18 October - 19 October 2021

Exciting developments in photochemistry and electrochemistry for synthesis

Organised by:

SCI’s Young Chemists’ PanelRSC's photophysics & photochemistry group and RSC's electrochemistry group 

Online webinar

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Photochemistry and electrochemistry are current hot topics for the development of more sustainable and complementary methodologies to traditional synthetic strategies. This meeting will examine the latest advances in these two fields over two 3.5 hour sessions, spotlighting these two related disciplines in turn, from both an academic and industrial perspective.

Extended networking sessions will also enable sufficient time for further, more informal discussion with invited speakers and delegates.

Bringing together leaders from both academia and industry, this meeting will appeal to anyone with an interest in photochemistry, electrochemistry and/or photoelectrochemistry, seeking to learn about the latest developments in these fields.

Alessia Petti

University of Greenwich

Alessia received her MSc degree in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry from “La Sapienza” University of Rome in 2018. Her thesis involved the asymmetric synthesis of the polyhydroxylated alkaloid L-ido-1-deoxynojirimycin (L-ido-DNJ). She then moved to UK where she is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Greenwich, under the supervision of Dr Kevin Lam, focusing on the Electrosynthesis of Oxygen and Nitrogen centred radicals. She is passionate about finding exciting and more sustainable alternatives to conventional organic methodologies.

Alfie Wills

GSK / University of Strathclyde

Alfie graduated from University College London in 2018 with an MSci in Chemistry before joining the GSK / University of Strathclyde collaborative PhD programme under the supervision of Prof Billy Kerr and Dr Marc Reid. Alfie’s current research is focussed on the development of novel electrochemical reactions for applications in pharmaceutical synthesis. He was recently awarded the 2021 Sheelagh Campbell award by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Electrochemistry Group.

Prof Burkhard Konig

University of Regensburg

Burkhard König received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Hamburg. He continued his scientific education as a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. M. A. Bennett, Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, and Prof. B. M. Trost, Stanford University. Since 1999, he is a full professor of organic chemistry at the University of Regensburg. His current research interests are the development of synthetic methods in photoredox catalysis.

Dr Charlotte Willans

University of Leeds

Charlotte completed her MChem at the University of York with an industrial placement at DSM (Netherlands), working on palladium catalysis with Andre de Vries. She did her PhD in York (2002-2006) working with Fran Kerton on lanthanide catalysis and Jason Lynam on organophosphorus chemistry. Charlotte did a post-doc (2006-2009) at Durham and Stellenbosch Universities. In 2009 she secured a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship which she took to Leeds. In 2013 she was awarded a Leeds University Research Fellowship, and in 2018 was promoted to Associate Professor.

Dr Christopher C. Scarborough


Chris received his PhD in chemistry in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin under Prof. Shannon Stahl. Following postdoctoral research at the MPI for Bioinorganic Chemistry working under Prof. Karl Wieghardt, Chris took a position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Emory University. In 2017, he chose to transition to an industrial career, joining Syngenta initially as a process chemist. Currently, Chris leads a group of chemists developing new active ingredients for crop protection.

Connor Lawson

GSK/University of Strathclyde

Connor Lawson is a final year PhD student on the GSK/University of Strathclyde Collaborative Programme under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Dominey (GSK) and Professor John Murphy (University of Strathclyde). He is based at GSK’s research site in Stevenage and his work focuses on the development of photoredox methods for organic synthesis. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of York - obtaining an MChem in Chemistry with a year in industry degree, in which he carried out an industrial placement in medicinal chemistry at Roche in Basel, Switzerland.

Prof Corinna S. Schindler

University of Michigan

After completing her undergraduate studies at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, Corinna joined the research group of Erick Carreira at the ETH Zurich for her PhD studies before conducting postdoctoral studies at Harvard with Eric Jacosben. She started her independent career at the University of Michigan in 2013 and was promoted to full professor in 2021. Her research laboratory focuses on the development of new synthetic transformations relying on Lewis acid and energy transfer catalysis.

Gemma Cook


Gemma graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Chemistry, having completed an industrial placement in analytical chemistry. Following a year-long internship at Mondelez International, she joined GSK’s process chemistry department as a member of the high-throughput chemistry group. In 2019, Gemma joined GSK’s Discovery High-Throughput Chemistry team, where she now focusses on implementing emerging technologies. Her current research interests involve employing reaction screening techniques to optimise photochemical transformations.

Hannah Askey

University of Bath

Hannah graduated from the University of Leeds in 2020 with a First Class MChem degree in Medicinal Chemistry. In her third year, Hannah undertook an industrial placement at AstraZeneca in Macclesfield, during which she was responsible for the process development of a Suzuki reaction that was later run on the plant. Her PhD, supervised by Dr Alex Cresswell, currently centres on the photocatalytic α-C-H functionalisation of primary amines and her first paper on the hydroaminoalkylation of styrenes with primary alkylamines has recently been published in JACs.

Harry Bird

University of Birmingham

Harry Bird obtained an MSci Chemistry with a Year in Industry from the University of Nottingham, completing his industrial placement at Evotec. He undertook his final year project in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline. He then moved to the University of Birmingham where he now works towards his PhD under the supervision of Prof. John S. Fossey. His research focusses on methods of cyclisation to afford nitrogen-containing heterocycles from aminoalkenes.

Jacob Turner-Dore

University of Bath

Jacob graduated from the University of Bath in 2020 with a 1st class Integrated Master’s in Chemistry with Drug Discovery. During his placement year at Charles River Laboratories, he worked on the development of an inhaled drug to treat respiratory diseases. His final year research project involved continuous flow synthesis of α-tertiary primary amines. Jacob’s current research is focused on technology-driven approaches for developing mechanistic understanding of photocatalytic reactions. In his spare time, he is a keen solo guitarist and enjoys making sushi and mixing cocktails.

Dr Pierre-Georges Echeverria

Minakem Research

Pierre-Georges Echeverria graduated in 2011 with an engineer degree and completed his Ph.D. at Chimie ParisTech (France) in 2014 working on the field of total synthesis. He then moved to Germany for postdoctoral studies with Prof. Alois Fürstner. Since 2016, he has been working as R&D Scientist at Minakem on the development of scalable route to intermediates and APIs along with the development of new technologies.

Pol Hernandez

University of Oxford

Pol Hernandez Llado obtained a four-year degree in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona. He completed his final research project under the supervision of Prof Alan Spivey at Imperial College London as an ERASMUS+ student. He then moved to GSK for a placement year before joining the University of Oxford as a member of the Synthesis for Biology and Medicine Centre for Doctoral Training. He joined the Burton group in 2019 and is currently working on the light-mediated functionalisation of heterocycles in collaboration with Pfizer.

Dr Rachel Grainger

Astex Pharmaceuticals

Rachel completed her PhD on transition-metal catalysis with Prof. Igor Larrosa (QMUL). Following a Postdoc developing synthetic nanoscale-HTE with Prof. Matthew Gaunt (University of Cambridge), she joined Astex Pharmaceuticals’ Sustaining Innovation Postdoctoral program where she established automated synthesis capabilities (HTE and flow) within the company. Rachel is now a Senior Research Associate in Astex’s Synthesis Technology Group, her role involves the use of emerging technologies to enable synthetic challenges on live drug discovery projects.

Prof Shelley D Minteer

University of Utah

Prof Shelley Minteer is a USTAR Professor and the Dale and Susan Poulter Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Utah. She received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Iowa in 2000 under the direction of Professor Johna Leddy. After receiving her PhD, she spent 11 years as a faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Saint Louis University (Assistant, Associate, Full, and CAS Endowed Professor) before moving to the University of Utah in 2011. Her research interests are focused on electrocatalysis and bioanalytical electrochemistry. She has expertise in biosensors, bioelectronics, biofuel cells, and electrosynthesis.

Prof Tristan Lambert

Cornell University

Tristan Lambert received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. He performed his graduate students at UC-Berkeley and Caltech working with Dave MacMillan. After receiving his Ph.D., he did a postdoctoral fellowship with Sam Danishefsky at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In 2006, he began his independent career at Columbia University. In 2018, he moved to Cornell University.


Monday 18 October

Chemical Photocatalysis: Organic Synthesis with Visible Light
Prof Burkhard König, University of Regensburg
High-Throughput Exploration of Photoredox C-O Couplings
Gemma Cook, GSK
Early Career flash presentations
4-Membered heterocycles via visible light-mediated energy transfer
Prof Corinna Schindler, University of Michigan
Enabling Synthesis in Fragment-Based Drug Discovery (FBDD) with Emerging Technologies
Dr Rachel Grainger, Astex
Electrophotocatalysis with Trisaminocyclopropenium Ions
Prof Tristan Lambert, Cornell University
End of webinar

Tuesday 19 October

Development of an electrosynthesis platform at Syngenta
Dr Chris Scarborough, Syngenta
Electrochemical Generation of Complexes using Batch and Flow Technology
Dr Charlotte Willans, University of Leeds
Early Career flash presentations
Synergy between process development and new technologies
Dr Pierre-Georges Echeverria, Minakem
Electrocatalysis for Electrosynthesis
Prof Shelley Minteer, The University of Utah
Prizes and Closing Remarks
End of webinar


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Organising Committee
  • Holly Bonfield, SCI/ GlaxoSmithKline/University of Strathclyde
  • Chris Brown, SCI/ Charles River Laboratories
  • Doyle Cassar, SCI/ Astrazeneca
  • Robert Edkins, SCI/RSC/ University of Strathclyde
  • Craig P Johnston, SCI/ University of St Andrews
  • Mark Symes, RSC/ University of Glasgow

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