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. Article › Research › Peer-reviewed
  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Published

    A comparative study of seven co-ordinate Mo(II) and W(II) catalysts in the ring opening polymerization of norbornene

    Baker, P. K., Beckett, M. A. & Stiefvater-Thomas, B. M., 17 Feb 2003, In : Journal of Molecular Catalysis A-Chemical. 193, 1-2, p. 77-81

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Published

    A computer simulation of the solvation of a solvatochromic pyridinium betaine

    Beckett, M. & Dawber, J. G., 1989, In : Journal of the Chemical Society: Faraday Transactions I. 85, p. 727-733 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  6. Published

    A convenient NMR method for the measurement of Lewis acidity at boron centres: Correlation of reaction rates of Lewis acid initiated epoxide polymerizations with Lewis acidity

    Beckett, MA., Holland, JR. & Varma, KS., 1996, In : Polymer. 37, 20, p. 4629-4631 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  7. A macropolyhedral polymetallaborane cluster: molecular structure of the seventeen-vertex triplatinaheptadecaborane [(PhMe2P)4Pt3B14H16]

    Beckett, M. A., Crook, J. E., Greenwood, N. N. & Kennedy, J. D., 1983, In : Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications. 21, p. 1228-1230 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Published

    A supramolecular assembly: aquatris(pentafluorophenyl)borane as its mixed dimethyl sulfone and water solvate, (H2O)B(C6F5)3 Me2SO2

    Coles, S. J., Hursthouse, M. B., Beckett, M. A. & Dutton, M., 1 Jan 2003, In : Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online. 59, (9), p. o1354-o1356

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  11. 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

  12. Published

    Amine adducts of triarylboroxines: Synthesis and characterization of adducts of tri(2-tolyl)boroxine and crystal structures of (4-MeC6H4)(3)B3O3 and (4-MeC6H4)(3)B3O3.4-picoline

    Beckett, M. A., Strickland, G. C., Sukumar Varma, K., Hibbs, D. E., Hursthouse, M. B. & Abdul Malik, K. M., May 1997, In : Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. 535, 1-2, p. 33-41 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  13. An Investigation of the Reactivity of [Rh2Cp∗2(μ-CO)2] (Cp∗ = η5-C5Me5) Towards Triorganosilanes: Isolation and Characterization of [RhCp∗(CO)(H)(SiPh3)] and Some Related Compounds

    AYLETT, BJ. & Beckett, M., 1994, In : Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry. 24, 3, p. 339-344 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  14. Published

    An NMR study of some seven-coordinate organophosphine carbonyl iodide derivatives of molybdenum(II) and tungsten(II)

    BAKER, PK., Beckett, M. & SEVERS, LM., 1991, In : Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. 409, 1-2, p. 213-217 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  15. An NMR study of the arachno [B10H12PPh2]- anion: an interesting arachno to arachno topological transition induced by deprotonation

    Beckett, M. & Kennedy, J., 1983, In : Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications. p. 575-576 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Published

    Bis(triphenylstannyl)borate toluene solvate.

    Coles, S. J., Hibbs, D. E., Hursthouse, M. B., Beckett, M. A., Owen, P. & Varma, K. S., 1 Jan 2002, In : Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online. 58, 2, p. m65-m67

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  19. Published

    Boron

    Beckett, M. A., 1999, In : Annual Reports on the Progress of Chemistry, Vol 95, Section a: Inorganic Chemistry. 95, p. 23-43 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  20. Published

    Boron chemistry

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  21. Published

    Comparative ten-vertex metallaborane chemistry: some nido-6-metalladecaboranes of tungsten, rhenium, ruthenium, osmium, and iridium; including the crystal and molecular structures of [6,6,6,6,6-(PMe2Ph)3H2-nido-6-WB9H13] and [6,6,6-(PMe2Ph)3-nido-6-OsB9H13]

    Beckett, M., Greenwood, N., Kennedy, J. D. & Thornton-Pett, M., 1986, In : Journal of the Chemical Society Dalton Transactions. 4, p. 795-801 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  22. 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

  23. Published

    Computer simulation and solvatochromic studies of the solvation of a betaine in single and mixed solvent systems

    Dawber, J. G., Eternad, S. & Beckett, M., 1990, In : Journal of the Chemical Society: Faraday Transactions I. 86, 22, p. 3725-3729 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  24. Published

    Coordination chemistry of bis(3-aminopropyl)phenylphosphine (bap): reactions of bap with some d6 metal complexes of molybdenum(0), tungsten(0) and platinum(IV)

    Beckett, M., Cassidy, D. P. & Duffin, A. J., 1991, In : Inorganica Chimica Acta. 189, 2, p. 229-232 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  25. E-pub ahead of print

    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., 25 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Cluster Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  26. Published

    Correlation of thallium–boron nuclear spin states by two-dimensional n.m.r. spectroscopy: magnitudes and relative signs of couplings nJ(205Tl–11B) in the nido-thallaundecaborane anion [Me2TlB10H12]–.

    Beckett, M. A., Kennedy, J. D. & Howarth, O. W., 1985, In : Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications. 13, p. 855-856 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  27. Published

    Crystal structure of tris (riphenylsiloxy)borane center dot triphenylsilanol(1 : 1) adduct

    Beckett, MA., Hibbs, D. E., Hursthouse, M. B., Abdul Malik, K. M., Owen, P. & Sukumar Varma, K., 1998, In : Journal of Chemical Crystallography. 28, 4, p. 277-281 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  28. 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

  29. Published

    Cyclo-boratrisiloxane and cyclo-diboratetrasiloxane derivatives and their reactions with amines: crystal and molecular structure of (p-BrC6H4BO)(2)(Ph2SiO)(2)

    Beckett, M. A., Hibbs, D. E., Hursthouse, M. B., Malik K.M.A.*, N. V., Owen, P. & Varma, K. S., 15 Feb 2000, In : Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. 595, 2, p. 241-147

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  30. 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

  31. Published

    Enantiomer Discriminating Dehydrogenation of (R,S)-(±)-1-Phenylethan-1-ol to Acetophenone Catalysed by Chiral Cobalt(II) Schiff's Base Complexes and Triphenylphosphine

    Beckett, M. & Homer, R. B., Dec 1986, In : Inorganica Chimica Acta. 122, 1, p. L5-L7

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  32. Equatorial and axial ligand effects in square planar Co(II) complexes catalysing the oxidation of 1-phenylethan-1-ol to acetophenone

    Beckett, M. & Homer, R. B., Aug 1986, In : Inorganica Chimica Acta. 118, 1, p. L11-L13

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  33. 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

  34. Published

    Gels and polymeric materials from isocyanates and metaborate esters.

    Beckett, M. A., Rugen-Hankey, M. P. & Varma, K. S., 1 Jan 2002, In : Main Group Metal Chemistry. 25, p. 485-488

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  35. E-pub ahead of print
  36. Published

    Identification and molecular structure of the eighteen-vertex macropolyhedral diplatinaoctadecaborane [(PMe2Ph)2Pt2B16H15(C6H4Me)(PMe2Ph)]

    Beckett, M., Greenwood, N., Kennedy, J. D., Salter, P. A. & Thornton-Pett, M., 1986, In : Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications. 7, p. 556-557 2 p.

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  37. Published
  38. Published

    Iodotris(triphenylphosphine)silver(I), [Ag(PPh(3))(3)I]

    Hibbs, DE., Hursthouse, MB., Malik, KMA. & Beckett, MA., 1996, In : Acta Crystallographica Section C Crystal Structure Communications. 52, p. 884-887 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  39. 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

  40. Kinetics of the Co(II)(Salen) catalysed hydration of styrene to 1-phenylethan-l-ol in ethanol solution

    Beckett, M. A., 1989, In : Inorganica Chimica Acta. 157, 2, p. 171-174 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  41. Published

    Lewis acidity in haloalkyl orthoborate and metaborate esters.

    Beckett, M. A., Rugen-Hankey, M. P., Strickland, G. C. & Varma, K. S., 1 Jan 2001, In : Phosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements. 169, 1, p. 113-116

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  42. Published

    Lewis acidity of tris(pentafluorophenyl) borane: crystal and molecular structure of B(C(6)F(5))(3)center dot OPEt(3)

    Beckett, MA., Brassington, D. S., Coles, S. J. & Hursthouse, MB., 2000, In : Inorganic Chemistry Communications. 3, 10, p. 530-533 4 p.

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  43. Published

    Lewis acidity of tris(pentafluorophenyl) borane: crystal and molecular structure of B(C6F5)(3)center dot OPEt3

    Beckett, M. A., Brassington, D. S., Coles, S. J. & Hursthouse, M. B., 1 Oct 2000, In : Inorganic Chemistry Communications. 3, 10, p. 530-533

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  44. Published

    Ligand substitution reactions of metal and organometal carbonyls with group 15 and 16 donor ligands: Organometallic chemistry

    Beckett, M., 1990, In : Specialist Periodical Report. 19, p. 184-207 24 p.

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  45. Published

    Ligand substitution reactions of metal and organometal carbonyls with group V and group VI donor ligands: Organometallic Chemistry

    Beckett, M., 1991, In : Specialist Periodical Report. 20, p. 180-204

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  46. Published

    Ligand substitution reactions of metal and organometal carbonyls with group V and group VI donor ligands: Organometallic chemistry

    Beckett, M., 1992, In : Specialist Periodical Report. p. 180-205

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  47. Molecular structure of the 17-vertex conjuncto platinaheptadecaborane [(PPMe2Ph)(PtB16H18)]: a 16-vetex h6-hexadecaboranyl ligand

    Beckett, M., Crook, J., Greenwood, N., Kennedy, J. & McDonald, W., 1982, In : Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications. p. 552-553 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  48. Published

    Nido-6-metalladecaborane chemistry: Molecular structure and fluxionality of [6,6,6,6-(CO)2(PPh3)2-nido-6-WB9H13]

    Drew, M. G. B., Baker, P., Beckett, M. & Severs, L. M., 1992, In : Polyhedron. 11, 24, p. 3095-3099 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  49. 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.

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  50. 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

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