Synthetic Organic Chemistry & Catalysis • University of Oxford

Martin Smith Research Group

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We are a synthetic chemistry research group with a focus on enantioselective catalysis, the investigation and exploitation of non-covalent interactions and the synthesis of complex molecules. We are based in the Chemistry Research Laboratory at the University of Oxford


Congratulations to Ben, Tudor, John and Craig whose work on the kinetic resolution of BINOLs has just been published in Angewandte Chemie.

Practical and Scalable Kinetic Resolution of BINOLs Mediated by a Chiral Counterion
Angew Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 4596.

Congratulations to Arseni, whose work with Igor, Jason and Vítor from the Paul Beer group on the development of molecules to selectively bind weakly hydrated ions in water has just been published.

Anion Recognition in Water by Charge-Neutral Halogen and Chalcogen Bonding Foldamer Receptors
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 4119.

Congratulations to Alison, Antti and Yao on their collaboration with Jacqueline from Rob Paton's group.

Hydrogen Bond Enabled Dynamic Kinetic Resolution of Axially Chiral Amides Mediated by a Chiral Counterion
Angew Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 2795.

Nick P

December 2018:

Congratulations to Nick Parker (4th year SBM CDT student) for winning the Royal Society of Chemistry's Organic Division Poster competition with his work "Visible light mediated cyclizations of enones".

Martin has a profile published in Angewandte Chemie - you can read it here.

Congratulations to the Late Stage Functionalization team on their collaboration with UCB on light mediated sulfonylation of anilines.

Direct Sulfonylation of Anilines Mediated by Visible Light
Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 629.

Kat B

October 2017: Congratulations to Kat (pictured far right) on winning one of the AstraZeneca-sponsored prizes for her talk titled "How does enantioselective phase transfer catalysis work?" at Oxford Chemistry's graduate seminar.

Congratulations to Phil and Jamie on their collaboration with Paul Brennan, Akane Kawamura and Justin Benesch on the discovery of a potent and selective lysine demethylase inhibitor

Discovery of a highly selective cell-active inhibitor of KDM2/7
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 9468.

Congratulations to the Late Stage Functionalization Team on the group's recent collaboration with UCB on late-stage cyanation.

A C-H cyanation of 6-ring N-containing heteraromatics
Chemistry Eur. J. 2017, 23, 14733.

Congratulations to Niels, Nick and Lucy on the publication of the group's collaboration with Rob Paton on photoheterocyclization

Visible Light Photocatalysis of 6π Heterocyclization
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 9468.

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