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PhD in Chemistry
MSc in Research in Chemistry
BSc(Hons) in Chemistry


I obtained my PhD from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) with Magna Cum Laude distinction working under the guidance of Professor John A. Gladysz. My research topic involved synthetic chemistry, organometallics and catalysis.
I have 22 research articles including two book chapters on the recycling and properties of catalysts. My current H-index is 12.


After my PhD I moved to Bordeaux where I carried out research on inorganic and organometallic chemistry mainly focusing on physical chemical properties of complexes. A second post-doc at the University of Bristol followed involving synthesis of polyaminated molecules which have the potential to store bits of information (organic electronics). I did a brief post-doc at the University of Saint-Andrews in Scotland working on organometallics containing NHC (N-heterocyclic carbenes). Then I moved to Imperial College London to work on aza-helicenes for the generation of circularly polarized light. This was an exciting project which led to the publication of our results in Advanced Materials and Nature Photonics.
My next experience was at the University of Central Lancashire as an Associate Lecture. There, I taught organic chemistry, organometallics, bioinorganic and biocatalysis to undergraduating and Masters students.
I decided to move to the University of South Wales in July 2016 to work in the group of Dr. Gareth Owen on the development of transition metal complexes based on Z-class Boron Ligands for the generation and storage of molecular hydrogen. This is an exciting project with great potential for generation of environmental friendly energy.


22. Correa da Costa, R.; Yang, Y., Cambell, A.; Fuchter, M. J. “Crystal Engeneering of Aza- Helicenes for Controling the CH-pi and pi-pi Interactions (manuscript in preparation)
21. Yang, Y. Campbell, A., Correa da Costa, R, Fuchter, M. J. “Circularly polarised organic light-emitting polymers and a chiral small-molecule dopant” (invited paper), SID, Eurodisplay, 2013, 5 (paper number 2.2).
20. Weimar, M.; Correa da Costa, R.; Fuchter, M. J. “A scalable and expedient route to 1- aza6helicene derivatives and its subsequent application to a chiral-relay asymmetric strategy” Organic Letters, 2013, 1706 (12 citations).
19. Yang, Y.; Correa da Costa, R.; Smilgies, D.-M., Campbell, A.; Fuchter, M. J. “Induction of Circularly Polarized Electroluminescence from an Achiral Light-Emitting Polymer via a Chiral Small-Molecule Dopant” Adv. Mater. 2013, 2624 (21 citations).
Dr. Nildo Costa
18. Yang, Y.; Correa da Costa, R.; Fuchter, M. J.; Campbell, A. “Circularly polarized light detection by a chiral organic semiconductor transistor” Nature Photonics, 2013, 634 (31 citations).
17. Tuba, R.; Correa da Costa, R.; Bazzi, H. S.; Gladysz, J. A. “Phase Transfer Activation of Fluorous Analogs of Grubbs’ Second Generation Catalyst: Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization, ACS Catalysis, 2012, 155 (18 citations).
16. Motreff, A.; Correa da Costa, R.; Allouchi, H.; Duttine, M.; Mathoniere, C.; Duboc, C.; Vincent, J.-M. Special Issue (Fluorine Chemistry in France) “A Fluorous Copper(II)- Carboxylate Complex which Magnetically and Reversibly Responds to Humidity in the Solid State” J. Fluorine Chem. 2012, 49-55 (9 citations).
15. Correa da Costa; R.; Del Guerzo, A.; McClenaghan, N.; Vincent, J.-M. “Reversible Hydrocarbon/Perfluorocarbon Phase-Switching of [Ru(bipy)3]2+ Driven by Supramolecular Heteromeric Fluorous Carboxylate-Carboxylic Acid H-Bond Interactions” Chem. Commun. 2011, 8250 (6 citations).
14. Motreff, A.; Belin, C.; Correa da Costa, R.; Bakkari, E. M.; Vincent, J.-M. “Self-Adaptive Hydrophilic and Coordinating Teflon Surfaces Through a Straightforward Physisorption Process” Chem. Commun. 2010, 6261 (8 citations).
13. Diebolt, O.; Jurčík, V.; Correa da Costa, R.; Braunstein, P.; Cavallo, L.; Nolan, S. P.; Slawin, A. M. Z.; Cazin, C. S. J. Mixed Phosphite/N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes: Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Studies Organometallics 2010, 29, 1443 (42 citations).
12. Adams, C. J.; Correa da Costa, R.; Edge, R.; Evans, D. H.; Hood, F. M. “On The Causes of Potential Inversion in 1,2,4,5-Tetrakis(amino)benzenes” J. Org. Chem. 2010, 1168 (14 citations).
11. Lai, C.-Z.; Fierke, M. A.; Correa da Costa, R.; Gladysz, J. A.; Stein, A. Buhlmann, P. “Highly Selective Detection of Silver in the Low ppt Range with Ion-Selective Electrodes Based on Ionophore-Doped Fluorous Membranes” Anal. Chem. 2010, 82, 7634 (36 citations).
10. Motreff, A.; Correa da Costa, R.; Allouchi, H.; Duttine, M.; Mathoniere, C.; Duboc, C.; Vincent, J.-M. “Dramatic Solid-State Humidity-Induced Modification of the Magnetic Coupling in a Dimeric Fluorous Copper(II)-Carboxylate Complex” Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 5623 (16 citations).
9. Bakkari, E. M.; Luguya, R.; Correa da Costa, R.; Vincent, J.-M. “A Copper(II)-based Multiphasic Fluorous Colorimetric Ethanol Assay” (Hot Article) New J. Chem., 2008, 32, 193 (7 citations).
8. Correa da Costa, R.; Jurisch, M.; Gladysz, J. A. “Synthesis of Fluorous Sulfur/Carbon/Sulfur Pincer Ligands and Palladium Complexes: New Catalyst Precursors for the Heck Reaction” Inorg. Chim. Acta, 361 (11), 2008, 3205 (2 citations).
7. Correa da Costa, R.; Hampel, F.; Gladysz, J. A. “Crystal Structure of an Unusual Bis(fluorous phosphine) Ruthenium(III) Complex Derived from a Fluorous Grubbs’ Catalyst” Polyhedron 2007, 26, 581 (4 citations).
6. Correa da Costa, R.; Gladysz, J. A. (Special Issue: Olefin Metathesis) “Syntheses and Reactivity of Analogues of Grubbs’ Second Generation Metathesis Catalyst with Fluorous Phosphines: A New Phase-Transfer Strategy for Catalyst Activation” Adv. Synth. Catal. 2007, 349, 243 (12 citations).
5. Correa da Costa, R.; Gladysz, J. A. “Fluorous Phase-transfer Activation of Catalysts: Application of a New Rate-enhancement Strategy to Alkene Metathesis” Chem. Commun. 2006, 2619 (14 citations).
Dr. Nildo Costa
4. Correa da Costa, R.; Gladysz, J.A. in Transition Metals for Organic Synthesis Vol. 2, 2nd edition (M. Beller, C. Bolm, Eds.), Wiley/VCH, Weinheim, 2004.
3. Gladysz, J. A.; Correa da Costa, R. in Handbook of Fluorous Chemistry (J. A. Gladysz,
D. P. Curran, I. T. Horváth Eds.), Wiley/VCH, Weinheim, 2004 (20 citations).
2. Bieber, L. W.; Correa da Costa, R.; da Silva, M. F. “Reductive Alkylation of Nitrobenzene by Zinc and Tin in Protic Solvents” Tetrahedron Letters 2000, 41, 4827 (9 citations).
1. Bieber, L. W.; da Silva, M. F.; Correa da Costa, R.; Silva, L. O. S. “Zinc Barbier Reaction of Propargyl Halides in Water” Tetrahedron Letters 1998, 39, 3655 (36 citations).


Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry


Transition metal catalysts based on z-class Boron ligands for the generation, storage and release of molecular hydrogen

Areas of Expertise

Synthetic chemistry
Physical organic chemistry

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