Véronique Gouverneur Research

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Artemis Bosveli

Artemis studied chemistry in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). Before her graduation in 2017, she completed an internship at Bayer AG in Wuppertal (Germany) in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Organic Synthesis under the supervision of Dr. Hartmut Schirok. In the 2017-2019 period, she performed her M.Sc. degree in the ‘’Isolation and Synthesis of Natural Products with Biological Activity’’ program of the Chemistry Department at the University of Crete (Greece). During her master thesis she involved with materials chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Pantelis N. Trikalitis. In 2019, Artemis started her doctoral studies in the same department, under the supervision of Prof. Georgios Vassilikogiannakis, working on new photocatalytic methodologies. The main subject of her thesis was focused on the synthesis of heterocyclic N-containing compounds using sustainable processes. In September 2023, she joined the Gouverneur group as a postdoctoral researcher. In her free time, Artemis enjoys travelling, watching movies and meeting with friends.

Zijun Chen

Zijun Chen did her MChem at Merton College before joining the VG group; investigating the reconstruction of 31P spectroscopic imaging in vivo in her Part II project.  Her DPhil was focused on the copper-mediated radiosynthesis of 18F- and 123I-radiolabelled PARP nhibitors. She enjoys powerlifting and running in her free time. 




Marcos Escolano 

Marcos was born in Segorbe, Castellón (Spain) in 1993. He studied chemistry at the University of Valencia and obtained his B. Sc. degree in 2015. After working for one year in the ceramic industry as a R&D technician, he studied the Master of Organic Chemistry at the University of Valencia, and he was awarded with the Master in Organic Chemistry Prize granted by University of Valencia in 2017. Since that year, he is the recipient of a predoctoral Fellowship from the Spanish Government and he received his PhD in 2022 within the area of organocatalysis in the Department of Organic Chemistry at the University of Valencia under the supervision of Prof. Carlos del Pozo. In April 2023 he joined the Gouverneur group as a postdoctoral researcher. Besides chemistry, he likes sports, beers and traveling. 


Christopher Goult

I’m originally from Bradford, moving to the University of York for my MChem degree. During my final year project, I worked on the outer-sphere electrophilic fluorination of organometallic ruthenium complexes. After completing my undergraduate study, I completed my PhD working with Prof Jason Lynam and Dr John Slattery using solid-state NMR spectroscopy, in tandem with computational chemistry, to characterise and interpret metal-carbon bonding in organometallic species. After completing my PhD, I have undertaken post-doctoral studies with Prof Duncan Bruce on the direct preparation of cyclo-aurated liquid crystalline complexes using microwave activation. I then completed further post-doctoral studies with Dr Luke Wilkinson, working on the preparation of quadruply bonded dimolybdenum paddlewheel complexes and their functionalisation and assembly into conductive continuous materials. I joined the Gouverneur research group in January 2023. In my free time I enjoy walking, wildlife, and whisky. 

Patrick Isenegger (Visiting Fellow)

Dr. Patrick G. Isenegger obtained his BSc and MSc diploma in chemistry from the University of Basel. During his undergraduate studies he worked as a chemistry teacher at Bachem and lab technician in the division of radiopharmaceutical chemistry at the university hospital of Basel (Prof. Thomas Mindt). In 2012 he started his doctoral studies in the research group of Prof. Andreas Pfaltz where he investigated several organocatalyzed transformations with the aim to develop new highly selective and reactive catalysts. Furthermore he gained experiences in mechanistic investigations of complex catalytic transformations by using ESI-MS back reaction screening technology. In August 2017 he joined the Gouverneur and Davis groups.


Boris Lozhkin

Boris studied chemistry at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, where he defended his master's thesis in the field of polymer chemistry and metal catalysis. After that, he completed a Marie Curie Internship at the Polytechnic University in Gliwice working on the organic electrochemistry of polythiophenes. Boris then moved to Switzerland to join Prof Thomas Ward's group (University of Basel), where he applied his skills in organic synthesis to develop bioorthogonal approaches to cancer therapy as a part of his PhD project. In collaboration with Prof David Baker (University of Washington), he worked on the creation of the first de novo artificial metalloenzymes. In addition, Boris worked on real-time in vivo imaging of bioorthogonal transformations in collaboration with Prof Stefan Hell (Nobel Prize 2014, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry). In 2023 he joined the Gouverneur research group as a Postdoc. In his free time, Boris enjoys tennis, cooking and poetry.

Anirban Mondal

Dr Anirban Mondal grew up in Kolkata, the city of joy in the eastern part of India. He then did his master's thesis at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, under the supervision of Prof. Debabrata Maiti and Rodney A. Fernandes. During his master's research, he studied "Directing group-assisted meta- and para-C-H functionalization of arenes by different template-based assembly" and "Total synthesis of the antitumor agent asteriscunolide." In 2016, he joined the group of Prof. Ben L. Feringa, 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, at the University of Groningen for his doctoral research. His PhD thesis is specialized in various chirality transfer processes in the development of chemically driven molecular machines and asymmetric catalysis. After completing his PhD and a short stay in the Feringa group as guest researcher, he joined the Gouverneur group in 2022 as Postdoctoral Research Associate, in the field of asymmetric fluorination. In his spare time, he likes to meet with others, play cricket, and solve crystal structures.

Gabriele Pupo (Visiting Fellow)

Dr Gabriele Pupo completed his chemistry degree at the Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. C. Prandi, working on asymmetric Nazarov cyclizations. He then moved to the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany for his doctoral studies on asymmetric Bronsted acid catalysis, under the supervision of Prof. Benjamin List. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 2017, he joined the Gouverneur Group at the University of Oxford, UK. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and travelling.




Thomas Schlatzer

Thomas completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at the Graz University of Technology (Austria). During this time, he gained experience in materials science working on bioactive polymers at PCCL as well as in synthetic organic chemistry in the course of his Master studies focused on water-soluble phosphorus ligands. In 2017, he started his doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Rolf Breinbauer working on the development of chemo- and regioselective S-allylations based on palladium-catalysis. In collaboration with Prof. Christian F. W. Becker (University of Vienna), this methodology was extended as a bioconjugation strategy for the labelling and post-translational modification of cysteines within peptides and proteins. Since April 2022, Thomas is working as a postdoctoral research associate in the Gouverneur Group at the University of Oxford. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, skiing and travelling.


Long Yang

Dr. Long Yang completed his MChem degree at Fuzhou University (China) in 2017 under the supervision of Prof. Gang Li, working on the palladium-catalyzed remote C−H activation. Then, he moved to Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany for his doctoral studies in the research group of Prof. Lutz Ackermann, where he mainly focused on metallaelectro-catalyzed C−H activation and electrochemical cage activation of carboranes. After obtaining his Ph.D, he joined the Gouverneur Group as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford in March 2022. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, cooking and travelling.




DPhils (5th Year)

Tom Watts

Tom completed an MSci in Chemistry (International Programme) at UCL, UK, spending his 3rd year at the University of Toronto with Prof Robert Batey on synthesis of allyic carbamates. He was awarded a EPSRC research bursary to undertake summer research with Dr Tom Sheppard (UCL). His MSci project focused on a range of noble metals and copper to directly arylate azulene and other derivatives. Tom was the runner up at the SCI Undergraduate Organic Symposium in June 2017. Tom likes to spend his time reading about/discussing international affairs and global relations with a focus on US and Middle Eastern politics. Alongside a passion for making and drinking cocktails he also enjoys playing badminton.


Adeline Poh

Adeline completed her MChem degree at the University of Durham, working on responsive paramagnetic rare earth complexes for magnetic resonance spectroscopy under the supervision of Prof. David Parker. Adeline was presented with the A*STAR International Pre-Graduate Award and spent the summer of 2017 in Singapore on a project involving the synthesis of a potential PET tracer for the imaging of hepatocellular carcinoma under the guidance of Dr. Edward Robins. In January 2019, Adeline joined the Davis and Gouverneur groups as a DPhil student at Wolfson College. Outside the lab, she enjoys yoga, baking and travelling. 



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Omar Apolinar

Omar was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California and completed his bachelor's degree at California State University San Marcos. Before starting his doctoral studies, he partook in a summer internship at Janssen working in the Discovery Process Research group. In August 2019, he commenced his doctoral studies at The Scripps Research Institute under the supervision of Prof. Keary M. Engle developing Ni-catalyzed alkene dicarbofunctionalization reactions. As part of the Skaggs-Oxford programme, he joined the Gouverneur and Aldridge groups in August 2022. Besides chemistry, he enjoys good coffee, good beer, working out, playing football, and reading books.


Joseph Ford

Joe grew up in Reading and graduated with First Class honours in Chemistry from the University of Oxford in 2019. During the summer of 2018 he worked in the lab of Prof. Tobias Ritter, Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, on the late stage trifluoromethylation of arenes, followed by his Part II year in the Gouverneur Group, where he worked on organocatalytic nucleophilic fluorination. He joined the SBM CDT in September 2019 and completed a rotation in the Duarte group, before rejoining the Gouverneur group in July 2020. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, going to the pub and trying to speak German.


Claire Dooley

Claire grew up in London and completed her MChem degree at the University of Leeds. During her final year in 2020 she worked on the design and synthesis of small molecule inhibitors of TRPC5 channel as therapeutics for cardiovascular diseases under the supervision of Dr Visuvanathar Sridharan and Dr Richard Foster. During her undergraduate degree Claire also completed an industrial placement at Reckitt Benckiser working as an analyst and formulation scientist for the Strepsils brand. Claire joined the Gouverneur group in October 2020- DPhil in organic chemistry in collaboration with Astrazeneca. Claires hobbies include travelling (pre-covid), going to the pub with friends, running and cooking. 




Sebastiano Ortalli

Sebastiano completed his BSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Queen Mary University of London in 2019. His Bachelor’s project was conducted under the supervision of Dr Lesley Howell and focused on the synthesis of positive allosteric modulators of the 5-HT2C receptor as a potential therapy for obesity. Following graduation, he joined the research group of Prof Maria Luisa Gelmi at the University of Milan, where he worked on the synthesis of small peptide derivatives designed for electrospinning along with the stereoselective synthesis of dual α-hydroxy-b-amino acid derivatives. Sebatiano joined the Gouverneur group in October 2020 to begin his DPhil in Organic Chemistry. In his free time, Sebastiano enjoys traveling, hiking and playing the guitar.



Calum Patel

Calum is from Dudley, West Midlands and recently completed his Master’s degree in Chemistry at Imperial College London under the supervision of Prof. Anthony Barrett. After a summer research placement under the supervision of Prof. Jennifer Love at the University of British Columbia, Calum undertook a twelve-month internship at F. Hoffmann La Roche in Basel. Having experienced the synthetic challenges of late-stage fluorination in drug discovery at Roche, Calum has a keen interest in the development of novel fluorination methods. Calum joined the SBM CDT in September 2020 and completed a rotation in computational chemistry in the Duarte group, before joining the Gouverneur group in May 2021. Outside the lab you can find Calum at the gym, cooking for friends or enjoying a G&T. 

Xiaoyun Wang

Xiaoyun (Claire) completed her BSc in Chemistry at Imperial College London. She did her BSc project under the supervision of Prof. Oscar Ces on Giant Unilamellar Vesicles. In October 2019, she joined the VG group to start her DPhil in Organic Chemistry. Claire enjoys music and plays the violin. She performs, teaches and plays the violin in orchestras.







Ella Ogilvy

Ella grew up in Glasgow and completed an MChem, graduating in 2021 from the University of Edinburgh. During her time in Edinburgh, she was a summer student in the group of Prof. Guy Lloyd-Jones working on the synthesis of fluorinated photo-switches. Her final year was spent at ETH Zürich under the supervision of Prof. Peter Chen working on experimental gas-phase and DFT methods to investigate Cu-catalysed C-H carboxylations using CO2. Prior to this, in 2018, she worked in the lab of Prof. Hermann Wegner at Justus-Liebig University, Giessen synthesising phthalazine derivatives for use in redox flow batteries. Ella joined the Gouverneur group in October 2021 to begin her DPhil in Organic Chemistry. When not in the lab, Ella enjoys playing in orchestras, baking, and hiking. 


Gabija Poskaite

Gabija grew up in Vilnius, Lithuania and completed her MChem degree at the University of Southampton in 2021. During the summer of 2019 Gabija worked on synthesis of fluorinated carbohydrates under the supervision of Prof. Bruno Linclau, which led to her final year project on SRI-FESTA (selective-reverse INEPT fluorine-edited selective TOCSY acquisition) NMR utilisation for equilibrating mixtures of significant relevance in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. She joined the Gouverneur group in October 2021. Gabija’s hobbies include exploring specialty coffee, playing board games and contract bridge.



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Caleb Doyle

Caleb grew up in Liverpool and completed his MSci in Chemistry at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2022. His final year project, under the supervision of Dr James Dowden, focused on developing a concise synthesis to a novel opioid scaffold. Caleb also completed a year-long industry placement at GW Pharmaceuticals in 2020/21, synthesising cannabinoids with potential anti-epileptic activity. He extended his placement to work in the botanical branch of GW, developing novel cannabis extraction techniques. Caleb joined the Gouverneur group in August 2022 to begin his DPhil in Organic Chemistry. In his free time, Caleb enjoys woodcarving, cooking, and repairing and restoring tools, antiques, and other curios.

Yongyi Guo

Yongyi completed her BEng in Applied Chemistry at Shanghai University in 2020. Her bachelor’s project was about the synthesis of perfluoroalkylated heterocyclic derivatives under the supervision of Prof. Weiguo Cao. During her master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh, she took the research project on the synthesis of hexafluoroisopropanol derivatives by Ruppert-Prakash reagent under the supervision of Dr Andrés García Domínguez and Prof. Guy Lloyd-Jones. Yongyi will join the VG group to begin her DPhil in Organic Chemistry in January 2022. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, travelling, hiking and reading.



Job Struijs

Job completed his bachelor's and master's degree at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Before starting his master thesis, Job completed a summer exchange programme working on the synthesis, chain-end modification, and characterization of well-defined poly(acrylic acid)s in the groups of Prof. Craig J. Hawker and Prof. Javier Read de Alaniz (UCSB) in collaboration with Dow Chemical. His master thesis research was competed in Prof. Emiel Hensen’s group, and concerned low-concentration and low-temperature CO2 hydrogenation on reducible oxide supports. Besides chemistry, he enjoys meeting friends, playing the saxophone, mountain biking and playing tennis or squash.



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Nicolas Charalambous

After 2 years of military service, Nicolas completed his bachelor's degree in chemistry at the University of St Andrews. There, he joined the group of Prof. Rebecca Goss, working on a novel detection method of halogenated amino acids utilizing fluorescent probes. Following work as a spectroscopist for a year, he undertook a traineeship at the German Oncology Centre in his native Cyprus, where he developed a keen interest in Positron Emission Tomography and radiopharmaceutical chemistry. He returned to St Andrews for his master's degree under Prof. David O'Hagan, focusing on the development of novel [18F]fluorinated A2A adenosine receptor agonists for PET imaging. In 2023 he joined the Gouverneur group as a DPhil student to further pursue his interest in radiolabelling. Outside the lab, Nicolas can be found at a tennis court, travelling in search of new cuisine or teaching a cooking class.

Zian Wang

Zian grew up in China and completed his BA and MSc degrees at the University of Cambridge. During the summer of 2022, Zian worked on the photoredox synthesis of tetrahydro-naphthyridines under the supervision of Prof. Matthew Gaunt. He remained in the same research group for his Master’s project, working towards primary amine homologation via deaminative radical generation. Zian joined the Gouverneur group in October 2023 to begin his DPhil in Organic Chemistry. In his spare time, Zian enjoys orchestral music, travelling, and reading.


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Roberto Lacourt

I grew up in London and am an MChem student at Univ. Outside of the lab I do boxing.






Columbus Layton

I joined the Gouverneur Group in September 2023 for my Part II year. Outside of the lab, I am Men's Vice-Captain of Jesus College Boat Club and Chemistry Events Officer of Oxford University Chemistry and Biochemistry Society. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing salsa, reading crime fiction novels, baking desserts and cooking.





Adam Sikorjak

Adam comes from Slovakia, but now lives in Bristol. He is currently an MChem student at St John’s College. During his degree, he has received RSC Undergraduate Bursary for research in Galan group, University of Bristol. This summer, he also did internship in Lennox group (UoB) on the project of electrochemical defluorination. Most recently, he has been selected for the GSK Residential Chemistry Training Experience to experience the industry. Outside of chemistry, he usually spends weekends at home -  gardening, baking and solving murders with his husband. He also enjoys photography of animals.

Meiyi Zheng

Meiyi grew up in Chengdu, China and is currently an MChem student at Lincoln College. Outside the lab, she enjoys photography, mystery movies, hiking and tennis.





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Bill is the new addition of the group. He is very sociable, naturally curious and passionate about outdoor activities. When not on duty looking after the lab, he is playing cricket on Merton ground and keen to go for long walks in the park and in the countryside. 



Max (RIP)

R.I.P. Max started his DPhil project when he was just 3 years old working on the development of new fluorinated polymers to build highly resistant frisbees. When not in the lab, you might have seen him on Merton ground testing his new materials. In his spare time, he enjoyed eating, sleeping, playing extreme football or swimming in the river. 


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Post Doctoral Researchers

Dr Immo Klose, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Tomislav Rovis Group, Columbia University,  New York (USA)

Dr Emy Andre-Joyaux Research Chemist, SpiroChem, Basil (Switzerland)

Dr David Ascough Scientific Developer, Emerald Cloud Lab, San Francisco (USA)

Dr R. Bejot (SIEMENS) VP of CMC & Supply Chain, Blue Earth Diagnostics (USA)

Dr C. Bobbio Principle Chemist, Syngenta (Switzerland)

Dr Laurent Bonnac (BBSRC) Research Assistant Professor at Center for Drug Design University

Dr Begonia Checa Castone (MCF) Asset manager, Barcelona (Spain)

Dr Kee Choon Wee (A*STAR) Research Scientist, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Dr T. Martinez Del Campo (MCF) Associate Professor Chemistry Department of the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)

Dr Juliana Manso De Oliveira Silva Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Campinas (Brazil)

Dr Gianluca Destro

Dr Emmanuelle Dubost (MCF) Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Normandie Univ, UNICAEN (France)

Dr Alexander Durr Computational Chemist, Celeris Therapeutics (Austria)

Dr Enrico Emer (MCF) Process Chemistry Scientist II, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Oxford (UK)

Dr Shilu Fan (MCF) Key Laboratory of Organofluorine Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science (China)

Dr Zhanghua Gao (OCIC) Professor, Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang Uni (China)

Dr David Grassi Department of Chemistry, University of Geneva (Switzerland)   

Dr Alexandru Grozavu, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Ivan Huc Group, Ludwig-Maximillians University of of Munich (Germany)

Dr Stefan Gruber (UCB) Senior Scientist, ETH (Switzerland)

Dr Florian Guibbal (MRC) PET R&D Radiochemist, Invicro, London (UK)

Dr N. Hodnett Scientific Leader, GlaxoSmithKline (USA)

Dr Matthew Horwitz (MCF)  Scientist, Discovery Process Research (DPR) at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Belgium)

Dr Francesco Ibba Senior Scientist, Evotec, Oxford (UK)

Dr Charlotte G. Jorgensen Dept of Medicinal Chemistry, Uni of Copenhagen (Denmark)

Dr Leonardo Kleebauer 

Dr S. Lee Research Fellow, University of Birmingham (UK)

Dr H. Liu Commissariat à l'énergie atomique (CEA) Saclay (France)

Dr Erika Luethi Chemist R&D, Société Suisse des Explosifs, Bern (Switzerland)

Dr Satoshi Mizuta (MCF) Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki University (Japan)

Dr M. Carmen Pacheco (MCF) Departamento de Química Orgánica, University of Alicante (Spain)

Dr Sean Preshlock (EPSRC) PET radiochemist, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA)

Dr R. Razet                                                                 

Dr Sandrine Ropp Life Sciences Investment & Licensing Manager, SATT Conectus Alsace (France)            

Dr Paolo Ricci (Lilly LRAP) Senior Synthetic Scientist, Sygnature Discovery (UK)

Dr Jeroen Sap Principal Scientific Researcher, Genentech, San Francisco (USA)

Dr Marcin Sawicki (MCF) ‎Project Manager, Amadeus IT Group, London (UK)

Dr Michael Schedler  Laboratory Manager, Covestro (Germany)

Dr M. Schuler (MCF) Maitre de conference at Institute of technology, Orléans (France)

Dr Barbara Stoessel Senior Process Chemist, Lonza, Visp (Switzerland)

Dr Natan Straathof (UCB) Postdoctoral Scientist, DTU University (Denmark)

Dr Kenny Tenza Executive Manager- Business Development & Commercialisation, Sasol Group Technology (UK)

Dr Arnaud Tessier (MCF) CNRS Researcher, CEISAM, University of Nantes (France)

Dr S. Thibaudeau (MCF) Professor of Chemistry University of Poitiers (France)

Dr Matthew Tredwell Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry, Research Radiochemist - Wales Research and Diagnostic PET Imaging Centre, Cardiff Uni (UK)

Dr O. Lozano Ventura (MRF) Associate Professor, Facultat de Farmacia, Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)

Dr Stephan Verhoog (CRUK/EPSRC) Associate Principal Scientist, Imaging at Merck, Pennsylvania (USA)

Dr J. Veliks Principal Researcher, Latvian Instit of Organic Synthesis (Latvia)

Dr A-L. Villard Laboratories Idenix Sarl, Montpellier (France)

Dr Justyna Walkowiack (MCF) Assistant Professor, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland)

Dr Yanlang Wang (MCF) Professor, Liaocheng University (China)

Dr Rodrigue Leuma Yona (MCF) Research Fellow McMaster University (Canada)


DPhil Students

Konstantinos Afratis, 2022. Regiodivergent Nucleophilic Fluorination under Hydrogen Bonding Phase Transfer Catalysis. Senior Scientist, Pharmaron, Hoddesdon, UK.

Zijun Chen, 2022. Copper-Mediated Radiosynthesis of 18F- and 123I-Radiolabelled PARP Inhibitors. Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

Jimmy Wang, 2022. Hydrogen Bonding Phase-Transfer Catalysis with Sodium Azide and Potassium Cyanide. Senior Scientist, Pfizer, Sandwich, UK

Giulia Roagna, 2021. Hydrogen Bonding Phase-Transfer Catalysis with Ionic Reactants. Scientist, Janssen Research & Development, Beerse, Belgium

Robert Szpera, 2021. New Methods for F-18 Radiolabelling. Senior Scientist, Pfizer, Sandwich, UK

Oluwatobi Arisa, 2021. Utilisation of Enzymes as Powerful Tools Towards Fluorinated Biomolecules. Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Institutes of Health, Maryland, USA

Tim Mollner, 2021. Diboron-Enabled High-Precision Protein Engineering. PostDoc (Early Talent Program), Novartis, Basel, Switzerland 

Claudio Meyer, 2021. Development of Late-Stage Difluoromethylation Strategies. Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof. MacMillan, Princeton University, Princeton NJ, USA.

Sandrine Hell, 2021. Silyl Radical-Mediated Late-Stage Hydrofunctionalisation of Alkenes. Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof. Knowles, Princeton University, Princeton NJ, USA.

Anna Chiara Vicini, 2020. Hydrogen Bonding Phase-Transfer Catalysis with Metal Alkali Fluorides: Enantioselective Synthesis of β-Fluoroamines, from Reaction Development to Scale-up. Senior Scientist, Pfizer Ltd, Sandwich, UK.

Osman Tack, 2020. Novel Radiochemistry for Positron Emission Tomography Imaging.

Francesco Ibba, 2020. Hydrogen Bonding Phase-Transfer Catalysis: A New Approach to Asymmetric Fluorination. Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

Jeroen Sap, 2020. New Late-Stage Strategies Towards Difluoromethylarenes. Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

David Ascough, 2019. Novel Fluorination Methodology Through Computational Insight – Tuning Fluoride Through Hydrogen Bonding. Scientific Developer, Emerald Cloud Lab, San Francisco, USA.

Gregor Cremosnik, 2018. Radiofluorination of Squalenoylated Drug Analogues. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Max Plank Institute for Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Germany.

Thomas Wilson, 2018. Late Stage 18F-Fluorination and 123I-Iodination for PET and SPECT Imaging. Research Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA.

Stephen Hyde, 2018. Novel Strategies for Synthesising and Labelling the Heteroatom-trifluoroethyl Motif. Senior Scientist, Pharmaron, Hoddesdon, UK.

Greg McSweeney, 2018. Radiolabelling of Aryl Boronic Esters with 18F and 123I: Method Development and Application.

Lukas Pfeifer, 2017. New Methods and Reagents for Carbon-Fluorine Bond Formation. Postdoctoral position, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands.

Nicholas Taylor, 2017. Copper-Mediated Nucleophilic 18F-Radioloabelling of (Hetero)arenes for Applications in Positron Emission Tomography. Postdoctoral Research Chemist, Syngenta, Jealott's Hill, UK.

Stefan Verhoog, 2016. Late-Stage Trifluoromethylation. Associate Principle Scientist- Imaging, Merck, West Point, Pennsylvania.

Tanatorn Khotavivattana, 2016. 18F-Labelling of New Chemotypes for Drug Discovery. Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Samuel Calderwood, 2016. Novel Methods for 18F-Radiolabelling. Consultant- Life Sciences, Simon-Kucher & Partners, London, UK.

Miriam O'Duill, 2015. Late-Stage Fluorination and Perfluoroalkylation. Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.

Faye Buckingham, 2015. Organomediated Approaches to 18F-Radiochemistry for PET. Trial Manager, Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit, Newcastle, UK.

Jamie Wolstenhulme, 2013. Recent Developments in Fluorocyclization Methodology. Senior Scientist, Sterling Pharma Solutions, Cramlington, UK.

Elena Benedetto, 2013. Synthesis and Reactivity of Allylic Fluorides under Transition Metal Catalysis. Clinical Project Manager, Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility, Oxford, UK.

George Blessley, 2013. Enantioselective Synthesis and Reactivity of Benzylic Fluorides. Associate Director, Mace, London, UK.

Keary M Engle, 2013. I. Ligand-Accelerated Catalysis in Palladium(II)-Mediated Carbon–Hydrogen Bond Functionalisation, II. Hydrogen Bonding Effects on the Reactivity of Fluoride Anion. Professor, Department of Chemistry, Scripps Research, California, USA.

Oscar Galicia Lopez, 2013. Synthesis and Trifluoromethylation of Allylsilanes. Scientist, Enhanced Oil Recovery Area, Pemex, Campeche Area, Mexico.

Ida Stenhagen, 2013. New Methods for the Construction of C-18F Bonds. Senior Scientist, NIOM Nordic Institute of Dental Materials, Sognsveien, Norway.

Charlotte Hollingworth, 2013. Palladium Mediated Allylic Fluorination. Executive Editor at Springer Nature, London, UK.

John Ilupeju, 2012. Synthesis and Use of New Chiral DABCO Derivatives for Asymmetric Fluorination. Lab Manager, Manchester Organics, Runcorn, UK.

Lorraine Combettes, 2012. Synthesis and Conformational Analysis of Fluorinated Pyrrolidines. Process Development Chemist, Givaudan, Geneva, Switzerland.

Guy Giuffredi, 2011. De Novo Synthesis of Fluorinated Carbohydrates and their Application as Probes for Fluorine Hydrogen Bonding. Consultant, Leiter Investments Zentrum für Innovation und Digitalisierung, Bernapark AG, Stettlen, Switzerland.

Lei Li, 2011. Novel Radiochemistry for 18F Labelled Aromatics. Quality Manager, Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Rebekka Hueting, 2011. Radiolabelled Copper Complexes For Cancer Imaging. Radiochemistry Core Leader/PROx Unit Head, PET Radiopharmacy Oxford, Oxford, UK. Currently Head of Quality Control - Wales Research and Diagnostic PET Imaging Centre (PETIC) at Cardiff University.

Matthew  Hopkinson, 2011. Transition Metal Catalysis in the Presence of Fluorinating Reagents. Junior Professor, University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

James Harvey, 2010. A Catalytic Asymmetric Approach to P- and Si- Stereogenicity. Senior Scientist, Biogen, Cambridge, USA.

Laurence Carroll, 2010. Synthesis of 18F and 64Cu PET Tracers for the Detection of Hypoxic Tumours. Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Yee-Hwee Lim, 2010. I. Total Synthesis of Bisanthraquinones through Cascade Reactions & II. 18F- Radiochemistry to Advance Cancer Imaging. Team Leader / Scientist III (Organic Chemistry), Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, Singapore.

Sophie Boldon, 2010. Fluorous Synthesis of Fluorinated Compounds. Head of Policy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy , University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

Amaruka Hazari, 2010. Pd-Catalysed Allyic C-F Bond Formation and Activation.

Susan Wilkinson, 2009. Synthesis Studies Towards Asymmetric Fluoroetherification. Scientific Advisor, Physicians World Europe, Mannheim, Germany.

Colin Lam, 2009. Synthetic and Computational Investigations into the "Cycloaddition-Fluorination" Strategy for the Synthesis of Monofluorinated Carbo- and Heterocycles. Associate Principle Scientist, Merck, New Jersey, USA.

Jose Blasco Matta, 2009. Silylated Dienes as Versatile Precursors of Trifluoromethylated Carbocycles. Medicinal Chemist,  Eli Lilly, USA.

Harriet Teare, 2009. Synthesis and Reactivity of Novel Electophilic Fluorinating Reagents for Radiolabelling. Researcher in Healthcare and Policy, and Deputy Director, HeLEX, Oxford, UK.

Sophie Purser, 2008. Novel Synthetic Approaches Towards Fluorinated Carbohydrate Analogues. Commercial Manager, MIRICO, Harwell, UK.

Franck Silva, 2007. Synthesis and Reactivity of Enantioenriched beta-Hydroxyenones and -ynones. Project Leader, ADC Therapeutics, London, UK.

Matthew  Tredwell, 2007. Electrophilic Fluorodesilylation of Chiral Allylsilanes. Research Radiochemist, Wales Research and Diagnostic PET Imaging Centre, Wales, UK.

Maud Reiter, 2006. Pd(II)- Mediated Cyclizations to Access Dihydro- and Tetrahydropyranones. Director of New Ingredients Discovery, Firmenich, Geneva, Switzerland.

Katherine Dunne, 2006. Synthesis of P-Stereogenic Compounds by Olefin Metathesis. Project Manager, MRC, UK.

Fabrice Bisaro, 2006. Synthesis of Acyclic P-Stereogenic Protected Phosphines by Metathesis. Postdoctoral Researcher, ENSICAEN, Caen, France.

Catherine Slinn, 2005. A Ring Closing Metathesis Strategy Towards P-Stereogenic Phosphines.

Charles Baker-Glenn, 2004. Aldolase Antibodies in the Synthesis of Oxygen Containing Heterocycles. Group Leader, Charles River Laboratories, USA.

Marc Schuman, 2003. Synthetic Studies Towards Phosphorus-Based Transition State Analogues. Civil Servent, Luxemburg.

Benjamin Greedy, 2003. The Application of Electrophilic Fluorodesilylation to the Preparation of Fluoro-organic Compounds. Assistant Technician, Capita, London, UK.

Virginie Maggiotti, 2002. Direct Biocatalytic Asymmetric Aldol Reactions. Chemistry Instructor, Gaston College, North Carolina, USA.


Part IIs

L. Hetherington, MChem Awarded in 1999 (St Hilda’s College). Title: Application of Catalytic Ring-Closing Olefin Metathesis to the Synthesis of Phosphorus Heterocycles

B. Greedy, MChem Awarded in 1999. Title: Electrophilic Fluorination of Organosilanes

P. A. C. Eagle, MChem Awarded in 2000 (St Peter’s College). Title: A Review on the Selective Fluorination of Carbonyl Compounds using N-F Electrophilic Fluorinating Reagents

D. Grice, MChem Awarded in 2001 (St Edmund College). Title: Synthetic Studies towards the Biocatalytic Dynamic Kinetic Resolution of Allylic Acetates

J. Wong, MChem Awarded in 2001 (St Peter’s College). Title: A Biocatalytic Enantioselective Route to Sulfur containing Aldol Products; Attribution of Absolute Configurations

R. B. Jones, MChem Awarded in 2002 (Magdalen College). Title: Catalytic Antibodies as Catalysts for the formation of Diels-Alder Products

G. Mitchell, MChem Awarded in 2002 (Keble College). Title: Direct Catalytic Asymmetric Aldol Reactions with Halogenated, Unsymmetrical Ketones

T. Pinchin, MChem Awarded in 2003 (St Edmund Hall). Title: The Antibody Route to Fluorinated Aldol Products

Y. J. Tan, MChem Awarded in 2003 (St Edmund Hall). Title: Reactivity of Methyl ß, ƴ-Unsaturated Ketones in the Presence of Aldose Antibodies

M. Tredwell, MChem Awarded in 2003 (St Catherine’s College). Title: The Antibody Route to Enantioenriched ß­-hydroxy carboxylic acids

J. Drapkin, MChem Awarded in 2003 (Brasenose College). Title: Synthetic Studies Towards Synthesis of Fluorinated Analogues of HIV Protease Inhibitor Indinavir

M. A. Gingell, MChem Awarded in 2004 (Worcester College). Title: A Synthetic Study Towards the Preparation of Various Fluoroalkenes.

R. Fuller, MChem Awarded in 2004 (Somerville College). Title: Novel Synthetic Routes Towards Internal Allylic Fluorides

H. L. Turner, MChem Awarded in 2004 (Wadham College). Title: Pd(II) Mediated Cyclisations for the Preparation of Dihydropyran-4-ones and Tetrahydropyran-4-ones

H Teare, MChem Awarded in 2005 (Pembroke College). Title: Electrophilic Fluorodesilylation of Chiral Allylsilanes

S. Wilkinson, MChem Awarded in 2005 (Somerville College). Title: Synthetic Studies Towards the Formation of Fluorinated Heterocycles

R. Mills-Webb, MChem Awarded in 2005 (University College). Title: Palladium-Mediated Cyclisations

C. Y-H. Lam, MChem Awarded in 2005 (Wadham College). Title: Silylated dienes as precursors to fluorinated carbocycles

K. Kwok, MChem Awarded in 2006 (Wadham College). Title: Crotylsilane reagents in the synthesis of fluorinated


L. Carroll, MChem Awarded in 2006 (New College). Title: The Synthesis of Propargylic Fluorides

C. Wilson, MChem Awarded in 2006 (Wadham College). Title: Synthetic Studies Towards Fluorinated Carbo- and Heterocycles

R. M. French, MChem Awarded in 2006 (St Hilda’s College). Title: Synthesis and Reactivity of Enantiopure Allylic Fluorides

S. McCullough, MChem Awarded in 2007 (New College). Title: Synthetic Studies towards Enantioenriched Propargylic Fluorides

R. Patel, MChem Awarded in 2007 (The Queen’s College). Title: Studies into the Synthesis of Fluorinated Pyrrolidines

K. Franklin, MChem Awarded in 2007 (Somerville College). Title: Synthetic Studies Towards (-)-Goniothalesdiol

M. Hopkinson, MChem Awarded in 2007 (Pembroke College). Title: The Electophilic Fluorination of Hetero Diels-Alder Adducts

A. Salisbury, MChem Awarded in 2008 (Balliol College). Title: Gold Catalysis in the presence of Electrophilic Fluorinating Reagents

J. Ng, MChem Awarded in 2008 (New College). Title: Gold Catalysis to access Fluorinated Heterocycles

T. Fowler, MChem Awarded in 2008 (St Annes College). Title: Fluorous Chemistry for the Synthesis of 18F-Radiolabelled Compounds

E. Nettleship, MChem Awarded in 2009 (Oriel College). Title: Catalytic Enantioselective Synthesis of Silicon-Stereogenic Silanes via Asymmetric Ring Closing Metathesis

J. Wolstenhulme, MChem Awarded in 2009 (Balliol College). Title: Development of 18F Radiolabelling Strategies for the Molecular Imaging of Cancer

N. E. Wurz, MChem Awarded in 2009 (Merton College). Title: Studies towards new Chiral N-F Reagents

L. Jennings, MChem Awarded in 2010 (Pembroke College). Title: Fluorinated Carbohydrates for the Investigation of Fluorine-Hydrogen Bonding

C. Poree, MChem Awarded in 2010 (Balliol College). Title: Studies Towards a Catalytic Approach to Alkenyl Fluorides

J. Ross, MChem Awarded in 2010 (Pembroke College). Title: Gold Catalyzed Oxidative Cross Coupling Reactions

F. Buckingham, MChem Awarded in 2011 (Oriel College). Title: Organocatalytic Asymmetric Fluorination

M. L. Ó Dúill, MChem Awarded in 2011 (Merton College). Title: Transition Metal Catalysed Allylic Fluorination

P. Holden, MChem Awarded in 2011 (Oriel College). Title: Studies Towards Palladium-Catalysed Benzylic Fluorination

W. K. L. Wong, MChem Awarded in 2011 (Merton College). Title: New Approach to 6-Fluoro-L-DOPA from Fluoride

W. Kaluza, MChem Awarded in 2012 (St Catherine’s College). Title: Metal-Free Oxidative Fluorination of Electron-Rich Aromatics

M. Johnson, MChem Awarded in 2012 (Jesus College). Title: Fluorination Mediated Metal Free Cross-Coupling Chemistry

S. B. Calderwood, MChem Awarded in 2012 (Jesus College). Title: Molybdenum Catalysed Formation/Activation of Allylic C-F Bonds

T. Keller, MChem Awarded in 2013 (Hertford College). Title: Oxidative Fluorination of Aromatic and Heterocyclic Motifs

C. Tinworth  MChem Awarded in 2013 (Pembroke College). Title: Nucleophilic Fluorination of Diazo Compounds

T. Khotavivattana, MChem Awarded in 2013 (Merton College). Title: Photoredox Catalysed Hydrotrifluoromethylation of Alkenes

J, Rosenqvist, MChem Awarded in 2013 (Corpus Christi College). Title: Chiral Selectfluor: A New Reagent for a New Reaction

A. Bajjon, MChem Awarded in 2014 (Merton College). Title: The Synthesis and Reactivity of [18F] Labelled 2,2-Difluoro-2-Arylacetic Acid Derivatives

J. Twilton, MChem Awarded in 2014 (Somerville College). Title: The Synthesis and Reactivity of α-Trifluoromethyl Diazo Compounds

K. R. Fisher, MChem Awarded in 2015 (Merton College). Title: [18F] Labeling of Alkenes for Application to Cancer Imaging

O. Tack, MChem Awarded in 2015 (St John’s College). Title: Synthesis of an Alpha-Synuclein 18F Tracer for Positron Emission Tomography

D. Ascough, MChem Awarded in 2015 (Merton College). Title: [18F] Labeling of Selective Mutant IDH1 Inhibitors

S. D. P. Fielden, MChem Awarded in 2015 (Hertford College). Title: Approached towards the 18F Radiolabelling of CF2 Containing Molecules

B. Hampshire, MChem Awarded in 2016 (Merton College). Title: The Synthesis and Characterisation of Fluorinated ATR Inhibitors

Y. Yang, MChem Awarded in 2017 (Merton College). Title: Synthesis and Reactivity of Fluorine-substituted Cyclobutanes

S. Jing, MChem Awarded in 2017 (Magdalen College). Title: Development of Novel Asymmetric Organocatalytic Azidation Reactions

C. Hall, MChem Awarded in 2018 (Somerville College). Title: Insight into the Chan-Evans-Lam Cross Coupling with Translational Potential in Nucleophilic Fluorination

J. Ford, MChem Awarded in 2019 (Magdalen College), Title: Development of new binam urea catalysts for asymmetric nucleophilic fluorinations

J. Knox, MChem Awarded in 2019 (Balliol College), Title: Synthesis and evaluation of guanidines as catalysts for fluorination with metal alkali fluorides

F. Nightingale, MChem Awarded in 2021 (Merton College), Title: Studies Towards N-F Bond Formation from Fluoride

B. Hopkin, MChem Awarded in 2022 (St Catherine's College)

B. Botlik, MChem Awarded in 2022 (Merton College)

L. Buck, MChem Awarded in 2023 (Balliol College)

J. Sellar, MChem Awarded in 2023 (Magdalen College)



G. Giuffredi, MChem Awarded in 2006 (Prof Jean-Louis Reymond, University of Berne, Switzerland). Title: New Synthetic Approach for the Synthesis of Fluorinated Vitamin D Analogues

A. Monney, MChem Awarded in 2008 (Prof Christian Bochet, University of Fribourg, Switzerland). Title: Synthesis

of Fluorinated Carbohydrate Analogues; Novel Methodologies based on Gold and Phosphine Catalysis



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Cecilia Anderson, 2021. Summer Studentship funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Research Bursary.