Welcome to the Anderson Group Website!
Our research encompasses all aspects of synthetic organic chemistry, with a particular focus on the total synthesis of biologically active molecules, and the development of new reactions including cascade processes.
We aim to use the exciting and challenging chemical structures displayed by bioactive natural products to inspire the development of new reactions. High importance is placed on both reaction generality (to demonstrate wide substrate scope), and on finding additional uses of the reaction products (to increase method utility). Within the theme of reaction development, we have particular interests in the use of metal-mediated reactions to rapidly construct complex functional molecules, and in new applications of organosilicon chemistry.
Our interests extend to the uses of organic chemistry in other disciplines. We collaborate with Prof. David Evans and Dr. Emma Anderson (University of Warwick) in the field of new antiviral technologies, and with Dr. Janet Lovett (University of Edinburgh) on the use of EPR spectroscopy in biological environments. Our work in this field also involves collaboration with Prof. Tom Brown (University of Southampton).
Further details of current research areas can be found under the “Research” menu.
The Group 2013/14:
02/14: We are joined by Guilhem, who will be our new Post Doc. Welcome!
01/14: Christian has had his first paper accepted to Adv. Synth. Catal. based on the work he did in his Masters project. Congratulations!
01/14: Dave and Alison's paper on 'Ligand Bite Angle-Dependent Palladium-Catalyzed Cyclization of Propargylic Carbonates to 2-Alkynyl Azacycles or Cyclic Dienamides' has been published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Well done!
01/14: We welcome back Steve, our former Part II, who returns to us to continue working on his project. Unfortunately for him he's arrived just in time to help us move!
11/13: Bryony has been awarded a runner-up prize on the Syngenta Scholarship Workshop held at the Jealott's Hill research centre.
10/13: Rob has won the Lilly Prize for Excellence in Organic Chemistry Research for his PRS report, congratulations!
10/13: Well done to Marius, Rob and Haraldur for successfully passing their Transfer of Status vivas and upgrading to official second years.
10/13: We have two new DPhil students starting - Christian from Germany and Yao from Thailand, welcome!
09/13: We welcome Polly, Lizzie, Sally and Minh to the group, who join us for their Part II year.
09/13: Diane has passed her viva and left us for UC Irvine in California to start her new Postdoc with Prof. Chris Vanderwal. Congratulations Dr Lim! We wish you all the best for the future, you will be greatly missed!
08/13: Craig, Becky and Ollie's paper on bromoalkenyl ynamide cascade cyclization to trikentrin-like frameworks has appeared online at Chem. Commun.
08/13: Congratulations to Craig, Becky and Ollie whose paper on ynamide tricyclization has been accepted to Chem. Commun.
08/13: We are very sad to be saying goodbye to Craig, as his three-year postdoc has finally come to an end. We wish him well in his new position in the Smith group (good thing they're just down the corridor so he can still eat lunch with us!).
07/13: Ross and Craig's paper "Palladium- and ruthenium-catalyzed cycloisomerization of enynamides and enynhydrazides: A rapid approach to diverse azacyclic frameworks" has been published in Angew.Chem. Int. Ed. Congratulations!
07/13: We are joined by a new summer student, Rachel, who will be working with Team Ynamide for two months. Welcome to the group!-------------
We thank the following funding agencies and companies for generous sponsorship of our research: