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
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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.


Recent publications


Brittain, WDG, Dalling, AG, Sun, Z, Duff, CSL, Male, L, Buckley, BR & Fossey, JS 2019, 'Coetaneous catalytic kinetic resolution of alkynes and azides through asymmetric triazole formation', Scientific Reports, vol. 9, no. 1, 15086.

Zhao, Y, Wakeling, M, Meloni, F, Sum, TJ, Nguyen, VH, Buckley, BR, Davies, P & Fossey, J 2019, 'Balancing bulkiness in gold(I) phosphino-triazole catalysis', European Journal of Organic Chemistry, vol. 2019, no. 31-32, pp. 5540-5548.

Li, X, Payne, DT, Ampolu, B, Bland, N, Brown, JT, Dutton, MJ, Fitton, CA, Gulliver, A, Hale, L, Hamza, D, Jones, G, Lane, R, Leach, AG, Male, L, Merisor, EG, Morton, MJ, Quy, A, Roberts, R, Scarll, R, Schulz-utermoehl, T, Stankovic, T, Stevenson, B, Fossey, JS & Agathanggelou, A 2019, 'Derivatisation of parthenolide to address chemoresistant chronic lymphocytic leukaemia', Medchemcomm, vol. 10, no. 8, pp. 1379-1390.

Xu, S, Sedgwick, A, Elfeky, S, Chen, W, Jones, A, Williams, G, Jenkins, T, Bull, S, Fossey, J & James, T 2019, 'A boronic acid-based fluorescent hydrogel for monosaccharide detection', Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering, pp. 1-5.

Payne, DT, Webre, WA, Matsushita, Y, Zhu, N, Futera, Z, Labuta, J, Jevasuwan, W, Fukata, N, Fossey, JS, D’Souza, F, Ariga, K, Schmitt, W & Hill, JP 2019, 'Multimodal switching of a redox-active macrocycle', Nature Communications, vol. 10, 1007 .

Hadzhiev, Y, Qureshi, HK, Wheatley, L, Cooper, L, Jasiulewicz, A, Van Nguyen, H, Wragg, JW, Poovathumkadavil, D, Conic, S, Bajan, S, Sik, A, Hutvàgner, G, Tora, L, Gambus, A, Fossey, JS & Müller, F 2019, 'A cell cycle-coordinated Polymerase II transcription compartment encompasses gene expression before global genome activation', Nature Communications, vol. 10, no. 1, 691, pp. 691.

Zhao, Y, Van Nguyen, H, Male, L, Craven, P, Buckley, BR & Fossey, JS 2018, 'Phosphino-Triazole Ligands for Palladium-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling', Organometallics, vol. 37, no. 22, pp. 4224-4241.

Yoshizawa, A, Feula, A, Leach, AG, Male, L & Fossey, JS 2018, 'Palladium and Platinum 2,4-cis-amino Azetidine and Related Complexes', Frontiers in Chemistry, vol. 6, 211.

Yoshizawa, A, Feula, A, Male, L, Leach, AG & Fossey, JS 2018, 'Rigid and concave, 2,4-cis-substituted azetidine derivatives: A platform for asymmetric catalysis', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, no. 1, 6541.

Ge, H, Riss, PJ, Mirabello, V, Calatayud, DG, Flower, SE, Arrowsmith, RL, Fryer, TD, Hong, Y, Sawiak, S, Jacobs, RMJ, Botchway, SW, Tyrrell, RM, James, TD, Fossey, JS, Dilworth, JR, Aigbirhio, FI & Pascu, SI 2017, 'Behavior of Supramolecular Assemblies of Radiometal-Filled and Fluorescent Carbon Nanocapsules In Vitro and In Vivo', Chem, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 437-460.

Jin, JH, Li, XY, Luo, X, Fossey, JS & Deng, WP 2017, 'Asymmetric Synthesis of cis-3,4-Dihydrocoumarins via [4 + 2] Cycloadditions Catalyzed by Amidine Derivatives', Journal of Organic Chemistry, vol. 82, no. 10, pp. 5424-5432.

Payne, DT, Zhao, Y & Fossey, JS 2017, 'Ethylenation of aldehydes to 3-propanal, propanol and propanoic acid derivatives', Scientific Reports, vol. 7, 1720.

Zhai, W, Male, L & Fossey, JS 2017, 'Glucose selective bis-boronic acid click-fluor', Chemical Communications , vol. 53, no. 14, pp. 2218-2221.

Fossey, JS, Anslyn, EV, Brittain, WDG, Bull, SD, Chapin, BM, Le Duff, CS, James, TD, Lees, G, Lim, S, Lloyd, JAC, Manville, CV, Payne, DT & Roper, KA 2017, 'Rapid determination of enantiomeric excess via NMR spectroscopy: a research-informed experiment', Journal of Chemical Education, vol. 94, no. 1, pp. 79-84.

Wang, J, Fossey, JS, Li, M, Li, D, Ma, W, Ying, Y, Qian, R, Cao, C & Long, Y 2016, 'Real-time plasmonic monitoring of electrocatalysis on single nanorods', Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, vol. 781, pp. 257-264.

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