Professor Nick Tomkinson

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

Nick Tomkinson studied Chemistry at The University of Sheffield and received his BSc in 1992 and his Ph.D. in 1995 under the supervision of Dr. D. Neville Jones and Professor Jim Anderson. Postdoctoral studies with Dr. Tim Willson at GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (1996–1998) followed. Nick was appointed to the staff at Cardiff University in 1999 and was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship (2004–2009). He moved to his current position at the University of Strathclyde in June 2011.


Tomkinson Nicholas
e-EROS Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis (2016) (2016)
Mechanistic insights into the malonoyl peroxide syn-dihydroxylation of alkenes
Rawling Michael, Rowley Julian, Campbell Matthew, Kennedy Alan, Parkinson John, Tomkinson Nick
Chemical Science Vol 2014, pp. 1777-1785 (2014)
Transition metal-mediated synthesis of oxazoles
Bresciani Stefano, Tomkinson Nicholas C O
Heterocycles Vol 89, pp. 2479-2543 (2014)
Metal-free syn-dioxygenation of alkenes
Rawling Michael, Tomkinson Nick
Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Vol 11, pp. 1434-1440 (2013)
Optimized chemical probes for REV-ERB alpha
Trump Ryan P, Bresciani Stefano, Cooper Anthony W J, Tellam James P, Wojno Justyna, Blaikley John, Orband-Miller Lisa A, Kashatus Jennifer A, Boudjelal Mohamed, Dawson Helen C, Loudon Andrew, Ray David, Grant Daniel, Farrow Stuart N, Willson Timothy M, Tomkinson Nicholas C O
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry Vol 56, pp. 4729-4737 (2013)
Readily accessible chiral at nitrogen cage structures
Rowley Julian, Yau Sze Chak, Kariuki Benson M, Kennedy Alan, Tomkinson Nick
Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Vol 11, pp. 2198-2205 (2013)

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Research interests

As a general theme to our research we have set out to develop synthetic methodology with three guiding principles:

  • Reactions should proceed at room temperature
  • Reactions should proceed in the presence of moisture and air
  • Catalysts/reagents should be bench stable and prepared in three synthetic steps or fewer

Realisation of these goals should provide new bond-construction methods of broad utility which, most importantly, will be accessible to synthetic chemists’ worldwide without the need for highly specialised equipment or techniques.

Professional activities

PhD viva - Faye Cruickshank
External Examiner
Carbonyl and Enolate Chemistry
Ono Pharmaceutical Co Ltd (Japan)
Visiting researcher
Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Science Review
External Examiner
UCB Celltech Ltd (External organisation)
RTHalpha workshop
Invited speaker

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Industrial Case Account 2016 | Maciuk, Sergej
Tomkinson, Nicholas (Principal Investigator) Jamieson, Craig (Co-investigator) Maciuk, Sergej (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2020
Industrial Case Account 2016 | Cooper, Alasdair
Nelson, David (Principal Investigator) Tomkinson, Nicholas (Co-investigator) Cooper, Alasdair (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2020
Industrial Case Account 2015 | Curle, Jonathan
Tomkinson, Nicholas (Principal Investigator) Nelson, David (Co-investigator) Curle, Jonathan (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2020
Industrial Case Account 2014 | Chung, Raymond
Kerr, William (Principal Investigator) Tomkinson, Nicholas (Co-investigator) Chung, Raymond (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Apr-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP - University of Strathclyde) | McLellan, Jayde
Tomkinson, Nicholas (Principal Investigator) Chamberlain, Luke (Co-investigator) McLellan, Jayde (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Apr-2019
Industrial Case Account 2013 | Owens, Philippa Kate
Kerr, William (Principal Investigator) Tomkinson, Nicholas (Co-investigator) Owens, Philippa Kate (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Nov-2013 - 26-Jan-2018

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Thomas Graham Building

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