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 CD-T, Mooij WJ, Sale D, et al., 2019, Reversibility and reactivity in an acid catalyzed cyclocondensation to give furanochromanes - a reaction at the "oxonium-Prins' vs. "ortho-quinone methide cycloaddition' mechanistic nexus, Chemical Science, Vol:10, ISSN:2041-6520, Pages:406-412

Boddy AJ, Affron DP, Cordier CJ, et al., 2018, Rapid Assembly of Saturated Nitrogen Heterocycles in One-Pot: Diazo-Heterocycle "Stitching" by N-H Insertion and Cyclization., Angew Chem Int Ed Engl

Nielsen CD-T, Abas H, Spivey AC, 2018, Stereoselective reactions of ortho-quinone methide and ortho-quinone methide imines and their utility in natural product synthesis, Synthesis, Vol:50, ISSN:0039-7881, Pages:4008-4018

Griffiths K, Tsipis AC, Kumar P, et al., 2017, 3d/4f Coordination Clusters as Cooperative Catalysts for Highly Diastereoselective Michael Addition Reactions, Inorganic Chemistry, Vol:56, ISSN:0020-1669, Pages:9563-9573

Abas H, Linsdall SM, Mamboury M, et al., 2017, Total Synthesis of (+)-Lophirone H and Its Pentamethyl Ether Utilizing an Oxonium-Prins Cyclization, Organic Letters, Vol:19, ISSN:1523-7060, Pages:2486-2489

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