Welcome to the Burford Group

Discovering New Chemical Bonds and Diversifying Coordination Chemistry

The synthesis and characterization of new compounds represents a fundamental foundation in the discovery of materials exhibiting new properties with potential function in society. The emerging importance of the heavy p-block elements in the discovery of materials exhibiting new electronic properties and in the discovery of new inorganic pharmaceuticals, has prompted the development of new versatile synthetic methods for the compounds of these elements.  A number of inorganic backbone polymers featuring elements other than carbon have utility as electrolytes, conducting polymers, flame retardants, elastomers and biomedical materials. In addition, compounds exhibiting new forms of reactivity provide new catalytic methods of producing commodity compunds.

The research group led by Neil Burford is developing new synthetic methods to compounds featuring homoatomic and heteroatomic bonds between phosphorus, arsenic, antimony and bismuth (the pnictogen elements), as well as bonds between phosphorus and other p-block elements such as germanium and tin.  This research is changing the way in which chemists understand the chemistry of the pnictogen elements and the non-metal elements in general, as it exploits the coordination chemistry of p-block elements as Lewis acceptors by analogy with the coordination chemistry of transition metals.




Neil Burford

Professor and Chair

Department of Chemistry

University of Victoria

PO Box 1700  STN CSC

Victoria BC  V8W 3V6  Canada

Phone:  250-721-7150

Fax:  250-721-7147

Email:  Neil Burford