Alex McSkimming

Assistant Professor

Office Address
5078 Percival Stern Hall
School of Science & Engineering
Alex McSkimming

Education & Affiliations

Ph.D., 2013, University of New South Wales


Research in the McSkimming group is focused on synthetic inorganic chemistry. Drawing inspiration from the active sites of metalloenzymes, our primary goal is to design and prepare precise ligand frameworks that support unusual and highly reactive metal complexes. Ultimately, we aim to develop creative and effective catalysts for the conversion of industrially important substrates such as CO and N2.


Inorganic chemistry, Organometallic chemistry

Selected Publications

McSkimming, A.; Cheisson, T.; Carrol, P. J.; Schelter, E. J., Functional Synthetic Model for the Lanthanide-Dependent Quinoid Alcohol Dehydrogenase Active Site, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140(4), 1223–1226.

McSkimming, A.; Harman, W. H., A Terminal N2 Complex of High-Spin Iron(I) in a Weak, Trigonal Ligand Field, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 8940–8943.

McSkimming, A.; Bhadbhade, M. M.; Colbran, S. B., Bio‐Inspired Catalytic Imine Reduction by Rhodium Complexes with Tethered Hantzsch Pyridinium Groups: Evidence for Direct Hydride Transfer from Dihydropyridine to Metal‐Activated Substrate, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 3411–3416.

McSkimming, A.; Colbran S. B., The coordination chemistry of organo-hydride donors: new prospects for efficient multi-electron reduction, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 5439–5488.