Wide ranging research from biochemistry to energy materials Wide ranging research from biochemistry to energy materials

Synthetic Chemistry is the largest research group in the school. It encompasses a very wide range of research, ranging from organic, bioinorganic, organometallic synthesis, through catalysis /electrocatalysis to materials for green energy harvesting and utilisation. There are major research strengths in synthetic methodology, drug development and natural product biochemistry, the latter in close collaboration with the John Innes Centre.

Research on catalysts and catalyst activators is being conducted in collaboration with multinational industrial companies, while new materials for photonics and energy materials applications are being developed. The Synthetic Chemistry group has a strongly interdisciplinary ethos, and members of the group play leading roles in the UEA Wolfson Materials and Catalysis Centre and the Energy Materials Laboratory. 

Research is currently led by the following members of Faculty:

Dr Sean Bew

Dr Sean Bew

  • N-Chloroamines for nitrogen activation and N-alkylaziridine synthesis
  • Expedient synthesis of N-alkylaziridines using (S)-N-(α-methylbenzyl)hydroxylamines
  • Organocatalytic imine activation for N-alkylaziridine synthesis
  • Synthesis of a new class of upper-rim appended bifunctional calix[4]arenes
  • α-Amino acids as tethers for diastereoselective HIMDA reactions
  • Tröger base as a peptidemimetic
  • Chemical Genetics

Prof Manfred Bochmann

Prof Manfred Bochmann

  • Organometallic and coordination chemistry;
  • Gold chemistry;
  • Homogeneous catalysis;
  • Alkene polymerisation catalysis.

Prof Andrew N. Cammidge 

Prof Andy Cammidge

  • Organic Synthesis
  • Molecular materials and liquid crystals
  • Cross-coupling catalysis
  • Supermolecules, Supramolecular Assemblies and Molecular Machines

Prof Michael J. Cook

Prof Mike Cook

  • Phthalocyanines
  • Materials chemistry
  • Thin films

Dr John Fielden

Dr John Fielden

 

Dr Maria Paz Muñoz Herranz

Dr Maria Paz Muñoz Herranz

  • Platinum- and gold-catalysed addition of nucleophiles to allenes
  • Platinum-catalysed cyclisation of bisallenes
  • Synthesis of metal complex with allenic ligands for cancer therapy
  • Mechanistic studies on the gold-catalysed azidation of allenes
  • Mechanistic studies on the platinum-catalysed dihydroalkoxylation and bisindolylation of allenes

Dr G. Richard Stephenson

Dr G. Richard Stephenson

  • Metal-mediated organic synthesis
  • Helicene-based chiral pi systems for nonlinear optics
  • Carbonylmetal complexes as bioprobes

Prof Phil Page

Prof Phil Page

  • Total synthesis of natural products
  • Asymmetric synthesis and catalysis
  • Organocatalysis

Prof Chris Pickett

Prof Chris Pickett

  • Artificial Hydrogenases
  • Photoelectrocatalytic devices for hydrogen generation, carbon dioxide fixation and alkane functionalisation
  • Electropolymer materials

Dr Chris Richards

Dr Chris Richards

  • Stereoselective organometallic chemistry
  • Asymmetric catalysis
  • Synthesis of bioactive compounds

Dr Amit Sachdeva

Dr Amit Sachdeva

 

Prof Gregory G. Wildgoose

Prof Gregory G. Wildgoose

  • Organometallic synthesis & electrochemistry
  • Main group and coordination chemistry
  • Frustrated Lewis pair chemistry
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Energy & Materials

Dr Joseph Wright

Dr Joseph Wright

  • Bioinspired complexes for energy vector generation

  • Metal carbonyls for medical applications
  • Novel coordination complexes for small molecule activation