Group Members

Group Photo – August 2021

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Postdoctoral Research Associates

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5th Year Ph.D. Students

Mubarak Dambatta (Tetfund Ph.D. student since Apr 2018)

M.Sc. (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria)

Research Area: Borrowing Hydrogen Catalysis

Publications:

  1. “Borrowing Hydrogen for Organic Synthesis”, B. G. Reed-Berendt,† D. E. Latham,† M. B. Dambatta and L. C. Morrill*, ACS Cent. Sci., 2021, 7, 570-585. [link]
  2. Transition Metal Free α-C-Alkylation of Ketones Using Secondary Alcohols“, M. B. Dambatta, J. Santos, R. R. A. Bolt and L. C. Morrill*, Tetrahedron, 2020, 76, 131571. [link] [Invited contribution to the Special Issue on Strategies for Efficient Organic Synthesis Dedicated to the Achievements of Prof. Jonathan Williams]
  3. “Iron-Catalyzed Borrowing Hydrogen C-Alkylation of Oxindoles Using Alcohols“, M. B. Dambatta, K. Polidano, A. D. Northey, J. M. J. Williams and L. C. Morrill*, ChemSusChem, 2019, 12, 2345-2349. [link]

Conference Contributions:

  1. 22nd Molecular Synthesis Section Seminar, Cardiff University, 11/07/19, Presentation

4th Year Ph.D. Students

Alex Seastram (Ph.D. student since October 2018)

M.Chem. (Cardiff University, Project with Dr Louis C. Morrill)

Research Area: Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry

Publications:

  1. “Electrochemical Deconstructive Functionalization of Cycloalkanols via Alkoxy Radicals Enabled by Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer”, Mishra Deepak Hareram, Albara A. M. A. El Gehani, James Harnedy, Alex C. Seastram, Andrew C. Jones, Matthew Burns, Thomas Wirth, Duncan L. Browne and L. C. Morrill*, Org. Lett, 2022, 24, 3890-3895. [link]
  2. Ball Milling Enabled Reactivity of Manganese Metal“, W. I. Nicholson, J. L. Howard, G. Magri, A. C. Seastram, A. Khan, R. R. A. Bolt, L. C. Morrill, E. Richards and D. L. Browne*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2021, 60, 23128-23133 [link]
  3. N-Heterocyclic Carbene Acyl Anion Organocatalysis by Ball-Milling“, W. I. Nicholson, A. C. Seastram, S. A. Iqbal, B. G. Reed-Berendt, L. C. Morrill* and D. L. Browne*, ChemSusChem, 2019, 13, 131-135. [link] [Hot Topic: Organocatalysis]
  4. “Manganese-Catalyzed Electrochemical Deconstructive Chlorination of Cycloalkanols via Alkoxy Radicals”, B. D. W. Allen,† M. D. Hareram,† A. C. Seastram, T. McBride, T. Wirth, D. L. Browne* and L. C. Morrill*, Org. Lett., 2019, 21, 9241-9246. [link] [Associated correction to citations] [link]

Conference Contributions:

  1. 19th Cardiff Chemistry Conference, 27/10/21, Poster
  2. GSK Synthetic Organic Chemistry Postgraduate Symposium, 13/10/21, Poster
  3. 36th RSC Heterocyclic and Synthesis Group Postgraduate Symposium, 07/10/21, Presentation
  4. 31st SCI’s Fine Chemicals Group Postgraduate Symposium, 06/05/21, Presentation
  5. 28th Molecular Synthesis Section Seminar, Cardiff University, 16/07/20, Presentation
  6. CCI Conference, Cardiff University, 15/01/20, Poster

3rd Year Ph.D. Students

Matthew Williams (CDT Ph.D. student since July 2019, CDT co-advisors: Dr Duncan Browne and Dr Alastair Lennox)

M.Chem. (Cardiff University, Project with Dr Louis C. Morrill)

Research Area: Enabling Technologies for Synthesis and Catalysis

Publications:

  1. “Mechanochemical Organocatalysis: Do High Enantioselectivities Contradict what we Might Expect?”, M. T. J. Williams, L. C. Morrill* and D. L. Browne*, ChemSusChem, 2022, 15, e202102157. [link]
  2. “Expedient Organocatalytic Aza-Morita-Baylis-Hillman Reaction Through Ball-Milling“, M. T. J. Williams, L. C. Morrill* and D. L. Browne*, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2020, 8, 17876-17881. [link]
  3. “Synthesis and Reactivity of N-Allenyl Cyanamides”, J. N. Ayres, M. T. J. Williams, G. J. Tizzard, S. J. Coles, K. B. Ling and L. C. Morrill*, Org. Lett., 2018, 20, 5282-5285. [link]

Conference Contributions:

  1. 20th Cardiff Chemistry Conference, Cardiff University, 17/05/22, Presentation
  2. 32nd FCG Postgraduate Symposium, Online, 13/05/22, Poster
  3. RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium, Online, 06/12/21, Poster
  4. GSK Synthetic Organic Chemistry Postgraduate Symposium, Online, 14/10/21, Presentation and Poster
  5. 31st Molecular Synthesis Section Seminar, Cardiff University, 14/01/21, Presentation
  6. Cardiff Catalysis Institute Conference, Cardiff University, 13/01/21, Presentation

Betty Kustiana (Faculty for the Future Scholarship and Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for Research Excellence Ph.D. student since October 2019)

M.Sc. (University of Copenhagen, Project with Dr Jiwoong Lee)

Research Area: Main Group Catalysis

Publications:

  1. “Electron deficient borane-mediated hydride abstraction in amines: stoichiometric and catalytic processes”, S. Basak, L. Winfrey, B. A. Kustiana, R. L. Melen*, L. C. Morrill* and A. P. Pulis*, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2021, 50, 3720-3737. [link]

Conference Contributions:

  1. 32nd Molecular Synthesis Section Seminar, Cardiff University, 18/03/21, Presentation

Albara Elgehani (AstraZeneca CASE Award Ph.D. student since October 2019)

M.Chem. (Heriot-Watt University, Project with Dr Graeme Barker)

Research Area: Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry

Publications:

  1. “Electrochemical Deconstructive Functionalization of Cycloalkanols via Alkoxy Radicals Enabled by Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer”, Mishra Deepak Hareram, Albara A. M. A. El Gehani, James Harnedy, Alex C. Seastram, Andrew C. Jones, Matthew Burns, Thomas Wirth, Duncan L. Browne and L. C. Morrill*, Org. Lett, 2022, 24, 3890-3895. [link]

Conference Contributions:

  1. 20th Cardiff Chemistry Conference, 20/05/2022, Poster
  2. 32nd SCI FCG Postgraduate Symposium, 13/05/2022, Presentation
  3. Bristol Electrosynthesis Meeting, Online, 04/04/2022, Poster [1st Place Prize]
  4. CatSci & LabLinks Poster Competition, Cardiff, 15/02/2022, Poster
  5. 34th Molecular Synthesis Section Seminar, Cardiff University, 15/07/21, Presentation

Abdulbari (Ph.D. student since January 2020)

M.Phil. (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology)

M.Sc. (University of Rajshahi)

Research Area: Borrowing Hydrogen Catalysis

Publications:

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Conference Contributions:

  1. 35th Molecular Synthesis Section Seminar, Cardiff University, 23/09/21, Presentation

2nd Year Ph.D. Students

James Harnedy (Ph.D. student since October 2020)

M.Sci. (University of Nottingham, Project with Dr James Dowden)

Research Area: Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry

Publications:

  1. “Electrochemical Deconstructive Functionalization of Cycloalkanols via Alkoxy Radicals Enabled by Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer”, Mishra Deepak Hareram, Albara A. M. A. El Gehani, James Harnedy, Alex C. Seastram, Andrew C. Jones, Matthew Burns, Thomas Wirth, Duncan L. Browne and L. C. Morrill*, Org. Lett, 2022, 24, 3890-3895. [link]
  2. “Electrochemical oxidative Z-selective C(sp2)-H chlorination of acrylamides”, J. Harnedy, M. D. Hareram, G. J. Tizzard, S. J. Coles and L. C. Morrill*, Chem. Commun., 2021, 57, 12643-12646. [link] [Invited contribution to the 2021 Emerging Investigators themed collection]

Conference Contributions:

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Salma El-Sherbeni (Newton-Mosharafa Ph.D. student since October 2020)

M.Sc. (Tanta University)

Research Area: Main Group Catalysis

Publications:

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Conference Contributions:

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1st Year Ph.D. Students

Hussain Maashi (Ph.D. student since October 2021)

M.Sc. (Western Illinois University)

Research Area: Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry

Publications:

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Conference Contributions:

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Postgraduate Project Students

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Undergraduate Project Students

Daniel Gorst (CUROP project June 2022)

Research Area: Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry

Visiting Scholars

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