Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Jason England

Nanyang Assistant Professor, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences - Division of Chemistry & Biological Chemistry

Asst Prof Jason England

Born and raised in the UK, Dr. Jason England received both his MSci (2001) and Ph.D. (2005) degrees from Imperial College London. The latter was conducted under the supervision of Dr. George J. P. Britovsek. Subsequently, he embarked on stints as a postdoc in the labs of Prof. Lawrence Que, Jr. at the University of Minnesota (USA) and Prof. Karl Wieghardt at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (Germany). In 2014 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at NTU.
Research Interests
Bioinspired activation of small molecules and inert X-H bonds. More specifically, at present we seek to develop first-row late transition metal complexes able to (1) activate O2 for catalytic oxidation of unactivated C-H bonds, thereby allowing more straightforward synthesis of a wide range of organic molecules; (2) promote efficient and selective reduction of O2 to water (ORR), which is key to the function of fuel cells; and (3) electrocatalytically oxidize H2O to O2 in an efficient manner, which is pivotal to the development of photovoltaic cells designed to harvest and store solar energy in chemical form. Nature is able to catalyze all of the aforementioned chemical transformations in a highly efficient manner, and does so under ambient conditions using enzymes containing highly abundant first-row transition metals. Being able to reproduce the general function of these enzymes using small molecules would be highly desirable, and that is what our research aims to achieve.
Current Projects
  • Harnessing End-On Superoxocopper(II) Intermediates for C-H Bond Oxidation
  • Rational Design of Biomimetic Water and C-H Bond Oxidation Catalysts
Selected Publications

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