Royal Society University Research Fellow, Faculty of Science
James obtained his MChem degree from Durham University in 2007. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he moved to the University of York to carry out a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Richard Taylor. His doctoral research focused on the development of new strategies for the synthesis of bioactive natural products. After completing his PhD in 2011, he continued to work in the Taylor group as a postdoctoral research associate, before moving to Princeton University (NJ, USA) in 2013 to start a Marie Curie Fellowship in the group of Prof. David MacMillan, working in the field of visible light mediated photoredox catalysis. James returned to the UK in 2015 to complete the return phase of the Marie Curie Fellowship in the group of Prof. Matthew Gaunt at the University of Cambridge, working on the development of enantioselective palladium-mediated C-H activation reactions. In January 2017 he moved to the University of Nottingham to work as a postdoctoral research associate in the group of Dr Ross Denton. In October 2017, James commenced his independent research career as a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham.
Research in the group focuses on the development of broadly applicable catalytic reactions that will find widespread applications across the field of organic chemistry. In light of the ongoing drive… read more
Research in the group focuses on the development of broadly applicable catalytic reactions that will find widespread applications across the field of organic chemistry. In light of the ongoing drive towards the design and implementation of sustainable chemical processes, we are particularly interested in the development of reactions that enable the rapid build-up of molecular complexity from simple and readily accessible starting materials. Current projects involve the development of carbon-carbon bond forming reactions enabled through the catalytic activation of alcohols, and the development of novel routes to heterocyclic scaffolds through ring-expansion processes.
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