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Recent news

July 2016
Prof. Varinder Aggarwal
Prof. Aggarwal to give Novartis Lecture
Varinder has been invited to deliver the inaugural Novartis Lecture at the University of Toronto in April next year.
June 2016
Prof. Varinder Aggarwal
Another Gilbert Stork Lectureship for Prof. Aggarwal
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, which makes him the only person to have been invited to give both!
May 2016

Academic positions for two lab members
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
April 2016
Ana Varela
Runner-up prize for Ana Varela
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.
March 2016
Christopher Brown
Award for Chris Brown
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’.
January 2016
Prof. Varinder Aggarwal
Gilbert Stork Lectureship for Prof. Aggarwal
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.
December 2015
Synfacts
Synfact of the Month
Our article on the synthesis of six- and seven-membered heterocycles (Org. Lett., 2015, 17, 5044) has been selected as a Synfact of the Month. Congratulations, Johnathan Matlock, Thomas Svejstrup, Pradip Songara, Sarah Overington, and Eoghan M. McGarrigle!
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December 2015
Marcin Odachowski
J-NOST-11 conference
- Marcin Odachowski was selected a one of only eight students to attend the J-NOST-11 conference at the National Institute of Science and Research (NISER) in Bhubaneswar, India, in December. The meeting is organised by the Indian National Organic Symposium Trust (NOST) in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry.
October 2015
Chris Brown
RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium
- Chris Brown was selected to present a poster on his research at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Organic Division Poster Symposium. The event took place in London on 30 October.
June 2015
matt burns
Reaxys Prize 2015
- Matt Burns was selected as one of ten finalists for the 2015 Reaxys PhD Prize (out of 450 submissions worldwide). Matt was invited to give a talk at the Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium in Hong Kong on 7–8 September.
May 2015
marcin
26th SCI Postgraduate Symposium on Novel Organic Chemistry
- Congratulations to Marcin for winning first prize for the best oral presentation on his work entitled ‘transition metal-free couplings of secondary and tertiary boronic esters’ at the 26th SCI Postgraduate Symposium on Novel Chemistry
May 2015
chris b
Organic and Biological Section 3rd Year Postgraduate Symposium
- Congratulations to Chris for coming as runner up
April 2015
Organic and Biological Section, Syngenta-sponsored Poster Competition
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- Congratulations to Christopher for coming as runner up in the Organic and Biological Section, Syngenta-sponsored Poster Competition
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- Congratulations to Ana for winning the Participants’ Prize in the Organic and Biological Section, Syngenta-sponsored Poster Competition
September 2014
nature
Group reports in Nature:
Assembly-line synthesis of organic molecules with tailored shapes.
- Congratulations to Matthew Burns, Stéphanie Essafi, Sébastien Balieu.
- more details
September 2014
Dr. Amadeu Bonet won the prestigious Young Boron Chemistry Award from young scientists (up to 35 years) in recognition of the most interesting contributions to all diverse branches of boron chemistry in the International Meeting of Boron Chemistry (IMeBoron XV) which took place in Prague in August 2014. The criteria used in the selection process for the award are creativity, innovation and quality of presentation. The award is sponsored by ANACOR Pharmaceuticals.
August 2014
Congratulations to Matt Hesse and Matt Burns whose PhD theses each received a "Faculty of Science Commendation for Excellence in a Doctoral Thesis". Only 5-10% of PhD theses are recognised in this way, so well done to both.
ACIE
Group reports in Angewandte Chemie: Highly Diastereoselective and Enantiospecific Allylation of Ketones and Imines using Borinic Esters: Contiguous Quaternary Stereogenic Centers.
- congrats Jack.
- more details
July 2014
ACIE
Group reports in Angewandte Chemie: Stereocontrolled Synthesis of 1,5-Stereogenic Centers through Three-Carbon Homologation of Boronic Esters.
- congrats Philipp and Daniele.
- more details
June 2014
Congratulations to Johnathan Matlock for winning first prize at the poster presentation at the 3rd Royal Society of Chemistry Younger Members Symposium held at the University of Birmingham on 24-th june.
May 2014
natchem
Group reports in Nature Chemistry: Synthesis of hydroxyphthioceranic acid using a traceless lithiation-borylation-protodeboronation strategy.
- congrats Ramesh.
- more details
April 2014
ACIE
Group reports in Nature Chemistry: Enantiospecific coupling of secondary & tertiary boronic esters.
- congrats Amadeu, Marcin, Daniele, Stephanie.
- more details
April 2014
ACIE
Group reports in Angewandte Chemie: Highly Selective Allylborations of Aldehydes Using α,α-Disubstituted Allylic Pinacol Boronic Esters.
- congrats Matthew, Stéphanie, Charlotte, Jeremy, David and Christine.
- more details
March 2014
ACIE
Group reports in Angewandte Chemie: Stereocontrolled Synthesis of Adjacent Acyclic Quaternary-Tertiary Motifs and its Application to a Concise Total Synthesis of (−)-Filiformin.
- congrats Daniel, Catherine, Katherine.
- more details
March 2014
ACIE
Group reports in Angewandte Chemie: Short Stereoselective Synthesis of the Phytophthora Universal Mating Hormone α1 Using Lithiation/Borylation Reactions.
- congrats Alexander, Philipp.
- more details