Group news

We have PhD positions available for 2019. For informal inquiries please email Allan.

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August 2019

  • We say goodbye to our Summer student Eggy. It has been great working with you!
  • We also say goodbye to our MSc student George. All the best in the future.

July 2019

  • Welcome to our Summer student Eggy who will be working on natural product targets with Eva.
  • Monica returns back to Canada. We all wish you the best of luck.

June 2019

  • Our group twitter is launched. Feel free to follow us for all our latest updates. [link]
  • The group and the Watson family enjoy a day out at the beach with frisbee and sausages galore!
  • Welcome to our catalysis MSc student George who will be with us for 3 months.

May 2019

  • Jamie re-joins the group. Welcome back!
  • Allan wins the RSC Hickinbottom Award for developing approaches to understand mechanisms of catalytic reactions and to generate new approaches to make C-X bonds.
  • Eva, George, and David attend the 3rd Chem Cell Press conference in Norwich where David presents his published Synlett work.

April 2019

  • Amand, Eilidh, and Matthew A attend the 19th RSC Fluorine Symposium in Southampton. Eilidh wins best talk! Congrats to Eilidh!
  • Eilidh attends SCI Organic Symposium in Glasgow and wins best talk! Congrats again to Eilidh…she is on a roll!
  • Amand and Eva present their research to date at the St Andrews postgraduate symposium talks. Well done to both!
  • Our study on Ni vs. Pd in the Suzuki–Miyaura sp2–sp2 cross-coupling is accepted in OBC. Well done Matt W! [link]
  • Nicola leaves for her new job in the Cronin lab. We all wish you the best of luck.

March 2019

  • Our collaborative study with the Sutherland group at the University of Glasgow is published in Organic Letters. Congrats to the whole team! [link]

  • Eilidh wins a poster prize at the SCI Women in Chemistry event in Nottingham. Congrats Eilidh!

January 2019

  • We welcome our CDT students Dominic, Macieji, and Virginie into the group for their miniprojects.
  • Julia’s review of biocatalytic aminoacid preparation is published in Journal of Biotechnology. Congrats Julia! [link]

December 2018

  • Nicola gives a talk and Matt West presents a poster at the Perkin Meeting at Strathclyde.
  • Matt Ashford wins the runner up poster prize at the St Andrews Postgraduate Symposium. Congrats Matt!
  • David presents a poster at the RSC Organic Meeting in Burlington House.
  • Eilidh and Matt West present posters at the SCI Modern Developments in Organic Synthesis meeting and Eilidh wins the runner up poster prize. Congrats Eilidh!

October 2018

  • David’s paper is highlighted in Thieme. [link]
  • Our flow paper with the Burley group (http://www.burleylabs.co.uk/) has been highlighted in Nature Communications. [link]
  • Our collaborative study with the Burley group (http://www.burleylabs.co.uk/) on flow-based CuAAC bioconjugation is published in Nature Communications. Congrats Marine! [link]

  • Our study on the use of vinyl Bpin as a bifunctional reagent is accepted in Synlett. Congrats David! [link]

  • Welcome to our new project students Brodie and Daniel.

September 2018

  • Welcome to our new PhD student Amand Connor.
  • Our collaborative study on the Chan-Lam reaction of N-aryl sulfonamides is published in ACS Catalysis. Congrats Julien! [link]

  • Our study on the use of DMI in cross-coupling reactions is accepted in Synlett. Congrats Kirsty! [link to follow]

August 2018

  • Welcome to our new PhD student Eva Israel.
  • Our collaborative biocatalysis paper is published in ACIE. Congrats Julia + team! [link]

July 2018

  • Welcome to our new postdoc Dr Nicola Bell.

June 2018

  • Our first asymmetric catalysis study is published in ACIE! Congrats Chao! [link]

  • The group say good bye and good luck to Dr Chao Xu and Dr John Molloy.
  • Our Pd anion metathesis paper is highlighted in SynFacts [link]

May 2018

  • Allan gives talks at GSK UP, Universities of Ottawa/Carelton, Queens Ontario, Alberta, and at the 2018 CSC in Edmonton.

April 2018

  • Some of the group’s Green Chem work is highlighted in the ACS Med Chem Tips and Tricks [link].
  • Our collaborative study with the Gilmour Group at Münster on photochemical isomerization of styrenyl organoborons is highlighted in C&EN [link].
  • Joe passes his PhD viva with Prof Paul Stevenson as examiner. Congratulations Dr Dixon!
  • John passes his PhD viva with Prof Ian Fairlamb as examiner. Congratulations Dr Molloy!
  • Allan talks at the Chem Symposium at UEA.
  • Our collaborative paper on selective bromodomain inhibitors is published in J. Med. Chem. Congrats to the team! J. Med. Chem. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.7b01666.

March 2018

  • Our paper on the use of Cyrene in amidation reactions is accepted for publication in OBC. Congrats Kirsty! Org. Biomol. Chem. DOI: 10.1039/C8OB00653A.

  • Our total synthesis/SAR study of coronatine is published in Nature Communications. Congratulations Mairi! Nat. Comm. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03443-1.

  • Kirsty, Marine, and Allan will be presenting in various forms at the ACS in NOLA.
  • Julien passes his PhD viva! Congratulations Dr Vantourout! Thanks to Prof David Procter for doing the honours.

February 2018

  • Our work with Cyrene is highlighted in the ACS Nexus Blog [link].

January 2018

  • Our collaborative study with the Gilmour Group at Münster on photochemical isomerization of styrenyl organoborons is published in ACIE. Congrats John, Jan, and Constantin! Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 3186–3172.

  • Julien wins a poster prize at the 1st Alpine Winter Conference on Medicinal and Synthetic Chemistry. Congrats Julien!
  • Our study of Pd(II) anion metathesis is published in JACS. Congrats, John, Ciaran, and Matt! Interrogating Pd(II) Anion Metathesis Using a Bifunctional Chemical Probe: A Transmetalation Switch, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 126−130.

  • The group moves to St. Andrews!