The Dixon Group

Research in the Dixon lab is centred on the development of new, broadly useful, synthetic methodologies and their application to the synthesis molecules of importance in nature, biology, medicine and material science. We design and deploy new multifunctional cooperative catalysts and catalytic systems to uncover new reactivity and our interests span curiosity driven to target driven research themes.


July 2017
Congratulations! Congratulations to Milo, who has completed his part II year in the Dixon group!
Milo Smith

June 2017
Welcome to our new postdocs Shinya Shiomi and Lin Zhang, and visiting student Zeng Rong Wong, who is joining us from Nanyang University.
Shinya Shiomi Lin Zhang Zeng Rong Wong
Congratulations! Congratulations to Adam, who has passed his DPhil viva! Adam's work in the group was focussed on the development of a novel enantioselective desymmetrisation methodology, which was later applied to the enantioselective construction of the pentacyclic core of the strychnos alkaloids.
Adam Gammack

May 2017
SBM CDT Students This month we are joined by Jonny and Oskar for their four month rotations in the Dixon group. Welcome!
Jonny Golec Oskar Hoff

April 2017
Talk Prize Congratulations to Allegra for winning first prize at the 28th SCI Regional Postgraduate Symposium on Novel Organic Chemistry for her work on “asymmetric catalysis for the activation of functionalised isonitriles”.

March 2017
Strychnos Alkaloids! Adam’s paper on the enantioselective construction of the ABCDE pentacyclic core of the Strychnos alkaloids core is out now.
Fully Funded PhD Studentship Available! A fully funded PhD studentship on the development of new catalytic methodology for the construction of pharmaceutically relevant amines and heterocyclic structures is available. Please get in touch if you are interested!
Very Important Paper Angel and Elena’s paper on the “Iridium-Catalyzed Reductive Strecker Reaction for Late-Stage Amide and Lactam Cyanation” is out now.