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.
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.
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!
Congratulations! Congratulations to Milo, who has completed his part II year in the Dixon group!
Welcome to our new postdocs Shinya Shiomi and Lin Zhang, and visiting student Zeng Rong Wong, who is joining us from Nanyang University.
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.
SBM CDT Students This month we are joined by Jonny and Oskar for their four month rotations in the Dixon group. Welcome!
New Paper Ruben's paper on the "Enantioselective Silver and Amine Co-catalyzed Desymmetrizing Cycloisomerization of Alkyne-linked Cyclohexanones" is out now.
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”.
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.
SBM CDT Students This month we are joined by Antoine and Michele for their four month rotations in the Dixon group. Welcome!
New Paper Moses’ paper on the “Discovery of a PCAF Bromodomain Chemical Probe” is out now.
New Paper Angel and Felix’s paper on “Umpolung synthesis of branched a-functionalized amines from imines via photocatalytic three-component reductive coupling reactions” is out now.
Poster Prize! Congratulations to Elena, winning the Late Stage Functionalisation conference poster prize!
Synfacts Peng Wen’s paper on the total synthesis of Aspidosperma alkaloids has been highlighted in Synfacts.
Synfacts Jinchao and Alistair’s paper on the thiourea-catalysed Michael addition has been highlighted in Synfacts.
Prizes! Sam and Yao receive Eli Lilly prize for their 1st year transfer reports – well done!
Just Accepted! Jinchao, Moses, and Pengwen have all had papers accepted this month.
Front Cover! Sam’s review on Organocatalytic Enantioselective Desymmetrisation is featured on the inside front cover of Chem Soc Rev.
New Starters! We are joined by Milo, a part II student from Brasenose college, Tonia, a visiting student from the University of Bari, Geoffroy, a visiting academic from the University of Paris Descartes, and Vasu, a Marie–Curie postdoc. SBM CDT students Pablo and Peter are also joining the group as DPhil students!