School of Chemistry
Booker-Milburn Group



Dr. Paul Koovits


Paul graduated with a degree in chemistry from the University of Nottingham in 2009, having spent a year in industry with AstraZeneca. He subsequently undertook his doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. James C. Anderson at University College London working on the development of an asymmetric tandem reductive nitro-Mannich reaction. He obtained his PhD early in 2013 and joined the Booker-Milburn group as a research assistant in January 2013.

MSci in Chemistry with an Assessed year in Industry, University of Nottingham, 2005-2009.
PhD, University College London, 2009-2012.

Current Work:

Year in industry in process chemistry at AstraZeneca, Charnwood, 2007-2008.
Summer placement in medicinal chemistry at AstraZeneca, Charnwood, 2009.

Scuba diving.

An Enantioselective Tandem Reduction/nitro-Mannich Reaction of Nitroalkenes using a simple Thiourea Organocatalyst - Anderson, J. C.; Koovits, P. J. Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 2897. DOI.

Diastereoselective Reductive nitro-Mannich Reactions - Anderson, J. C.; Blake, A. J.; Koovits, P. J.; Stepney, G. J. J. Org. Chem. 2012, 77, 4711. DOI.