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Aluminium hydride


Introduction to my hydride work
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Another aspect of our work concerns hydride chemistry, and it’s the hydride chemistry of the group 3 elements: boron, aluminium and gallium. Boron hydride became, actually, one of my major research interests. I had started work on it in Nottingham, as I think I’ve already alluded to, but it became a much larger part of our work as time progressed in an astonishing and exciting new way, which I’m going to reserve, and get your... whet your appetite for that – I'll come back to that, because I want to mention... because it didn’t lead quite so far... the work on aluminium and gallium hydrides.

Norman Greenwood (1925-2012) was born in Australia and graduated from Melbourne University before going to Cambridge. His wide-ranging research in inorganic and structural chemistry made major advances in the chemistry of boron hydrides and other main-group element compounds. He also pioneered the application of Mössbauer spectroscopy to problems in chemistry. He was a prolific writer and inspirational lecturer on chemical and educational themes, and held numerous visiting professorships throughout the world.

Listeners: Brian Johnson

Professor Brian FG Johnson FRS, FRSE, FRS Chem, FAcad Eu, FAS. Professor of Inorganic Chemistry University of Edinburgh 1991-1995, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry University of Cambridge 1995-2005, Master Fitzwilliam College Cambridge 1999-2005. Research interests include studies of transition metal carbonyls, organometallic chemistry, nano- particles and homogeneous catalysis. Professor Johnson is the author of over 1000 research articles and papers.

Tags: Nottingham University

Duration: 48 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011