F. Haddow, H. Othman, G. R. Owen*, Organometallics, 2012, 31, 6595. Silver and Palladium Complexes Containing Ditopic NHC-Thione Ligands.

36. G. R. Owen,* Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 3535. Hydrogen Atom Storage upon Z-class Borane Ligand Functions: An Alternative Approach to Ligand Cooperation (Invited review).

35. G. Dyson, A. Zech, B. W. Rawe, M. F. Haddow, A. Hamilton, G. R. Owen,* Organometallics, 2011, 30, 5844. Scorpionate Ligands Based on 2-Mercaptopyridine: A Ligand with a Greater Propensity to Sting?

34. N. Tsoureas, R. F. Hope, M. F. Haddow, G. R. Owen, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2011, 5233. Important Steric Effects Resulting from the Additional Substituent at Boron within Scorpionate Complexes Containing κ3-NNH Coordination Modes.

33. M. Slivarichova, R. Ahmad, Y.-Y. Kuo, J. Nunn, M. F. Haddow, H. Othman, G. R. Owen*, Organometallics, 2011, 30, 4779. New Mixed Donor Bidentate Ligands based on N-Heterocyclic Carbene and Thione Donors.

32. G. R. Owen,* N. Tsoureas, R. F. Hope, Y.-Y. Kuo, M. F. Haddow, Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 5906. Synthesis and Characterisation of Group Nine Transition Metal Complexes Containing New Mesityl and Napthyl Based Azaindole Scorpionate Ligands.

31. N. Tsoureas, J. Nunn, T. Bevis, M. F. Haddow, A. Hamilton, G. R. Owen*, Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 951. Strong Agostic-Type Interactions in Ruthenium Benzylidene Complexes Containing 7-Azaindole Based Scorpionate Ligands.

30. N. Tsoureas, Y.-Y. Kuo, M. F. Haddow, G. R. Owen*, Chem. Commun, 2011, 47, 484. Double Addition of H2 to Transition Metal–Borane Complexes: A ‘Hydride Shuttle’ Process Between Boron and Transition Metal Centres. Featured in Special Issue entitled ‘Emerging Investigators’ Also featured in a special web collection entitled ‘Hydrogen’.

29. J. Nunn, I. Zahedi, G. Bauer, M. F. Haddow, S. N. Abdul Halim, A. Perez-Redondo, G. R. Owen,* Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2011 ,365, 462. A Comparison of the Coordination of Two Linkage Isomers of Bis(2-mercaptoimidazolyl)methane to Zinc Salts.

28. Y.-Y. Kuo, M. F. Haddow, A. Perez-Redondo, G. R. Owen,* Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 6239. Rhodium and Iridium Complexes Containing Diphenyl-2-(3-methyl)indolylphosphine: Synthesis, Structure and Application in the Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation of Ketones.

27. A. W. Perriman, A. P. S. Brogan, H. Cölfen, N. Tsoureas, G. R. Owen, S. Mann*, Nature Chem., 2010, 2, 622. Metalloprotein Structure and Dioxygen Binding in Solvent-free Liquids of Myoglobin.

26. G. R. Owen,* Trans. Met. Chem., 2010, 35, 221. Crystal Field Arguments to Explain the Trans Labilisation within Transition Metal-Borane Complexes.

25. G. R. Owen,* P. H. Gould, J. P. H. Charmant, A. Hamilton, S. Saithong, Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 392. ‘Hot Article’ featured in Special Issue entitled ‘New Talent: Inspiration for the Future’ A New Hybrid Scorpionate Ligand: A Study of the Effect of Tautomerisation upon the Metal-Boron Bond within Metallaboratrane Complexes.

24. G. R. Owen,* P. H. Gould, A. Hamilton, N. Tsoureas, Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 49. Unexpected Pincer-type Coordination (κ3-SBS) within a Zerovalent Platinum Metallaboratrane Complex.


Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Member of the American Chemical Society


Member of the Royal Society Local South East Section Committee


Dr. Owen’s currently leads a research group current consisting of five PhD students (Angelo Iannetelli, Simon Thomas, Rachel McLaren, Miriam Jackson and Sean Browner) and a Senior Research Fellow (Dr. Nildo Costa). His research is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and KESSII funding. We current hold collaborations with Perpetuus Carbon Technologies and Tata.

Areas of Expertise

Organometallics, Homogeneous Catalysis, Coordination Chemistry, Hydrogen, Boron, Z-type ligands



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