Group Members

Group Photo – October 2019

Past group photos – [link]

Past group members – [link]

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Dr Alex Nödling (Leverhulme Trust Funded PDRA since July 2017, Collaborative project led by Dr Louis Luk)

Ph.D. (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Advisor: Prof. Gerhard Hilt)

Diploma Degree in Chemistry (Philipps-Universität Marburg)

Research Area: Organocatalytic Artificial Enzymes

Publications:

  1. “Reactivity and Selectivity of Iminium Organocatalysis Improved by a Protein Host”, A. R. Nödling, K. Swiderek, R. Castillo, J. W. Hall, A. Angelastro, L. C. Morrill, Y. Jin, Y-H. Tsai, V. Moliner* and L. Y. P. Luk*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57, 12478-12482. [link]

Conference Contributions:

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3rd 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. 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]
  2. “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

Dan Latham (CDT Ph.D. student since July 2018, CDT co-advisor: Prof. Jonathan Williams)

M.Chem. (University of Liverpool, Project with Prof. Jianliang Xiao)

Research Area: Borrowing Hydrogen Catalysis and Main Group Catalysis

Publications:

  1. One-Pot Conversion of Allylic Alcohols to α-Methyl Ketones via Iron-Catalyzed Isomerization-Methylation“, D. E. Latham, K. Polidano, J. M. J. Williams and L. C. Morrill*, Org. Lett., 2019, 21, 7914-7918. [link]

Conference Contributions:

  1. 26th Molecular Synthesis Section Seminar, Cardiff University, 12/03/20, Presentation
  2. CCI Conference, Cardiff University, 15/01/20, Poster
  3. EPSRC CDT Catalysis Spring Conference, Cardiff University, 06/06/19, Presentation and Poster

Deepak Mishra (Ph.D. student since October 2018)

M.Sc. (University of Pune)

Research Area: Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry

Publications:

  1. “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. 27th Molecular Synthesis Section Seminar, Cardiff University, 28/05/20, Presentation
  2. CCI Conference, Cardiff University, 15/01/20, Poster

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. 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]
  2. “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. 28th Molecular Synthesis Section Seminar, Cardiff University, 16/07/20, Presentation
  2. CCI Conference, Cardiff University, 15/01/20, Poster

Andrew Jones (KESS 2 Ph.D. student since October 2018, Collaborative project led by Dr Duncan Browne)

M.Chem. (Cardiff University, Project with Dr Duncan Browne)

Research Area: Mechanochemistry

Publications:

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Conference Contributions:

  1. 27th Molecular Synthesis Section Seminar, Cardiff University, 28/05/20, Presentation
  2. CCI Conference, Cardiff University, 15/01/20, Poster
  3. Enabling Technologies for Synthesis Workshop, Cardiff University, 28/06/19, Poster

2nd 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. 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]
  2. “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. Coming Soon!

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, DOI: 10.1039/D0CS00531B. [link]

Conference Contributions:

  1. Coming Soon!

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. Coming Soon!

Conference Contributions:

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1st Year Ph.D. Students

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:

  1. Coming Soon!

Conference Contributions:

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James Harnedy (Ph.D. student since October 2021)

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

Research Area: Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry

Publications:

  1. Coming Soon!

Conference Contributions:

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Salma El-Sherbeni (Newton-Mosharafa Ph.D. student since October 2021)

M.Sc. (Tanta University)

Research Area: Main Group Catalysis

Publications:

  1. Coming Soon!

Conference Contributions:

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Postgraduate Project Students

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Undergraduate Project Students

Tom Knight (M.Chem student since October 2021)

Research Area: Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry

Luke Ward (M.Chem student since October 2021)

Research Area: Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry

Jake Painter (M.Chem student since October 2021)

Research Area: Main Group Catalysis

Visiting Scholars

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