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Department of Chemistry

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In the Ley Group, we specialise in developing new synthesis methods and applying them to the construction of biologically important molecules. Over the last 4 years we have completed the total synthesis of 38 natural products including spongistatin 1 (anti-mitotic agent), rapamycin (immunosuppressant), thapsigargin (SERCA pumps inhibitor), azadirachtin (insect antifeedant) and bengazole A (fungicide), taking our group total to 140 completed total syntheses. In addition to our research on natural product synthesis, we have the Innovative Technology Centre (ITC); a new state-of-the-art flow chemistry facility. Our group is also part of the Cambridge PhD Training Programme in Chemical Biology and Molecular Medicine.

For more detailed research information, group members and our publication list please see the group website (Whiffen Lab and ITC)


A Photoredox Coupling Reaction of Benzylboronic Esters and Carbonyl Compounds in Batch and Flow.
Y Chen, O May, DC Blakemore, SV Ley
– Org Lett
Enabling synthesis in fragment-based drug discovery by reactivity mapping: photoredox-mediated cross-dehydrogenative heteroarylation of cyclic amines
R Grainger, TD Heightman, SV Ley, F Lima, CN Johnson
– Chem Sci
Direct Oxidation of Csp3 -H bonds using in Situ Generated Trifluoromethylated Dioxirane in Flow.
M Lesieur, C Battilocchio, R Labes, J Jacq, C Genicot, SV Ley, P Pasau
– Chemistry - A European Journal
Fast Continuous Alcohol Amination Employing a Hydrogen Borrowing Protocol
R Labes, C Mateos, C Battilocchio, Y Chen, P Dingwall, GR Cumming, JA Rincón, MJ Nieves-Remacha, SV Ley
– Green Chemistry
Photochemical Homologation for the Preparation of Aliphatic Aldehydes in Flow
Y Chen, M Leonardi, P Dingwall, R Labes, P Pasau, DC Blakemore, SV Ley
– The Journal of organic chemistry
Across-the-World Automated Optimization and Continuous-Flow Synthesis of Pharmaceutical Agents Operating Through a Cloud-Based Server.
DE Fitzpatrick, T Maujean, AC Evans, SV Ley
– Angewandte Chemie - International Edition
Three-Component Assembly of Multiply Substituted Homoallylic Alcohols and Amines Using a Flow Chemistry Photoreactor
Y Chen, DC Blakemore, P Pasau, SV Ley
– Org Lett
Integrated plug flow synthesis and crystallisation of pyrazinamide
C Daniel Scott, R Labes, M Depardieu, C Battilocchio, MG Davidson, SV Ley, CC Wilson, K Robertson
– Reaction Chemistry & Engineering
In- line separation of multicomponent reaction mixtures using a new semi- continuous supercritical fluid chromatography system
DE Fitzpatrick, RJ Mutton, SV Ley
– Reaction Chemistry & Engineering
Highly diastereoselective boron and titanium mediated aldol reactions of a mannitol derived 2,3-butanediacetal ethyl ketone
M O'Brien, A Weber, G Hardy, SV Ley
– Tetrahedron
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