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Research at St Andrews

John Christopher Walton


John Christopher Walton
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School of Chemistry
Purdie Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
United Kingdom


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Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 463864

Research overview

My main interest is in free radicals and the development of organic syntheses and novel materials based on these species. Early work was concerned with the addition of free radicals to alkenes. Currently, my research centres in (i) the development of free radical synthetic methods based on derivatives of oximes (ii)  photoredox methods with carboxylic acids (iii) boron-containing radicals (iv) the enhancement of acidity and promotion of heterolytic dissociation by radicals.  These methods show promise for environmentally friendly organic preparations. Studies of radical structures and reactions by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance spectroscopy and computational methods are being successfully applied to aid in understanding radical mechanisms.

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