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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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

Cryer AM, Chan C, Eftychidou A, et al., 2019, Tyrosine kinase inhibitor gold nanoconjugates for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer, Acs Applied Materials and Interfaces, Vol:11, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:16336-16346

Ferris T, Carroll L, Mease RC, et al., 2019, Iodination of terminal alkynes using KI/CuSO4 – A facile method with potential for radio-iodination, Tetrahedron Letters, Vol:60, ISSN:0040-4039, Pages:936-939

Boddy AJ, Cordier C, Goldberg K, et al., 2019, Acid-mediated ring-expansion of 2,2-disubstituted azetidine carbamates to 6,6-disubstituted 1,3-oxazinan-2-ones, Organic Letters, Vol:21, ISSN:1523-7052, Pages:1818-1822

Boddy A, Affron D, Cordier C, et al., 2019, Rapid assembly of saturated nitrogen heterocycles in one-pot: Diazo–heterocycle ‘stitching’ by N–H insertion and cyclization, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Vol:58, ISSN:1521-3757, Pages:1458-1462

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