News

  • 13/11/2018 – Congratulations to James Ayres for passing his PhD viva today! Thanks to Dr Marc Kimber and Prof. Thomas Wirth for examining. Next stop for James is a PDRA with Dr Richard Foster at the University of Leeds!

  • 01/10/2018 – Welcome to Alex B, Callum and Beth, who join the group to start their final year MChem projects!

  • 01/10/2018 – Welcome to Alex and Deepak, who join the group to start their PhDs!

  • 24/09/2018 – A big welcome to Shyam who joins the group as a PDRA to continue our collaborative research with Dr Rebecca Melen in frustrated Lewis pair catalysis!

  • 30/08/2018 – Congratulations to Ben R-B and Kurt, whose review on the recent advances in homogeneous borrowing hydrogen catalysis using earth-abundant first row transition metals has been published in OBC (invited contribution to the 2018 New Talent Special Issue)[link]

  • 14/08/2018 – Congratulations to Imtiaz and Ben R-B, whose work on the FLP-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation of silyl enol ethers has been published in Angewante Chemie! [link]

  • 10/08/2018 – Congratulations to James and Matt W, whose work on the synthesis and reactivity of N-allenyl cyanamides has been published in Organic Letters! [link]

  • 06/08/2018 – We welcome undergraduates Joe and Luke, who join the group for summer research internships!

  • 19/07/2018 – Congratulations to the Luk group, whose work on protein-hosted iminium organocatalysis has been published in Angewandte Chemie! [link]

  • 12/07/2018 – A big welcome to Dan who joins the group to start his PhD!

  • 13/06/2018 – We are sad to say goodbye to our first postdoc Imtiaz, who after 2 years with us, will soon be joining the Greaney Group at The University of Manchester! We wish you all the best for the future!

  • 11/06/2018 – Congratulations to Kurt and Ben whose work on iron-catalyzed borrowing hydrogen methylation has been published in ACS Catalysis! [link]

  • 11/06/2018 – We welcome 2nd year undergraduates Ashley and Tom, who join the group for summer research internships!

  • 11/05/2018 – We are recruiting for a new postdoctoral research associate within the group, focused on a collaborative research project with Dr Rebecca Melen entitled “The Productive Merger of Organocatalysis and Frustrated Lewis Pairs” – Position filled.

  • 19/04/2018 – We are sad to say goodbye to Alex S, Alex N, Matt, Sam and Connor who have all completed their undergraduate research placements in the group! We wish you the best of luck for your exams!

  • 03/04/2018 – A big welcome to Mubarak who joins the group to start his PhD!

  • 28/02/2018 – PhD student Ben gives a walking tour of the lab! [link]

  • 29/01/2018 – We welcome Sam and Connor, who join the group for their undergraduate research projects!

  • 25/01/2018 – A fully funded PhD studentship for UK/EU applicants is available in the group starting in October 2018 – Position filled.

  • 17/01/2018 – Five group members present our latest research at the RSC Organic Division South West Regional Meeting at the University of Bristol!

  • 15/12/2017 – We are sad to say goodbye to Marcus, who has completed his ERASMUS placement in the group and will return to Aarhus University!

  • 04/12/2017 – Congratulations to Kurt and Ben whose work has been published in Organic Letters! [link]

  • 27/11/2017 – We welcome Ben, who joins us as a PDRA from Prof. Joe Harrity’s group at the University of Sheffield. We are thankful to the EPSRC for funding!

  • 12/10/2017 – Congratulations to Imtiaz and Mattia whose work has been published in ACS Catalysis! [link] The start of a productive collaboration with the Melen lab!

  • 02/10/2017 – A big welcome to Alex S, Alex N and Matt who join the group for their MChem projects! Marcus also joins the group from Aarhus University for his Masters research project!

  • 21/07/2017 – There exists an opportunity for a EPSRC-funded postdoctoral research associate within the group, focused on a collaborative research project with Dr Duncan Browne and Prof. Thomas Wirth that will investigate the productive merger of organocatalysis with electrochemistry to develop novel electroorganic catalysis using both batch and flow technologies. See Job Advert for details of how to apply! – Position filled

  • 10/07/2017 – Matt joins the group for his CUROP summer placement!

  • 01/07/2017 – We will be advertising soon to recruit a new postdoctoral research associate in the group… watch this space!

  • 30/06/2017 – Congratulations to James, Matt, Yannick and Vassili whose work on the deoxycyanamidation of alcohols has been published in Organic Letters! [link]

  • 26/06/2017 – Alex joins the group for his CUROP summer placement!

  • 11/05/2017 – The group have moved to their new lab – check out the photos!

  • 01/05/2017 – Matt, Dan, Max, Bryna, Tom and Anaïs have all successfully completed their research projects and submitted their thesis! We wish you all the best for the future!

  • 04/04/2017 – The group attends the Bristol Synthesis Meeting, while Louis presents James’ and Imtiaz’ research at the 253rd ACS Meeting and at Theravance Biopharma.

  • 01/02/2017 – The whole group attended the RSC Organic Division South-West Regional Meeting, where James presented a poster of his research!

  • 23/01/2017 – Tom and Anaïs join the group as undergraduate research students – welcome!

  • 28/10/2016 – Yannick completes his RISE Worldwide Scholarship (DAAD) placement. We wish you all the best for the remainder of your undergraduate degree at the University of Stuggart!

  • 12/10/2016 – Congratulations to James, whose work on the N-cyanation of secondary amines has been published in Organic Letters! [link]

  • 03/10/2016 – Lots of new faces around the lab! Ben and Kurt start their Ph.D. projects while Dan, Bryna, Matt and Max all join as M.Chem. students – welcome to all!

  • 19/09/2016 – Alexi has completed his summer placement, leaving us with some exciting results to pursue! We wish him all the best for the upcoming academic year!

  • 12/09/2016 – We welcome Ng Yoke Yin to the group. She joins us for a 4-month placement from Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore!

  • 30/08/2016 – Vassili and Anissa complete their summer internships and return to the ENSCCF. We wish you both all the best for the future!

  • 15/08/2016 – We welcome Yannick to the group. He was awarded a prestigious RISE Worldwide Scholarship (DAAD) to join us for a 3 month internship and is raring to get started in the lab – welcome!

  • 29/07/2016 – Vlad’s time with us as an RSC Undergraduate Summer Scholar has come to an end. We wish him all the best for his upcoming MChem industrial placement with PCI Pharma.

  • 13/06/2016 – We welcome our first PDRA, Imtiaz, who joins us from Prof. Hon Wai Lam’s group at Nottingham University. Imtiaz will be working on a collaborative research project with Dr Rebecca MelenWe are thankful to the Leverhulme Trust for funding!

  • 13/06/2016 – We welcome Cardiff chemistry undergraduate students Matt and Alexi who join the group for summer research placements!

  • 06/06/2016 – We welcome Anissa and Vassili who both join the group as ERASMUS visiting students from SIGMA Clermont Chemical Engineering School in France! We hope you enjoy your time with us in Cardiff!

  • 06/06/2016 – We welcome Cardiff chemistry undergraduate student Vlad who joins the group! Vlad will be working on a joint project with Dr Rebecca Melen.

  • 01/06/2016 – We welcome Taniya to the group for her CDT Research Sabbatical 2 project – looking forward to exploring some dual catalysis!

  • 24/05/2016 – Our three M.Chem. students (Ben, Matt and Tyler) have finished up their project work in the lab. Good luck with exams and beyond! We are delighted to announce that Ben will be joining us for his Ph.D., starting October 2016!

  • 24/05/2016 – Niall has completed his B.Sc. project work in the group. We wish him the best of luck for the future! Check out the past group members page

  • 24/05/2016 – Our Catalysis CDT research sabbatical students Jonathan and Mattia finish their projects. We wish them all the best with their research sabbatical 2 placements and their PhDs! Check out the past group members page

  • 02/03/2016 – We are delighted to receive a Research Grant from The Royal Society, which will enable us to perform chiral HPLC analysis of our reactions!

  • 01/02/2016 – We welcome both Jonathan and Mattia to the group as CDT Research Sabbatical 1 students. Jonathan and Mattia will be working on collaboratively supervised projects with Dr Louis Luk and Dr Rebecca Melen respectively.

  • 25/01/2016 – Niall joins the group as a Bachelors project student – welcome!

  • 16/12/2015 – Our recent funding success has been highlighted on the School of Chemistry webpages. Apply now for available postdoctoral position.

  • 10/12/2015 – There exists an opportunity for a 3-year postdoctoral research associate position within the group, focused on a collaborative research project with Dr Rebecca Melen entitled “The Productive Merger of Organocatalysis and Frustrated Lewis Pairs“.  For more information and informal enquiries, please contact us (MorrillLC@cardiff.ac.uk) with the subject heading “PDRA in Synthetic Organic Chemistry” with a brief covering letter and CV. Formal applications must be made here (Ref. No. 4220BR).

  • 4/12/2015 – We are delighted to receive a grant from The Leverhulme Trust for a collaborative research project with Dr Rebecca Melen.

  • 24/10/2015 – Be sure to follow the group on twitter @MorrillGroup

  • 16/10/2015 – Research from Louis’ time at St Andrews University with the Smith group is published in Chemistry – An Asian Journal[link] Congratulations to Dan and Andy on some great work!

  • 5/10/2015 – James joins as the group’s 1st Ph.D. student – welcome!

  • 28/09/2015 – Ben, Matt and Tyler all join the group as Masters students – welcome!

  • 14/09/2015 – Louis has been awarded an Early-Career Researcher Bursary to attend the Dial-a-Molecule EPSRC Grand Challenge Network meeting “Lead-Oriented Synthesis: Exploring Drug-Relevant Chemical Diversity” at GSK (Stevenage), 25th September.

  • 24/08/2015 – Louis has been awarded a Tom Lee Bursary to present at the Gregynog Synthesis Workshop in Newtown, 9-11th September.

  • 17/07/2015 – Photos added of the Chemistry building at Cardiff University and setting up our new lab! [link]

  • 13/06/2015 – Research from Louis’ time at St Andrews University with the Smith group is published in Chemistry – A European Journal[link] Congratulations to Siobhan and the rest of the research team!

  • 01/06/2015 – Louis arrives in Cardiff and begins to set-up the research group.

  • 20/04/2015 – The group joins the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) and the Cardiff-Bristol-Bath Catalysis CDT.

  • 14/01/2015 – There is currently a Ph.D. opportunity in the group – Position filled.

  • 14/01/2015 – Group website goes live.