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Professor David Spring

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Our research interests originate from a desire to understand and exploit biological systems using organic synthesis primarily. Listed below are areas of research that we are exploring; for more detailed information visit the Spring Group web pages.

• Diversity-Oriented Synthesis
• Synthetic Methodology: Medium Ring Synthesis and Natural Product Synthesis
Quorum Sensing
• New Antibiotic Discovery
• Modulation of Protein-Protein Interactions
• Molecular Therapeutics: Chemistry-Driven Drug Discovery

We collaborate with many chemical companies and academic groups around the world. The scientific education of group members in organic synthesis is given a high priority; however, they are encouraged also to learn and perform new techniques relating to their projects with our industrial and academic collaborators. Every effort is made so that group members achieve their career ambitions, usually jobs in academia or the chemical industries.

Research Interests

For more detailed information please visit the Spring Group research pages.



If you are looking for the teaching material from my lecture courses, then please go to the Moodle website.



For a list of all our publications please visit the Spring Group publication page.


Enantioselective Synthesis of Chromanones via a Peptidic Phosphane Catalyzed Rauhut-Currier Reaction.
RJ Scanes, O Grossmann, A Grossmann, DR Spring – Organic Letters (2015) 17, 150427122252008
A two-component 'double-click' approach to peptide stapling
YH Lau, Y Wu, P de Andrade, WR Galloway, DR Spring – Nat Protoc (2015) 10, 585
A diversity-oriented synthesis strategy enabling the combinatorial-type variation of macrocyclic peptidomimetic scaffolds
A Isidro-Llobet, K Hadje Georgiou, WR Galloway, E Giacomini, MR Hansen, G Méndez-Abt, YS Tan, L Carro, HF Sore, DR Spring – Org Biomol Chem (2015) 13, 4570
Divergent and concise total syntheses of dihydrochalcones and 5-deoxyflavones recently isolated from Tacca species and Mimosa diplotricha
TH Sum, TJ Sum, JE Stokes, WRJD Galloway, DR Spring – Tetrahedron (2015)
Synthesis of a novel polycyclic ring scaffold with antimitotic properties via a selective domino Heck-Suzuki reaction
E Alza, L Laraia, BM Ibbeson, S Collins, WRJD Galloway, JE Stokes, AR Venkitaraman, DR Spring – Chem. Sci. (2015) 6, 390
Studies towards the synthesis of indolizin-5(3H)-one derivatives and related 6,5-azabicyclic scaffolds by ring-closing metathesis.
MS Frei, MK Bilyard, TA Alanine, WR Galloway, JE Stokes, DR Spring – Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry (2014) 23, 2666
Multifunctional supramolecular polymer networks as next-generation consolidants for archaeological wood conservation
Z Walsh, ER Janeček, JT Hodgkinson, J Sedlmair, A Koutsioubas, DR Spring, M Welch, CJ Hirschmugl, C Toprakcioglu, JR Nitschke, M Jones, OA Scherman – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2014) 111, 17743
Linear aliphatic dialkynes as alternative linkers for double-click stapling of p53-derived peptides.
YH Lau, P de Andrade, GJ McKenzie, AR Venkitaraman, DR Spring – Chembiochem (2014) 15, 2680
Diversity-Oriented Synthesis of Drug-Like Macrocyclic Scaffolds Using an Orthogonal Organo- and Metal Catalysis Strategy
A Grossmann, S Bartlett, M Janecek, JT Hodgkinson, DR Spring – Angew Chem Int Ed Engl (2014) 53, 13093
Peptide stapling techniques based on different macrocyclisation chemistries.
YH Lau, P de Andrade, Y Wu, DR Spring – Chemical Society reviews (2015) 44, 91
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