Tobias Biberger, a visiting student from Germany, has finished his placement in Aggarwal Group and is now back in Aachen, where he will continue his Master's studies. We thank Tobias for all the hard work and lots of fun he brought. All the best, Tobias!
We have just published our paper on the photoinduced decarboxylative borylation of carboxylic acids in Science (First Release). This new methodology links the diversity of carboxylic acids to the broad utility of boronic esters. Congratulations to Alex, Johan, Yahui and Tatsuya!
Alex Fawcett has won a runner-up prize at the Organic and Biological Section Postgraduate Symposium held at the School of Chemistry. Congrats, Alex!
Rory Mykura, a PhD student from the CDT programme, has joined Aggarwal group. Welcome to the lab, Rory!
Siying Zhong won yet another poster prize! Her poster Synergy of Computation, NMR and Synthesis Reveals True Baulamycin Structure won the 1st place at the inaugural Bio-Techne Chemistry Poster Symposium. The competition included contestants from Bath, Bristol and Cardiff Universities. Impressive achievement, Siying!
Dr. Teerawut "Tong" Bootwicha has left the lab for Thailand where he will start as Lecturer at the Mahidol University (Bangkok). We wish you a spectacular academic career, Tong! Congrats!
We would like to send our best wishes to the lab's recent alumni: Olivier Wagnières, Paula Lorenzo, and Ana Varela. Olivier is back to Switzerland where he joined a startup in Basel. Paula is back to Spain where she is doing a postdoc with Prof. Ángel R. de Lera and Prof. Rosana Álvarez (University of Vigo). And Ana joined the Institute of Cancer Research in London as a postdoc. Great job, everyone!
Congratulations to Ana on successfully passing her viva and becoming Dr. Varela!
Our review on the sterospecific functionalizations of boronic esters has been selected for the inside cover of Chemical Communications, Issue 40. The cover, entitled "Boron at the helm", features a famous steamship SS Great Britain, one of Bristol landmarks. Congrats to Chris!
Varinder has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award for 2017. This has been given for "highly creative work in the development of new synthetic methods based on the asymmetric homologation of boronic esters and their applications in natural and non-natural product synthesis".
As part of the Award, Varinder will deliver a number of lectures across UK universities.
Second year PhD student Siying Zhong won the 1st prize at the annual Organic and Biological Section Syngenta Poster Competition for postgraduate students. Her poster was titled Synergy of Computation, NMR and Synthesis Reveals True Baulamycin Structure. Contrats, Siying!
On 4 April, Bristol hosted its 17th Synthesis Meeting. We had five fantastic talks that proved chemistry is vibrant like never before. From total synthesis to methodology to bioengineering - one can make great discoveries everywhere. We want to thank all attendees, our sponsors, and of course the five incredibly inspirational speakers!
Please welcome our new and shiny Research page! With almost a dozen of detailed schemes, plus direct references, it is much more complete than the previous version.
The registration is now open for the Bristol Synthesis Meeting! We are glad to announce the following line-up of speakers:
Please visit the event page on the School of Chemistry website for further information.
Dr. Yahui Wang has left the lab. He is moving to China where he will become a professor at the Institute of Advanced Synthesis, Nanjing Tech University. We wish you the most spectacular career, Yahui!
The group has published a paper in Chemical Science on mono- and bidirectional homologation of diborylmethane. Congrats to Daniel, Damiano, Joe, and Helen!
Dr. Muhammad Imran has joined the lab. Welcome to Aggarwal group, Imran!
Our work on three-component trifluoromethylation/alkylation of furans has been published in ACIE (thus making it two group's papers in the same issue). Congrats to Yahui, Adam and Chris!
Our group has published total synthesis of (−)-Stemaphylline. The work features several lithiation-borylation reactions, inluding a late-stage lithiation–borylation with a tertiary amine containing carbenoid. Congrats to Ana and Lennart!
Lorenz Loffler, a visiting undergraduate student, has finished his placement and left for Germany. We wish Lorenz success in his PhD application and future career. You have been a fantastic student and made a really valuable contribution to the project.
Chris has successfully defended his PhD thesis and is now Dr. Christopher Brown. Congrats, Chris!
Chris was awarded second prize in the poster competition at the Late Stage Functionalization for Synthesis and Medicines Symposium, held at the University of Oxford.
Ana won a runner-up prize at the recent Royal Society of Chemistry’s Organic Division Poster Symposium. This is competitive event at which just 40 posters were presented, selected out of 117 applications from across the UK.
Lydia won the ChemMedChem Poster Presentation Award for her poster entitled ‘Conformationally Controlled Hydrocarbons as Scaffolds for Inhibitors of Protein–Protein Interactions’ at the recent Protein-Protein Interactions 2016 conference in London organised by the SCI and RSC.
Yahui won a poster prize for his work entitled 'Enantiospecific Alkynylation of Alkylboronic Esters & Three Component Coupling of Boronic Esters with Furans Triggered by Trifluoromethylation' at the International Conference on New Challenges in Organic Synthesis held at Guangzhou in China last week.
Marcin has successfully passed his PhD viva and now he is Dr. Marcin Odachowski. Congrats, Marcin!
Varinder has been elected to receive a Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of his academic achievements. These are highly prestigious Awards from Germany and are ‘…granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future’.
Izzy has successfully passed her PhD viva and now she is Dr. Isabel Perez-Powell. Congrats, Izzy!
Adam Noble and Stefan Roesner have published in Angewandte Chemie on the total synthesis of tatanan A. The paper describes a short and highly stereoselective total synthesis of the sesquilignan natural product tatanan A, and its C-3 epimer using an assembly-line synthesis approach to install the three contiguous stereocenters with high enantio- and diastereoselectivity. Congrats to Adam and Stefan!
Daniel Blair, our former PhD student now working as postdoc at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded a prestigious Damon Runyon Fellowship. These highly competitive fellowships offer four years of postdoctoral research funding and are widely recognised as amongst the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowships at the chemistry/biomedical interface in the USA. Congrats, Daniel!
The group has published a paper on regio- and stereoselective homologation of 1,2-bis(boronic esters). The methodology allows to prepare 1,3-diols with impressive levels of stereocontrol (>95:5 d.r.) and is amenable to gram-scale synthesis. A natural product Sch725674 was prepared in 9 steps (LLS). Congrats to Alex, Dominik, Muhammad, and Joe!
Dr. Ella Kriemen has moved to Germany to join ARLANXEO as Head of Laboratory. Congratulations to Ella!
Congratulations to Izzy on winning RSC Teacher Training Scholarship for the academic year of 2016/2017. The scholarship – run in partnership with the Department of Education – includes a £25,000 bursary, free classroom materials, mentoring by an experienced teacher and free online CPD courses.
It is a very competitive process, awarded to those with an excellent understanding of chemistry at school level, a passion for chemistry, teaching, and the empathy, respect and humility needed to relate well to pupils.
During the rigorous selection process, Isabel had to complete an online application before being invited for an intensive interview.
Isabel intends to take up her scholarship when she starts her PGCE training in September 2016. She will train through the INSPIRE programme at Imperial College London. INSPIRE is designed to bridge the gap between STEM research and school science by recruiting able researchers who are good communicators.
Riccardo Mega and Steven Bennett has joined the lab as first-year PhD students. We wish them the most fruitful and enriching research experience!
Varinder has been selected to be the Adolf Lieben Lecturer for 2017. This lectureship requires him to tour Austria and give lectures at the universities of Innsbruck, Linz, Vienna and Graz which he will do next year.
Chris Brown has joined Charles River company. Congratulations to Chris!
Dr. Daniel Blair started his postdoc with Prof. Martin Burke at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Congrats, Daniel!
Dr. Damien Mailhol has moved to France to join the Evotec company as a senior scientist. Congratulations, Damien!
Varinder has been invited to deliver the inaugural Novartis Lecture at the University of Toronto in April next year.
Lorenz Loffler, a visiting undergraduate student from Germany, has joined the lab for a 6 month project. He will work together with Dr. Oleksandr Zhurakovskyi on a total synthesis of an indole alkaloid.
Varinder has been invited to be the 2016-17 Gilbert Stork Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This is a prestigious endowed Lectureship to ‘help energize the subject of organic chemistry’ established by famous organic chemist Gilbert Stork at the institution where he did his PhD. There is a second endowed Gilbert Stork Lectureship at the University of Pennsylvania which Varinder was invited to give earlier this year.
Congratulations to the following post-docs who have recently secured academic positions:
– Yahui Wang, Institute of Advanced Synthesis, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China
– Jack Chen, School of Applied Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, NZ
Ana Varela, a 3rd year PhD student, received a runner-up prize at the 7th SCI Postgraduate Symposium on Novel Organic Chemistry, South division. The Symposium took place on 19 April at Imperial College, London.
Marcin Odachowski has joined Nick Turner's lab as a postdoc. Congrats, Marcin!
Chris Brown, a 4th year PhD student, attended the 13th EuCheMS Chemistry Conference for Young Scientists in Belgium on 16-18 March and won the 1st prize in the Organic section with his talk entitled ‘Synthesis of the Mycolactone Core Through Lithiation-Borylation Methodology’.
Varinder has been invited to be the third recipient of the Gilbert Stork Lectureship in Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. This is a prestigious endowed lectureship established to ‘help energize the subject of organic chemistry’. Varinder will give the lecture in the spring of 2017.