The Campopiano and Lawrence groups have published a new amine donor for biocatalysis, inspired by nature and broadly applicable, which could open up greener and more sustainable alternatives to the metal-catalysed methods for synthesis of chiral amines that are currently used across the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and fine chemical industries. They also made the front cover of the journal!
Increasingly high-technology lifestyles have resulted in economic, scientific and societal challenges in supply, demand and use of finite global resources such as metals, minerals and fuels. Current linear manufacturing processes which extract, process, exploit and dispose of these resources are being challenged, with a greater impetus towards circularity in material and resource use.
Recent work from the Ingleson group developed the first examples of simple boron based compounds (organoboranes) as phase transfer catalysts for nucleophilic fluorination to form C-F bonds using inexpensive CsF as the fluoride source.
School of Chemistry PhD students Jenke Scheen from the Michel group, Yuan Gao from the Guy Lloyd-Jones group and Optima CDT 4th year PhD student Daisy Dickinson have all been named as finalists in the prestigious STEM for Britain national awards.
Congratulations to Professor Mark Bradley on being awarded a distinguished lectureship by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) President's International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI) Category A: For Distinguished Scientists.
The award will see Professor Bradley conducting a lecture tour and hosting researchers from CAS.
The PIFI program is a specific funding program to attract talented foreigners to CAS for scientific exchanges and research cooperation.
Dr Stephen Thomas has been announced as a finalist in the UK Blavatnik Awards 2022. This follows on from being awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Merck, Sharp and Dohme Award in 2021.
The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom is a highly prestigious national prize celebrating the accomplishments and future potential of the UK’s most innovative young academic staff, scientists and engineers working across Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.
Congratulations to School of Chemistry PhD Student Craig Steven, who has won two prestigious RSC prizes recently and also has written a chapter in a newly published book.
Craig is based in the research groups of Professors Alison Hulme from the School of Chemistry and Valerie Brunton from the Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre.