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Dr Charles O'Hara

Senior Lecturer

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

Based in the Inorganic Section, I have been an academic within the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at Strathclyde since 2006. I currently hold an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship.

My main area of research centres on the structure and reactivity of organometallic alkali metal reagents as well as their interaction with organomagnesium compounds. The chemistry which can be achieved by combining the two types of metal reagents is often uprecedented and can be utilised in organic synthesis to prepare otherwise unobtainable compounds, an important aspect for the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries.   

In addition, my teaching includes topics such as structure and bonding and tranisition metal chemistry.

For more information see:


Introducing glycerol as a sustainable solvent to organolithium chemistry : ultrafast chemoselective addition of aryllithium reagents to nitriles under air and at ambient temperature
Rodríguez-Álvarez María J., García-Álvarez Joaquín, Uzelac Marina, Fairley Michael, O'Hara Charles T., Hevia Eva
Chemistry - A European Journal, (2017)
Templated deprotonative metalation of polyaryl systems : facile access to simple, previously inaccessible multi-iodoarenes
Martínez-Martínez Antonio J., Justice Stephen, Fleming Ben J., Kennedy Alan R., Oswald Iain D. H., O'Hara Charles T.
Science Advances Vol 3, (2017)
Exploring the solid state and solution structural chemistry of the utility amide potassium hexamethyldisilazide (KHMDS)
Ojeda-Amador Ana I., Martínez-Martínez Antonio J., Robertson Gemma M., Robertson Stuart D., Kennedy Alan R., O'Hara Charles T.
Dalton Transactions Vol 46, pp. 6392-6403, (2017)
Monodentate coordination of the normally chelating chiral diamine (R,R)-TMCDA
Ojeda-Amador Ana I., Martínez-Martínez Antonio J., Kennedy Alan R., Armstrong David R., O'Hara Charles T.
Chemical Communications Vol 53, pp. 324-327, (2017)
Alkali metal magnesiates : reagents for regioselective double metalations
O'Hara Charles
Gordon Research Conference: Organometallic Chemistry. Newport, Rhode Island USA, (2016)
Structural studies of cesium, lithium/cesium and sodium/cesium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide (HMDS) complexes
Ojeda Amador Ana I., Martínez-Martínez Antonio J., Kennedy Alan R., O'Hara Charles T.
Inorganic Chemistry Vol 55, pp. 5719–5728, (2016)

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Professional activities

RSC Main Group Annual Meeting
Professor Michael Lappert Memorial Symposium
Invited lecture at the University of Leicester: Mixed Metal Magnesiate Chemistry: From Inorganic Structural Studies to Organic Synthetic Applications
New Directions in Chiral s-Block Chemistry and Mixed Metal Synthesis
Royal Society of Chemistry (External organisation)

more professional activities


New Bimetallic Chiral Reagents for Asymmetric Synthesis (Royal Society International Exchange: O'Hara (Strathclyde) and Touchet (Nancy) )
O'Hara, Charles (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2018 - 28-Feb-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP - University of Strathclyde) | Fairley, Michael
Hevia, Eva (Principal Investigator) O'Hara, Charles (Co-investigator) Fairley, Michael (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Apr-2019
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant - DTA, University of Strathclyde | Orr, Samantha Alana
Mulvey, Robert (Principal Investigator) O'Hara, Charles (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 20-Sep-2017
Chiral Concepts in s-Block Metal Amide Chemistry | Ojeda Amador, Ana Isabel
O'Hara, Charles (Principal Investigator) Mulvey, Robert (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 21-Nov-2016
Doctoral Training Grant 2010 | Garden, Jennifer
Mulvey, Robert (Principal Investigator) O'Hara, Charles (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2010 - 11-Mar-2014
Doctoral Training Grant | Fleming, Ben Joseph
O'Hara, Charles (Principal Investigator) Hevia, Eva (Co-investigator) Fleming, Ben Joseph (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2009 - 17-Jul-2013

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
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