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Brian Sterenberg


Office: RIC 328
Phone: 306-585-4106

Research interests

Organometallic Chemistry.

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Professional qualifications:

BSc (Alberta), PhD (Alberta), Postdoctoral Studies (University of Western Ontario, National Research Council Canada).


Introductory Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Organometallic Chemistry.


Synthetic organometallic chemistry; synthesis and transformation of transition metal phosphorus compounds, metal-templated synthesis, and applications to organophosphorus synthesis, ligand design and catalysis; X-ray crystallography.

Recent publications:

King, R. C., Nilewar, S. and Sterenberg, B. T. Phosphorus-carbon Bond Forming Reactions of Iron Tetracarbonyl-Coordinated Phosphenium Ions. Journal of Organometallichemistry 2019, 880, 68-74 (invited contribution).

Nilewar, S., Jayaraman, A. and Sterenberg, B. T. Alkyne Insertion into P-C(sp2) Bonds as a Route to Fused Phospholes: Transition-metal like Reactivity at Phosphorus. Organometallics 2018, 37, 4699–4710.

Jayaraman, A., Nilewar, S., Jacob, J. V. and Sterenberg, B. T. Sequential electrophilic substitution reactions of tungsten-coordinated phosphenium ions and phosphine triflates. ACS Omega 2017, 2, 7849-7861.

Hubick, S., Jayaraman, A., McKeen, A., Reid, S., Alcorn, J., Stavrinides, J. and Sterenberg, B. T. A potent synthetic inorganic antibiotic with activity against drug-resistant pathogens. Scientific Reports 2017, 17, 41999.

Jayaraman, A. and Sterenberg, B.T. Phosphorus-carbon bond forming reactions of diphenylphosphenium and diphenylphosphine triflate complexes of tungsten. Organometallics 2016, 35, 2367-2377.

Sterenberg, B.T., Wrigley, C.T. and Puddephatt, R.J. Binuclear platinum-iridium complexes: Synthesis, reactivity and luminescence. Dalton Transactions 2015, 44, 5555-5568.

Jayaraman A., Jacob, T.V., Bisskey, J. and Sterenberg, B.T. Sequential electrophilic P-C bond formation in metal-coordinated chlorophosphines. Dalton Transactions 2015, 44, 8788-8791.

Jepson C., Karppinen K., Daku R.M., Sterenberg B.T. and Suh D.-Y. Hypericum perforatum hydroxyalkylpyrone synthase involved in sporopollenin biosynthesis phylogeny, site-directed mutagenesis, and expression in nonanther tissues. FEBS Journal2014, 281, 3855-3868.

Rajagopalan R.A., Jayaraman A. and Sterenberg B.T. Reactivity of a dichlorophosphido complex. Nucleophilic substitution reactions at metal coordinated phosphorus. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 2014, 761, 84-92.

Jayaraman A. and Sterenberg B.T. Electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions of a tungsten-coordinated phosphirenyl triflate. Organometallics 2014, 33, 522-530.

Vaheesar K., Kuntz C.M. and Sterenberg B.T. Formation of phosphorus heterocycles using a cationic electrophilic phosphinidene complex. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 2013, 745 347-355.

Jayaraman A. and Sterenberg B.T. Facile phosphorus-carbon bond formation using a tungsten-coordinated phosphirenyl cation. Organometallics 2013, 32, 745-747.