Paper, on continuous flow chemical synthesis, published in a special issue of the Synlett journal


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Posted on 16 February 2016

Dr Matt O'Brien and Dennis Cooper have recently had a paper, on continuous flow chemical synthesis, published in a special issue of the Synlett journal (2016, 27, 164-168).

The issue was in celebration of Professor Steven V. Ley CBE FRS of Cambridge University, on the occasion of his 70th Birthday. Matt spent several years as a research fellow in Steve Ley's lab in Cambridge, working on natural product synthesis and continuous flow methods in chemistry.

The editorial for the special issue was written by former Keelite Professor Harry Heaney of Loughborough University. Harry, who was one of the very first intake of students to Keele in 1950 (then the University College of North Staffordshire), went on to become Professor Ley's PhD supervisor at Loughborough.

Of the many complex natural products that Steve Ley's group has synthesized over the years, perhaps the most challenging was the insect antifeedant Azadirachtin. Here there is also a link to Keele in the form of collaborations with Professor David Morgan who carried out significant work on the extraction, isolation and chemical ecology of the natural product in the Lennard-Jones building.


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