Research themes

Our research is broadly organised into themes, although there is much overlap and many academics work in more than one area.

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New scaffolds for medicines and agrochemicals

  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Synthetic analogues
  • Heterocyclic chemistry

Cleaner synthesis

  • C-H activation
  • Photochemistry
  • Biocatalysis
  • Flow chemistry

Design and synthesis of new bioactive and functional molecules

  • Supramolecular chemistry for recognition and transport
  • Design of new peptide and protein structures

Metal catalysed transformations

  • Synthesis of new heterocyclic chemistry
  • Iron-based catalysis
  • Gold catalysis
  • Upgrading of alcohols for fuel

Expedient new synthetic methodologies

  • Glycosylation methods
  • Organo-boron and organo-sulfur chemistry
  • Oligosaccharide chemistry
  • Heterocyclic chemistry
  • Transition metal catalysis

Natural product chemistry

  • Compound extraction and characterisation
  • Biosynthetic pathways
  • Total synthesis
  • Isotopic labelling

Designer ligands for catalysis

  • Synthesis of phophorus-containing ligands
  • Carbohydrate-base ligands
  • Polypeptide and protein basd ligand design

Main group chemistry: from molecules to materials

  • Polymers
  • Phosphorus/carbon analogues
  • Self-assembly
  • Nanoscience