Imperial College London

Professor Philip J. Parsons

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Senior Research Investigator







110EMolecular Sciences Research HubWhite City Campus





Professor Philip Parsons obtained his doctorate from the University of Southampton in organosulfur chemistry with Prof. R. C. Cookson FRS. This was followed by post doctoral research on the steroidal alkaloid germine with Prof. G. Stork. In 1979, he joined the faculty of chemistry at the University of Southampton. Prof. Parsons subsquently held chairs at the University of Reading and later Sussex University, before moving to Imperial College London as a senior research investigator in 2011.

Prof. Parsons was founder director of Cookson chemicals, later Tocris Cookson. Tocris Cookson won the Queen's award for industry in 2002 before becoming Tocris Bioscience a part of the Bio-Techne brand.


  • Taniya Zaman (4th Year PhD Student)
  • Philipp Natho (3rd Year PhD Student)
  • Dr Lewis Allen (PDRA)




Natho P, Allen LAT, White AJP, et al., 2019, A transition-metal-free access to heteroaromatic-fused 4-tetralones by the oxidative ring expansion of the cyclobutanol moiety, The Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN:0022-3263

Ma T-K, Parsons PJ, Barrett AGM, 2019, Meroterpenoid synthesis via sequential polyketide aromatization and radical anion cascade triene cyclization: Biomimetic total syntheses of austalide natural products, The Journal of Organic Chemistry, Vol:84, ISSN:0022-3263, Pages:4961-4970

Natho P, Kapun M, Allen L, et al., 2018, Regioselective transition-metal-free oxidative cyclobutanol ring expansion to 4-tetralones, Organic Letters, Vol:20, ISSN:1523-7052, Pages:8030-8034

Ma T-K, Elliott DC, Reid S, et al., 2018, Meroterpenoid synthesis via sequential polyketide aromatization and cationic polyene cyclization: total syntheses of (+)-Hongoquercin A and B and related meroterpenoids., Journal of Organic Chemistry, Vol:83, ISSN:0022-3263, Pages:13276-13286

Almond-Thynne J, Han J, White AJP, et al., 2018, Bidirectional synthesis of di-t-butyl (2S,6S,8S)- and (2R,6R,8R)-1,7-diazaspiro[5.5]undecane-2,8-dicarboxylate and related spirodiamines, Journal of Organic Chemistry, Vol:83, ISSN:0022-3263, Pages:6783-6787

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