Organic Chemistry email@example.com Telephone: 44 (0) 1865 275 649 Research Group Web Pages Tim co-manages OxSynC, which helps to connect Oxford Synthetic Chemistry experts with researchers in other fields Group News October 2018 A paper from the group has been accepted in Nature Chemistry; well done to Alex, Hamish and Philip. July 2018 Congratulations to Filip Muncan for winning a Part-II thesis runner-up prize. November 2017 Congratulations to Timothy Kwok for winning a Lilly prize for Excellence in Organic Chemistry Research. October 2017 Well done to Wasim Akhtar for winning one of the prizes in the AZ sponsored final year DPhil talks. February 2017 Well done to Wasim, CB and James: their latest JACS communication on hydrogen borrowing was accepted. October 2016 Congratulations to Simon Werrel for winning a prize in the AstraZeneca sponsored DPhil Final Year Talks. July 2016 Part II students in the TJD group have recently won undergraduate prizes: congratulations to Max Haughey for winning a Brian Bannister thesis prize and to Jack Hoffman for winning a thesis runner-up prize. June 2016 Kate Melikhova's paper on the synthesis and structural revision of the microsclerodermins was recently accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie. Ignacio's paper in collaboration with Richard Compton is accepted in JACS. October 2015 Congratulations to Kate Melikhova who has recently completed the syntheses of two complex natural products, microsclerodermin J and dehydromicrosclerodermin B. November 2014 Congratulations to three DPhils: Simon Werrel, who has been awarded a Lilly Prize for Excellence in Organic Chemistry Research, and Johannes Walker, who received a commendation, for their first year work. Congratulations also to Sandra Balcells-Garcia who has been awarded a Senior Cheetham Scholarship from Brasenose College October 2014 Tim has given his 200th external research lecture since appointment in 1994. October 2014 Tim has been appointed as one of the editors of the journal Tetrahedron Letters, starting on 1st Jan 2015. A postdoctoral editorial assistant position is available, see: http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/jobs.asp July 2014 Congratulations to Camilla Shotton who received the Bannister Prize for the best organic chemistry Part II thesis. July 2014 A paper on work done by Di Shen and Louis Chan (in collaboration with Mark Howarth, Biochemistry) was chosen as a cover image by Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry. May 2014 Tim has been awarded the 2014 Charles Rees Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The award is given biennially to recognise excellence in heterocyclic chemistry. Tim will give an award lecture at the RSC Lakeland Symposium in Grasmere in 2015. April 2014 Tim has been awarded a 5 year EPSRC Established Career Fellowship: PDRA positions will be available in the near future, see the Departmental website for details. March 2014 A DPhil position is available in the Donohoe group; please contact me for details. NOW FILLED. December 2013 A recent paper by Chris and Anne on first and second generation synthesis routes to the anti-tumour compound Streptonigrin, was selected by J. Org. Chem as a Featured Article. November 2013 A new paper by Louis, Darren and Di on ketone methylation using methanol was selected by Angewandte Chemie as a Hot Paper. Images from the paper were also selected for the Angewandte cover. October 2013 Congratulations to Kate Melikhova (2nd year DPhil), who has recently been awarded one of the Lilly Prizes for Excellence in Organic Chemistry Research for her first year work. July 2013 Congratulations to Johannes Walker (part II student), who has recently been awarded a Departmental prize for the quality of his part II thesis. July 2013 Congratulations to Kate Melikhova (1st year DPhil), who has recently been awarded a scholarship by the SCI. April 2013 A postdoc position, funded by EPSRC, is available in the group, to start on or soon after 01/06/2013. Please see: http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/jobs.asp March 2013 Jobs! many congratulations to Rob Pullin who has recently been offered a job as a medicinal chemist at Vertex, and to Ben Pilgrim who will take up a Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge in conjunction with a Fellowship at Corpus Christi College; also to Chris Jones who was recently awarded an independent Ramsay Memorial Fellowship to be held at Queen Mary, University of London. December 2012 Radek Lipinski's paper on the synthesis of the ABC ring system of pectenotoxin-4 is designated as a Hot Paper in Angewandte Chemie. November 2012 Congratulations to Matthew Tatton (3rd year DPhil) who was recently awarded a Syngenta sponsored Scientific Scholarship. August 2012 Tim has won the 2012 AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer & Syngenta Prize for Process Chemistry Research. The award will be presented at the forthcoming 30th SCI Process Development Symposium held in Cambridge between 5th-7th December. Tim will receive a trophy and a cheque for £16000 to support further research. February 2012 Congratulations to Christian Winter and Robert Pullin, who along with David Daniels (Ed Andersen group) were winners of the SCI's 1st National Retrosynthesis Competition. Ten teams, from both academia and industry, were selected for the final, which was held on 29th February at the SCI, London. Their presentation of the retro- and forward synthesis of Alsmaphophorazine E, was judged overall winner of the competition October 2011 Well done to Ben Pilgrim, a third year DPhil student who was awarded a poster prize at the Organic Chemistry Poster Symposium held in the CRL. Ben’s poster was entitled the ‘Palladium-Catalyzed Synthesis of Isoquinolines’. September 2011 Congratulations to Ben Pilgrim, a third year DPhil student who has been awarded a poster prize at the 26th Postgraduate Symposium of the RSC Heterocyclic and Synthesis Group. The symposium was held at the AstraZeneca site at Alderley Edge on 22nd September. Ben’s poster was entitled the ‘Palladium-Catalyzed Synthesis of Isoquinolines’. September 2011 Congratulations to Chris Jones who has recently completed the synthesis of streptonigrin in 14 linear steps and 11% overall yield. This work was recently accepted for publication in J. Am. Chem. Soc July 2011 Congratulations to Alice Gatland who has been awarded one of the Departmental Thesis Prizes for her Part II thesis entitled A novel hydride shift approach to the synthesis of spiroketals. May 2011 Tim has been awarded the 2011 Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The prize is given for the development of new methods or strategies employed in the construction of organic molecules. The prize will be presented at a symposium held later in the year. May 2011 A paper on work done by Ben Pilgrim and Leigh Aldous (in collaboration with Richard Compton) was chosen as a 'hot article' by the New Journal of Chemistry. April 2011 Well done to Paul Winship who has recently completed the synthesis of (-)-neodysiherbane A: Paul's route takes just 7 steps and the overall yield is 24%. The work has recently been accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie. October 2010 Congratulations to D.Phil student Darren Poole for winning a GlaxoSmithKline Award in Organic Chemistry Part II. These prizes are awarded to the two highest ranked Oxford graduates who continue into postgraduate research in Organic Chemistry at Oxford. September 2010 Congratulations to D. Phil student Mike Tucker who has been awarded one of the Lilly Prizes for Excellence in Organic Chemistry Research for his first year work. July 2010 Congratulations to Part II students Nick Race and Constanze Neumann who have both won prizes for their final year Part II theses. Nick won the Brian Bannister prize and Constanze won a runners-up prize. February 2010 Science, PNAS and Nature Chemistry journals highlight Donohoe group work on metathesis. Science, PNAS and Nature Chemistry journals have both highlighted work recently published by the Donohoe group on the construction of aromatic compounds using cross metathesis (T. J. Donohoe, J. F. Bower, PNAS, 2010, 107, 3373). This work features a first in class method of making valuable organic compounds in a particularly concise manner and application to the synthesis of complex pharmaceutical and natural product targets is anticipated. More news can be found here.