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 2012/13:
06/13: Haraldur, Marius, Rob, Craig, Diane, Ross and Bryony head to Vienna for the 14th Tetrahedron Symposium, where the latter four will present posters of their work.
06/13: Ross and Craig's paper on "Palladium- and ruthenium-catalyzed cycloisomerization of enynamides and enynhydrazides: A rapid approach to diverse azacyclic frameworks" has been accepted for publication in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Congratulations!
06/13: The EAAs have been scampering up walls on our annual team building excursion to the Oxford Brookes climbing wall.
06/13: Becky has passed her viva and left us for pastures new in Liverpool. Well done Dr Greenaway!
06/13: Congratulations to our Part IIs Jack, Steve, Andrew and Charlie who have, in unprecedented circumstances, all handed in their theses a day early. Well done guys!
01/13: Glenn joins us from New Zealand as our new postdoc, welcome to the group!
12/12: Well done to Dave for passing his DPhil viva. Congratulations Dr Daniels!
12/12: Shermin, Hannah and Birgit's paper on metal-catalyzed syntheses of CDE rings of rubriflordilactones A and B has been published in Org. Lett.. Well done guys!
11/12: Congratulations to Jem for passing his DPhil viva. Well done Dr Pearson!
11/12: Becky and Craig's paper on reductive cyclization of bromoenynamides has been published in Adv. Synth. Catal.. Nice one!
10/12: Congratulations to Shermin for winning the Lilly Prize for Excellence in Organic Chemistry Research, and to Bryony for being awarded a commendation, for their Transfer Reports.
09/12: Welcome to all of our new students! Marius, Haraldur and Rob are just starting the DPhil; and Steve, Andrew, Charlie and Jack are with us for their Part II year.-------------
Additional synthetic chemistry expertise is available through Oxford Synthesis Connections:
We thank the following funding agencies and companies for generous sponsorship of our research: