Scheme: Industry Fellowship
Organisation: University of Birmingham
Dates: Oct 2012-Sep 2016
Summary: I describe my work as using synthetic chemistry for "making fun stuff that does cool things" and whilst a little flippant I think that best describes the underpinning philosophy of what it is I have achieved and am working towards. Projects ongoing include, development of new asymmetric catalysts for unnatural amino acid synthesis, sensors for saccharides (patented technology in clinical trials in USA and Germany now), polymers for cancer prevention, pseudo self-aware molecules for point of care diagnostics and drug synthesis, nature-like molecule for the treatment of leukaemia and new molecules for the treatment of neurological disorders. As well as collaborations in hydrogen storage and disposable pollution sensors.
Whilst this might sound like a rather eclectic collection of research interests there is an underlying thread that is essentially intermolecular communication, including sensing in diagnostics and environmental monitoring, catalysis in synthesis and signalling in biology.