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Areas of Expertise

Catalysis; asymmetric synthesis; organometallics; stereochemistry; chirality.


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1987. BSc. University of Bath.
1990. PhD. University of Warwick
1990 – 1991. Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, University of Heidelberg
1992 – 2001. Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University
2001 – 2007. Reader, Queen Mary, University of London. 

Catalysis is a key technology that enables the sustainable discovery, synthesis and manufacture of new pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and materials. My approach to achieving these goals involves the design and synthesis of novel organometallic compounds, and to investigate these as catalysts for the efficient enantioselective synthesis of high value chiral organic compounds from low value starting materials. These products are then used to generate new and potentially bioactive chiral compounds for application in drug-discovery programmes.

More information is available on the group website.

Selected Recent Publications

Double Asymmetric Synthesis: Faster Reactions are More Selective and a Model to Estimate Relative Rate
C. J. Richards and O. Stephen Ojo, Org. Biomol. Chem. 202321, 7115-7128.

An Expedient Copper-Catalysed Asymmetric Synthesis of γ-Lactones and γ-Lactams. Application to the Synthesis of Lucidulactone A
O. Stephen Ojo, D. L. Hughes and C. J. Richards, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2023, 21, 4144-4149.

Application of Ferrocene-Based Palladacycle Precatalysts to Enantioselective Aryl-Aryl Kumada Coupling.
R. A. Arthurs, D. L. Hughes and C. J. Richards, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2022, e202101077.

Copper(I) Complexes of P-Stereogenic Josiphos and Related Ligands
R. A. Arthurs, A. C. Dean, D. L. Hughes and C. J. Richards, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2021, 2719-2725.

Planar Chiral Palladacycle Precatalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis
R. A. Arthurs, D. L. Hughes and C. J. Richards, Org. Biomol. Chem. 202018, 5466.

Stereoselective Synthesis of all Possible Phosferrox Ligand Diastereoisomers Displaying Three Elements of Chirality: Stereochemical Optimization for Asymmetric Catalysis
R. A. Arthurs, D. L. Hughes and C. J. Richards, J. Org. Chem. 202085, 4838.

Ferrocenyloxazoline-Derived Planar Chiral Palladacycles: C-H Activation, Transmetalation, and Reversal of Diastereoselectivity
R. A. Arthurs, D. L. Hughes and C. J. Richards, Organometallics201938, 4271.

Stereoselective and Stereospecific Reactions of Cobalt Sandwich Complexes. Application to the Synthesis of a New Class of Single Enantiomer Bulky Planar Chiral P-N and P-P Ligands
R. A. Arthurs, P. N. Horton, S. J. Coles and C. J. Richards Chem. Eur. J. 201824, 4310.

Catalyst Optimisation for Asymmetric Synthesis by Ligand Chirality Element Addition – A Perspective on Stereochemical Cooperativity
C. J. Richards and R. A. Arthurs, Chem. Eur. J. 201748, 11460.

Deuterium as a Stereochemically Invisible Blocking Group for Chiral Ligand Synthesis
R. A. Arthurs and C. J. Richards, Org. Lett. 201719, 702.

Enantiopure ferrocene-based planar-chiral iridacycles: stereospecific control of iridium-centred chirality
R. A. Arthurs, M.  Ismail, C. C. Prior, V. S. Oganesyan, P. N. Horton, S. J. Coles and C. J. Richards, Chem. Eur. J201622, 3065





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