Dean, Faculty of Natural and Applied Science, Professor of Chemistry
Neufeld Science Centre
+1 (604) 513-2121 ext. 3210
+1 (604) 513-2018

Department(s) or Program(s)

Research & Scholarship

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.


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

Awards & Honors

TWU Davis Distinguished Teaching Award

Recent Publications

  1. Phosphoramidite Complexes of Pd(II), Pt(II) and Rh(I): An Effective Hydrosilylation Catalyst of 1-Hexyne and 1-Octene.

Hannah K. Carroll, Fraser G.L. Parlane, Noah Reich, Benson J. Jelier, Craig D. Montgomery

 Inorg. Chim. Acta (2017) 465, 78-83.

  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.

  1. Fischer and Schrock Carbenes: A Molecular Modeling Exercise.

Craig D. Montgomery
 Journal of Chemical Education(2015) 92, 1653-1660.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. A Mechanistic Study of the Migratory Insertion Reaction: A Computational Chemistry Exercise.

Craig D. Montgomery
Journal of Chemical Education (2013) 90, 1396-1400.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Canadian Society for Chemistry
  • SFU Adjunct Professor of Chemistry


Inorganic Chemistry, and Organometallic Chemistry

Courses Taught

CHEM 111/112 Principles of Chemistry

CHEM 230 Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 431/432 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry