19 May 2023

33rd Fine Chemicals Group Postgraduate Symposium

Organised by:

SCI’s Fine Chemicals Group and SCI's Young Chemists' Panel

University of Newcastle, UK / Online Webinar (Hybrid)

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This conference will showcase exceptional research from final year PhD students and provides the opportunity to network and share ideas. The subjects covered will be wide ranging within organic chemistry such as synthesis, mechanistic studies, methodology, medicinal chemistry or analysis and computational.


The majority of attendees are expected to be academic and industrial researchers including postgraduate students who will be presenting their work, but this event is open to all and free to attend. 

The event will be run as a hybrid event which allows remote attendance in addition to in person attendance. Please select only one option when registering (in-person OR online attendance).


For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Friday 19 May 2023

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction
Session 1
Towards the Total Synthesis of the Nonribosomal Pentapeptide Siderophore Madurastatin C1
Damon Wen, Newcastle University
Stereoselective Two-Carbon Ring Expansion of Allylic Amines via Electronic Control of Palladium-Promoted Equilibria
Charles Mikan, Northumbria University
Light-Mediated Multi-Target Protein Degradation using Arylazopyrazole Photoswitchable PROTACs (AP-PROTACs)
Qisi Zhang, Imperial College London
Session 2
A New Synthesis of Azetidines
Hannah Askey, University of Bath
Chemoenzymatic Total Synthesis of the Antibiotic (-)-13-Deoxytetrodecamycin
Joe Russell, University of Bristol
Harnessing triaryloxonium ions for aryne generation
Madeleine Hindson, University of Oxford
A ‘direct-to-biology’ platform for the rapid identification and optimisation of novel, irreversible antivirals
Harry Wilders, GlaxoSmithKline/Strathclyde University
Refreshment break
Session 3
Investigation into the mechanism of a photoredox catalysed C(sp3)–H functionalisation reaction using kinetic analysis in flow: radical insights for selectivity
Hannah Broderick, Imperial College London
A reaction with potential: an electrosynthesis of 1,3,4-Oxadiazoles from N-Acyl Hydrazones
Luke Chen, GlaxoSmithKline/Strathclyde University
Iron-Catalysed Regioselective C–H Thiocyanation of Arenes
Lachlan Waddell, University of Glasgow
Judging and discussions
Prize giving and closing remarks

SCI’s Young Chemists’ Panel are committed to promoting diversity and equality in the chemical sciences. We aim to identify high quality speakers for all our conferences with inclusivity of gender and ethnicity. Attendees from all backgrounds and ages are welcome.
Venue and Contact

University of Newcastle

Newcastle upon Tyne

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


This event is free to attend.

To enable us to control the number of visitors into the building, we are asking all delegates to pre-register in advance. 

For this reason, registration will close 24 hours prior to the event and only registered guests will be admitted.

All registrations will automatically receive a confirmation within 24 hours of registering for the event. Should you not receive written confirmation of your booking, please email conferences@soci.org.

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Organising committee

Charlotte Dalton, CatSci
David Fengas, Concept Life Sciences
Chris Jones, QMUL
Daniel Jones, Sosei Heptares
Helen Jones, AstraZeneca
Tom Sturgeon, SCI