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.


November 2017
Welcome! Welcome to Jamie Leitch! Jamie is a new postdoc, joining us from the Frost group in Bath.
Jamie Leitch
Poster Prizes! Congratulations to Moses and Yao, who won prizes at the Pfizer sponsored poster symposium.

October 2017
Welcome! This month we are joined by six new group members. Welcome to Eve, Jack, and Nik, who are joining us for their part II year, and Samiha who is studying her Masters. Welcome also to Connor and Thomas, who are joining the group as new DPhil students!
Eve Carter Jack Rogers Nik Chekshin
Samiha Anam Connor Thomson Thomas Rossolini

September 2017
Photoredox catalysis Allegra and Tonia's paper on the use of photoredox catalysis to carry out alpha alkylation of ketimines is out now!
Congratulations! Congratulations to Allegra, who has compeleted her DPhil in the Dixon group. Allegra's work included the development of the enantio- and diastereoselective Mannich reaction between isocyanoacetates and ketimines, and the enantioselective synthesis of chloramphenicol via a silver-catalysed asymmetric isocyanoacetate aldol reaction.
Allegra Franchino
Welcome! Welcome to the group to new DPhil students Jonny and Michele, who are joining us as part of the Synthesis for Biology and Medicine CDT.
Jonny Golec Michele Formica

August 2017
Goodbyes! Goodbye to both Joanne and Ioannis, who have been visiting students with us for the last six months, and to Geoffroy, who has been with us for the last year. We wish them all the best and look forward to publishing their work soon!

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”.

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