Dr. Shaver, an organometallic chemist with a “green” focus, works to exchange toxic reagents for non-toxic alternatives, perform “green” reactions without solvents to eliminate the release of toxic chemicals, and replace petroleum-based products with renewable feedstocks (raw materials) with the help of metal catalysts, specifically in the areas of biodegradable polymers, polymer macrostructure and microstructure and drug delivery systems.
Fritschi, C. B.; Wernitz, S. M.; Vogels, C. M.; Shaver, M. P.; Decken, A.; Bell, A.; Westcott, S. A. “4,4,5,5-Tetraphenyl-1,3,2-dioxaborolane: a bulky borane for the transition metal catalysed hydroboration of alkenes.” Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2008, 779.
Shaver, M. P.; Allan, L. E. N.; Gibson, V. C. “Organometallic intermediates in the controlled radical polymerization of styrene by α-diimine iron catalysts.” Organometallics. 2007, 26, 4725.
O’Reilly, R. K.; Shaver, M. P.; White, A. J. P.; Gibson, V. C. “α-Diimine, diamine and diphosphine iron catalysts for the controlled radical polymerization of styrene and acrylate monomers.” Macromolecules. 2007, 40, 7441.
Shaver, M. P.; Allan, L. E. N.; Rzepa, H. S.; Gibson, V. C. “Correlation of metal spin state with catalytic reactivity: Polymerizations mediated by α-diimine iron complexes.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 1241.
Shaver, M. P.; Fryzuk, M. D. “Cleavage of hydrazine and 1,1-dimethylhydrazine by tantalum hydrides: formation of imides, nitrides and N,N-dimethylamine.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 500.