Monday, 10 December 2018

New Publication

Our collaborative article with the Pastre Group (UNICAMP, Brazil) on the continuous flow preparation of terpene-derived monomers is published in Reaction Chemistry and Engineering. Congratulations to Renan & Lucas on this one, thanks for involving us in this project.

Renan Galaverna, Lucas P. Fernandes, Duncan L. Browne & Julio C. Pastre* React. Chem. Eng 2019 DOI: 10.1039/C8RE00237A

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

New Publication

Our collaborative article with the Melen Group is published in Chem Comm and describes the use of microwave reactors to enable a broader substrate scope in some catalytic borane reactions. Well done to Jamie and Lukas.

Jamie L. Carden, Lukas J. Gierlichs, Duncan F. Wass, Duncan L. Browne & Rebecca L. Melen* Chem. Commun. 2019 DOI: 10.1039/C8CC09459D

Monday, 3 December 2018

Poster Presentation

Joey Howard presents his poster on the mechanochemical activation of zinc at the RSC Poster Symposium in London - well done Joey!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Congratulations to Dr Howard

Congratulations to Joey who passed his viva today and is the second member of the group to pass with a PhD, we are very proud of his achievements. Joey will join Bio-Techne (formerly Tocris) in Bristol - good luck Joey!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

New Publication

Our article on altering reaction kinetics and chemoselectivity through mechanochemical processing is published in Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. Congratulations to Joey and Mike for their careful work on this one!

Joseph L. Howard, Michael C. Brand & Duncan L. Browne* Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018 , 57, 16104-16108

[Open Access]

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Welcome to the new MChem Students

The group welcomes our new MChem students; Karl Griffiths (Flow), Oliver Kershaw (Flow) & Calum Parsons (Mechano).

Monday, 1 October 2018

Welcome to New PhD Student Andrew Jones

Welcome back to Andy Jones who joins for a PhD with financial support from KESS2. Andy's project will involve the development of catalytic processes employing mechanochemistry.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

New Publication - Book Chapter

Our contribution to the Thieme Science of Synthesis; Flow Chemistry in Organic Synthesis volume is now published and is entitled Immobilized Reagents and Multistep Processes. It was a pleasure working with Steve and Matt again to bring this together!

Steven V. Ley, Duncan L. Browne & Matthew O'Brien Science of Synthesis, Flow Chemistry in Organic Synthesis, Chapter 9 2018, pages 273-312.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

New Publication

Our article on the mechanochemical Buchwald-Hartwig reaction is published as an invited contribution to the OBC 'New Talent' themed issue. Qun, Will and Andy have developed a robust air stable method for conducting this important C-N bond forming reaction, excellent job.

Qun Cao, William I. Nicholson, Andrew Jones & Duncan L. Browne* Org. Biomol. Chem. 2018 DOI: 10.1039/c8ob01781f

[Open Access] ['New Talent' Issue]

New Publication

Our collaborative work with the James group (Queens University, Belfast) on translating mechanochemical fluorination into a continuous twin-screw extrusion protocol has been published in Green Chemistry, Congratulations Qun and Joey and thanks to Debbie and Stuart

Qun Cao, Joseph L. Howard, Deborah E. Crawford, Stuart L. James* & Duncan L. Browne* Green Chem. 2018 DOI: 10.1039/c8gc02036a

[Open Access]

Saturday, 21 July 2018

New Publication

Our Work on the mechanical generation of organzincs and their subsequent participation in Negishi couplings using a ball-mill is accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie, Congratulations to Qun, Joey and Emilie!

Qun Cao, Joseph L. Howard, Emilie Wheatley & Duncan L. Browne* Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018,

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Congratulations to our MChems Students

Well done to all of our MChem students who graduated today with excellent degrees - It was a pleasure to have you around and good luck with your future pursuits. Special congratulations to Mike and Alex who received Outstanding 4th Year Mchem Awards!

Michael Brand - next up - PhD with Prof. Andy Cooper @ Uni of Liverpool.
Saqib Iqbal - next up, PhD with Prof. Mike Ingleson @ Uni of Manchester.
Andrew Jones - next up, PhD DLB Group @ Cardiff Uni.
Emilie Wheatley - next up, PhD with Prof. Simon J. Meek, @ Uni. North Carolina, US.
Lukas Gierlichs (With Rebecca Melen) - next up, PhD with Rebecca Melen and DLB @ Cardiff Uni.
Timothy Lloyd (With Simon Pope) - next up, safety and compliance inspector for imaging equipment.
Alex Seastram (With Louis Morrill) - next up, PhD with Lous Morrill @ Cardiff Uni.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Welcome to Renan Galverna

The group welcomes our first visiting PhD from Brazil, Renan Galaverna joins from the group of Prof Julio Pastre from UNICAMP, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Renan's travel is sponsored by CNPQ and GCRF seed money.....he has arrived in good time for UK sun and the World Cup, both of which are quadrennial events!

Friday, 8 June 2018

New Publication

Our collaborative work with Bruker on the design of a continuous flow-batch hybrid reactor for preparation of commodity chemicals using Flow NMR is accepted for the Barton Centennial issue of Tetrahedron, congratulations Cristiane, Joey, Rob and Anna!

Christiane Schotten, Joseph L. Howard, Robert L. Jenkins, Anna Codina & Duncan L. Browne* Tetrahedron 2018,10.1016/j.tet.2018.05.070

Monday, 21 May 2018

Congratulations to Dr Schotten

Congratulation to Christiane who passed her viva today and is the first member of the group to pass with a PhD, we are very proud of her achievements. Christiane has just completed a Royal Society of Chemistry placement in the Nöel Research Group ( and will now join the group of Charlotte Willans (, Richard Bourne, Bao Nguyen and Nik Kapur @ University of Leeds as a Postdoc - good luck Christiane.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

New Publication

Our perspective article on Mechanochemistry for Molecular Synthesis is published in Chemical Science, well done Joey and Qun, we hope the community find this a stimulating perspective!

Joseph L. Howard, Qun Cao & Duncan L. Browne* Chem. Sci. 2018,10.1039/C7SC05371A

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

New Publication

Our paper on the machine-assisted synthesis of follow-on compound libraries is published in Reaction Chemistry and Engineering, well done Christiane, Lisa & Lisa who have also made the antimigraine compound Zolmitriptan using this approach

Christiane Schotten, Lisa G. T. Leist, A. Lisa Semrau & Duncan L. Browne* React. Chem. Eng 2018,10.1039/C8RE00010G

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Farewell to Qun

The group bids farewell to Postdoc Qun Cao who was with us for an 11 month EPSRC funded position. Qun will now join the James group in Belfast - Thanks Qun for all of your hard work and dedication.