Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Visiting Professor



+44 (0)20 7594 1193d.blackmond




637ChemistrySouth Kensington Campus






Date Role
2004-Present Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology, Chair in Catalysis, Imperial College London
1999-2003 Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Hull, Kingston-upon-Hull, England
2002-03 Woodward Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
2003 Miller Institute Visiting Professor, University of California - Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
1996-99 Research Group Leader, Max-Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim-an-der-Ruhr, Germany
1992-95 Associate Director, Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA
1989-92 Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
1990-91 NSF Visiting Professorship for Women, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
1984-89 Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
1989 Visiting Scientist, CNRS Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse, Lyon, France
1984 PhD Chemical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
1980 BS Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Research Interests

My Research interests focus on studies of complex catalytic organic reactions, with emphasis on application in pharmaceutical processes. Detailed kinetic and mechanistic investigations in our group aim to blend the quantitative aspects of chemical engineering together with organic chemistry to achieve a fundamental understanding of complex catalytic reaction networks, particularly in asymmetric catalysis. Our experimental focus is on reaction progress kinetic analysis, a methodology that combines the collection of accurate experimental data via a variety of in-situ tools for continuous reaction monitoring together with kinetic modelling in order to propose and test mechanistic models for reaction networks.



Valera FE, Quaranta M, Moran A, et al., 2010, The Flow's the Thing ... Or Is It? Assessing the Merits of Homogeneous Reactions in Flask and Flow, Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, Vol:49, ISSN:1433-7851, Pages:2478-2485

Zotova N, Moran A, Armstrong A, et al., 2009, A Coherent Mechanistic Rationale for Additive Effects and Autoinductive Behaviour in Proline-Mediated Reactions, Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, Vol:351, ISSN:1615-4150, Pages:2765-2769

Zotova N, Broadbelt LJ, Armstrong A, et al., 2009, Kinetic and mechanistic studies of proline-mediated direct intermolecular aldol reactions, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, Vol:19, ISSN:0960-894X, Pages:3934-3937

Blackmond DG, 2009, Challenging the Concept of "Recycling" as a Mechanism for the Evolution of Homochirality in Chemical Reactions, Chirality, Vol:21, ISSN:0899-0042, Pages:359-362

Blackmond DG, 2009, An Examination of the Role of Autocatalytic Cycles in the Chemistry of Proposed Primordial Reactions, Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, Vol:48, ISSN:1433-7851, Pages:386-390

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