The Ortu Group

Main Group and f-Block Organometallic Chemistry

From left to right: Matthew Stevens, Alex Bowles (top right), Emily Spray (bottom right) and Fabrizio Ortu (tiny bottom right corner!)

Welcome to the webpage of the Ortu Research Group


  • 3/2021: New paper published in Dalton Transactions, from a collaboration with teams from the University of Sassari (Sardinia, Italy), ICIQ (Spain) and Warwick on Pd(II) and Pt(II) chemistry.
  • 2/2021: The group has been awarded a Royal Society Research Grant to study Ce photocatalysis.
  • 12/2020: Matthew’s review on Rare Earth alkylidene chemistry is published in Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry vol. IV. Well done Matthew! (doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-820206-7.00002-0)
  • 09/2020: Alex Bowles (PhD) returns to the lab for his PhD studies, and Emily Spray (MChem) joins the team for her final year research project. Welcome both!


Who we are and what we do

We are a synthetic group based at the School of Chemistry, University of Leicester. Our research focuses on the organometallic chemistry of main group and f-block metals. Together with improving our fundamental understanding of these elements, we want to exploit their physicochemical properties for developing new methodologies applied to sustainable synthesis. Go to our Research page to know more about this, or visit the Group page to meet our team.

As you can see, we love Schlenk-line chemistry…


Find out more about our research interests and current research themes 


Go here to find out about opportunities to join our Team

Dr Fabrizio Ortu

Go here to know more about Fabs, his academic CV and favourite pastimes


List of publications in peer-reviewed journals from the Fabs and the Group

Meet the Team

Get to know our Research Team and find out more about each Group member

News archive

Hot (and cold) off the press…

Contact details

Fabrizio Ortu, PhD MRSC
Office 2.19, School of Chemistry
University of Leicester
LE1 7RH Leicester
Tel: +44(0)116 294 4670
E: fabrizio.ortu@leicester.ac.uk
T: @FabOrtu