Leah Charlie Matsinha

Leah Charlie Matsinha


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Dr Leah Matsinha’s research interests include synthetic organometallic and coordination chemistry, sustainable homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.

Her current project with Dr Gareth Owen focuses on the preparation of novel transition metal complexes for the activation of carbon dioxide. 

Leah has expertise and experience in synthesis of transition-metal complexes and their application as catalysts in various organic transformation reactions such as hydroformylation, hydrogenation, cross-coupling and hydrodeoxygenation reactions.  

Leah holds a PhD in Chemistry awarded by the University of Cape Town. She completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.

She has won several awards in recognition of her research career, and these include the prestigious Future Leaders: African Independent Researcher (FLAIR) Fellowship awarded by the Royal Society and the Arthur E. Martell Early Career Researcher Prize.


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