April ’21: Ai-Lan organises a virtual MChem Day for final year in house MChem project students on 29th April. Ana wins one of the well deserved “best talk” prizes on the day, voted for by MChem students. Many thanks to Charles River Laboratories for sponsoring the prizes.
April ’21: Congrats to Euan who passed his (remote) viva! Well done and well deserved!
Feb ’21: Ai-Lan gives a webinar at the UK catalysis Hub. Chris was interviewed for Chem. Sci.’s 10th annivesary celebration. Read his interview here.
Jan ’21: We welcome new PhD student David Kitcatt. Chris presents remotely at the 49th Annual RSC Scottish Regional Organic Division Meeting organised by Heriot-Watt and Chris also organises the Twitter poster session for the same event:
Dec ’20: Euan presents remotely at the Syngenta Collaborative Research Conference 2020.
Oct ’20: We welcome new EPSRC/AstraZeneca iCASE PhD student David Mooney.
Sept ’20: We welcome MChem project student Anamarija Pispek (jointly supervised with Prof. Stuart Macgregor) and BSc literature project students Ellen Barlow and Rebecca Blakeman.
Aug ’20: Congrats to Euan, and recent MChem project students Francesca and Orla, whose work on “Selectivity Control in Gold-Catalyzed Hydroarylation of Alkynes with Indoles: Application to Unsymmetrical Bis(indolyl)methanes” has now been published in Organic Letters.
July ’20: After over 3 months in lockdown, we are glad to report that Chris’ new review on “Heterogenous Photocatalysis in Flow Chemical Reactors” for a Beilstein J. Org. Chem. special thematic issue on “Advances in Photoredox Catalysis” has now been published online here.
June ’20: Congratulations to MChem project students Ben, Olly and Orla who all (remotely) graduated with MChem (Hons) with the Perkin, AWE and Trikamadas Mangla Prizes respectively. Well done!
Feb ’20: Chris’ paper on polymer-supported BODIPY photosensitisers is now published online in a special issue of J. Flow Chem. here.
Jan ’20: Congrats to Claire who successfully passed her viva!
Jan ’20: Euan and Chris present posters at the 48th RSC Scottish Organic Division Perkin Meeting at St Andrews (9 Jan). Congrats to Chris who picked up a runner-up poster prize!
Dec ’19: Ai-Lan presents at Evotec (9 Dec), University of Bath (10 Dec), and the Leigh Group 30th Anniversary Symposium at University of Manchester (11-12 Dec, image below). Was great catching up with everyone!
Nov ’19: Chris’ work on “Continuous-Flow Synthesis and Application of Polymer-Supported BODIPY Photosensitisers for the Generation of Singlet Oxygen; Process Optimised by In-Line NMR Spectroscopy” has been accepted for publication in J. Flow. Chem. Well done both! Dan’s collaborative work with Eli Zysman-Colman at St Andrews University on “Synthesis and Optoelectronic Properties of Benzoquinone-Related Donor-Acceptor Compounds” has been accepted for publication in Beilstein J. Org. Chem.
Oct ’19: Claire’s paper on “Pd(II)-Catalyzed Enantioselective Desymmetrization of Polycyclic Cyclohexenediones: Conjugate Addition versus Oxidative Heck” has been published in Org. Lett. Well done!
Sept ’19: Congrats to Chris who won one of the 3 poster prizes at the RSC Chemical Sciences Functional Organic Materials Symposium (24-25 Sept 2019, Burlington House, London). Euan wins the EPS Institute of Chemical Sciences 2nd Year Postgraduate Prize and presents on EPS Postgraduate Research Day. We welcome Erasmus exchange student Nemrud Demirel and MChem project students Olly Wright, Ben Donkin and Orla Cassidy.
Aug ’19: Matthew’s MChem research project work on “Metal-, Photocatalyst- and Light-Free Direct C-H Acylation and Carbamoylation of Heterocycles” has been accepted for publication in Org. Lett. Well done! Congratulations to Euan, who has won the EPS Postgraduate Research 2nd Year Prize for ICS. Euan and Ai-Lan’s “News and Views” piece on Mouriès-Mansuy, Ollivier and Fensterbank’s work has been published in Nature Chemistry.
June ’19: Congratulations to project students Stuart, Francesca and Matthew who graduate with their well deserved MChem (Hons) degrees. Well done to Matthew who won the William Perkin Prize. All the best for the future! Congrats to Claire who won a best talk prize at the Institute of Chemical Sciences Final Year PhD Talks.
April ’19: Claire presents a talk at the 30th SCI Regional Postgraduate Symposium, University of Glasgow, 15th April. Euan starts his placement at Syngenta. Claire presents a talk and Euan presents a poster at the CRITICAT Annual Catalysis Conference held at Heriot-Watt University, 8-9 April, an event organised by Heriot-Watt CRITICAT students this year. We welcome CRITICAT student Chris Thomson, who is jointly supervised with Dr Filipe Vilela.
Mar ’19: Congratulations to Euan, Vincent and Sebastian whose work on “Dual Copper- and Photoredox-Catalysed C(sp2)-C(sp3) Coupling” has been published in Chem. Commun.
Feb ’19: Congratulations to Marcos whose work on “Silver Effect in Regiodivergent Gold-Catalysed Hydroaminations” has been published in ACS Catalysis.
Nov-Dec ’18: Congratulations to Dan who passed his viva! Well done! Claire was selected to present as part of the UK delegation to the 14th National Organic Symposium Trust Symposium for Research Scholars (J-NOST-14) iat CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, India from 28 Nov-1st Dec 2018. While very jet-lagged, Claire also presented her work at the 2018 RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium at RSC Burlington House, London on 3rd December 2018. Well done, Claire! Claire and Euan present posters at the RSC Scottish Organic Division Meeting, University of Strathclyde, 17th December 2018.
Aug-Sep ’18: Welcome to MChem project students Matthew, Stuart and Francesca. Congratulations to Claire who won an EPS 2nd Year Postgraduate Research Prize. Dan presents a poster on his research at the 7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Liverpool, 26-30 August 2018.
June ’18: Congrats to Dan who won one of the “best talk” prizes at the ICS Final Year PhD Talks, 14th June. Welcome to RSC Undergraduate Research Bursary summer student Matthew Westwood. Congrats to project students Conor, Lennart and Calvin who graduate this summer.
May ’18: Our work on “Rapid Iododeboronation with and without Gold Catalysis: Application to Radiolabelling of Arenes” in collaboration with Dr Andy Sutherland at University of Glasgow (here) has been highlighted in Synfacts (by: Timothy M. Swager and Martin D. Peeks, thank you!).
Mar ’18: Congratulations to Dan, Luke (MChem project student 2016-2017) and Stuart (previous summer project student 2017) whose paper, “Gold(I)-Catalysed Hydroarylation of 1,3 Disubstituted Allenes with Efficient Axial-to-Point Chirality Transfer” has been accepted in Chem. Eur. J. as a “Very Important Paper”. Well done! Twitter link here.
Jan ’18: PhD studentship vacancy link here, closing date 31st January. Marcos, Dan and Claire present posters at the 46th Scottish Regional Meeting of the RSC ORganic Division, held at University of Edinburgh on 9th January. Congratulations to Claire who won a runner-up poster prize!
Dec ’17: Dan presents his PhD work at the RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium 2017, London, 4th December.
Nov ’17: Congrats to Claire (CRITICAT PhD student), Bryan (MChem project), Gemma (summer student) and John (Vilela Group) who’s work on “Auto-Tandem Catalysis: Pd(II)-Catalysed Dehydrogenation/Oxidative Heck of Cyclopentane-1,3-diones”has been accepted inChem. Eur. J. Congrats to Stacey (graduated PhD student) and Conor (BSc project) who’s work on “Rapid Iododeboronation with and without Gold Catalysis: Application to Radiolabelling of Arenes” in collaboration with Dr Andy Sutherland at University of Glasgow, has been accepted for publication in Chem. Eur. J. We welcome back ex-Lee Group member Dr Paul Young (Johnson Matthey) who delivered the PPICSS Institute of Chemical Sciences talk: “From Heriot-Watt to a Career with Opiates”.
Oct ’17: Congrats to Claire who won the EPS 1st Year Postgraduate Research Prize and Dan who won the EPS 2nd Year Postgraduate Research Prize. Claire and Dan also enthuse members of the public at the “Midlothian Science Festival Gala Day”, as part of the Heriot-Watt PPICS contingent
Sept ’17: Ai-Lan gives a seminar at University of Lancaster. Claire participates at the “Bang Goes the Borders Science Festival” outreach event, as part of the Heriot-Watt PPICS contingent. We welcome MChem project students Conor and Lennart, and BSc project student Calvin.
Feb ’17: We welcome Leverhulme Trust funded PDRA Marcos Veguillas who joins us from Magnus’ group.
Jan ’17: Happy New Year! Vincent and Dan’s paper on “Dual Gold and Photoredox Catalysed C-H Activation of Arenes for Aryl-Aryl Cross Couplings” has been accepted for publication in Chem. Sci. Well done both! Vincent presents a talk on “Dual gold and photoredox catalysed cross couplings” at the Scottish Regional Meeting of the Organic Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry at University of Dundee. Vincent, Dan and Claire also presented posters at the same meeting.
Dec ’16: Ai-Lan gives a seminar at Queen Mary University of London and University of Southampton.
Nov ’16: Stacey and Dan’s work on “Chirality Transfer in Gold(I)-Catalysed Hydroalkoxylation of 1,3-Disubstituted Allenes” has been published in Chem. Eur. J. as a “Hot Article”. The work has also been highlighted on the ChemistryViews website. Well done! Ai-Lan gives a seminar at University of Durham.
Oct ’16: Congratulations to Dan who won the 1st Year Postgraduate Research Prize at the EPS Poster and Prizegiving event. Ai-Lan presents an invited lecture at the 2nd NSFC-RSC International Symposium on Emerging Frontiers in Organic Synthesis, Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London, 17-18th October 2016.
Sept ’16: Congratulations to Stacey who passed her PhD viva! Well done! We welcome MChem project student Bryan Nderitu. Ai-Lan gives an invited lecture at the 7th SCI “A Celebration of Organic Chemistry” at Syngenta, Jealott’s Hill, 19-20th September. Our paper on Gold-Catalyzed Proto- and Deuterodeboronation has been highlighted in Organic Chemistry Portal.
July ’16: Vincent’s paper on “Dual Gold Photoredox C(sp2)-C(sp2) Cross Couplings – Development and Mechanistic Studies” has been accepted for publication in Chem. Commun. Well done! Well done too to Claire who attended the opening of the Scottish Parliament to deliver an outreach demonstration with Dr Stephen Mansell and Dr Jin Xuan on 3D printing in chemical research.
June ’16: Congrats to Stacey who won the best overall poster prize at the Royal Society of Chemistry Early Career Symposium in Glasgow. We welcome summer student Gemma McMurdo, who is on an ICS Summer Research Scholarship. Claire presents at the Criticat CDT Advanced Workshop at Firbush. Congratulations to MChem project students Reda Ghezzal and Euan McLean who both graduate with their well deserved MChem Hons.
April ’16: Stacey presents a lecture at the 27th SCI Regional Postgraduate Symposium on Novel Organic Chemistry, University of St Andrews, 12th April 2016.
Jan ’16: Graeme presents a talk entitled “Chirality Transfer in Gold(I)-Catalysed Allylic Etherifications: A Route to Enantioenriched Allylic Ethers” at the Scottish Regional Meeting of the Organic Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry at University of Aberdeen. Stacey and Graeme also presented posters at the same meeting.
Dec ’15: Ai-Lan’s News and Views article is online in Nature Chem. Our group’s work has been highlighted in the EPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Facility’s annual report 2014-2015. Thanks for their excellent service! Stacey has been selected to attend the XI J-NOST Conference for Research Scholars, NISER Bhubaneswar, India, sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry. She will be giving an oral presentation on her PhD research on gold and indium catalysed reactions.
Nov ’15: Our invited review on “Enantioselective Oxidative Boron Heck Reactions” has been accepted for publication in Org. Biomol. Chem. for the upcoming 2016 “New Talents” special issue. Ai-Lan presents an invited lecture at AstraZeneca, Macclesfield. Stacey presents a poster at the RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium 2015, Burlington House, London.
Oct ’15: Ai-Lan is the returning speaker at the GSK Emerging Academics Symposium, Stevenage, 20th October. Our work on “Gold-Catalyzed Proto- and Deutero-deboronation” is featured on the front cover of J. Org. Chem. and has been highlighted in the journal Synfacts. Stacey and Louise’s work on “Indium vs. Gold Catalysis in Dehydrative Reactions with Allylic Alcohols” has been published in an invited Special Issue of Synlett (Young Investigators Workshop – Synlett Special Issue). Well done. Claire starts her PhD on the CRITICAT CDT programme. Welcome back!
Sept ’15: We welcome new PhD student Dan Sutherland, new MChem project students Reda Ghezzal and Euan McLean and BSc project student Conor Fletcher. Graeme presents his work on “Chirality Transfer in Gold(I)-Catalysed Direct Allylic Etherification of Unactivated Alcohols” at the Gregynog Synthesis Workshop.
July ’15: Stacey presents a poster at the 19th European Symposium on Organic Chemistry (ESOC), Lisbon, 12-16th July. Graeme and Dave present posters at 18th IUPAC International Symposium on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis (OMCOS 18), Barcelona, Spain.
June ’15: Graeme, Dave and Paul’s paper on “Chirality Transfer in Gold(I)-Catalysed Direct Allylic Etherification of Unactivated Alcohols – Experimental and Computational Study” has been accepted in Chem. Eur. J.Well done! Our paper on “Gold-Catalyzed Proto- and Deutero-deboronation” has been accepted and chosen as a Featured Article inJ. Org. Chem. Well done to Graeme, Stacey, Dave, Paul and project students Matt and Rachel! June graduations: congratulations to Dr Sarah Walker and Dr James O’Neill! Congratulations to Louise on her MChem!
May ’15: We welcome new postdoc Vincent Gauchot, who will be working on a Leverhulme funded project on gold catalysis, and summer students Kathryn and Ivanda.
April ’15: Congratulations to Sarah who passed her PhD viva! Well done. Ai-Lan present at University of St Andrews (EaStCHEM Colloquium).
Feb ’15: Well done to Sarah and ex-project students Claire, Nick and Paul – their paper on “Oxidative Heck Desymmetrisation of 2,2-Disubstituted Cyclopentene-1,3-diones” has been accepted in Chem. Commun.
Dec. ’14: Awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Grant to work on gold catalysis. Congratulations to Sarah who won a runner-up prize for her poster presentation at the RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium, Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, 1st December 2014. Ai-Lan presents at University of East Anglia. Congratulation to James who passed his PhD viva!
Oct. ’14: Ai-Lan presents at University of Oxford. Congratulations to Stacey for winning a 1st Year Postgraduate Research Prize at the EPS Poster Competition.
Sept. ’14: Our paper on “Pd-Catalysed Direct C-H Funtionalisation of Benzoquinone” has been accepted for publication inAngew. Chem. Int. Ed. Well done to Sarah, Jamie and Dave! Sarah presents a poster at the Joliot-Curie Conference. We welcome MChem project student Louise Schaefer.
August ’14: We welcome James Wright who is a visiting PhD student from University of Otago (Royal Society International Exchanges).
June ’14: Our paper on “Gold(I)-Catalysed Direct Thioetherifications using Allylic Alcohols – an Experimental and Computational Study” has been accepted for publication in Chem. Eur. J. Congratulations to all involved. We welcome Matthew Andrews who has been awarded an RSC Undergraduate Summer Research Bursary to work with Graeme. Congratulations to our previous MChem and Nuffield project students Claire Lamb, Rachel Curley and James Sanderson who all graduate with MChem 1st Class Hons this summer! Congratulations to Paul who is now officially Dr Paul Young! Sarah presents a poster at the 15th Tetrahedron Symposium in London (24-27th June).
May ’14: Congratulations to Claire who won one of the “best oral presentation” prizes on MChem Day. Applications for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis are now open. Ai-Lan is part of the Teaching Committee, who will oversee and direct the taught training and experimental techniques during this comprehensive four-year doctoral training programme in catalysis.
Mar ’14: Congratulations to Paul who passed his PhD viva. Sarah presents at the 25th SCI Regional Postgraduate Symposium on Novel Organic Chemistry at Heriot-Watt University. Programme here, group photo of speakers here.
Dec ’13: Paul has been selected to present a talk on his PhD work at J-NOST 9 in Bhopal, India as part of an RSC-sponsored 8-member UK delegation. Ai-Lan is co-organising the 42nd Scottish Regional Meeting of the RSC Organic Division at Heriot-Watt University on 18th December. Programme here. Sarah and Graeme present posters at the meeting.
Nov ’13: Our paper on gold(I) and palladium(II) complexes of 1,3,4-trisubstituted-1,2,3-triazol-5-ylidene “click” carbenes (with J. Crowley) has been published online in Organometallics. Well done James (W) and Paul! We welcome MChem mini-project student Rachel Curley.
July ’13: Ai-Lan visits and presents at University of Otago, New Zealand on a Royal Society International Exchanges grant.
June ’13: Congratulations to our project student Sam Green who graduates with an MChem (Hons) and the William H. Perkin prize for Organic Chemistry. Sam will be joining Evotec as a scientist upon graduation. Pauline Glen also officially graduates with her PhD and will be joining Johnson Matthey as a research scientist. Well done to both!
May ’13: Paul and Sam’s paper on “Deactivation of Gold(I) Catalysts in the Presence of Thiols and Amines – Characterisation and Catalysis” has been accepted for publication inDalton Transactions. Well done! Furthermore, congratulations to Sam who won a best MChem project talk prize on MChem day. Ai-Lan features in the Heriot-Watt University news. We welcome summer student Nick Beattie.
April ’13: Sarah et al.’s work on “Ligand and Base-free Pd(II)-Catalyzed Controlled Switching between Oxidative Heck and Conjugate Addition Reactions” has been published online in Organic Letters. Well done to all involved! Sam presents her MChem research project at the SCI YCP Scottish Undergraduate Symposium at University of Strathclyde. We welcome Erasmus exchange student Lorena Herkert. Ai-Lan presents at University of Strathclyde.
March ’13: We welcome Dr Graeme Barker who starts as a postdoctoral research fellow. Congratulations to Pauline who passed her PhD viva. Well done! Our “Highlight” article has appeared in A ngew. Chemie. Int. Ed., highlighting Prof. Lambert’s carbonyl-olefin metathesis. Jamie and James’ Pd work has been highlighted on the Organic Chemistry Portal site.
Jan ’13: Ai-Lan has been promoted to Reader. We welcome Erasmus exchange students Eloi Coutant from France, and Paul Nikodemiak from Germany.
Dec ’12: Paul presents a poster entitled “Development of Novel Gold(I)-Catalysed Reactions” at the RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium at the Royal Society Of Chemistry, Burlington House, London on 3rd December 2012, and the RSC 41st Scottish Regional Organic Division Meeting (Scottish Perkin Meeting) at University of St Andrews, 12th Dec 2012. Our collaborator, Dr James Crowley, visits from University of Otago on a Royal Society International Exchanges Grant.
Oct ’12: A grant from the EPSRC has been awarded to Dr Ai-Lan Lee (PI) and Prof. Stuart Macgregor (Co-I). The grant is for £571k for 3 years and is a joint experimental/computational study titled, “Gold-Catalysed Direct Allylic Etherification of Alcohols”.
Oct ’12: Paul and Nina’s work on ‘Gold(I)-Catalysed Direct Allylic Etherification of Unactivated Alcohols’ has been accepted for publication in Chem. Commun. (Invited article: Emerging Investigators Special Issue 2013). Pauline and James’ work on “Synthesis of a C1-Symmetric Box Macrocycle and Studies toward Active Template Synthesis of Mechanically Planar Chiral Rotaxanes” has been accepted for publication in Tetrahedron. Well done! Ai-Lan presents at University of Manchester.
Sept ’12: We welcome MChem project student Samantha Green and Erasmus student Julian Böhnke.
July ’12: Paul and Richard’s work on “Gold(I)-Catalyzed Addition of Thiols and Thioacids to 3,3-Disubstituted Cyclopropenes” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Organic Chemistry. In addition to the title study, X-ray characterisation of a novel digold with bridging thiolate complex, sheds light on a possible deactivation pathway when gold catalysts are used in the presence of thiols. Our review on ‘1,3,4-Trisubtituted-1,2,3-Triazol-5-ylidene ‘Click’ Carbene Ligands: Synthesis, Catalysis and Self-Assembly’ has reached the top 5 most downloaded in the Aust. J. Chem.
June ’12: Ai-Lan presents at the RSC’s ISACS 7 (International Symposium on Advancing the Chemical Sciences) – Challenges in Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology 12-15th June. James’ paper on “Gold(III)-oxo complexes as catalysts in intramolecular hydroamination” is accepted for publication in Catalysis Science and Technology. We welcome Nuffield undergraduate student Lisa Patrick. Congratulations to project students Richard Mudd and Steven Levey who both graduate with an MChem (Hons).
May ’12: Congratulations to Max who passed his PhD viva! Congratulations to Richard Mudd who won a prize for best MChem project talk on MChem Day.
April ’12: Jamie and James’ paper on “Mild and Ligand Free Pd(II)-Catalyzed Conjugate Additions to Hindered γ-Substituted Cyclohexenones” is published online in Organic Letters. Well done! We have been awarded a Royal Society International Exchanges grant to work with Dr James Crowley, University of Otago. We welcome Erasmus student Nina Schopf.
Mar ’12: Our mechanistic paper entitled “Computational Studies on the Mechanism of the Gold(I)-Catalysed Rearrangement of Cyclopropenes” in collaboration with Prof. Stuart Macgregor has been accepted for publication in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. Richard presents results from his MChem project at the 3rd SCI YCP Scottish Undergraduate Symposium at University of Glasgow.
Feb ’12: Ai-Lan presents at University of Sussex.
Jan ’12: Our work on “Divergent outcomes of gold(I)-catalyzed indole additions to 3,3-disubstituted cyclopropenes” is published online in Organic Letters. Well done to everyone who contributed to the paper.
Dec ’11: Jamie presents his work on Pd-catalysed conjugate additions at the RSC’s 40th Scottish Organic Regional Meeting in Glasgow.
Nov ’11: We welcome new PhD student Sarah Walker. Congratulations to James Sanderson (Nuffield summer student 2011) who has been awarded an AztraZeneca Research Bursary. Congratulations to Pauline and James who both won best talks for their respective departmental Final Year PhD Talks on 2nd Nov and 23rd Nov.
Oct ’11: Congratulations to Paul who won a School of EPS 1st Year Postgraduate Prize.
Sept ’11: We welcome MChem project students Richard Mudd and Steven Levey, and exchange student Marta Witkowska. Ai-Lan presents at the Gregynog Synthesis Workshop.
August ’11: Our review on ‘1,3,4-Trisubtituted-1,2,3-Triazol-5-ylidene ‘Click’ Carbene Ligands: Synthesis, Catalysis and Self-Assembly’ is published in the Aust. J. Chem. special Research Fronts issue on N-Heterocyclic Carbenes.
July ’11: Ai-Lan presents at the 16th IUPAC OMCOS conference in Shanghai. Our paper on gold(I)-1,2,3-triazolylidenes is featured as one of the Gold 100 Article Collection by the RSC and World Gold Council.
June ’11: We welcome James Sanderson, who joins us on a Nuffield Undergraduate Bursary for a summer project. Congratulations to our project students Lynn, Arthur and Gordon who graduate with MChem(Hons) and BSc(Hons) respectively. Congratulations to last year’s Nuffield undergraduate student, Amelie Heuer-Jungemann who graduates with an MChem(Hons) and the William H Perkin Prize in Organic Chemistry.
May ’11: Pauline presents her research at the 22nd SCI Regional Graduate Symposium on Novel Organic Chemistry. Congratulations to Lynn who won a prize for best presentation at the MChem Day.
April ’11: Ai-Lan presents at the Young Chemists 2011 (YC11), at Imperial College London. Our Annu. Rep. Prog. Chem. review for 2011 on Enantioselective Catalysis (covering enantioselective gold-catalysed reactions, palladium-catalysed Heck reactions and alkene metathesis) has been published online.
March ’11: We organise the SCI Young Chemists Panel Scottish Undergraduate Research Symposium at Heriot-Watt on 23rd March.
Jan ’11: Amelie’s Nuffield summer project and Ross’ MChem project work has been accepted for publication in Tetrahedron.
Dec ’10: Ai-Lan presents at the 39th RSC Scottish Regional Meeting of the Organic Division at University of Edinburgh.
Nov ’10: Max’s paper on the synthesis of trienes is published online in Chem. Commun. Ai-Lan presents at University of Birmingham. Paul attends the SCI Review Meeting in London and nearly gets stranded there, while Ai-Lan’s plane is stuck (under snow) in Edinburgh. The big freeze begins.
Oct ’10: We welcome Jamie Jordan-Hore (postdoc) to the group. Ai-Lan presents at the GSK Young Academic Symposium.
Sept ’10: We welcome Paul Young (PhD), Lynn Arrowsmith (MChem dissertation), Arthur Hawkins (BSc project) and Gordon Lister (BSc project). Ai-Lan chalks and talks at Gregynog.
August ’10: Ursula’s work on gold(I)-1,2,3-triazolylidenes (in collaboration with J. Crowley) is published in Chem. Commun. Max presented his research at the ACS National Meeting in Boston.
July ’10: Max and Juergen’s full paper has been published in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. Congratulations to our 2009-2010 project students Ross McLaren and Paul Young who both graduated with MChem (Hons) and Mark Lauchlan who graduated with a BSc (Hons). Well done! A glove box has been installed in the lab.
June ’10: Our Organic Letters paper has been highlighted in this month’s issue of Synfacts. Our Annual Reports chapter on “Enantioselective Catalysis” has been published online, covering key advances in enantioselective gold-catalysed reactions and alkene metathesis in 2009.
May ’10: We welcome Amelie Heuer-Jungemann, who joins us for the summer on a Nuffield Undergraduate Bursary. Ai-Lan presents at University of York.
April ’10: Ai-Lan presents a talk at the Spring Symposium at Pfizer.
March ’10: Awarded a Leverhulme Trust grant to work on Pd-couplings and a Royal Society Research Grant to work on gold catalysis. We welcome Ursula Paul who joins the group as an exchange student from Würzburg. Paul Young wins one of the three prizes for his talk at the 1st SCI YCP Scottish Undergraduate Symposium. Max presents a talk on his work at the 21st SCI Graduate Symposia on Novel Organic Chemistry in Aberdeen.
Feb ’10: Ai-Lan presents at University College London.
Jan ’10: Max’s work on Gold-Catalysed Hydroalkoxylation of Allenes has been published in Organic Letters.
Dec ’09: Ai-Lan presents at Queen Mary London and the 6th SICC, Singapore, James and Pauline present posters at the RSC Supramolecular and Macrocycles meeting in Cambridge, Max presents a poster at the RSC Scottish Regional Meeting in Dundee.
Nov ’09: Paul Young joins the group to carry out a short mini-MChem project. Meanwhile, Ai-Lan presents several school lectures entitled “Chirality in Chemistry” – will be presenting a few more next year.
Oct ’09: Ai-Lan presents at University of Leeds and Eli Lilly. Congratulations to James who wins “1st Year Postgraduate Prize” at the EPS poster competition.
Sept ’09: Ai-Lan presents at Gregynog Synthesis Workshop and Ross McLaren joins as an MChem dissertation student.
August ’09: Our Annual Reports chapter on “Enantioselective Catalysis” has been published online.
July ’09: Ai-Lan presents a poster at the RSC 21st International Symposium: Synthesis in Organic Chemistry, Oxford, sponsored by a Pfizer Bursary. Pauline and James are attending OMCOS 15 in Glasgow.
May ’09: Ai-Lan presents a talk at the RSC Lakeland Symposium on Heterocyclic Chemistry in Grasmere.
May ’09: Congratulations to our project students Michael Mathieson and Kristina Macleod who have both graduated with MChem (Hons). Kristina also shares the Schering Plough award for best Organic project. Congratulations to Ian Jarvie, Antti Rautio and Ashley Watson who graduate with BSc (Hons).
April ’09: Ai-Lan co-authors Chem. Soc. Rev. review on “Active metal template synthesis of rotaxanes, catenanes and molecular shuttles”.
Feb ’09: Ai-Lan gave a research seminar at a half-day symposium at the University of Nottingham.
Nov ’08: Jürgen and Max’s work on gold catalysed reactions with cyclopropenes has been published in Chem. Commun.
Nov ’08: Ai-Lan presented a research seminar at the University of Aberdeen.
Sept ’08: We welcome Pauline Glen and James O’Neill who join the group as PhD students. Michael Mathieson joins as a final year MChem project student.
Sept ’08: Ai-Lan “chalked and talked” at the Gregynog Synthesis Meeting.
Jul ’08: The group is awarded an EPSRC grant (EP/G006695/1).