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Dr Patrick O'Leary BSc, PhD
|Patrick O'Leary is a native of Cork, Ireland and has been working in the School of Chemistry as a lecturer since September 2004. His Previous studies include a Bachelors of Science (B.Sc, 1995) degree and a Ph.D from University College Cork. His Ph.D Research concentrated on the Rhodium (II) Catalysed Buchner reaction. His research consisted of both catalyst study as well as preparation and study of multi-componant dynamic interconverting products. On completion of his Ph.D he was awarded the inaugural Post Doctoral Fellowship in The Sciences from the National University of Ireland in 1999. This Fellowship is awarded after an open competition among scientists throughout Ireland and only one is awarded every two years. This fellowship allowed Patrick to study the use of the Buchner as the key step in a challenging natural product synthesis. On completion of the NUI-postdoctoral fellowship Patrick moved to Utrecht to work in the Department of Metal Mediated Synthesis with Prof. Gerard van Koten and Dr. Bert Klein Gebbink. During the following two years he worked on immobilisation and recycling techniques for chiral homogeneous catalysts. This was achieved via the non-covalent immobilisation of homogeneous transition metal to silica materials.
Since startiong in NUI Galway Patrick has established an active research group in the area of Organic synthesis and asymetric catalysis
His non research work in the University includes Chairing the safety committee of the school, being the schools safety co-ordinator and serving on the safety working group of the university. He also serves on the academic council as an elected member and on the standing committee of the academic council as the College of Science nominee. He is also the Royal Society of Chemistry representative in NUI Galway and serves on the ireland section committee of the RSC.
Outside the university Patrick is dedicated to water sports and has been kayaking for more that 20 years and swims regularly. He has represented ireland in canoe polo and more recently in the European (9th) and World (14th) championships in paracanoeing which has recently been included in the paralympic programme.
Tá Patrick sásta a cuid oibre a deanamh trí mean gaeilge nú bearla más mian le daltaí
| ARABOX A Novel Ligand for Asymmetric Catalysis
We have recently reported the synthesis of a novel 4,4' Bisoxazoline ligand ARABOX. This novel ligand was synthesised using a tandem deprotection, activation, ring closure (DARC) reaction. We will shortly report on the catalytic activity of a range of catalytic complexes derived from this ligand
Chiral Amide Ligand Design
We are currently involved in the design and development of a number of new ligand classes and their corresponding transition metal catalysts. Catalysts are also being tested in a number of key test reactions
We have recently reported on the synthesis of new bisamide ligands and the use of their palladium complexes as catalysts.
We are developing many other 'families' of catalysts for a wide variety of key organic transformations
Project: EPA STRIVE 2009 PHD ET 3 PATRICK O'LEARY ( REP949)
Start/End Dates: 21-SEP-09 / 01-JUN-13
Project: NEW LIGANDS FOR ENANTIOSELECTIVE SYNTHESIS P OLEAR ( RSF509)
Start/End Dates: 01-SEP-06 / 28-FEB-10
Project: ARABITOL FOR THE SYNTHESIS 4-4BISOXAZOLINES P O'L ( RSF419)
Start/End Dates: 21-MAY-07 / 30-JUL-07
Project: DESIGN AND SYNTHESIS OF NEW CHIRAL ORGANOMETALLIC CATALYSTS, PATRICK O LEARY, J DONNELLAN IRCSET ( RCS939)
Start/End Dates: 01-OCT-10 / 30-SEP-14
Project: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY CONFERENCE GENERAL ACCOUNT PATRICK O LEARY ( RNR1127)
Start/End Dates: 22-MAY-12 / 22-MAY-22
|Patrick O'Leary (2007) 'Arenediazonium salts' In: C.A. Ramsden (eds). Science of Synthesis 31b. Stuttgart: George Thieme Verlag. [Details]|
|Patrick O'Leary (Ed.). (2008) Analytical Chemistry. Galway: Modular Programme in Science and Technology Studies. [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|David Frain, Fiona Kirby, Patrick McArdle, and Patrick O'Leary (2012) ''Preparation and Structure of Novel Chiral 4,6-Disubstituted Tetrahydropyrimidinones''. Organic Chemistry International, Article ID 293945 . [Details]|
|Foley, DA,O'Leary, P,Buckley, NR,Lawrence, SE,Maguire, AR (2013) 'Synthetic approaches to the daucane sesquiterpene derivatives employing the intramolecular Buchner cyclisation of alpha-diazoketones'. Tetrahedron, 69 :1778-1794. [DOI] [Details]|
|Kellehan, D,Kirby, F,Frain, D,Rodriguez-Garcia, AM,Garcia, JI,O'Leary, P (2013) 'AraBOX and XyliBOX based catalysts for cyclopropanations, Diels Alder cycloadditions and allylic additions'. Tetrahedron-Asymmetry, 24 :750-757. [DOI] [Details]|
|Maguire, AR,Buckley, NR,O'Leary, P,Ferguson, G (1996) 'Excellent stereocontrol in intramolecular Buchner cyclisations and subsequent cycloadditions; Stereospecific construction of polycyclic systems'. Chemical Communications, :2595-2596. [Details]|
|Maguire, AR,O'Leary, P,Harrington, F,Lawrence, SE,Blake, AJ (2001) 'Dynamic equilibria in the products of intramolecular Buchner additions of diazoketones to aryl rings bearing methoxy substituents'. Journal Of Organic Chemistry, 66 :7166-7177. [Details]|
|McDonagh, C,O'Conghaile, P,Gebbink, RJMK,O'Leary, P (2007) 'Electrostatic immobilisation of copper(I) and copper(II) bis(oxazolinyl)pyridine catalysts on silica: application to the synthesis of propargylamines via direct addition of terminal alkynes to imines'. Tetrahedron Letters, 48 :4387-4390. [DOI] [Details]|
|Bateman, L,Breeden, SW,O'Leary, P (2008) 'New chiral diamide ligands: synthesis and application in allylic alkylation'. Tetrahedron-Asymmetry, 19 :391-396. [DOI] [Details]|
|McDonagh, C,O'Leary, P (2009) 'Electrostatically immobilised BOX and PYBOX metal catalysts: application to ene reactions'. Tetrahedron Letters, 50 :979-982. [DOI] [Details]|
|Frain, D,Kirby, F,McArdle, P,O'Leary, P (2009) 'The Synthesis of AraBOX, a New 4,4 '-Bis(oxazoline), from Novel Pentitol-Derived Bis-beta-amino Alcohols'. Synlett, :1261-1264. [DOI] [Details]|
|Geoghegan, P,O'Leary, P (2010) 'Pyroglutamate-derived hydroxyamide ligands: synthesis and application to asymmetric catalysis'. Tetrahedron-Asymmetry, 21 :867-870. [DOI] [Details]|
|Kirby, F,Frain, D,McArdle, P,O'Leary, P (2010) '4,4 ' BOX based catalysts: Synthesis, structure and catalytic application'. Catalysis Communications, 11 :1012-1016. [DOI] [Details]|
|Frain, D,Kirby, F,McArdle, P,O'Leary, P (2010) 'Preparation, structure and catalytic activity of copper(II) complexes of novel 4,4 '-BOX ligands'. Tetrahedron Letters, 51 :4103-4106. [DOI] [Details]|
|McDowell, PA,Foley, DA,O'Leary, P,Ford, A,Maguire, AR (2012) 'Asymmetric Synthesis of cis-7-Methoxycalamenene via the Intramolecular Buchner Reaction of an alpha-Diazoketone'. Journal Of Organic Chemistry, 77 :2035-2040. [DOI] [Details]|
|O'Leary,P.,Krosveld, N.P.,De Jong, K.P.,Van Koten, G.,Klein Gebbink, R.J.M. (2004) 'Facile and rapid immobilization of copper(II) bis(oxazoline) catalysts on silica: Application to Diels-Alder reactions, recycling, and unexpected effects on enantioselectivity'. Tetrahedron Letters, 45 (16). [Details]|
|O'Leary, P.,Van Walree, C.A.,Mehendale, N.C.,Sumerel, J.,Morse, D.E.,Kaska, W.C.,Van Koten, G.,Klein Gebbink, R.J.M. (2009) 'Enzymatic immobilization of organometallic species: Biosilification of NCN- and PCP-pincer metal species using demosponge axial filaments'. Dalton Transactions, (22). [Details]|
|Frain,D, Kirby,F, McArdle,P, O'Leary,P. (2009) 'The Synthesis of AraBOX, a New 4,4’-bisoxazoline), from Novel Pentitol-Derived Bis ß-Aminoalcohol'. Synlett, . [Details]|
|Paul Geoghegan, Patrick O'Leary (2012) 'Hydroxyamide-Based Ligands and Their Use in the Asymmetric'. ACS Catalysis, . [Details]|
|Patrick O'Leary (2005) 'Researching metal catalysts in the Department of Chemistry' The Irish Scientist . [Details]|
|Patrick O'Leary (2005) Activity Report 1999-2001 COST CHEMISTRY ACTION D8-D29. COST Brussels, COST Brussels. [Details]|
Honours and Awards
| Year: 1999.
Title: NUI-postdoctoral Fellowship in Sciences
|Association: Royal Society of chemistry, Function/Role: Member|
|Association: Royal Society of Chemistry , Function/Role: Republic of Ireland Committee member|
|Nadine McCleary (2013) European Symposium in Organic Chemistry 2013. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], ESOC, Marseille France , 08-JUL-13 - 13-JUL-13.|
|James Donnellan (2013) European Symposium in Organic Chemistry. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], ESOC, marseille France , 08-JUL-13 - 12-JUL-13.|
|Patrick O'Leary and others as below (2012) Meeting at which 3 awardees of RSC medals presented their work and were presented with their awards. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Royal Society of Chemistry Awards meeting, NU Galway , 12-APR-12 - 12-APR-12.|
|Patrick O'Leary (2012) Half day meeting in which postgraduates present their work. Prizes are awarded for the best presentation. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Eli Lilly awards Symposium, NU Galway , 02-NOV-12 - 02-NOV-12.|
|Prof. Corrado Santocanale National University of Ireland, Galway Prof. Karl J. HaleQueens University Belfast Prof. Ian Paterson FRS (2009) One-Day Cancer Chemistry Symposium concentratin on chemistry and biology of cancer. [Conference Organising Committee Member], One-Day Cancer Chemistry Symposium, NUI Galway , 03-JUL-09 - 03-JUL-09.|
|Patrick O'Leary (2008) One day conference to mark the retirement of Prof Butler NUI Galway. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Adventures in Heterocyclic and Nitrogen Chemistry, NUI Galway , 07-MAY-08 - 07-MAY-08.|
|Patrick O'Leary (2007) One day conference on the chemistry of metals. [Invited Oral Presentation], Magic of Metals, NUI Maynooth , 08-NOV-07 - 08-NOV-07.|
|Patrick O'Leary (2006) Universities Chemistry research colloquium for chemistry postgrads in Ireland. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Universities Chemistry research colloquium, NUI Galway , 14-JUN-06 - 16-FEB-07.|
|Committee : Academic Council|
|Committee : University Safety Working group (formerly Safety Committee)|
|Committee : Royal Society of Chemistry,Ireland Section|
|Committee : Academic Council standing Committee|
|Committee : School of chemistry Safety Subcommittee|
| Year 1995 Institution: NUI, UCC
Qualification: BSc Subject: Chemistry
| Year 2000 Institution: NUI, UCC
Qualification: Phd Subject: Organic Chemistry
| Patrick has taught general first year chemistry courses since he arrived in Galway. The current version of this course is engineering Chemistry CH140.
2nd year Patrick Co-ordinates all of and delivers some of a second semester course CH202. In addition he runs 3 days of labs for this course per week.
He also delivers lecture on chemical drawing packages and electronic literature retrieval methods and information management.
3rd year Patrick delivers a lecture course on Mass spectrometry
4th year Patrick delivers a course on Organometallic chemistry, catalysis, organometallic structure. He has in the past given courses on chemotherapeutic agents. He also instructs on chemical safety and electronic literature searching and information retrieval. Two fourth year students do their projects in the SMACT lab each year.
Postgraduate Patrick delivers courses on chemical safety and electronic literature retrieval methods as part of a core skills module for PhD students. He is also coordinator of Problem solving in chemistry Module CH509 as part of the structured PhD in the School of Chemistry
Paul Geoghegan BSc
Paul's project involved the development of methods for the synthesis of key natural product frameworks and also the design and use of new ligands in asymmetric synthesis. Paul has completed his viva and is waiting for graduation
David Kellehan BSc
David worked on the synthesis of novel asymmetric catalysts of the AraBOX family. He has completed his viva and is waiting for grauation.
Fiona completed her PhD in 2011 working on a SFI funded project on the design and synthesis of new ligands to be used in asymmetric catalysis. She moved on to a post-do position in Utrecht The Netherlands
Dr. Chiara McDonagh PhD, BSc
Chiara graduated with her PhD in June 2008. Chiara's work concentrated primarily on the immobilisation and use of metal oxazoline catalysts. After a spell in WIT she is now working in Drogheda IT for the last few years as a lecturer in chemistry
Current Postgraduate Students
|Zhenyu Cao, Doctorate - Structured PhD (Science) - Supervisor|
|Paul Geoghegan, Doctorate - Ph.D.(Science) - Supervisor|
|Nadine Mc Cleary, Doctorate - Ph.D.(Science) - Supervisor|
|James Donnellan, Doctorate - Ph.D.(Science) - Supervisor|
|Davina Flanagan, Doctorate - Ph.D.(Science) - Supervisor|
|David Frain, Doctorate - Ph.D.(Science) - Supervisor|
|Fiona Kirby, Doctorate - Ph.D.(Science) - Supervisor|
|David Kellehan, Doctorate - Ph.D.(Science) - Supervisor|
|2012/2013 4th year semester 1 organic chemistry course (organometallic chemistry content): ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I|
|2012/2013 Deliver material on chemical drawing packages and electronic literature retrieval: Computers in Chemistry|
|2012/2013 Mass Spectrometry lectures: Analytical Chemistry and Molecular Structure|
|2012/2013 Part of the structured PhD programme: Problem solving in chemistry|
|2012/2013 lecture course with associated practical course for 2nd yr chemistry students: Organic Chemistry|
|2012/2013 General chemistry course designed for engineers: Engineering Chemistry|
|2013/2014 Deliver material on ELit and Chemistry drawing packages: Computers in Chemistry|
|2013/2014 Cover mass spectrometry: CH326 - Analytical Chemistry and Molecular Structure|
|2013/2014 4th yr chemistry module : Selective Synthesis and Organometallic Chemistry - CH449|
|2013/2014 4th yr practical skills two sessions ELIT and Safety: Practical Skills - CH451|
|2013/2014 PhD students core skills module part of structured programme sessions on safety and ELit: Core skills module|
|2013/2014 Postgraduate problem solving seminar series course co-ordinator: Problem solving for chemistry|
|2013/2014 "nd yr organic chemistry course (Course co-ordinator, lecturer 6 lectures and lab supervisor 18 sessions): Organic Chemistry|
|2013/2014 One semester course for first year engineers (260 students): Engineering Chemistry|