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Dr Scott L. Cockroft

Dr Scott L. Cockroft

Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry

Room 222

University of Edinburgh
Joseph Black Building
David Brewster Road

Research Interests

Physical organic chemistry, molecular recognition, non-covalent interactions, supramolecular chemistry, molecular machines

Research Overview

Organic and Supramolecular Chemistry

Research in the Cockroft group spans organic chemistry and bionanotechnology. We combine molecules of synthetic and biological origins to examine the physical organic chemistry underpinning molecular interactions and the operation of molecular machines.



  1. The origin of chalcogen-bonding interactions D. J. Pascoe, K. B. Ling, S. L. Cockroft*. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 139, 15160-15167 (2017).
  2. Strong short-range cooperativity in H-bond chains N. Dominelli-Whiteley, J. J. Brown, K. B. Muchowska, I. K. Mati, C. Adam, T. A. Hubbard, A. Elmi, A. J. Brown, I. A. W. Bell, S. L. Cockroft*. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 56 (26), 7658–7662 (2017).
  3. An autonomously reciprocating transmembrane nanoactuator M. A. Watson, S. L. Cockroft*. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55 (4), 1345–1349 (2016).
  4. How much do van der Waals dispersion forces contribute to molecular recognition in solution? L. Yang, C. Adam, G. S. Nichol & S. L. Cockroft*. Nature Chem. 5(12), 1006–1010 (2013). Featured in: Nature Chem. News & Views | Chemistry World | C&EN | 'In The Pipeline' Blog
  5. Aromatic reactivity revealed: beyond resonance theory & frontier orbitals J. J. Brown & S. L. Cockroft*. Chem. Sci. 4, 1772–1780 (2013).