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Name Professor Paul Wyatt
Job title Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching (BILT) Academic Fellow
Professorial Teaching Fellow
Department Academic Registrar's Office University of Bristol
School of Chemistry University of Bristol
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work+44 (0)117 331 8092
Qualifications MA, PhD(Cantab)
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Keywords asymmetric synthesis
single enantiomers
symmetry elements
properties of molecules
more exotic symmetry elements
Photoactive Surface Science
Areas of expertise Asymmetric Synthetic Methods

We look at novel ways to prepare single enantiomers. Although the compounds themselves may be useful it is usually the tools we develop to make them that are more important. These tools have intriguing properties about them because of the symmetry they employ. Although the investigation and subsequent application of some symmetry elements has been thorough and successful, the study of properties of molecules with higher symmetry has had little attention. Our programme of research concerned with the investigation of the more exotic symmetry elements and chirality.

Photoactive Surface Science

We collaborate on projects with Prof. Julian Eastoe in Physical Chemistry investigating photo-active surfactants. Modfiying the behaviour of a detergent with light is the cleanest, 'greenest', way to achieve that modification.