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43. Synthesis and characterization of two self-assembled [Cu6Gd3] and [Cu5Dy2] complexes exhibiting magnetocaloric effect, slow relaxation of magnetization and anticancer activity: A. Bhanja, S. R. Chaudhuri, A. B. Canaj, S. P. Vyas, F. Ortu, L. Smythe, M. Murrie, R. Goswami, D. Ray, Dalton Trans., 2023, 52, 3795, DOI: 10.1039/D2DT03932J.

42. Structural Investigation of Magnesium Complexes Supported by a Thiopyridyl Scorpionate Ligand: M.P. Stevens, E. Spray, I.J. Vitorica-Yrezabal, K. Singh, V.M. Timmermann, L. Sotorrios, F. Ortu, Molecules, 2022, 27, 4564, DOI: 10.3390/molecules27144564.

41. Synthesis, Characterisation and Reactivity of Group 2 Complexes with a Thiopyridyl Scorpionate Ligand: M.P. Stevens, E. Spray, I.J. Vitorica-Yrezabal, K. Singh, V.M. Timmermann, L. Sotorrios, S.A. Macgregor, F. Ortu, Dalton Trans., 2022, 51, 11922, DOI: 10.1039/D2DT02012B.

40. Synthesis of heteroleptic yttrium and dysprosium 1,2,4-tris(trimethylsilyl)cyclopentadienyl complexes: S.C. Corner, C.A.P. Goodwin, F. Ortu, P. Evans, H. Zhang, G.K. Gransbury, G.F.S. Whitehead, D.P. Mills, Aust. J. Chem., 2022, 75, 684, DOI: 10.1071/CH21314.

39. A bioinspired redox-modulating copper(II)-macrocyclic complex bearing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs with anti-cancer stem cell activity: A. Johnson, L. Iffland, J. Northcote-Smith, K. Singh, F. Ortu, U.-P. Apfel, K. Suntharalingam, Dalton Trans., 2022, 51, 5904, DOI: 10.1039/D2DT00788F.

38. Functionalized Tris(anilido)triazacyclononanes as Hexadentate Ligands for the Encapsulation of U(III), U(IV) and La(III) Cations: A. Formanuik, F. Ortu, I. J. Vitorica-Yrezabal, F. Tuna, E. J. L. McInnes, L. S. Natrajan, David P. Mills, Inorganics, 2021, 9, 86, DOI: 10.3390/inorganics9120086.

37. Photoluminescence of Pentavalent Uranyl Amide Complexes: F. Ortu, S. Randall, D.J. Moulding, A. Woodward, A. Kerridge, K. Meyer, H.S. La Pierre, L.S. Natrajan, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2021, 143, 13184, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c05184.

36. Synthesis of Heptanuclear Ni4Dy3 Coordination Aggregate Using Tridentate Ligand: X-ray Structure, Magnetism and Theoretical Studies: A. Bhanja, L. Smythe, K. Kotrle, F. Ortu, R. Herchel, M. Murrie, D. Ray, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2021, 526, 120524, DOI: 10.1016/j.ica.2021.120524.

35. Synthesis and characterization of new Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes with 3-substituted 1-(2-pyridyl)imidazo[1,5-a]pyridine ligands: S. Stoccoro, S. Pischedda, A. Zucca, G. Sciortino, F. Ortu, G. Clarkson, Dalton Trans., 2021, 50, 4859, DOI: 10.1039/D1DT00546D.

34. Breast Cancer Stem Cell Active Copper(II) Complexes with Naphthol Schiff Base and Polypyridyl Ligands: J. Northcote-Smith, A. Johnson, K. Singh, F. Ortu, K. Suntharalingam, Inorganics, 2021, 9(1), 5, DOI: 10.3390/inorganics9010005.

33. Structural, theoretical and spectroscopic characterisation of a series of novel gold(I)-norbornene complexes supported by phenantrolines: effects of the supporting ligand: M. A. Cinellu, M. Arca, F. Ortu, S. Stoccoro, A. Zucca, A. Pintus, L. Maiore, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.2019, 44, 4784, DOI:10.1002/ejic.201901116.

Papers from PDRA (University of Manchester) and PhD (University Nottingham) work (2010-2019)

32. Dimerized p-Semiquinone Radical Anions Stabilized by a Pair of Rare-Earth Metal Ions: T. Han, J. B. Petersen, Z.-H. Li, Y.-Q. Zhai, A. Kostopoulos, F. Ortu, E. J. L. McInnes, R. E. P. Winpenny, Y.-Z. Zheng, Inorg. Chem., 2020, 59, 7371, DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c00503.

31. Synthesis and characterisation of light lanthanide bis-phospholyl borohydride complexes: J. Liu, L. Nodaraki, P. Cobb, M. Giansiracusa, F. Ortu, F. Tuna, D. P. Mills, Dalton Trans, 2020, 49, 6504, DOI: 10.1039/D0DT01241F.

30. A double-dysprosocenium single-molecule magnet bound together with neutral ligands: P. Evans, D. Reta. C. A. P. Goodwin, F. Ortu, N. F. Chilton, D. P. Mills, Chem. Commun.2020, 56, 5677, DOI: 10.1039/C9CC08945D.

29. Probing relaxation dynamics in five-coordinate dysprosium single-molecule magnets: V. S. Parmar, F. Ortu, X. Ma, N.F. Chilton, R. Clerac, D. P. Mills, R. E. P. Winpenny, Chem. Eur. J.2020, 35, 7774, DOI: 10.1002/chem.202001235.

28. Understanding magnetic relaxation in single-ion magnets with high blocking temperature: A. Chiesa, F. Cugini, R. Hussain, E. Macaluso, G. Allodi, E. Garlatti, M. Giansiracusa, C. A. P. Goodwin, F. Ortu, D. Reta, J. M. Skelton, T. Guidi, P. Santini, M. Solzi, R. De Renzi, D. P. Mills, N. F. Chilton, S. Carretta, Phys. Rev. B2020, 101, 174402, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.101.174402.

27. Studies of Hysteresis and Quantum Tunnelling of the Magnetisation in Dysprosium(III) Single Molecule Magnets: F. Ortu, D. Reta, Y.-S. Ding, C. A. P. Goodwin, M. P. Gregson, E. J. L. McInnes, R. E. P. Winpenny, Y.-Z. Zheng, S. T. Liddle, D. P. Mills, N. F. Chilton, Dalton Trans.201948, 8541, DOI: 10.1039/C9DT01655D; ChemRxiv2018, DOI: 10.26434/chemrxiv.6790568. Assigned as Hot Article by the journal. 

26. Light Lanthanide Metallocenium Cations Exhibiting Weak Equatorial Interactions: J. Liu, D. Reta, J. Cleghorn, Y. X. Yeoh, F. Ortu, C. A. P. Goodwin, N. F. Chilton, D. P. Mills, Chem. Eur. J.2019, 32, 7749, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201901167. Assigned as Hot Paper by the journal.

25. Field- and temperature-dependent quantum tunnelling of the magnetisation in a large 2 barrier single-molecule magnet: Y. S. Ding, K.-X. Yu, D. Reta, F. Ortu, R. E. P. Winpenny, Y. Z. Zheng, N. F. Chilton, Nature Commun., 20189, 3134, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05587-6.

24. New Variations on the Theme of Gold(III) C∧N∧N Cyclometalated Complexes as Anticancer Agents: Synthesis and Biological Characterization: S. Carboni, A. Zucca, S. Stoccoro, L. Maiore, M. Arca, F. Ortu, C. Artner, B. K. Keppler, S. M. Meiere-Menches, A. Casini, M. A. Cinellu, Inorg. Chem.201857, 14852, DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b02604.

23. Terbocenium: completing a heavy lanthanide metallocenium cation family with an alternative anion abstraction strategy: C. A. P. Goodwin, D. Reta, F. Ortu, J. Liu, N. F. Chilton, D. P. Mills, Chem Commun., 201854, 9182, DOI: 10.1039/C8CC05261AHighlighted in: Chemistry World.

22. Uranyl-tri-bis(silyl)amide Alkali Metal Contact and Separated Ion Pair Complexes: P. Cobb, D. J. Moulding, F. Ortu, S. Randall, A. J. Wooles, L. S. Natrajan, S. T. Liddle, Inorg. Chem., 201857, 6571, DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b00715.

21. Synthesis and structural characterization of lanthanum and cerium substituted cyclopentadienyl borohydride complexes: F. Ortu, D. Packer, J. Liu, M. Burton, A. Formanuik, D. P. Mills, J. Organomet. Chem., 2018857, 45, DOI: 10.1016/j.jorganchem.2017.09.010.

20. The performance of density functional theory for the description of ground and excited state properties of inorganic and organometallic uranium compounds: D. Reta, F. Ortu, S. Randall, D. P. Mills, N. F. Chilton, R. E. P. Winpenny, L. Natrajan, B. Edwards, N. Kaltsoyannis, J. Organomet. Chem., 2018857, 58, DOI: 10.1016/j.jorganchem.2017.09.021.

19. Thorium(IV) alkyl synthesis from a thorium(III) cyclopentadienyl complex and an N-heterocyclic olefin: J. Liu, J. A. Seed, A. Formanuik, F. Ortu, A. J. Wooles, D. P. Mills, S. T. Liddle, J. Organomet. Chem., 2018857, 75, DOI: 10.1016/j.jorganchem.2017.08.015.

18. Molecular magnetic hysteresis at 60 kelvin in dysprosocenium: C. A. P. Goodwin, F. Ortu, D. Reta, N. F. Chilton, D. P. Mills, Nature, 2017548, 439, DOI: 10.1038/nature23447. Assigned as Hot Paper: Cited in the top 0.1& of the field of Chemistry in March/April 2018. Highlighted in: Nature News and Views (2017548, 439), Chem. Eng. News (201795(35), 7), Chemistry WorldNew ScientistPhys.orgNature Research Chemistry CommunityCompound of Interest.

17. Synthesis and Electronic Structures of Heavy Lanthanide Metallocenium Cations: C.A.P. Goodwin, D. Reta, F. Ortu, N.F. Chilton, D.P. Mills, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017139, 18714, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b11535.

16. Yttrium Methanide and Methanediide Bis(silyl)amide Complexes: F. Ortu, M. Gregson, A. Wooles, D.P. Mills, S.T. Liddle, Organometallics, 201736, 4584, DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00394.

15. Analysis of Lanthanide-Radical Magnetic Interactions in Ce(III) 2,2′-Bipyridyl Complexes: F. Ortu, J. Liu, M. Burton, J. M. Fowler, A. Formanuik, M.-E. Boulon, N. Chilton, D. P. Mills, Inorg. Chem., 201756, 2496, DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b02683.

14. Actinide covalency measured by pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy: A. Formanuik, A.-M. Ariciu, F. Ortu, R. Beekmeyer, A. Kerridge, F. Tuna, E. J. McInnes, D. P. Mills, Nature Chem., 20179, 578, DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2692.

13. Double Reduction of 4,4′-Bipyridine and Reductive Coupling of Pyridine by a Thorium(III) Complex: A. Formanuik, F. Ortu, J. Liu, L. E. Nodaraki, F. Tuna, A. Kerridge, D. P. Mills Chem. Eur. J., 201723, 2290, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201605974.

12. SmCpR2-mediated cross-couplings: A sequential one-pot approach to complex cycloheptanols using two tailored Sm(II) reagents: M. Plesniak, X. Just-Baringo, F. Ortu, D. P. Mills, D. J. Procter, Chem. Commun., 201652, 13503, DOI: 10.1039/C6CC07318B.

11. Concomitant Carboxylate and Oxalate Formation from the Activation of CO2 by a Thorium(III) Complex: A. Formanuik, F. Ortu, C. J. Inman, A. Kerridge, L. Castro, L. Maron, D. P. Mills, Chem. Eur. J., 201622, 17976, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201604622.

10. Optical Properties of Heavily Fluorinated Lanthanide Tris α-Diketonate Phosphine Oxide Adducts: A. N. Swinburne, M. H. Langford-Paden, T. L. Chan, S. Randall, F. Ortu, A. M. Kenwright, L. S. Natrajan, Inorganics, 20164, 27, DOI: 10.3390/inorganics4030027.

9. Salt metathesis versus protonolysis routes for the synthesis of silylamide Hauser base (R2NMgX; X = halogen) and amido-Grignard (R2NMgR) complexes: C. A. P. Goodwin, A. Smith, F. Ortu, I. J. Vitorica-Yrezabal, D. P. Mills, Dalton Trans., 201645, 6004, DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02535D.

8. White phosphorous activation by a Th(III) complex: A. Formanuik, F. Ortu, R. Beekmeyer, A. Kerridge, R. W. Adams, D. P. Mills, Dalton Trans.201645, 2390, DOI: 10.1039/C5DT04528B.

7. Synthesis and Reactivity of a Cerium(III) Scorpionate Complex Containing a Redox Non-Innocent 2,2′-Bipyridine Ligand: F. Ortu, H. Zhu, M.-E. Boulon, D. P. Mills, Inorganics20153, 534, DOI: 10.3390/inorganics3040534.

6. A Structural Investigation of Heteroleptic Lanthanide Substituted Cyclopentadienyl Complexes: F. Ortu, J. M. Fowler, M. Burton, A. Formanuik, D. P. Mills, New J. Chem., 201539, 7633, DOI: 10.1039/C5NJ00761E.

5. Homoleptic Trigonal Planar Lanthanide Complexes Stabilized by Superbulky Silylamide Ligands: C. A. P. Goodwin, K. C. Joslin, S. Lockyer, A. Formanuik, G. A. Morris, F. Ortu, I. Vitorica-Yrezabal, D. P. Mills, Organometallics201534, 2314, DOI: 10.1021/om501123e.

4. Tuning Coordination in s-Block Carbazol-9-yl Complexes Through Manipulation of Ligand Sterics: F. Ortu, G. J. Moxey, A. J. Blake, W. Lewis, D. Kays, Chem. Eur. J., 201521, 6949, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201406490.

3. Synthesis and characterisation of magnesium complexes containing sterically demanding N,N′-bis(aryl)amidinate ligands: G. J. Moxey, F. Ortu, L. G. Sidley, H. N. Strandberg, A. J. Blake, W. Lewis, D. Kays, Dalton Trans., 201443, 4838, DOI:

2. Alkaline earth complexes of silylated aminopyridinato ligands: homoleptic compounds and heterobimetallic coordination polymers: F. Ortu, G. J. Moxey, A. J. Blake, W. Lewis, D. Kays, Inorg. Chem., 201352, 12429, DOI: 10.1021/ic4012923.

1. Structural diversity in alkali metal complexes of sterically demanding carbazol-9-yl ligands: R. S. Moorhouse, G. J. Moxey, F. Ortu, T. J. Reade, W. Lewis, A. J. Blake, D. Kays, Inorg. Chem., 201352, 2678, DOI: 10.1021/ic302727w.

Reviews and book chapters  (go back to the top)

5. Rare Earth Starting Materials and Methodologies for Synthetic Chemistry: F. Ortu, Chem. Rev., 2022, 122, 6040, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.1c00842.

4. Alkylidene Complexes of the Group 3 Metals and Lanthanides: M.P. Stevens, F. Ortu, Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry vol. IV, 2022, 3, 268, DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-820206-7.00002-0.

3. Strangely attractive: Collaboration and feedback in the field of molecular magnetism: C.A.P. Goodwin, F. Ortu, D. Reta, Int. J. Quantum Chem., 2020, 14, e26248 DOI: 10.1002/qua.26248.

2. Low coordinate rare earth and actinide complexes: F. Ortu, D.P. Mills, Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths2019, 55, 1, DOI: 10106/bs.hpcre.2019.05.001.

1. New Vistas in the Molecular Chemistry of Thorium: Low Oxidation State Complexes: F. Ortu, A. Formanuik, J.R. Innes, D.P. Mills, Dalton Trans.201645, 7537, DOI: 10.1039/B904318G. Assigned as Hot Paper by the journal.

Preprints  (go back to the top)

5. A Blueprint for the Stabilisation of Sub-valent Alkaline Earth Complexes: A.W.J. Bowles, Y. Liu, M.P. Stevens, I.J. Vitorica-Yrezabal, C.L. McMullin, F. Ortu, ChemRxiv, 2023, DOI: 10.26434/chemrxiv-2023-jdtlw.

4. Photoluminescence of Pentavalent Uranyl Amide Complexes: F. Ortu, S. Randall, D.J. Moulding, A. Woodward, A. Kerridge, H.S. La Pierre, L.S. Natrajan, ChemRxiv, 2021, DOI: 10.26434/chemrxiv.14602632.v1.

3. Strangely Attractive: Collaboration and Feedback in the Field of Molecular Magnetism: C.A.P. Goodwin, F. Ortu,* D. Reta, Authorea2020DOI: au.158318812.27609826.

2. A Double-Dysprosocenium Single-Molecule Magnet Bound Together with Neutral Ligands: P. Evans, D. Reta, C.A.P. Goodwin, F. Ortu, N.F. Chilton, D.P. Mills, ChemRxiv2019DOI:10.26434/chemrxiv.10312304v1.

1. Zero-Field Quantum Tunneling of the Magnetization in a Series of High Energy-Barrier Dysprosium (III) Single-Molecule Magnets: F. Ortu, D. Reta, Y-S. Ding, C.A.P. Goodwin, M.P. Gregson, E.J.L. McInnes, R.E.P. Winpenny, Y.-Z. Zheng, S.T. Liddle, D.P. Mills, N.F. Chilton, ChemRxiv2018DOI: 10.26434/chemrxiv.6790568.

Other articles and publications  (go back to the top)

1. Unlocking the potential for thorium nuclear power: A. Formanuik, F. Ortu, D.P. Mills, Materials World2017Materials World Magazine website

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