School of Chemistry
Booker-Milburn Group



Rickki Connelly


Rickki graduated from the University of Bristol in 2009, having completed his final year project with Prof. V K Aggarwal on the asymmetric synthesis of sesquiterpene natural products using lithiation/borylation chemistry. His third year was spent on industrial placement at GSK Harlow and Stevenage, where he worked as a medicinal chemist on autoimmune diseases within the Immuno-Inflamation CEDD. Rickki is now a member of the Bristol Chemical Synthesis Doctoral Training Centre, working with Prof. K I Booker-Milburn and Prof. T C Gallagher on protecting group free asymmetric synthesis.

MSci. Hons. Chemistry with Industrial Experience, University of Bristol, 2005-2009.

Current Work:
Second generation protecting group free total synthesis of neostenine and development of asymmetric routes.


Six-week lab placements:
- Prof. Ian Manners (Polymerisation of silacyclobutanes for the coordination of Au(I))
- Dr. M Carmen Galan (Synthesis of orthogonally protected carbohydrates)
- Prof. Kevin Booker-Milburn (Photochemical cyclisation of N-substituted maleimides and laser assisted determination of quantum yields)
GlaxoSmithKline, Medicinal Chemist (2007-2008)

Gaming, Technology, Pub Sports.


Application of the Lithiation-Borylation Reaction to the Rapid and Enantioselective Synthesis of the Bisabolane Family of Sesquiterpenes, Varinder K. Aggarwal, Liam T. Ball, Simon Carobene, Rickki-L. Connelly, Matthew J. Hesse, Benjamin M. Partridge, Philippe Roth, Stephen P. Thomas, Matthew P. Webster, Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 9230-9232. DOI.