Fully Funded Studentships Available:
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in
Synthesis for Biology & Medicine


Welcome to the home of Martin D. Smith's research group, based in the
Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford

We are a synthetic organic chemistry group with wide-ranging interests in
synthesis, structure and asymmetric catalysis

Latest Papers:

"Visible light photocatalysis of 6π heterocyclization"
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, in press pdf

"Catalytic Enantioselective Synthesis of Atropisomeric Biaryls
by a Cation-Directed O-Alkylation
Nature Chem. 2017, 9, 558-562. pdf

"A Cascade Strategy Enables a Total Synthesis of Morphine"
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 14306-14309. pdf

"A Counterion-Directed Approach to the Diels-Alder Paradigm:
Cascade Synthesis of Tricyclic Fused Cyclopropanes
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 13813-13817. pdf

"Catalytic Enantioselective synthesis of C1 and C2-symmetric spirobiindanones
through counterion-directed enolate C-acylation
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 13180-13183. pdf

"Torsional and Electronic factors control the C-H···O interaction"
Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 16513-16521. pdf

"Cation-controlled enantio- and diastereoselective synthesis of indolines:
an autoinductive phase–transfer initiated 5-endo-trig process
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015,137, 13414-13424. pdf

Catalytic enantioselective synthesis of indanes by a cation-directed 5-endo-trig cyclization"
Nature Chem. 2015, 7, 171. pdf