19 April 2018

29th Regional Postgraduate Symposia on Novel Organic Chemistry - Scotland

Organised by:

SCI's Fine Chemicals Group


University of Edinburgh

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Organic chemistry students in the final year of their doctoral studies at UK universities (working in synthesis, mechanistic studies, methodology, medicinal chemistry or analysis) are invited to submit applications to present their work at this regional half-day symposia. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday 16 March 2018.

The winning speakers in each symposium will receive a £200 cash prize and the £100 will be awarded as a runner-up prize. Travel costs are refunded for all speakers selected. There are no entry or registration fees for speakers or attendees.

Students interested in presenting their work, or anyone who would like further information about these events, are encouraged to speak to their supervisor, and contact Dr Iain Simpson. Please download a nomination form for submission here.


Day 1 - 19 April 2018

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction Iain Simpson, AstraZeneca
Electron transfer and hydride transfer pathways in the Stoltz-Grubbs reducing system (KOtBu/Et3SiH) Andrew Smith, University of Strathclyde
Advancements in selective gold catalysis Daniel Sutherland, Heriot-Watt University
From kinetic to dynamic resolution: methodology and applications Stefania Musolino, University of St Andrews
Targeting a chemical probe for the Cats Eye Syndrome chromosome region, candidate 2 (CECR2) bromodomain Simon Lucas, GSK / University of Strathclyde
Counterion activated earth-abundant metal catalysis Riaz Agahi, University of Edinburgh
Refreshment break
Total synthesis of 11-acetoxy-4-deoxyasbestinin D Angus Campbell, University of Glasgow
Computationally guided rational ligand design of Iridium catalysts for hydrogen isotope exchange Gary Knox, University of Strathclyde
Towards the total synthesis of dolabelide C using a silicon-tether ring-closing metathesis strategy Alexander Tiniakos, University of Glasgow.
The design and synthesis of molecular tools for probing biological function: A fragment based approach to PYCR1 inhibition Kirsty Milne, University of Strathclyde
Towards a unified biomimetic approach to the brevianamide alkaloids Robert Cracknell, University of Edinburgh
Closing remarks
Wine reception and prizes
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Venue and Contact

University of Edinburgh

Lecture theatre T100, School of Chemistry
University of Edinburgh
Joseph Black Building
David Brewster Road
King's Buildings


Dr Iain Simpson, University of Edinburgh

+44 (0)20 7598 1561



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Exhibition and Sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. Please email conferences@soci.org for further information and prices. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.