17 May 2024

34th SCI Fine Chemicals Group Postgraduate Symposium

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SCI’s Fine Chemicals Group

Cardiff University, 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).


Friday 17 May 2024

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and Introduction
Session 1:
Modular synthesis of azetidines enabled by an energy transfer mediated intermolecular aza-Paternó-Büchi reaction
Benedict Williams, University of Oxford
New Design Options for Drug Discovery: Harnessing Oxetane Sulfonyl Fluorides for Facile Access to Medicinally Relevant Chemical Space
Oliver Symes, Imperial College London
eHydrogenation: Hydrogen-free Electrochemical Hydrogenation
Jamie Walsh, University of Greenwich
Session 2:
Cobalt Catalysed Wagner Meerwein Rearrangements
Nicola Murdoch, University of St Andrews
Bidirectional Synthetic Strategies Towards Dimeric Brevianamides
Adam Lockyer, University of Edinburgh
Click Chemistry in the High Throughput Production of Chemically Linked Bispecific Antibodies
Caitlin Fawcett, GSK/University of Strathclyde
Mechanophotocatalysis: A Generalisable Methodology for Solvent-minimised Light-driven Organic Synthesis Reactions
Francis Millward, University of St Andrews
Refreshment break
Session 3:
From Catalytic Hero to Product Contamination Zero – Extractive Recovery of Palladium from Reaction Mixtures
Marina Economidou, GSK/University of Strathclyde
A New Air- and Moisture-Stable Ruthenium Pre-Catalyst for Diverse Reactivity
Gillian Mcarthur, University of Manchester
Pd-Catalysed Homologation of Benzylic Tertiary Amines
James Robinson, University of Cambridge
Judging and discussions
Prizes and closing remarks

SCI’s Fine Chemicals Group are committed to promoting diversity and equality in the chemical sciences. We aim to identify high quality speakers for all our conferences with full inclusivity where attendees from all backgrounds are welcome. We are open to offering flexible presentation options.
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Organising committee
Charlotte Dalton, CatSci
Helen Jones, Astrazeneca
Mike Clegg, MSD
Chris Jones, QMUL
Daniel Jones, Sosei Therapeutics
call for abstracts
Contributions are invited from those working in all areas of organic and medicinal chemistry. 

Oral paper (20 minutes plus Q&A, 5 minutes) 

An abstract of maximum one A4 page or 300 words indicating title, authors should be sent to conferences@soci.org by Friday 22 March 2024 with the subject line “FCG 34th Post-graduate symposium - abstract submission” Oral presentation slots are inevitably limited and will be allocated to achieve a balanced programme. Topics should cover research results and may have already been presented elsewhere. An abstract template can be downloaded here. Prizes will be awarded for the best presentation. 


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

Venue and Contact

Cardiff University

Small Chemistry Lecture Theatre (SCLT)
Chemistry Department
CF10 3AT

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


This event is free to attend.

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