Contact details

Email: jose.goicoechea@lmh.ox.ac.uk

Telephone number: 01865 274195 (LMH); 01865 275961 (Chemistry)

Role: Fellow and Tutor; Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

 

Prof José Goicoechea

Biography

I joined LMH in 2006 as a Tutorial Fellow and University Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry. Prior to my arrival at LMH I worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana; 2003–2006) under the supervision of Professor Slavi Sevov.

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Zaragoza in my home country of Spain before relocating to the U.K. to study for a Ph.D. at the University of Bath (2000-2003). At Bath I worked under the supervision of Professor Mike Whittlesey on the synthesis and reactivity of water-soluble ruthenium (II) phosphine complexes and developed a passion for chemical synthesis. In 2016 I was promoted to my current post as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry.

I was elected as a 2014 Organometallics Young Investigator Fellow by the American Chemical Society. 

I was selected to speak at the “Rising Stars” symposium of the 41st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry.

Research interests

The Goicoechea group is based in the Chemistry Research Laboratory of the University of Oxford. Current research is centered on the synthesis of novel molecular species of the main-group and transition metal elements with a particular focus on species with uncharacteristically low oxidation states and those that pose difficult fundamental questions about molecular structure and bonding. The ultimate aim of this research is to design molecules derived from abundant and environmentally compatible elements for the stoichiometric and catalytic activation of small molecules.

Teaching

I am a tutor in Inorganic Chemistry. At the departmental level I teach: 

  • Symmetry II: A second year undergraduate lecture course covering basic group theory and its chemical applications to fields such as electronic and vibrational spectroscopy.
  • Periodic Trends in Main Group Chemistry: A second year undergraduate lecture course on the descriptive chemistry of the p-block elements (periodic trends, reactivity, compounds of interest, etc.).
  • Modern Main Group Chemistry: A third year undergraduate course on modern developments in the chemistry of the non-metal elements, with a particular focus on low valent, low oxidation state compounds.

Courses

Chemistry

Selected publications

  • A Monoanionic Arsenide Source: Decarbonylation of the 2-Arsaethynolate Anion upon Reaction with Bulky Stannylenes. Hinz, A.; Goicoechea, J. M. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 15515–15519.
  • The 2-Arsaethynolate Anion: Synthesis and Reactivity Towards Heteroallenes. Hinz, A.; Goicoechea, J. M. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 8536–8541. Highlighted in: Chemical and Engineering News, 2 May 2016, 94(18), 11.
  • E–H Bond Activation of Ammonia and Water by a Geometrically Constrained Phosphorus(III) Compound. Robinson, T. P.; De Rosa, D. M.; Aldridge, S.; Goicoechea, J. M. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 683−686.
  • Phosphide delivery to a cyclotrisilene. Robinson, T. P.; Cowley, M. J.; Scheschkewitz, D.; Goicoechea, J. M. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 683−686.
  • Synthesis and Characterization of [Ru@Ge12]3-: An Endohedral 3-Connected Cluster. Espinoza Quintero, G.; Duckworth, J. C. A.; Myers, W. K.; McGrady, J. E.; Goicoechea, J. M. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 1210–1213.
  • Phosphinecarboxamide: A Phosphorus-Containing Analogue of Urea and Stable Primary Phosphine. Jupp, A. R.; Goicoechea, J. M. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 19131−19134. Highlighted in: Chemical and Engineering News, 23 December 2013, 91(51), 12. Highlighted in: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 4753−4754.
  • The 2-Phosphaethynolate Anion: A Convenient Synthesis and [2+2] Cycloaddition Chemistry. Jupp, A. R.; Goicoechea, J. M. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 10064−10067.