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Andre is promoted to the full editorial board of the New Journal of Chemistry. Exciting to be a part of this innovative journal!

Andre gives a talk at the 1st International Conference on Pharmaceutical Chemistry in the beautiful city of Frankfurt.

***BIG NEWS*** Our group will be moving to the Department of Chemistry at King’s College London in October. We are sad to be leaving our Reading home, but excited to be going back to Andre’s alma mater. Let the good times roll!

Our collaboration with Adrian Williams, developing new moisturisers based on amino acids, has resulted in a publication and is now on-line. Congratulations Tash!

Lewis’s cyclopropanation work has been highlighted in the Organic Chemistry Portal.

Congratulations to Niraj, Catherine, Georgia and Ellen on their excellent degree results. As usual, project students in our lab do better than the year as a whole!

Congratulations to Rossana and Laura whose invited Review has been accepted into Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry.

Welcome back to Adam who joins us on a postdoc to synthesize unnatural peptide-antisense nucleotide conjugates.

Congratulations to Widad, whose PhD work was published as part of a Synlett Special Edition celebrating Prof Steve Ley’s 70th birthday. Happy birthday Steve!


Welcome to Dan Townsend who joins us to conduct a PhD focused on steroid synthesis with Dextra Laboratories.

Congratulations to Lewis whose cyclopropanation work has been published in Chem Commun.

Andre gives a talk at the ACS Meeting in Boston, as well as to chemists at Harvard Medical School.

Congratulations to Adam whose work has been accepted into ACS Bioconjugate Chemistry.

We also have a twitter feed now. Follow us on @Organocatalysis.

We have a branding! Thanks to @SimonTrimmer.

Congratulations to Charlotte, Sonia, Lai, Sarah and Corrin on their excellent degree results. As usual, project students in our lab do better than the year as a whole!


A warm welcome to Dr Hannah Straker, who joins us from Durham to work on cannabinoid synthesis.

Welcome to Laura, who is starting a PhD on cannabinoid synthesis, and Cidália who will be working on the novel syntheses of unnatural amino acids and their use in foldamer constructs.

Congratulations to Antonio whose paper in Chem Eur J is now online.

A warm welcome to our latest PhD student Rossana, who is working on novel organocatalytic reactions, and foldamer science.


Congratulations to Lewis, Tash and Antonio on the publication of their review.

Andre has been invited onto the editorial advisory board for the RSC's New Journal of Chemistry.

Good luck to Raj who has joined the group of Profs Adam Nelson and Steve Marsden at Leeds as a postdoc.

Not one, but TWO of our project students won final year undergraduate prizes this year! Congratulations to Lisa and Hannah, and good luck in your careers. Maybe see you back as PhD students next year!

Congratulations to Tash who has given birth to a beautiful baby boy! Always room for one more in the group!

Congratulations to Raj whose publication in Org. Lett. is now on-line!

Andre gives a talk at the University of Birmingham, Department of Chemistry

Welcome to Lewis, our newest member! Lewis will be working on the synthesis of cannabinoids.


Andre gives a talk at the SCI in London on Hydrogen Bonding Catalysis

Congratulations to Gopi, our former postdoc whose work has been published in PLoS ONE.

Andre gives a talk in East Kazakhstan at the end of June. Amazing place!

CONGRATULATIONS to Raj who has won 2nd Prize for his poster at the RSC Bioorganic Group Postgraduate Symposium in Cardiff!!

Andre gives a talk at University College London, Dept of Chemistry.

Our collaborative effort with George Varvounis at the University of Ioannina has been published in Org. Lett.

Raj's article makes the top 10 of most read Chem. Sci. articles in November last year.


Raj's Chemical Science now available on-line. Also highlighted in the RSC blog.

Andre gives a talk at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton.

We are looking forward to having Adam, Antonio and Natasha in the lab from October. Looks like it could be a busy few years!

Andre is quoted in Chemical and Engineering News about a recent foldamer paper by Sam Gellman.

Andre presents at the RSC Heterocyclic and Synthesis Meeting, Grasmere.

Simon's Tetrahedron : Asymmetry now available on-line

Cobb Lab awarded the 2011 Thieme Chemistry Journals Award


Will and Raj's Synlett now available on-line

Andre awarded a Royal Society Grant to visit Professor Sam Gellman's Lab

Andre awarded the University of Reading RETF Research Output Prize 2010