Group Announcements

September 2017 – Welcome to Helen (PhD), Jake (MChem), Maciej (MChemX) and Tomas (MChemX), the newest members of the Lawrence group!

September 2017 – Andy has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant, which provides the group with substantial funding (€1.5 million) for the next five years. Informal enquiries are welcomed for associated postdoctoral positions, which will be advertised soon.

September 2017 – Patrick’s review on the importance of biosynthetic considerations during the structure elucidation of complex natural products is now avialble online at Natural Product Reports.

August 2017 – Farewell to Ioanna Nakou who has spent two months in the group as an MSc student, working on the total synthesis of a complex alkaloid. Excellent progress was made and I am confident this tricky molecule will be made in the group soon! Ioanna will be starting her PhD studies soon at the University of Warwick in the Challis Group. Thanks for the Greek gifts!!

August 2017 – Farewell to Dr Nick Green and Dr Irene De Silvestro! Nick has completed his postdoctoral stay within the Lawrence group and is moving to the University of Cambridge to start a postdoctoral position in the Sutherland Group. Irene has completed her PhD and is off to the University of New South Wales in Australia to start a postdoctoral position in the Morris Group. Good luck guys, you will both be missed!

July 2017 – Peter recently presented a poster at the 25th International Symposium; Synthesis in Organic Chemistry in Oxford. Well done Peter!

July 2017 – Marie is competing for the Sparrho Early Career Researcher Prize. Marie has been interviewed and has produced a website for this prestigious prize. Good luck Marie!

July 2017 – Nick and Marie recently presented posters at the 18th Tetrahedron Symposium in Budapest. Nick was awarded a prize for his poster Biomimetic Synthesis of Unnatural Products. Well done guys!

June 2017 – Ioanna Nakou has joined the group to undertake an MSc research project focused on the biomimetic synthesis of a complex alkaloid. Welcome to the group Ioanna!

June 2017 – Rob was awarded the prize for best poster in the synthesis and catalysis section at the Joseph Black Conference today. Well done Rob, great job!

May 2017 – Irene has been awarded a grant by the organising scientific committee to attend and give an invited talk at the 4th International Workshop on Pericyclic Reactions and Synthesis of Hetero- and Carbocyclic Systems (Milan, 28th-30th June).

May 2017 – Marie has been awarded an RSC Travel Grant to attend and present a poster at the 18th Tetrahedron Symposium (Budapest, 27th-30th June).

May 2017 – Andy has been awarded the 2017 RSC Hickinbottom Award for “biomimetic approaches to total synthesis involving cycloadditions, characterised by brevity and elegance”

Royal Society of Chemistry

May 2017 – Our most recent paper – “Total Synthesis of a Dimeric Thymol Derivative Isolated from Arnica sachalinensis” has been published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition as a Hot Paper, well done Irene and Sam!

April 2017 – Our most recent paper – “Total Synthesis of (−)-Angiopterlactone B” has been published in Organic Letters, well done Marie!

February 2017 – Catherine Connolly (current MChem student in the Lawrence group) has secured a Criticat CDT 2017 PhD studentship. Catherine will be working under the joint supervision of Andy and Prof. Dominic Campopiano (Campopiano group), investigating biomimetic chemistry and biocatalysis.