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 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.
The Group 2013/14:
11/14: Congratulations to Steve, Craig, and Michael whose paper on a robust and modular synthesis of ynamides has been published in Chem. Comm. Well done guys!
10/14: We welcome Mujahid from India to the EAA group. He is our new DPhil student.
10/14: Congratulations to Niamh for receiving a commendation for her poster on her summer project, sponsored by an EPSRC vacation bursary.
10/14: Bryony has been awarded a prize on the Graduate Organic Chemistry Symposium. Congratulations!
10/14: We welcome our new part IIs, Rachel, Andrew, Dizzy, and Dan.
09/14: We have a new Post Doc! We welcome Venky to the group.
08/14: Congratulations to Birgit, Shermin, Emma, Hannah, and Guilhem whose paper on enantioselective synthesis of the predominant AB ring system of the Schisandra Nortriterpenoid natural products has been published in Org. Lett. Well done guys!
08/14: Say goodbye! to Niamh. Hope you have had enjoyed being with the EAA group.
08/14: We welcome Tom to the group, who will work as a summer student.
07/14: Congratulations to Dr Ross! He has passed his viva.
07/14: We welcome Niamh, who is becoming our new summer student this year.
07/14: Goodbye Silvia! We will miss you. Have a safe trip back to Spain.
06/14: Congratulations to Bryony, Diane, Haraldur, and Jack whose paper on synthesis of cyclic alkenylsiloxanes has been published in Chem. Eur. J. Good job guys!
06/14: Congratulations to MC, Jenny, Brigit, and Shermin whose paper on carbopalladation of bromoene-alkynylsilanes has been published in Org. Chem. Front. Well done!
05/14: We welcome Silvia, who is a visiting PhD from Spain. Her project is on ynamide chemistry.
04/14: Say goodbye! to Steve but not forever as he will return for his DPhil in October.
02/14: We are joined by Guilhem, who will be our new Post Doc. Welcome!-------------
We thank the following funding agencies and companies for generous sponsorship of our research: