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Register for NSSC 2024.

About NSSC

New Starters in Synthesis and Catalysis (NSSC) is an annual event showcasing the work of recently appointed academics in the areas of synthesis and catalysis alongside a plenary speaker.

The conference, now in its 21st year, will host a line-up of speakers in synthesis and catalysis in its broadest sense, from fundamental organic and inorganic synthesis and catalysis to applied work in chemical biology and materials.

The event will be open to all but is ideally suited to academic staff, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers with a background in synthesis and catalysis as well as those in the pharma, biotech or agrochemical industries.


Session 1

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09.30 – 10.00 Paul Dingwall (Queen’s University Belfast)
Enabling High Throughput Kinetic Experimentation in Flow
Paul Dingwall
10.00 – 10.30 Erli Lu (Newcastle University)
Deus ex Machina – New Alkali Metal Chemistry unlocked by Mechanical Forces
Erli Lu
10.30 – 11.00 Alex Pulis (University of Leicester)
Organoborane Catalysed Functionalisation and Deconstruction of Amines
Alex Pulis

There will be a coffee break between 11.00 – 11.30.

Session 2

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11.30 – 12.00 Megan Wright (University of Leeds)
Design of Covalent Chemical Probes to Label Proteins in Living Cells
Megan Wright
12.00 – 12.30 Amanda Jarvis (University of Edinburgh)
Artificial metalloenzymes for sustainable synthesis
Amanda Jarvis

The lunch break runs from 12.30 – 13.30.

Session 3

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13.30 – 14.00 Michael James (University of Manchester)
Electron-Catalysed Nucleophilic Substitution
Michael James
14.00 – 14.30 Clare Mahon (Durham University)
Glycopolymer probes to detect bacterial pathoadaptation
Clare Mahon
14.30 – 15.00 Beatrice Collins (University ofBristol)
Modern Synthetic Methodologies for Controlled Molecular-Level Motion
Beatrice Collins

Second coffee break from 15.00 – 15.30


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15.30 – 16.30 Helen Hailes (University College London)
Sustainable Synthesis using Biocatalysts
Helen Hailes

The conference will conclude with a drinks reception between 16.30 – 17.30.


This event is kindly sponsored by:

  • Imperial
  • AstraZeneca
  • Syngenta
  • Advion Interchim Scientific
  • UKRI
  • Institute of Chemical Biology

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