Dr Andrew Jupp PhD, MChem

Dr Andrew Jupp

School of Chemistry
Royal Society University Research Fellow
Birmingham Fellow
Assistant Professor in Main-Group Chemistry

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Andy was appointed as a University of Birmingham Fellow in the School of Chemistry in 2020.

Andy's research interests lie at the interface of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and sustainability, with specific projects involving the light-induced generation of highly reactive intermediate for the activation of environmentally relevant molecules.

He has carried out research in the UK (Oxford), Canada (Toronto) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam), and published over 30 research papers. He is the editor of the Springer book Frustrated Lewis Pairs in the Molecular Catalysis series, and a reviewer for the Reaxys PhD Prize.

Visit Andrew's personal webpage for further information.


  • PhD, Inorganic Chemistry, 2016, Wadham College, University of Oxford
  • MChem, Chemistry, 2012, The Queen’s College, University of Oxford


Andrew Jupp obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford (2012-2016) under the supervision of Professor Jose Goicoechea. He worked on phosphorus-containing analogues of the cyanate anion and urea, for which he was awarded the 2015 Reaxys Ph.D. Prize in Hong Kong.

He subsequently won a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with Professor Doug Stephan at the University of Toronto (2016-2018), exploring the synthesis and reactivity of main-group Lewis acids and bases, and the conversion of greenhouse gases such as CO2.

Andy then secured an NWO-VENI grant to pursue independent research at the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam (2018-2020), working under the mentorship of Associate Professor Chris Slootweg on the formation and characterisation of main-group radicals.

In 2020, Dr Jupp was appointed as a University of Birmingham Fellow, working on the photochemical activation and conversion of dinitrogen, N2.

Postgraduate supervision

Andy is interested in supervising MSci and postgraduate students in the following areas:

  • Small-molecule activation and conversion of gases, such as N2 and CO
  • Photochemistry and photocatalysis involving main-group molecules
  • Molecular photoswitches
If you are interested in studying any of these subject areas, or want to discuss project ideas further, please contact Andy on the contact details above.


Research themes

  • Sustainable conversion of environmentally relevant small molecules
  • Photocatalysis
  • Metallomimetic behaviour of main-group elements


A full publication list can be found on Google Scholar.

Selected publications

  • Slootweg, J. C.; Jupp, A. R. (eds) (2021) Frustrated Lewis Pairs. Molecular Catalysis, vol 2, Springer, Cham.
  • Jupp, A. R.; Beijer, S.; Narain, G. C.; Schipper, W.; Slootweg (2021) Phosphorus Recovery and Recycling – Closing the Loop. Chem. Soc. Rev. 50: 87−101.
  • Holtrop, F.; Jupp, A. R.; Kooij, B. J.; van Leest, N. P.; de Bruin, B.; Slootweg, J. C. (2020) Single-Electron Transfer in Frustrated Lewis Pair Chemistry. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 59: 22210−22216.
  • Holtrop, F.; Jupp, A. R.; van Leest, N. P.; Paradiz Dominguez, M.; Williams, R. M.; Brouwer, A. M.; de Bruin, B.; Ehlers, A. W.; Slootweg, J. C. (2020) Photoinduced and Thermal Single‐Electron Transfer to Generate Radicals from Frustrated Lewis Pairs. Chem. Eur. J. 26: 9005−9011.
  • Boom, D. H. A.; Jupp, A. R.; Slootweg, J. C. (2019) Dehydrogenation of Amine-Boranes using p-block Compounds. Chem. Eur. J.  25: 9133−9152.
  • Xu, M.; Jupp, A. R.; Ong, M. S. E.; Burton, K. I.; Chitnis, S. S.; Stephan, D. W. (2019) Synthesis of Urea Derivatives from CO2 and Silylamines. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 58: 5707−5711.
  • Jupp, A. R.; Stephan, D. W. (2019) New Directions for Frustrated Lewis Pair Chemistry. Trends Chem. 1: 35−48.
  • Xu, M.; Jupp, A. R.; Stephan, D. W. (2019) Acyl‐Phosphide Anions from Reactions of K[PtBu2] and CO via an Intermediate with Carbene Character. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 58: 3548−3552.
  • Szkop, K. M.; Jupp, A. R.; Stephan, D. W. (2018) P,P-Dimethylformylphosphine: The Phosphorus Analogue of N,N-Dimethylformamide. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140: 12751−12755.
  • Xu, M.; Jupp, A. R.; Qu, Z.-W.; Stephan, D. W. (2018) Alkali Metal Species in the Reversible Activation of H2Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 57: 11050−11054.
  • †Fan, L.; †Jupp, A. R.; Stephan, D. W. (2018) Remote Stereochemistry of a Frustrated Lewis Pair Provides Thermal and Photochemical Control of Reactivity. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140: 8119−8123. †Co-first authors.

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