News: the group has now received ca. £2million in funding from the ERC, Royal Society and Leverhulme Trust.


Mar 2016: Professor Wildgoose gave his inaugural lecture “The Power of Frustration: Pioneering Clean Hydrogen Energy Technologies” at UEA, hosted by the Vice Chancellor, Prof David Richardson and the Dean of the Science Faculty Prof Philip Gilmartin.
You can watch the video of the lecture here:

Young Energy Storage Scientist Award 2015

On 7 October Professor Greg Wildgoose received the YESS Award at the Batteries 2015 congress, Nice, France, from the Research Network on Electrochemical Energy Storage (RS2E), who focus on rechargables, supercapacitors, and the commercial viability of renewable electricity storage.  Greg is also presenting a talk on some of his team’s research for RS2E’s industry network in Paris later in October.
The award  was based on Greg’s ideas surrounding his pioneering development of “frustrated batteries” - hydrogen rechargeable batteries that use frustrated Lewis pairs to spontaneously convert the energy contained within hydrogen molecules into stored electrical charges. This new technology may lead to a new type of battery that can recharge in minutes rather than hours.
 “I am thrilled and truly honoured to have received the YESS 2015 award from the RS2E network, which recognises the potential impact that "frustrated battery"  technology may have on future energy storage devices" said Greg.  "The development of the electrochemical-frustrated Lewis pair chemistry that underpins this technology is the result of a team effort by my research group and that of my collaborators, Dr Andrew Ashley (Imperial College) and Dr Michael Ingleson (Manchester).”
Prof. Jean-Marie Tarascon, Director of the RS2E network commented on the award: "To leapfrog the now critical battery research field we need new science, new directions, new approaches and changes to lay the scientific foundations needed for later technological advancement. This is what RS2E wanted to promote with the YESS award (Young Energy Storage Scientist award). Among the many applications we received, Prof. Wildgoose's on frustrated Lewis pairs was selected because it proposes a transformational approach to classical battery research."
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Aug 2015: UEA chemists from Prof Wildgoose’s group in collaboration with Dr Andrew Ashley’s research team at Imperial College have reported a major advance in the field of frustrated Lewis pair catalysis: commercially available, water tolerant frustrated Lewis pairs that catalyse the metal-free hydrogenation of a number of important classes of chemical functional groups.
To date, frustrated Lewis pair chemistry has been severely hampered by the perception that these reactions are intolerant and highly sensitive to trace water. What this research demonstrates is that this limitation can be overcome simply by working at high pressure. This in turn allows reactions to be performed in commercial “wet” grades of solvent without the need for laborious drying of solvents or working under inert atmosphere containment systems. This is particularly relevant to industrial applications where high pressure reactions are commonplace, as both solvent and catalyst are commercially available and require no special handling or drying facilities.
D. J. Scott, T. R. Simmons, E. J. Lawrence, G. G. Wildgoose, M. J. Fuchter, A. E. Ashley, ACS Catalysis, 2015, 5, 5540-5544

Aug 2015: Greg is celebrating his recent promotion to become “Professor Wildgoose”. This can, in part, be attributed to the arrival of the latest member of the group, Bonnie Wildgoose (pictured). The date and venue of his inaugural lecture will be announced soon...


Jan 2015:
We welcome Dr Maiyalagan Thandavaryan as our latest postdoctoral member of the team!
Maiyalagan Thandavaryan
Dec 2014: It’s that time of year again! The group were joined by guests from the Fielden and Muñoz-Herranz groups at their Christmas dinner. This year’s venue was the Lamb Inn, Norwich, and a very merry time was had by all!
We also welcome 2 new post docs into the group, Trevor Simmons (front right) and James Courtney (second right).

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Nov 2014: The Wildgoose group has secured £120k in Proof of Concept funding from the ERC for the development of frustrated fuel cell technology. This will support 2 additional PDRAs due to arrive in the group in December 2014.

Oct 2014: The group welcomes 4 new members into the fold: 2 PDRAs Dr Elliot Leon Bennet (top left), and Dr Elliot J. Lawrence (top right) and 2 MChem project students Ms Georgina Hatton (bottom left) and Ms Nichola Shannon (bottom right). Both PDRAs are funded by the ERC starting grant (PiHOMER) for 36 months and are working on developing electrochemical frustrated Lewis pairs for energy applications.
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Jul 2014: Greg and PhD student, Elliot Lawrence, travelled to the “Windy City” of Chicago to attend the first Fusion Conferences Small Molecule Activation meeting. Elliot presented his poster on the development of electrochemical frustrated Lewis pairs for H2 activation which won the Gregory L. Hillhouse Memorial Poster Prize, in memory of Prof Hillhouse who sadly passed away earlier this year. Elliot is pictured receiving his prize from Conference Chair and organiser Prof Christian Limberg.
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Jul 2014: 100th Publication for Dr Wildgoose
The ongoing collaboration between Dr Greg Wildgoose and Dr Andrew Ashley (Imperial College London) to develop the concept of electrochemical frustrated Lewis pair chemistry for small molecule activation has resulted in a second high profile paper published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. which is also Greg’s 100th paper and his 2nd Angew paper this year (so far).
Metal–Free Dihydrogen Activation by a Borenium Cation: A Combined Electrochemical/Frustrated Lewis Pair Approach
Elliot J. Lawrence, Thomas J. Herrington, Andrew E. Ashley, Gregory G. Wildgoose,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201405721.

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May-Jul 2014: The group welcomes visiting PhD student Elena Manso Ruiz de la Cuesta as part of a collaboration with Prof. José M. López de Luzuriaga Fernández group at the Universidad de La Rioja, Spain. Elena will be synthesising and examining the electrochemical behaviour of a number of gold pincer complexes.
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Apr 2014: A collaborative paper by the Wildgoose (UEA) and Otten (Groningen) research groups is to be featured on the front cover of Angew Chem.
Pasted GraphicFormazans have been known since about 1900 for their intense color, and they find applications as dyestuffs and analytical reagents. In their Communication (DOI:10.1002/anie.201309948), E. Otten et al. describe formazanate anions as unique ligands in coordination chemistry. The facile and reversible redox chemistry accessible for these ligands allows the full characterization of bis(formazanate) zinc complexes in three oxidation states. Cover image courtesy of Hsin-Wei Lin.

Apr 2014: A collaboration between Dr Greg Wildgoose and Dr Andrew Ashley (Imperial College, London) to investigate the use of frustrated Lewis pair chemistry for the electrochemical activation of hydrogen has resulted in a paper published in JACS. This is an important development for metal-free hydrogen activation catalysis with applications in energy generation and storage technologies. This work has also resulted in a patent application filed jointly between UEA and Imperial Innovations in February 2014.
An Electrochemical Study of Frustrated Lewis Pairs: A Metal-free Route to Hydrogen Oxidation
Elliot J. Lawrence, Vasily S. Oganesyan, David L. Hughes, Andrew E. Ashley, Gregory G. Wildgoose, 
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014
DOI: 10.1021/ja500477g.
Mar 2014: A collaboration between Dr Edwin Otten (University of Groeningen) and Dr Gregory Wildgoose (UEA) to study new classes of redox active ligands within organometallic frameworks has resulted in a paper published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. characterising the redox properties of bis(formazanate)zinc complexes which can be isolated in three distinct redox states.
The Formazanate Ligand as an Electron Reservoir: Bis(Formazanate) Zinc Complexes Isolated in Three Redox States.
Mu–Chieh Chang, Thomas Dann, David P. Day, Martin Lutz, Gregory G. Wildgoose and Edwin Otten
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014
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Feb 2014: Dr Greg Wildgoose is celebrating his recent election to Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).
Achieving Fellow status in the chemical profession denotes to the wider community a high level of accomplishment as a professional chemist. Eligibility for Fellow status implies the recipients  have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the chemical sciences; or to the advancement of the chemical sciences as a profession; or have been distinguished in the management of a chemical sciences organisation.
“On a personal level I am absolutely delighted to have been elected as a Fellow of the world’s leading chemistry community"  said Dr Wildgoose.  "I join a significant number of my colleagues within the School of Chemistry at UEA who have been recognised by their FRSC status. I think this reflects the outstanding achievements of the School as a whole: our dedication to producing world-class research, our ranking as one of the top UK chemistry departments, and our commitment to providing a first-rate chemical education to our students.”

Sept 2013: Our synthetic laboratory has been renovated to fully equip us with everything a 21st century lab needs! Click the image to see the slide show of before and after!

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Sept 2013:
We welcome three new members of the Wildgoose group as undergraduate project students, Ms Lillian Okoye, Mr Jonathan Faiers, and Ms Katie Resner.
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June 2013: We welcome 2 new members of the Wildgoose group into the fold. Dr Robin Blagg (left) joins us as a Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher and Katie Resner who joins us for 6 weeks as a summer project student.
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April 2013: Dr Wildgoose was honoured to be invited to give a Keynote Lecture at the 13th Topical ISE meeting held in Pretoria, SA. This was the first time that the ISE has held a meeting on the African continent, and Greg was very proud to have been a part of that historic occasion. The meeting showcased some of the exceptional science being pursued by African electrochemists, Chaired by our good friend, Prof Kenneth Ozoemena (CSIR, Pretoria, SA) pictured below. It was a great opportunity to catch up and network with so many of the Group’s South African friends and colleagues!
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Feb 2013:
The group was pleased to host our collaborators, Dr Edwin Otten (second from right) and PhD student Mu–Chieh Chang (far left) from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, for a week in February. As well as making good use of our electrochemical and digital simulation facilities and expertise, Dr Otten gave a very interesting talk featuring experimental data obtained just minutes beforehand!
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Dec 2012: The Wildgoose group Christmas lunch was held at the Garden House Pub in Norwich, with invited guests from the Redshaw Group. A very merry time was had by all, and we send Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year to all our friends and supporters!!

Nov 2012: Christmas came early for Dr Wildgoose with the arrival and installation of our brand new MBraun glove box containment unit, a new suit of Autolab potentiostats (housed in our separate analytical laboratory) for electrochemical measurements, and our inert atmosphere spectroscopic suite featuring PerkinElmer UV-vis and FT–IR/ATR spectrometers. This equipment substantially increases the group’s in–house synthetic, characterisation and electrochemical capabilities! We are grateful to the ERC for financial support via the PiHOMER ERC–StG–307061.

Oct 2012:
We welcome two new members of the group, Dr David Day our new PDRA and Mr James Buttress as a new PhD student. We also celebrate our move into our new wet laboratory space which offers state-of-the-art facilities for our synthetic research!!
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Aug 2012:
I am delighted to announce that Dr Wildgoose has successfully been awarded €1.36 million over five years from the European Research Council Starting Grant Scheme to investigate organometallic mediated electrocatalytic reactions. In addition to providing a range of excellent equipment and facilities for our labs, this award funds three 3-year post-doctoral positions, the first of which will be advertised very shortly.

Aug 2012: Dr Wildgoose, in collaboration with Prof Phil Page (UEA) and Prof Carl Redshaw (Hull), has been awarded £80k of funding from the Leverhulme Trust to develop artificial enzyme mimics for asymmetric chiral electrosynthesis using calixarene-modified electrodes.

Jun 2012: We welcome Sam Rowe back into the group for the second year in a row as a summer student!

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Jun 2012: 2nd year PhD student, Thomas Dann (Left), wins a poster prize at the Great Western Electrochemistry Meeting in Bath. Both Tom and Elliot (1st Year PhD, Right) presented talks on their recent findings which were very well received. As well as showcasing a varied and interesting range of work from delegates, the conference was also a great opportunity to catch up with friends of the group and colleagues, in particular Prof Richard Compton’s group form Oxford, Dr Jay Wadhawan’s group from Hull, and a visit from Barcelona by Dr F. Javier del Campo’s team, and of course our host Prof Frank Marken!!

Jun 2012:
Our webpages have moved!!! Welcome to the new Wildgoose Group website at!

Aug 2011:
In addition to our affiliation with the Energy & Materials Laboratory, the Group is pleased to announce that we have also been incorporated into the Wolfson Materials & Catalysis Centre at UEA, where we are working with several of our partner members.

July 2011:
We welcome our third summer student Mr Samuel Rowe into the group.
We also celebrated the publication of our first papers resulting from the group’s hard work over the past months.

June 2011:
We welcome two new additions to our group, summer students Sarah Bayliss and Nadia Wilkins!

June 2011:
The Group travelled to Bath for the RSC Great Western Electrochemistry Meeting. Greg delivered a talk on the Group’s work to date, and a thoroughly entertaining time was had by all, hosted by Dr Frank Marken (Bath).

May 2011:
New book published with Prof Richard Compton and colleagues from Tomsk: A G Stromberg – First Class Citizen, Second Class Citizen: Letters from the GULAG and A History of Electroanalysis in the USSR by Richard G. Compton, Alexander S. Kabakaev, Michael T. Stawpert, Gregory G. Wildgoose and Elza A Zakharova, Imperial College Press, London.

Feb 2011:
The group now has a twitter feed, @DrGWildgoose, which you can follow from the sidebar of the welcome page!

Feb 2011: The Wildgoose Group has now been formally incorporated into the Energy & Materials Laboratory within the School of Chemistry at UEA. We look forward to working in partnership with the other research members of the team!

Feb 2011: Greg has been invited to present a lecture in September at the 2011 Biotech Conference on Process Analytics and Sensor Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. The talk will showcase the innovative pH sensing technology developed with Prof. Richard Compton and commercialised through the spin-off company Senova Systems Inc.

Oct 2010:
The group welcomes three new members Tom (1st year PhD student), Joe and Elliot (MChem students) to its ranks and celebrates the relocation of our wet laboratory facilities to the Wolfson Catalysis Laboratory.

SEP 2010:
Greg travelled to Tomsk, Siberia, to present a Keynote Lecture at a Symposium of the Theory and Practice of Electroanalytical Chemistry, held at Tomsk Polytechnic University as part of the Centenary Celebrations of the life and work of Prof. Armin G. Stromberg. It was an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new contacts - a very memorable trip!
Photos: Top Left: International guests Prof. Fritz Scholtz, Prof. Richard Compton, and Greg were warmly welcomed at the home of Dr Elza Zakharova by Elza and her family and the conference organisers Prof. Dr. Serge Romanenko and Dr Ekaterina Larionova; Top Right: Greg, Richard, Dr Boris Nazarov and Dr Elza Zakharova planning their next collaboration; Bottom Left: Greg and colleagues Nina Shakhova and Dr Tatyana Yurmazova; Bottom Right: Greg in lecturing mode!

JUN 2010: Greg was invited as part of an interdisciplinary panel of scientists to take part in a Royal Society Café Scientifique public discussion entitled “Do We Know Everything Yet?”. This event formed part of the See Further Festival of Science and Arts at the South Bank Centre, London a part of the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary celebrations. The wide-ranging questions from the audience kept the panel on their toes in what was a fun and interesting discussion of the possible future developments in science that might be just around the corner...

MAR 2010:
Greg is listed amongst the 13 other members of the School of Chemistry that have been ranked in the top 1% of cited research chemists worldwide. Click here to find out more.

OCT 2009:
Greg joins UEA as a Royal Society University Research Fellow