Catalysis and synthesis

Chemistry Catalysis & synthesis

Research in the catalysis and synthesis section encompasses a broad spectrum of interests from fundamental concepts in mechanistic chemistry to the application of new technology in projects of commercial and technological relevance.

In addition, a significant skill set in physical organic chemistry allows us to develop our science at the highest level. Our specific skills lie in:

  • synthesis
  • methodology development
  • main group chemistry
  • organometallic chemistry
  • total synthesis
  • medicinal chemistry
  • green chemistry
  • physical organic chemistry
  • X-ray crystallography
  • NMR spectroscopy 
Staff membersResearch interests 
Professor Eva Hevia
  • organometallic chemistry
  • catalysis
  • green chemistry
  • organic synthesis
  • s-block metals
  • multicomponent reagents  
Dr Alan R. Kennedy  
  • crystallography
  • structure-property relationships
  • s-block metals
  • solid-state pharmaceutical materials
  • colourants 
Professor William J. Kerr
  • asymmetric synthesis
  • catalysis
  • organometallic chemistry
  • isotopic labelling
  • total synthesis  
Professor Robert E. Mulvey  
  • main group chemistry
  • organometallic chemistry
  • structure and bonding
  • synergic synthesis
  • catalysis  
Professor John A. Murphy  
  • physical organic chemistry
  • radical chemistry
  • single- electron donors  
Dr David J. Nelson
  • catalysis, cross-coupling
  • organometallic chemistry
  • physical organic chemistry 
Dr Charles T. O’Hara
  • main group chemistry
  • metallation
  • chiral ligands
  • organometallic
  • metal amides 
Dr Stuart D. Robertson 
  • organometallic chemistry
  • main group chemistry
  • earth abundant metals
  • energy storage
Dr Mark D. Spicer 
  • synthesis
  • structure
  • spectroscopy
  • coordination chemistry
  • organometallic chemistry 
Dr Allan J. B. Watson  
  • agrochemistry
  • chemoselective catalysis
  • green chemistry
  • organic synthesis
  • medicinal chemistry