Prof Mike Beckett

Professor in Inorganic Chemistry

Contact info

email: m.a.beckett@bangor.ac.uk

telephone: 01248 382378

Professor Mike Beckett is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry within the School of Natural Sciences and he specialises is synthesizing new chemicals containing boron or silicon.  These chemicals may be used  in formulations of agricultural micronutrients / biostimulants and as precursors to new materials.  He has published >125 articles and has co-written a text book ('Periodic Table at a Glance', Wiley, 2006). Mike Beckett is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (CChem FRSC) and the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is a Titular Member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in the Division involved with Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation and is leading a task group on nomenclature of boron hydride systems. He is also a member of the international advisory committees of the ‘International conference on boron chemistry’ (Imeboron) and the ‘European conference on boron chemistry’ (Euroboron).

  1. 2019
  2. Accepted/In press

    Copper(2+) complexes of hydroxyoxidoborates. Synthesis and characterization of two clusters containing the hexaborate(2-) ligand: [Cu(NH2CH2CH2NEt2){B6O7(OH)6}].5H2O and [Cu(NH3)2{B6O7(OH)6}].2H2O.

    Beckett, M., Altahan, M., Coles, S. J. & Horton, P. N., 12 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Cluster Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. 2018
  4. Published

    Two 1-D Coordination Polymers containing Zinc(II) Hexaborates: [Zn(en){B6O7(OH)6}].2H2O (en = 1,2-diaminoethane) and [Zn(pn){B6O7(OH)6}].1.5H2O (pn = 1,2-diaminopropane)

    Altahan, M., Beckett, M., Coles, S. J. & Horton, P. N., 14 Dec 2018, In : Crystals. 8, 12, 9 p., 470

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. E-pub ahead of print
  6. Published

    Amine adducts of (4-ClC6H4)3B3O3, Lewis acidity of triarylboroxines, and an XRD study on the related tetraphenylboroxinate(1-) salt, [C6H11NMe3][Ph4B3O3]

    Beckett, M., Coles, S., Horton, P. N., jones, C., Marshall, E. & Perry, T., 15 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. 865, p. 72-79

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  7. Accepted/In press

    Nomenclature for boranes and related species

    Beckett, M., Brellochs, B., Chizhevsky, I. T., Damhus, T., Hellwich, K-H., Kennedy, J. D., Laitinen, R., Powell, W. H., Rabinovich, D., Vinas, C. & Yerin, A., 27 Apr 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Pure and Applied Chemistry.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  8. Published
  9. 2017
  10. Published

    Synthesis and characterization of polyborates templated by cationic copper(II) complexes: structural (XRD), spectroscopic, thermal (TGA/DSC) and magnetic properties

    Altahan, M., Beckett, M., Coles, S. & Horton, P. N., 15 Oct 2017, In : Polyhedron. 135, p. 247-257

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  11. Published

    Synthesis, XRD studies and NLO properties of [p-H2NC6H4CH2NH3][B5O6(OH)4].1/2H2O and NLO properties of some related pentaborate(1-) salts

    Beckett, M., Coles, S. J., Horton, P. N., Jones, C. & Krueger, K., Jul 2017, In : Journal of Cluster Science. 28, 4, p. 2087-2095

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  12. Published

    Polyborate anions partnered with large non-metal cations: triborate(1-), pentaborate(1-), and heptaborate(2-) salts

    Beckett, M., Coles, S., Horton, P. N. & Jones, C., 2017, In : European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry . 2017, 38-39, p. 4510-4518

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  13. 2016
  14. Published

    Recent advances in crystalline hydrated borates with non-metal or transition-metal complex cations

    Beckett, M., 15 Sep 2016, In : Coordination Chemistry Reviews. 323, p. 2-14

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  15. Published

    Synthesis and characterization of templated pentaborate(1-) salts: X-ray structure of [(2-HOCH2CH2)C4H7NMeH][B5O6(OH)4]·0.3H2O

    Jones, C., Beckett, M., Coles, S. J., Davies, R. & Horton, P. N., 1 Aug 2016, In : Phosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements. 191, 4, p. 628-630

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  16. Published

    DFT studies on hexaborate(2-) and heptaborate(2-) anions

    Davies, R., Beckett, M. & Jones, C., 1 Apr 2016, In : Phosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements. 191, 4, p. 633-637

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  17. Published

    Polyborate anions templated by cationic transition-metal complexes: [Co(diNOsar)]2[B3O3(OH)4]Cl5.4.75 H2O

    Altahan, M., Beckett, M., Coles, S. J. & Horton, P. N., 1 Apr 2016, In : Phosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements. 191, 4, p. 572-575

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  18. 2015
  19. Published

    A new polyborate anion, [B7O9(OH)6]3−: Self assembly, XRD and thermal properties of s-fac-[Co(dien)2][B7O9(OH)6]·9H2O

    Altahan, M. A., Beckett, M. A., Coles, M. J. & Horton, P. N., 17 Jul 2015, In : Inorganic Chemistry Communications. 59, p. 95-98

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  20. Published

    K(I)-M(II) (M=Co, Mn) heterometallic-(perfluorinated) organic frameworks containing inorganic layered K-O-M linkages: synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetic properties

    Yan, Q., Huang, X. C., Zhong, J., Gao, J., Chen, S. C., He, M. Y., Chen, Q. & Beckett, M. A., 30 Jun 2015, In : Journal of Coordination Chemistry. 68, 15, p. 2691-2702

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  21. Published

    Pentaborate(1-) salts templated by substituted pyrrolidinium cations: synthesis, structural characterization, and modelling of solid-state H-bond interactions by DFT calculations

    Beckett, M. A., Coles, S., Davies, R. A., Horton, P. & Jones, C. L., 10 Mar 2015, In : Dalton Transactions. 44, p. 7032-7040

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  22. Published

    Boron chemistry

    Beckett, M. A., 2 Feb 2015, In : Chemistry International. 37, 1, p. 28

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  23. Published

    A New Decaoxidooctaborate(2-) Anion, [B8O10(OH)(6)}(2-): Synthesis and Characterization of [Co(en)3][B5O6(OH)(4)][B8O10(OH)(6))]center dot 5H(2)O (en=1,2-Diaminoethane)

    Altahan, M. A., Beckett, M. A., Coles, S. J. & Horton, P. N., 2015, In : Inorganic Chemistry. 54, 2, p. 412-414

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  24. 2014
  25. Published

    Computational studies on gas phase polyborate anions

    Beckett, M. A., Davies, R. A. & Thomas, C. D., 22 Jun 2014, In : Computational and Theoretical Chemistry. 1044, p. 74-79

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  26. Published

    Organic biomolecules bind to phosphate through borate linkages in aqueous solution: a possible role of boron as a phosphorylation chaperone in the prebiotic world

    Aydogmus, N., Kose, D. A., Beckett, M. A. & Zumreoglu Karan, B., 11 Jun 2014, In : Turkish Journal of Chemistry. 38, p. 617-628

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  27. Published

    Synthesis and X-ray structural studies of pentaborate(1−) salts containing substituted imidazolium cations

    Beckett, M. A., Horton, P. N., Hursthouse, M. B. & Timmis, J. L., 19 Apr 2014, In : Polyhedron. 77, p. 96-102

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  28. 2013
  29. Published

    Compounds containing boron-chalcogen bonds

    Beckett, M. A., 31 Jul 2013, Handbook of Chalcogen Chemistry: New Perspectives in Sulfur: Selenium and Tellurium: volume 1. 2013 ed. Royal Society of Chemistry, p. 5-34

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  30. Published

    Triborate and pentaborate salts of non-metal cations derived from N-substituted piperazines: synthesis, structural (XRD) and thermal properties

    Beckett, M. A., Horton, P. N., Hursthouse, M. B. & Timmis, J. L., 17 Jun 2013, In : RSC Advances. 3, p. 15185-15191

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  31. 2012
  32. Published

    Synthesis, spectroscopic and thermal characterization on non-metal cation (NMC) pentaborate salts containing cations derived from histidine and arginine

    Kose, D. A., Beckett, M. A. & Colak, N., 19 Jun 2012, In : Hacettepe Journal of Biology and Chemistry. 40, 3, p. 219-225

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  33. Published

    Synthesis, thermal properties and structural characterisation, of the tetraphenylphosphonium pentaborate salt, [PPh4][B5O6(OH)4]1.5H2O

    Beckett, M. A., Horton, P. N., Hursthouse, M. B., Timmis, J. L. & Varma, K. S., 30 Mar 2012, In : Inorganica Chimica Acta. 383, p. 199-203

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  34. Published

    Structural and thermal studies of non-metal cation pentaborate salts with cations derived from 1,5-diazobicyclo[4.3.0]non-5-ene, 1,8-diazobicyclo[5.4.0]undec-7-ene and 1,8-bis(dimethylamino)naphthalene

    Kreuziger, A., Beckett, M. A., Horton, P. N., Coles, S. J., Kose, D. A. & Kreuziger, A. M., 17 Mar 2012, In : Polyhedron. 38, 1, p. 157-161

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  35. Published

    Templated heptaborate and pentaborate salts of cyclo-alkylammonium cations: structural and thermal properties

    Beckett, M. A., Horton, P. N., Hursthouse, M. B., Timmis, J. L. & Varma, K. S., 17 Feb 2012, In : Dalton Transactions. 41, 15, p. 4396-4403

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  36. 2011
  37. Published

    Synthesis and Structural Characterization of an Unprecedented Nonmetal Cation Polyborate Salt Containing Two Different “Isolated” Polyborate Anions: [H2en]2[B4O5(OH)4][B7O9(OH)5]·3H2O (en = H2NCH2CH2NH2)

    Beckett, M. A., Horton, P. N., Coles, S. K. & Martin, D. W., 5 Dec 2011, In : Inorganic Chemistry. 50, 23, p. 12215-12218

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  38. Published

    Boron Hydrides and related compounds

    Beckett, M. A. & Leigh, J. (ed.), 25 Nov 2011, Principles of Chemical Nomenclature: A Guide to IUPAC Recommendations 2011 Edition. 2011 ed. Royal Society of Chemistry

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  39. 2010
  40. Published

    Synthesis, characterization, and thermal properties of benzylammonium pentaborate[C6H5CH2NH3][B5O6(OH)4]

    Beckett, M. A., Horton, P. N., Hursthouse, M. B., Timmis, J. L. & Varma, K. S., 22 Sep 2010, In : Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications. 75, 9, p. 971-980

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  41. Published

    Tetraphenylboroxinate(1-) salts of monoborate cations: Synthesis and single-crystal X-ray structures of [Ph2B{OCH2CH2N(Me)(CH2)n}2][Ph4B3O3] (n = 4, 5)

    Beckett, M. A., Bennett, E. L., Horton, P. N. & Hursthouse, M. B., 1 Apr 2010, In : Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. 695, 7, p. 1080-1083

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  42. Published

    Tetraphenylphosphonium octahydrotriborate.

    Beckett, M. A., Horton, P. N., Hursthouse, M. B. & Pszolla, C., 1 Apr 2010, In : Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online. 66, 4, p. o833

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  43. Published

    Structural (XRD) and thermal (DSC,TGA) and BET analysis of materials derived from non-metal cation pentaborate salts

    Beckett, M. A., Horton, P. N., Hursthouse, M. B., Knox, D. A. & Timmis, J. L., 11 Mar 2010, In : Dalton Transactions. 39, 16, p. 3944-3951

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  44. Published

    Bis(triphenylphosphoranylidene)ammonium iodide.

    Beckett, M. A., Horton, P. N., Hursthouse, M. B. & Timmis, J. L., 1 Feb 2010, In : Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online. 66, 2, p. o319-U2063

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  45. 2008
  46. Published

    A 11B NMR study of zwitterionic and cationic monoborate complexes with cationic 1,2-diol ligands

    Beckett, M. A., Bland, C. C. & Varma, K. S., 26 Jun 2008, In : Polyhedron. 27, 9-10, p. 2226-2230

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  47. Published

    Synthesis of aluminium borate-boron oxide and binary titanium-boron and zirconium-boron oxides from metal alkoxides and (MeO)(3)B3O3 in non-aqueous solvents

    Beckett, M. A., Rugen-Hankey, M. P., Timmis, J. L. & Varma, K. S., 1 Jan 2008, In : Dalton Transactions. 11, p. 1503-1506

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  48. 2007
  49. Published

    Supramolecular structures containing ‘isolated' pentaborate anions and non-metal cations: crystal structures of [Me3NCH2CH2OH][B5O6(OH)4] and [4-MepyH, 4-Mepy][B5O6(OH)4]

    Beckett, M. A., Bland, C. C., Horton, P. N., Hursthouse, M. B. & Varma, K. S., 1 Jun 2007, In : Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. 692, 13, p. 2832-2838

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  50. Published

    An unprecedented polyborate ester anion: X-ray diffraction studies on [1,8-C10H6(NMe2)2H][B5O6(Ome)4]

    Beckett, M. A., Bland, C. C., Horton, P. N., Hursthouse, M. B. & Varma, K. S., 1 Apr 2007, In : Inorganic Chemistry. 46, 10, p. 3801-3803

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  51. Published

    fac,cis-bromidotricarbonylbis(tribenzylphosphine)rhenium(I).

    Beckett, M. A., Light, M. E., Brassington, D. S. & Thornton-Pett, M., 1 Mar 2007, In : Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online. 63, 3, p. m785-m786

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  52. Published

    Compounds Containing the Boron–Chalcogen B–E (E[double bond, length half m-dash]S, Se, Te) Bond

    Beckett, M., 2007, Handbook of Chalcogen Chemistry: New Perspectives in Sulfur, Selenium and Tellurium . Royal Society of Chemistry, p. 1-30

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  53. 2006
  54. Published

    Formation of borosilicate glasses from silicon alkoxides and metaborate esters in dry non-aqueous solvents

    Beckett, M. A., Rugen-Hankey, M. P. & Varma, K. S., 15 Aug 2006, In : Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology. 39, 2, p. 95-101

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  55. Published

    Synthesis and X-ray characterisation of organotriboroxinate salts [Me3NCH2CH2CH2OH][Ph4B3O3] and [NEt3H][Ph3B3O3(OH)], and the X-ray structure of the triaryboroxine, (4-MeOC6H4)3B3O3

    Beckett, M. A., Coles, S. J., Light, M. E., Fischer, L., Stiefvater-Thomas, B. M. & Sukuma Varma, K., 6 Mar 2006, In : Polyhedron. 25, 4, p. 1011-1016

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  56. Published

    The periodic table at a glance.

    Beckett, M. A. & Platt, A. W., 1 Jan 2006, Wiley Blackwell.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  57. Published

    Solid-state structures of compounds containing organic cations with cyclic organoboroxinate(1-) or bicyclic spiro pentaborate anions

    Beckett, M., Bland, C. C., Stiefvater-Thomas, B. M. & Varma, K. S., 2006, In : Reports Series in Chemistry. 70, p. 23

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  58. Published

    Zwitterionic and cationic monoborate species

    Beckett, M., Bland, C. C. & Varma, K. S., 2006, In : Reports Series in Chemistry. 70, p. 84

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  59. 2004
  60. Published

    A mixed-halogen tricarbonyl manganese (I) complex: fac-{MnBr0.3Cl0.7{Ph2P(CH2)3PPh2}(CO)3]

    Light, M. E., Hursthouse, M. B. & Beckett, M. A., 1 Sep 2004, In : Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online. 60, 9, p. m1245-m1247

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  61. Published

    Non-aqueous route to metal oxide materials using metal alkoxides and metaborate esters

    Beckett, M. A., Rugen-Hankey, M. P. & Varma, K. S., 28 Mar 2004, p. INOR 16

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  62. 2003
  63. Published

    Crystallographic and spectroscopic investigation of the stereochemistry of [MBr(CO)(3)L-2] (M = Mn, Re) complexes: crystal and molecular structures of [MBr(CO)(3)L-2] {M = Mn, L = P(C6H4Cl-4)(3), 1/2dppe, 1/2dppf, M = Re, L = P(C6H4OMe-4)(3), 1/2dppf}

    Beckett, M. A., Brassington, D. S., Coles, S. J., Gelbrich, T., Light, M. E. & Hursthouse, M. B., 15 Dec 2003, In : Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. 688, 1-2, p. 174-180

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  64. Published

    Pentafluorophenylboronic acid.

    Horton, P. N., Hursthouse, M. B., Beckett, M. A. & Rugen-Hankey, M. P., 1 Dec 2003, In : Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online. 60, 12, p. o2204-o2206

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  65. Published

    Synthesis and characterization of cyclo-boratetrasiloxane, (RBO) (Me2SiO)3 (R=nBu, Ar), derivatives

    Beckett, M. A., Rugen-Hankey, M. P. & Varma, K. S., 15 Nov 2003, In : Polyhedron. 22, 25-26, p. 3333-3337

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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