Welcome to the Anderson Group Website!
The Group 2015/16:
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 transition metal-catalyzed transformations and 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 work in these areas has a strong element of mechanistic analysis, where we collaborate with Prof. Rob Paton (University of Oxford) from a theoretical perspective.
Our interests extend to the uses of organic chemistry in other disciplines. We collaborate with Dr. Janet Lovett (University of St. Andrews) and Prof. Tom Brown (University of Oxford) on the development of novel probes for EPR spectroscopy. This work aims towards applications in the virology field, particularly in the areas of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV), in collaboration with Dr. Emma Anderson (University Warwick) and Prof. David Evans (University of Warwick). We further collaborate with Prof. Greg Challis (University of Warwick) on exploring aspects of the biosynthesis of polyketide natural products.
Further details of current research areas can be found under the “Research” menu.
02/16: We welcome our CDT students, Rob and Felix, to the group!
01/16: Dimitri's review on cascade polycyclizations in natural product synthesis is out in Chem. Soc. Rev. Congrats!
01/16: Say goodbye to Damien. It's been great having you in the group!
01/16: Rob and Yao's paper on the enantio- and diastereoselective enynamide [5+2] cycloisomerisation has been published in Nature Communications. Well done!
11/15: Congratulations Venky, Lizzie and Becky on the publication of our paper on trienamine-catalyzed dienamide cycloadditions in Chem. Comm.. Well done guys!
11/15: Congratulations to Mujji for being awarded the Lilly prize for his PRS transfer report.
10/15: We welcome our new Post Doc, Carlos, who joins the EAA group.
10/15: Congratulations to Marius for winning an Astra-Zeneca Graduate Seminar prize.
10/15: Welcome to the new DPhil, Kai, who joins the EAA group.
10/15: Welcome back Dimitri, Steve and Venky to the group.
10/15: Welcome to the new part II's, Tom and Marie, who join the EAA group this year.
09/15: Shermin, Guilhem, and the rubrifloridlactone team’s paper on the total synthesis of rubrifloridlactone A is published in Angewandte Chemie – well done to all, it has been quite a journey!
08/15: Many congratulations to Dr Shermin Goh on passing her DPhil viva! Shermin leaves to take up a postdoc position with Prof Ben Feringa.
08/15: Joe has finished his work in the group and is leaving for a few weeks holiday!
07/15: Welcome to Jan-Niklas, who joins us as a second summer student.
07/15: Congratulations to Craig, Becky, Oliver, Ross whose paper entitled Ynamide Carbopalladation: A Flexible Route to Mono-, Bi- and Tricyclic Azacycles has been published in Chemistry A European Journal and it's a !!!HOT PAPER!!! Great job guys!
07/15: Congratulations to Rachel! She is awarded the BANNISTER PRIZE in Organic Chemistry for her Part II thesis. Well done Rachel!
07/15: We welcome our new summer student Joe to our group.
06/15: Say goodbye to Venky. We wish you all the best.
06/15: Say goodbye to Lennart. We wish you a safe trip back to Denmark.
06/15: Goodbye Steve and Dimitri! See you around.
05/15: Congratulations to Ed! He is awarded as an outstanding tutor by Oxford University Student Union.-------------
We thank the following funding agencies and companies for generous sponsorship of our research: