Management team

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis brings together a cohort of first class postgraduate research students and an excellent team of world-class academics to enable innovative solutions to chemical synthesis conundrums.

During the first year there is a lot of support from the management team, and as the years go on there is more emphasis on being self-driven but they are always there if you want a chat.

Kelly Butterfield (2012 Cohort)

The support on an admin and scientific level has been awesome but I should also highlight the excellent pastoral side of the CDT. When I had very grave familial problems everyone, from the administrative staff to the supervisors, were unbelievably supportive and generous with the flexibility I was given.

Stephen Hill (2013 Cohort)


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NameSupervision areas

Professor Varinder Aggarwal FRS

  • acyclic stereocontrol
  • organoboron chemistry
  • organometallic chemistry
  • catalytic asymmetric synthesis
  • synthesis of natural products

Professor Kevin Booker-Milburn

  • new synthetic methods for the synthesis of natural produc
  • photochemistry
  • radical chemistry
  • transition metal catalysis

Professor John Bower

  • development of novel asymmetric catalytic strategies
  • development of green processes (i.e. step economy, atom economy and selectivity)

Professor Craig Butts

  • NMR of complex chemical structures
  • reaction dynamics, kinetics and reactivity
  • computetional modelling

Professor Jonathan Clayden

  • new synthetic methods
  • organolithium chemistry
  • stereochemistry and conformational control
  • synthesis of biomimetic structures

Professor Matthew Crump

  • medicinal chemistry and biologics
  • structural biology using NMR and X-ray crystallography
  • application of chemical probes in biological systems

Professor Tony Davis

  • supramolecular chemistry
  • carbohydrate recognition
  • anion recognition and transport
  • crystal engineering
  • computer-aided molecular design

Professor Charl Faul

  • soft functional materials
  • self-assembly
  • conductive organic supramolecular materials
  • aniline-based conjugated materials

Professor Carmen Galan

Professor Tim Gallagher

  • novel synthetic chemistry and its application to medicinally important target systems
  • role and function of carbohydrates in biologically relevant environments

Dr Alastair Lennox

  • development of green synthetic processes
  • organic electrochemstry (synthetic and analytical)
  • physical organic chemistry and mechanistic studies
  • homogenous organometallic catalysis

Professor Ian Manners

  • catalysis with main group substrates
  • reactive and functional inorganic molecules and polymers
  • inorganic block copolymers 
  • self-assembly
  • supramolecular materials
  • nanoscience

Professor Andrew Orr-Ewing

  • photochemical and reaction mechanisms of organic molecules in solution, on a range of timescales from femtosecond upwards
  • controlled use of photochemistry for synthesis

Professor Paul Pringle

  • design and synthesis of unusual organophosphorus compounds
  • applications of metal complexes in catalysis

Dr Chris Russell

  • coinage metal catalysis
  • main group elements as transition metals
  • phosphorus as a carbon copy

Professor Tom Simpson FRS

  • bio-organic and natural product chemistry, especially biosynthesis of polyketide antibiotics
  • synthesis of biologically active natural products and mycotoxins

Professor Duncan Wass

  • homogeneous catalysis
  • organometallic and coordination chemistry

Professor Chris Willis

  • new methods for the synthesis of natural products and molecules of biological interest
  • biotransformations
  • reaction mechanisms
  • isotopic labelling

Professor Dek Woolfson

  • protein sequence and 3-D structure
  • design and synthesis of non-natural peptides and proteins
  • peptide-based biosensors and materials for synthetic biology
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