Research Topics


Our research activities centre on catalysis and synthesis. Current programmes include: (i) the discovery and development of novel catalysis based transformations; (ii) probing control factors and mechanisms of catalytic processes; (iii) the design of new catalyst systems; and (iv) catalysis applications for target-driven synthesis of biologically-relevant materials. 

Overview: The synthesis of organic molecules is of vital importance to society and our standard of life. Alongside enhancing our fundamental understanding, developments in synthesis underpin sustainability and advances in vital areas such as materials, agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals. Natural feedstocks for synthesis only exist in accessible form in limited quantities and so it is important to make sure we use these effectively. Our programme builds around the principle of using catalysis to enable faster, easier and more efficient synthesis whilst increasing our understanding of these complex processes. Our development of new strategies and novel transformations is aimed at offering more efficient and elegant synthetic routes, thus reducing the time, cost and waste associated with the preparation of complex molecules.

The following links highlight examples of this research:
 Enabling Methods - New formal dipolar cycloaddition strategies  
 Catalysis Control - Divergent outcomes from common starting materials  
 Mechanistic Studies - Studies of novel reaction modes  

Available Resource: “Diazofree Ynamide Encyclopedia”

An interview with Paul in SYNFORM can be found here.