Prof Andrea Sella

Materials and Inorganic Chemistry

Dr Andrea Sella

Address: Department of Chemistry, UCL
Phone No: +44 (0)20 7679 4687
Fax No: +44 (0)20 7679 7463
Extension: 24687
Andrea Sella at the Cheltenham Science Festival

Research areas of interest include:


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We are interested in the synthesis and electronic structure of lanthanide complexes, particularly the bonding in cerium (IV) species. We are also involved in the low temperature templated synthesis of mesostructured materials of such semiconductors as titanium dioxide, silicon, and germanium.

Research Profile

Selected Publications

  1. X. W. Zhang, Graham H. Maunder, Stefan Gießmann, Robert MacDonald, Andrew H. Bond, Robin D. Rogers, Andrea Sella, Josef Takats, Stable heteroleptic complexes of divalent lanthanides with bulky pyrazolylborate ligands – iodides, hydrocarbyls and triethylborohydrides Dalton Trans. 2011, 40, 195 – 210.
  2. O. I. Barkalov, V. G. Tissen, P. F. McMillan, M. Wilson, A. Sella, M. V. Nefedova Pressure-induced transformations and superconductivity in amorphous germanium, Phys. Rev. B 2010, 82, 020507(R).
  3. Marcello Coreno, Monica de Simone, Rosemary Coates, Mark Denning, Robert G. Denning, Jennifer C. Green, Charlene Hunston, Nikolas Kaltsoyannis and Andrea Sella. Variable Photon Energy Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Magnetism of YbCp3 and LuCp3, Organometallics, 2010, 29, 4752–4755.
  4. M. Coreno, M. De Simone, J. C. Green, N. Kaltsoyannis, A. Sella.Photoelectron spectroscopy of Ce(h-C5H5)3 – accessing two ion states on4f ionization, Chem. Phys. Lett. , 2006, 432, 17-22.
  5. J. L. Galler, S. Goodchild, J. Gould, R. McDonald, A. Sella,“Pyrazolyborate complexes with redox inactive lanthanides – thestructures of [(TpMe2)2NdX] (X = Cl, NPh2, dpm, H2BEt2)”invited paper, “30 Years of Scorpionate Chemistry Special Issue”,Polyhedron, 2004, 23, 253-262 (Polyhedron Symposia-In-Print Number 26.Scorpionate and Related Ligands)
  6. A. Domingos, G. Y. Lin, S. Y. Liu, N, Marques, G. H. Maunder,  R.McDonald, A. Sella, J. Takats, M. R. J. Elsegood. “Facilepyrazolylborate ligand degradation at lanthanide centres: X-ray crystalstructures of pyrazolylborinate-bridged bimetallics.”, Inorg. Chem.2002, 41, 6761-6768.
  7. M. R. Russo, N. Kaltsoyannis, and A. Sella, “Lanthanide alkoxidesare linear owing to electrostatics!”,  Chem. Commun. 2002, 2458-2459.
  8. N. Marques, A. Sella, J. Takats “The Chemistry of the Lanthanideswith Polypyrazolylborate ligands”, Invited Review, Special issue“Frontiers in Lanthanide Chemistry”, Chem. Rev., 2002, 102, 2137-2160.
  9. I. Lopes, A. C. Hillier, S. Y. Liu, A. Domingos, A. Galvão, A.Sella, N. Marques “Solid-State Structure and Solution Behavior ofEight-Coordinate Sm(III) Poly(pyrazolyl)borate Compounds,.” Inorg.Chem., 2001; 40; 1116-1125.
  10. A. C. Hillier, X.W. Zhang, G. H. Maunder, S Y Liu, T. A.Eberspacher, N. Marques, V. W. Day, A Sella and J. Takats, “Synthesisand Structural Comparison of a Series of Divalent Ln(TpR,R')2 (Ln = Sm, Eu, Yb) and Trivalent Sm(TpMe2)2X (X = F, Cl, I, BPh4) Complexes.”,  Inorg. Chem., 2001, 40, 5106-5116.
  11. A. C. Hillier, S.-Y. Liu, A. Sella, and M. R. J. Elsegood. “(PhTe)3: The anionic  tellurium analogue of I3”, Angew. Chem., Int. Edn. Engl., 1999, 38, 2745-2747.
  12. N. M. Edelstein, P. G. Allen, J. J. Bucher, D. K. Shuh, C. D.Sofield, N. Kaltsoyannis, G. H. Maunder, M. R. Russo, A. Sella, “TheOxidation State of Ce in the Sandwich Molecule Cerocene”, J. Amer. Chem.Soc., 1996, 118, 13115-13116.

All Publications

  • 1980-84 BSc Chemistry, U of Toronto, Canada
  • 1984-86 MSc Inorganic Chemistry, U of Toronto, Prof R H Morris
  • 1986-90 DPhil Inorganic Chemistry, U of Oxford, Prof M L H Green
  • 1990-2011 Lecturer, University College London
  • 2011- Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, UCL.