Imperial College London

Professor Alan C Spivey

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Professor of Synthetic Chemistry



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Alan Spivey is Professor of Synthetic Chemistry in the synthesis section of the Department of Chemistry Imperial College London. He began his research career studying for a DPhil with Professor Sir Jack Baldwin (Oxford University) developing new syntheses of enantiomerically pure beta-substituted alpha-amino acids. Following post doctoral experience in the labs of the late Professor Wolfgang Oppolzer (Geneva University) and Professor Sir Alan Battersby (Cambridge University) investigating alkaloid total synthesis and tetrapyrrole biosynthesis respectively he was appointed to his first independent position as a lecturer at Sheffield University in 1996. He moved with his research group to Imperial College in January 2003. The focus of his group’s research is the development of useful new synthetic concepts and methods and the demonstration of their utility by application to the synthesis of biologically important molecules.

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Cesarec S, Robson JA, Carroll LS, et al., 2020, Direct incorporation of [18F] into Aliphatic Systems: A promising Mn-catalysed Labelling Technique for PET Imaging, Curr Radiopharm

Williams AF, White AJP, Spivey AC, et al., 2020, meta-Selective C-H functionalisation of aryl boronic acids directed by a MIDA-derived boronate ester, Chemical Science, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-6520, Pages:3301-3306

Aubert S, Bezagu M, Spivey AC, et al., 2019, Spatial and temporal control of chemical processes, Nature Reviews Chemistry, Vol:3, Pages:706-722

Nielsen CD-T, White AJP, Sale D, et al., 2019, Hydroarylation of Alkenes by Protonation/Friedel-Crafts Trapping: HFIP-Mediated Access to Per-aryl Quaternary Stereocenters, Journal of Organic Chemistry, Vol:84, ISSN:0022-3263, Pages:14965-14973

Nielsen C, White AJP, Sale D, et al., 2019, Hydroarylation of Alkenes by protonation/Friedel-Crafts Trapping – HFIP-Mediated Access to Per-Aryl Quaternary Stereocentres

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