Fletcher Research Group


Prof. Stephen P. Fletcher

Steve was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He received a B.Sc. from Mount Allison University, and a PhD working with D. L. J. Clive (University of Alberta). He was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in Ben Feringa’s group in Groningen, and in 2007 joined Jonathan Clayden’s group in Manchester. He started at the University of Oxford in 2009 as an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow and is currently Associate Professor and Fellow and Tutor in Chemistry at Keble College. His research interests include asymmetric catalysis, the origin of life, and dynamic stereochemistry.


Mireia Sidera Portela

Mireia came to Oxford in October 2012 after finishing her PhD in Barcelona, Catalunya. She enjoys the pub, asymmetric catalysis and challenging synthetic targets.


Ignacio Colomer Utrera

Ignacio got his PhD in 2012 at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). From 2014 to 2016 he was a Marie Curie Fellow in the Donohoe group at Oxford. He enjoys reading, cooking and the magic of gin and tonic.

Jesús González Martínez

Jesús got his PhD at the University of Oviedo in 2016. He joined the Fletcher group to work on asymmetric catalysis and enjoys sports and the pub.



Sedef Karabiyikoglu

Sedef came to Oxford in August 2016 after receiving her PhD degree from UCLA, USA. She received her BSc and MSc degrees from METU, Turkey and enjoys organometallic chemistry, chatting and watching anime. 

Iuliia Myrgorodska

Iuliia got her PhD in France (University of Nice) and she is working on the asymmetric chemical reactions relevant for the origins of life. She enjoys watching TV series.

Shuyu Chu

Shu received his DPhil in 2017 working in the Smith group in Oxford. He joined the Fletcher Group in March 2017 working on asymmetric catalysis. Apart from his research, Shu likes all sorts of weird/old fashioned stuff (in and out of the lab), plus anime.



















DPhil Students


Thomas Palacin

4th year DPhil at St Peter’s College / OxIOSCR Innovative Doctoral Programme. Thomas is involved in the development and application of catalytic asymmetric methods. He enjoys challenging synthetic targets, rugby, board games and the pub. 

Nisha Mistry

4th year DPhil at Oriel College. Nisha has a masters degree from Imperial College and likes shoes and the pub.

Sarah Morrow

3rd year DPhil at University College/ Oxford CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine. Sarah has an MChem degree from Jesus College, Oxford. She is investigating asymmetric autocatalytic reactions, which may have played an important role in the origin of nature's homochirality. She loves fell walking, reading and baking.

Reece Jacques

2nd year DPhil at St Hilda's College/ Oxford CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine. Aside from chemistry he enjoys a wide range of sports, and devotes as much time as possible (and most of his money) to attending gigs and music festivals.

Robert Scanes

2nd year DPhil at University College/ Oxford CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine. Robert is investigating asymmetric autocatalytic reactions. 

When not in the lab, he enjoys dealing in antiques, reading early printed books and the quizzing circuit.

Elias 'The Beerd' Post

2nd year DPhil at Worcester College. Elias has a masters degree from Radboud University in the Netherlands and is currently working on development of new autocatalytic reactions. He likes to play squash, to brew beer and to go to the pub.

Wieland Goetzke

1st year DPhil at New College. Wieland has a BSc from the University of Cologne, Germany and an MSc from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Currently, he is working on asymmetric catalysis developing reactions that introduce more than one stereogenic center. He enjoys surfing, fencing, and cooking.

Philipp Schäfer

4th year DPhil at Wolfson College / OxIOSCR Innovative Doctoral Programme. Philipp works on the design and application of asymmetric catalysis. He enjoys sports, the pub and other ways of meeting new and interesting people. 

Zhenbo Gao

4th year DPhil at St Edmund Hall. Zhenbo has a masters degree from Imperial College and enjoys stereogenic centres and the pub.

Ruchuta ‘Nod’ Ardkhean

3rd year DPhil at Lady Margaret Hall / Oxford CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine. Ruchuta (Nod) has an MChem degree from Magdalen College, Oxford. Her research focuses on rationalisation of asymmetric catalysis by means of experimental and computational chemistry. She loves food, cooking spend time outdoors.

Alexandre Brethomé

2nd year DPhil at Wolfson College/ Oxford CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine. Alexandre is working in the Fletcher group and collaborates with Rob Paton. Apart from chemistry he enjoys swimming, reading and hiking.

Alexander Hell

2nd year DPhil at Lincoln College. Alexander is involved in the synthesis of new ligands and their application in asymmetric catalysis. He has a BSc and MSc degree from RWTH Aachen University, Germany and enjoys organometallic chemistry, travelling, and the pub.

Joseph Wang

2nd year DPhil at Keble College. Prior to Oxford, Joseph studied at the Australian National University in Canberra (his beloved home town). He enjoys chemistry, pub and music.

Lucy van Dijk

2nd year DPhil at Balliol College/Oxford CDT in Synthesis for Biology and Medicine. Lucy’s research focuses on the mechanistic investigation and development of asymmetric catalytic reactions, she collaborates with Prof. Rob Paton. She enjoys travelling and music.















































Visiting Students

Ivana Nemethova

Ivana has joined the Fletcher group for 3 months during the course of her PhD studies at Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia) under the supervision of Prof. Radovan Šebesta on zirconium and copper based asymmetric catalysis. Aside from chemistry she enjoys traveling, music and yoga.