Mathew Anker

Teaching in 2020

Research Interests

Synthesis of organometallic complexes, Single crystal X-ray crystallography, NMR, Catalysis.

My main research interests are developing the synthesis of novel organometallic complexes, investigation of their underlying electronic structure and delineation of fundamental patterns of reactivity.

Recently we have focused on designing group 13-based ligand systems for small molecule activation and catalysis.


Dr Mathew Anker began his research in Main Group catalysis at Bath University, UK under Prof. Mike Hills’ supervision in 2013 and gained his PhD in Chemistry in 2017. Mat is from the UK but has also spent time studying in the USA under the late Prof. Malcolm Chisholm before coming to New Zealand.

Recent Publications

Schwam, R.; Anker. M. D.; Matthias, L.; Coles. M.; Indyllithium and the Indyl Anion [InL]−: Heavy Analogues of N‐Heterocyclic Carbenes. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57 (20), 5885-5887.

Anker, M. D.; Kefalidis, C. E.; Yang, Y.; Fang, J.; Hill, M. S.; Mahon, M. F.; Maron, L., Alkaline Earth-Centered CO Homologation, Reduction, and Amine Carbonylation. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017, 139 (29), 10036-10054.

Anker, M. D.; Yang, Y.; Fang, J.; Mahon, M. F.; Maron, L.; Weetman, C.; Hill, M. S., Hydrodeoxygenation of isocyanates: snapshots of a magnesium-mediated C[double bond, length as m-dash]O bond cleavage. Chemical Science 2017, 8 (5), 3529-3537.

Teaching in 2020