A universal catalytic asymmetric approach to the synthesis of valuable hydroxy enones PhD

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
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Start date:
01 April 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
31 January 2018



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Project detail

The synthesis of biologically important molecules for the development of new medicines is paramount to our health and wellbeing. One of the primary goals in developing new medicines is to synthesise them efficiently and from simple precursors within a laboratory environment. This project will involve the development of an innovative organo-catalytic Korn Blum DeLaMare rearrangement of an achiral endoperoxide to give chiral hydroxy-enone of proven value and applicability.

Hydroxy-enones are an important class of molecules that have been extensively used in the synthesis of many potential new medicines; and endoperoxides are a unique class of molecules that can be easily synthesised in the laboratory by the treatment of cheap commercially available dienes with oxygen, sunlight and a catalyst. Importantly, the chemical reaction to synthesise these valuable hydroxy-enones from endoperoxides, will be of broad applicability and scope, technically simple to complete, and importantly, amenable to scale-up. This later point will be achieved by linking the synthesis of the endoperoxides with this newly developed chemical reaction, and this will be accomplished by using continuous flow technology.

Recent papers by the group on the Korn Blum DeLaMare rearrangement (1) Lee, R. J.; Lindley, M. R.; Pritchard, G. P.; Kimber. M. C. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 6327; (2) Priest, J.; Longland, M. R.; Elsegood, M. R. J. Kimber, M. C. J. Org. Chem. 2013, 54, 4098.


Primary supervisor: Dr. Marc C. Kimber

Secondary supervisor: Prof. Andrei Malkov

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage:

Organic Chemistry
Chemical synthesis
Continous flow chemistry

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Chemistry. Please quote reference number: CM/MCK-1/2017