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Dr Allan Watson

Senior Lecturer

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

Allan studied Chemistry at The University of Strathclyde and received his MSci in 2004.  He then undertook PhD research under the supervision of Prof. Billy Kerr at Strathclyde.  In 2008, he joined the laboratories of Prof. David W. C. MacMillan at Princeton University as a Lindemann Postdoctoral Fellow.  Allan was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde in October 2010.  Following an EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Secondment to GlaxoSmithKline, Stevenage, Allan returned to the Department in August 2011.


Interrogating Pd(II) anion metathesis using a bifunctional chemical probe : a transmetalation switch
Molloy John J, Seath Ciaran P., West Matthew J, McLaughlin Calum, Fazakerley Neal J., Kennedy Alan R., Nelson David James, Watson Allan J. B.
Journal of American Chemical Society, (2017)
A multicomponent route to functionalized amides and oxazolidinones
McPherson Christopher G., Cooper Alasdair K., Bubliauskas Andrius, Mulrainey Paul, Jamieson Craig, Watson Allan J. B.
Organic Letters, (2017)
Practical synthesis of pharmaceutically relevant molecules enriched in sp3 character
Campbell Peter S., Jamieson Craig, Simpson Iain, Watson Allan J. B.
Chemical Communications (London), (2017)
A one-pot tandem chemoselective allylation/cross-coupling via temperature control of a multi-nucleophile/electrophile system
Xu Chao, Fyfe James W.B., Seath Ciaran P., Bennett Steven H., Watson Allan J.B.
Chemical Communications (London) Vol 53, pp. 9139-9142, (2017)
A strategy for conditional orthogonal sequential CuAAC reactions using a protected aromatic ynamine
Hatit Marine Z. C., Seath Ciaran P., Watson Allan J. B., Burley Glenn A.
Journal of Organic Chemistry, (2017)
Amidation of unactivated ester derivatives mediated by trifluoroethanol
McPherson Christopher G., Caldwell Nicola, Jamieson Craig, Simpson Iain, Watson Allan J. B.
Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, (2017)

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Research interests

Our research interests are in the area of organic synthesis and methodology, particularly in the area of catalysis.  Projects are ongoing in the areas of:

  • Synthesis and functionalisation of heterocycles
  • Fluorine chemistry
  • Transition metal-catalysed processes
  • Sustainable synthesis and purification

Professional activities

Gregynog Synthesis Workshop
EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) (External organisation)
Organic Section Colloquia
Tetrahedron Letters (Journal)
Synlett (Journal)
Visiting researcher

more professional activities


Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2017 | Bell, George Edward
Burley, Glenn (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Oct-2021
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Queen, Adele Elizabeth
Kerr, William (Principal Investigator) Queen, Adele Elizabeth (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Apr-2020
Industrial Case Account 2015 | Cain, David Liam
Jamieson, Craig (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2020
Industrial Case Account 2016 | Livingstone, Keith
Jamieson, Craig (Principal Investigator) Livingstone, Keith (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2020
Continuous Production of Nanoparticles | Potjewyd, Frances
Jamieson, Craig (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 21-Dec-2016
Industrial Case Account 2015 | McLean, Liam
Kerr, William (Principal Investigator) McLean, Liam (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Oct-2019

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
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