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 2014/15:
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 on passing her DPhil viva! Shermin leaves to take up a postdoc position with Prof Ben Feringa.
08/15: Joe finishes his work in the group and leaves 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, and Amber 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 Joe, who is becoming our new summer student this year.
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 and have lunch with us somethimes.
05/15: Congratulations to Ed! He is awarded as an outstanding tutor by Oxford University Student Union.
04/15: We welcome Lennart to the EAA group. He is a Professor of Medicinal Chemistry from University of Copenhagen.
03/15: Congratulations to Dr Bryony! She has passed her viva. Well done!
02/15: Welcome Steve and Dimitri!, our new DPhil students from the CDT programme.
02/15: Say goodbye! to Glenn, but he is not going anywhere far (just move to the opposite building). All the best with your new job!
01/15: We are joined by Damien, who will be our new Post Doc. Welcome!
11/14: Congratulations to Steve, Craig, and Michael whose paper on a robust and modular synthesis of ynamides has been published in Chem. Commun. 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.-------------
We thank the following funding agencies and companies for generous sponsorship of our research: