Professor John S. Fossey

Professor John Fossey

School of Chemistry
Professor in Synthetic Chemistry
International Representative for Chemistry

Contact details

School of Chemistry
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT



  • Oct 2000 - Dec 2003 PhD with Dr Christopher J. Richards at Queen Mary University of London
  • Oct 1996 - June 2000 MChem at Cardiff University of Wales
John's full professional profile can be found at


Professor John S. Fossey ( is a Royal Society Industry Fellow with four granted patents and 99 peer-reviewed publications (H index = 33). Expertise in synthesis applied to sensing, catalysis and drug discovery. Among several research projects in catalysis and sensing for health and sustainability he has recently begun to tackle drug delivery for type 1 diabetes management. Furthermore, he is working closely with the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedical Health (GIBH) and collaborators at the University of Birmingham to translate synthetic chemistry and methodology development into new therapies for tuberculosis. 

Professor Fossey has secured funding from multiple organisations including the Leverhulme Trust, the Royal Society, the JDRF, the EPSRC, EU H2020, the Sasakawa Foundation, the JSPS and the National Natural Science Foundation China. He is a visiting Professor at Henan Normal University, a Guest Professor East China University of Science and Technology and a Guest Lecturer at Sun Yat-sen University. Professor John Fossey was part of the team that won the 2013 Daiwa Adrian prize for UK-Japan collaborative research and he is the inaugural Czarnik Emerging Investigator Prize winner. 


Research Interests

  • Multi-component, atom economic organic synthesis
  • Chiral induction in molecular processes
  • Cation π-stacking
  • Carbohydrate and glycoconjugate recognition
  • Carbohydrate analytical chemistry

Detailed information can be found on John's ResearcherID profile.


Selected recent publications include:

A water-soluble boronate-based fluorescence probe for the selective detection of peroxynitrite and imaging in living cells: L. Sun, Q. Xu, G. Kim, S. E. Flower, J. P. Lowe, J. Yoon, J. S. Fossey, X. Qian, S. D. Bull and T. D. James, Chem. Sci., 2014, doi: 10.1039/c4sc01417k

DDQ-Mediated oxidative coupling: An approach to 2,3-dicyanofuran (thiophene): Z.-L. Wang, H.-L. Li, L.-S. Ge, X.-L. An, Z.-G. Zhang, X. Luo, J. S. Fossey and W.-P. Deng, J. Org. Chem., 2014, 79, 1156

Bi-Aryl rotation in phenyldihydroimidazoquinoline catalysts for kinetic resolution of arylalkyl carbinols: Z. Wang, J. Ye, R. Wu, Y.‐Z. Liu, J. S. Fossey, J. Cheng and Wei‐Ping Deng, Cat. Sci. Technol., 2014, doi: 10.1039/c3cy00904a
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A bis-boronic acid modified electrode for the sensitive and selective determination of glucose concentrations: H.-C. Wang, H. Zhou, B. Chen, P. M. Mendes, J. S. Fossey, T. D. James and Y.-T. Long, Analyst, 2013, 138, 7146
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Glucose selective SPR-based bis-boronic acid surface sensor: A. Stephenson-Brown, H.-C. Wang, P. Iqbal, J. A. Preece, Y.-T. Long, J. S. Fossey, T. D. James and P. M. Mendes, Analyst, 2013, 138, 7140
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Synthesis of azetidines and pyrrolidines via iodocyclisation of homoallyl amines and exploration of activity in a zebrafish embryo assay: A. Feula, S. S. Dhillon, R. Byravan, M. Sangha, R. Ebanks, M. A. Hama Salih, N. Spencer, L. Male, I. Magyary, W.-P. Deng, F. Müller and J. S. Fossey, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2013, 11, 5083
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Selective sensing of saccharides using simple boronic acids and their aggregates: X. Wu, Z. Li, X.-X. Chen, J. S. Fossey, T. D. James and Y.-B. Jiang, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 8032
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Colorimetric enantioselective recognition of chiral secondary alcohols via hydrogen bonding to a chiral metallocene containing chemosensor: S.-Y. Xu, B. Hu, S. E. Flower, Y.-B. Jiang, J. S. Fossey, W.-P. Deng and T. D. James, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 8314
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Integrated and insulated boronate-based fluorescent probes for the detection of hydrogen peroxide: X. Sun, S. Xu, S. E. Flower, J. S. Fossey, X. Qian and T. D. James, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 8311
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Pyrene-anchored boronic acid Receptors on carbon nanoparticle supports: Fluxionality and pore effects: K. Lawrence, T. Nishimura, P. Haffenden, J. M. Mitchels, K. Sakurai, J. S. Fossey, S. D. Bull, T. D. James and F. Marken, New J. Chem., 2013, 37, 1883
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A full list of John's publications can be found at