Craig D. Montgomery

Professor of Chemistry,
Dean, Faculty of Natural and Applied Science

Trinity Western University, 7600 Glover Road, Langley, BC V2Y 1Y1

phone:(604) 513-2121 ext 3210
fax: (604) 513-2018 

Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University


B.Sc (McMaster University, 1982)
Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario, 1986)
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (University of British Columbia, 1986-88).

Research Interests:


Organometallic synthesis, novel ligand systems, phosphoranes.

1. Metallophosphoranes:

A primary focus of research in our lab, involves the synthesis and characterization of metallophosphoranes, five-coordinate phosphorus compounds where one substituent is a transition metal.  We have devised a novel route to such compounds that involves lithiation of a hydrophosphorane and subsequent metathesis with a transition metal halide.  Characterization is done by NMR and X-ray crystallography.




  2. Phosphoramidites:

In addition, hydrophosphoranes may display a tautomerism that allows them to also coordinate as neutral bidentate ligands.  Our synthetic work in this area has resulted in phosphoamidite complexes that function effectively as catalysts for hydrosilylation and Kumada coupling.


3. Molecular Modeling:

We are also interested in applications of molecular modeling in chemical education.

Recent Publications:

1. A Convenient Route to Tetraalkylammonium Perfluoroalkoxides from Hydrofluoroethers.
Benson J. Jelier, Jon L. Howell, Craig D. Montgomery, Daniel B. Leznoff, and Chadron M. Friesen
 Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
(2015), 54, 2945-2949.

2. Fischer and Schrock Carbenes: A Molecular Modeling Exercise.
Craig D. Montgomery
 Journal of
Chemical Education(2015), 92, 1653-1660.

3.  Deprotonation of a Hydrophosphorane and Synthesis of the Ni(II) Metallophosphorane [NiCl{P(OC6H4N(CH3))2}(P(CH3)3)2].
Benson J. Jelier, Craig D. Montgomery, Fraser G.L. Parlane
 Inorg. Chim. Acta
(2014), 413, 121-127.

4. Crystal Structure and DFT Studies of the Hydridophosphorane HP(OC6H4NMe)2.
René T. Boeré, Andrew Dawn, Benson J. Jelier, Craig D. Montgomery
 Journal of
Chemical Crystallography (2013) 43, 127-133.

5. A Mechanistic Study of the Migratory Insertion Reaction: A Computational Chemistry Exercise.
Craig D. Montgomery
 Journal of
Chemical Education (2013), 90, 1396-1400.

6.  Factors Affecting Energy Barriers for Pyramidal Inversion in Amines and Phosphines:  A Computational Chemistry Exercise.
Craig D. Montgomery
Journal of
Chemical Education (2013), 90, 661-664.

7. A Fluorous Biphase Hydrogenation Catalyst Utilizing a Perfluoropolyalkylether: [RhCl(PPh2C6H4C(O)OCH2CF(CF3)(OCF2CF(CF3))nF))3] with n=4-9.
Chadron M. Friesen, Craig D. Montgomery, Sebastian A.J.U. Temple
Journal of
Fluorine Chemistry (2012), 144, 24-32.


For a complete list of publications, click here.


CHEM 111/112, CHEM 230, CHEM 431/432