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Research at St Andrews

Andrew David Smith


Andrew David Smith
Postal address:
School of Chemistry
Purdie Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
United Kingdom


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Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 463896

Research overview

The ability to synthetically manipulate and prepare specific molecular structures with defined bespoke properties is the main goal of synthetic chemistry and catalysis, with applications that span the breadth of contemporary science ranging from materials chemistry to chemical biology. Catalysis provides society with efficient industrial processes that minimise energy, waste and harmful by-products. Andy’s research uses heterocyclic compounds as organocatalysts to develop new routes to prepare stereodefined materials from simple building blocks. Within this remit, our research speciality focuses upon the development of novel catalytic reaction processes using enantiopure heterocyclic Lewis base catalysts (isothioureas and N-heterocyclic carbenes), while simultaneously advancing a comprehensive mechanistic understanding of these transformations. In all projects the reactivity of heterocycles is used to discover novel approaches to the assembly of functional molecules. 

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