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    Christopher Jones, British Ramsay Fellow 2013 – 2015

    ‘I held my Ramsay Memorial Fellowship at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) between 2013 and 2015, working on the development of new synthetic organic chemistry methodology. More specifically, my research centred on the exploitation of reactive intermediates, such as arynes, to operate as novel agents for transition metal-free C-H bond functionalisation. This is an area of research in which we are still actively engaged.’

    ‘Prior to starting the Ramsay Fellowship, I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2009, under the supervision of Dr Martin Smith, working on hydrogen bond-mediated organocatalysis. I then spent four years as a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford, where I worked in the group of Professor Tim Donohoe on the synthesis of a number of complex natural products.’

    ‘I remained at QMUL following my Ramsay Fellowship, initially taking up a Lectureship position and recently became a Senior Lecturer. In 2015 I was awarded an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship, with the work conducted during my Ramsay Fellowship underpinning the application. The opportunity afforded by the Ramsay Fellowship to conduct independent research for the first time enabled me to bridge the gap between senior postdoctoral student and independent academic, proving invaluable to the evolution of my research career. The Fellows’ Network and annual dinner have also provided unique opportunities to meet my peers in other fields of chemistry, as well as former Fellows who have since gone on to become leaders in their fields.’

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