Rosenildo Da Costa

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I obtained my PhD from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) working under the guidance of Professor John A. Gladysz. My research topic involved synthetic chemistry, organometallics and catalysis.
To date, I have published 30 research articles including three book chapters on catalysis, recycling and properties of catalysts. My current H-index is 15.

After my PhD I moved to Bordeaux where I carried out research on inorganic and organometallic chemistry mainly focusing on physical chemical properties of complexes. A second post-doc at the University of Bristol followed involving synthesis of polyaminated molecules which have the potential to store information in organic electronics. I did a brief post-doc at the University of Saint-Andrews in Scotland working on organometallics containing NHC (N-heterocyclic carbenes). Then I moved to Imperial College London to work on aza-helicenes for the generation of circularly polarized light. This was an exciting project which led to the publication of our results in Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Nature Photonics and Chemical Communications.
My next experience was at the University of Central Lancashire as an Associate Lecturer. There, I taught organic chemistry, organometallics, bioinorganic and biocatalysis to undergraduate and Masters students.
I decided to move to the University of South Wales in July 2016 to work in the internationally recognised group of Dr. Gareth Owen who is an expert in the application of transition metal complexes for hydrogen storage and catalysis. My current project involves the development of transition metal complexes based on Z-class Boron Ligands for the generation, storage and release of molecular hydrogen for application in catalytic processes. This is a very exciting project with great potential for generation of environmental friendly energy and application in catalysis.

Education/Academic qualification

Chemistry, PhD , University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Award Date: 30 Nov 2006

Chemistry, Master in Research, Federal University of Pernambuco

Award Date: 1 Feb 2002

Chemistry, BSc(Hons), Federal University of Pernambuco

Award Date: 2 Aug 1999

Education, Postgraduate Certificate Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education, University of South Wales

19 Oct 201625 Oct 2017

External positions

Associate Lecturer in Chemistry

Sep 2015Jun 2016

Research Fellow, Imperial College London

Nov 2011Jan 2014

Research Fellow, University of St Andrews

Mar 2010Sep 2010

Post-doctoral Research Assistant, University of Bristol

Nov 2007Mar 2010

Research Fellow - Bordeaux

Dec 2006Oct 2007


  • Q Science (General)
  • Organometallics
  • Catalysis
  • Transition Metal Chemistry
  • Hydrogen
  • Material Sciences


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