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Dr Hon Lam

(Former employee or visitor)

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Current Research Interests

Organic synthesis, catalysis, new reaction methodology, natural product synthesis

The principal objective of our research programme is the development of new reaction methodology of broad utility to organic synthesis. We are particularly interested in the design of new metal-catalysed reactions that result in rapid increases in molecular and/or stereochemical complexity. Projects involve the development of catalytic systems that operate through novel modes of action and which lead to product formation with high levels of diastereo- and enantiocontrol. Current areas of interest include: (i) the development of new reactions employing nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocycles as substrates; (ii) catalytic C-H functionalisation reactions; (iii) the generation of complex polycyclic structures through novel cascade cyclisations, and (iv) application of newly developed methodology to the synthesis of biologically active molecules.

My research in a nutshell

We develop new methods to make organic molecules more efficiently, using catalysis.

Websites

http://homepages.ed.ac.uk/hlam/index.html

Biography

Qualifications

M.Chem. in Chemistry, University of Oxford, 1998

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Nottingham, 2001

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