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Professor William Levason 

Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

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Professor William Levason is Professor Emeritus within Chemistry at the University of Southampton.


Bill Levason received a B.Sc. (1st class Hons) from UMIST in 1970. He remained there to study for a Ph.D developing the coordination chemistry of bidentate antimony containing ligands, graduating in 1975. He was appointed to a Lecturership in Inorganic Chemistry at Southampton in 1976, being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1987. He became a Reader in 1994 and was made Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in 1999. He retired in December 2013 and is currently Emeritus Professor.

Bill’s research interests are in synthetic inorganic chemistry and include the design and coordination of neutral bi- and multi-dentate ligands containing heavy group 15 and 16 donor atoms (P, As, Sb, Bi, Se and Te), transition metal coordination chemistry, especially in high oxidation states, and metal halide and oxo-halide chemistry. More recently main group (p-block) coordination chemistry and the applications of main group complexes as precursors for the chemical vapour deposition of electronic materials (semi-conductors etc.) has become a major theme. The coordination chemistry of metal and non-metal fluorides is also being developed, both from the point of view of fundamental chemistry, and also involving the design of new agents for 18-F incorporation into radiopharmaceuticals.

Bill has published 1 book, 40review articles and over 450 research papers.

He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society.




Research interests

Research keywords

Coordination chemistry, group 15 and 16 donor ligands, early transition metal chemistry, main group metal chemistry 

Research funding

2006-2009 “Topological engineering”, Basic Technology Grant, RCUK, £2.54m. Collaborative grant with School of Physics and Astronomy, Optoelectronic Research Centre, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham.

2006-2008 Synthesis, Characterisation and Evaluation of Chiral Distibines, Multidentate and Macrocyclic Stibines EPSRC £219,059. joint with Prof. G. Reid.

2008-2010 Dibismuthines: synthesis, metal complexes and evaluation as precursors for Bi alloy films EPSRC £213,424. joint with Prof. G. Reid.

2010-2014 Phase Change Memory Materials EPSRC £901K 2010-2014, joint with Prof G. Reid,

Prof. P. N. Bartlett, Dr A. L. Hector , Prof C. de Groot.

2012-2016 Ensemble effects in metal nitrides. EPSRC £294K joint with Dr. A. L. Hector


Research group

Functional Inorganic, Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry

Research project(s)

Levason: Chemistry of Bi- and Polydentate Antimony and Bismuth Ligands

Levason: Coordination Chemistry of Main Group Elements

Levason: Coordination Chemistry of Early Transition Metals and Lanthanides

Levason: Multidentate and Macrocyclic Selenoether and Telluroether Chemistry

Levason: Coordination chemistry of metal and non-metal fluorides

Key Publications


Book Chapter


Professor William Levason
Chemistry University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

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