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Dr Benjamin Buckley BSc, PhD, MRSC, FHEA

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Reader in Organic Chemistry

Research Co-ordinator for Chemistry

Dr Buckley completed his degree in Manchester working with Dr Julia Dickinson and Professor Ian J. S. Fairlamb on the synthesis of alpha pyrone mimics and then moved to Loughborough to carry out a PhD with Professor Philip C. B. Page in the area of organocatalytic asymmetric epoxidation sponsored by the EPSRC and Avecia (with Professor John Blacker as Industrial Supervisor). Following this Dr Buckley worked as a PDRA with Professor Philip. C. B. Page for a further year working on the synthesis of N-Heterocyclic carbene ligands with Dr Steven D. R. Christie. In 2004 he was appointed as a university research fellow, working on projects with Professor Philip. C. B. Page and DSM (Netherlands),  Prof. Harry Heaney, Prof. Graham Hutchings FRS (Cardiff University), Prof. Frank Marken (Bath University). In September 2007 he was appointed as a Research Councils UK Fellow, in September 2012 to a permanent Lectureship and in March 2014 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry. In 2014-15 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Utah with Professor Matthew S. Sigman's group and appointed Associate Editor of the RSC Advances Journal. In 2017 Ben joined the management board of the EPSRC Grand Challenge Network CO2Chem and in Feb 2020 was promoted to Reader in Organic Chemistry.

Ben’s current areas of interest include carbon dioxide utilisation, catalysis, green chemistry and electrosynthesis. For recent research in these areas see J. Am. Chem Soc. 2020142, 1780 and Chem. Sci. 202011, 9109.


You can read an interview with Dr Buckley here and a viewpoint on his work here.

Departmental responsibilities:

  • Department Research Coordinator
  • Member of the School Research Committee

Teaching responsibilities:

  • CMC001: Modern Aspects of Organic Chemistry, Module Coordinator
  • CMC026/7: Investigative Projects
  • CMD001: Research Projects
  • CMD119: New Techniques and Technologies in Chemistry
  • CMD213: Biological Organic Chemistry
  • CMD214: Synthesis in Drug Discovery
  • CMP015: Research Methods, Module Coordinator
  • CMP056: Research Training Project
  • Management Board Member, EPSRC Grand Challenge Network CO2Chem 2017-Present
  • Associate Editor, RSC Advances Journal 2015-2017
  • Visiting Professor University of Utah 2014-2015
  • Chairman of the SCI Young Chemists’ Panel 2014-2015
  • Academic Lead EPSRC Grand Challenge Network CO2Chem Fuels Cluster 2012-2014
  • Member of the SCI Young Chemists’ Panel 2008-2016