Diversity Oriented Synthesis in Micro Reactors

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 Print


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About the speaker

Paul Watts graduated from the University of Bristol in 1995 with a first class B.Sc inchemistry.

He continued his studies at Bristol, obtaining a Ph.D. in bio-organic natural product chemistry under the supervision of Professor Tom Simpson FRS and Professor Chris Willis.

His Ph.D. focussed on the synthesis of isotopically labelled compounds, for use indetermination of biosynthetic pathways to polyketide-derived natural products.

Paul subsequently worked as a postdoctoral research associate, with Professor Steve Haswell, ananalytical chemist, at the University of Hull. Together they started to integrate micro reactorswith micro analytical systems.

During this period Paul investigated organic synthesis in microreactors. In February 2002, he was appointed as an academic at the University of Hull where he now leads the micro reactor group, which consists of 4 post doctoral researchers and 8 PhD students.

He is interested in organic chemistry, catalysis, biocatalysis and electrosynthesis in micro reactors and has published more than 30 papers in the area.