The research program of the Fletcher group is focused on synthetic and physical organic chemistry with a special interest in dynamic systems, chirality and catalysis.

A major part of the program deals with the development of novel asymmetric synthesis methods. Overall we aim to develop new strategies for asymmetric synthesis, and use mechanistic insight to guide the process of discovering and improving new catalytic reactions. A theme of this program is to develop practical methods to convert simple starting materials into complex molecules in a straightforward manner.

A second part of the program is inspired by complex chemical phenomena observed in biological systems. The fundamental question of what “life” is and how living matter differs from other systems remains unanswered. We are working toward understanding how the most basic functions of life can be observed in purely synthetic systems by studying self-replicators that operate far-from-equilibrium, and mimicking engineering strategies seen in the biological world to develop smart materials.

2018

April: Nisha has her new paper about Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis of Geminal-Dicarboxylates on ChemRxiv!  This way to read it!

April: The Fletcher group is going to the Bristol Synthesis Meeting! 

April: Nod and Alex are heading to Girona, in order to attend the Girona Seminar 2018 about "Predictive Catalysis, Transition-Metal Reactivity by Design".

March: Welcome to Maria Lebedeva, our new Post Doc who will work in origin of life!

February:  Mireia takes her farewell and we wish her the best of luck for the future! Welcome to our new CDT rotation student Lewis!

2017

October: Welcome Wieland, new DPhil student in the group! Welcome Shu, new PDRA in the group!

September: The asymmetric catalysis people of the group are going to the ISHC Congress in Regensburg, Germany. Well done Mireia for winning a poster prize!

July: Well done Sarah for winning a poster prize at the Origin of Life Conference in San Diego. Congratulations to our Part II students Ella and Jonny for passing their viva!

Modified 4/24/2018 by AlexB

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