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.




Natho P, Allen LAT, Parsons PJ, 2023, A cyclobutanol ring-expansion approach to oxygenated carbazoles: total synthesis of glycoborine, carbazomycin A and carbazomycin B, Synlett: Accounts and Rapid Communications in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Vol:34, ISSN:0936-5214, Pages:937-942

Cavalli ES, Mies T, Rzepa HS, et al., 2022, Pyrimidine nucleosides syntheses by late-stage base heterocyclization reactions, Organic Letters, Vol:24, ISSN:1523-7052, Pages:8931-8935

Folgueiras-Amador AA, Teuten AE, Salam-Perez M, et al., 2022, Cathodic radical cyclisation of aryl halides using a strongly-reducing catalytic mediator in flow, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Vol:61, ISSN:1433-7851

Lee CF, Brown CE, Nielsen AJ, et al., 2022, A Stereocontrolled Total Synthesis of Lipoxin B4 and its Biological Activity as a Pro-Resolving Lipid Mediator of Neuroinflammation, Chemistry-a European Journal, Vol:28, ISSN:0947-6539

Allen LAT, Raclea R-C, Natho P, et al., 2021, Recent advances in the synthesis of α-amino ketones, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, Vol:19, ISSN:1477-0520, Pages:498-513

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