David Fox's interests include small molecule (asymmetric) synthesis and applications of these molecules, mainly in medicinal chemistry but also materials. Nowadays ideas and projects involve synthesis as well as the calculation of molecular properties, reaction mechanism, and spectra by DFT, as well as numerical data analysis for complex catalysis kinetics.
Specialist areas include fast and direct synthesis, medicinal chemistry, and ideal scale-up methods for lead molecules.
As well as an academic role at Warwick, David Fox was a lead chemist at Functional Therapeutics (2006-12) and at Epsilon3Bio (2011-2017) and is now a consultant at RxCelerate Ltd.
- BA, Oxford
- DPhil, Oxford
- PDRA, Cambridge
- Associate Professor, Warwick
Current projects include medicinal chemistry for specific enzyme inhibitors, synthetic methodology for unusual heterocycles, as well as collaborations with RxCelerate Ltd.
Synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry
- Drug discovery and development.
- Synthetic methodology including asymmetric and catalytic reactions, kinetics and DFT modelling.
- Polyaromatic hydrocarbons
David Fox is on Study Leave for the academic year 2019-20, but has previously taught in undergraduate modules CH222 Speclab, CH271, CH3E9, and CH408.
I am supervising the following PhD and MSc students:
- Matthew Clayton, medicinal chemistry
- Siana Siggers, synthetic methodology
Synthesis and characterization of trianguleneNiko Pavliček, Anish Mistry, Zsolt Majzik, Nikolaj Moll, Gerhard Meyer, David J. Fox and Leo Gross, Nature Nanotechnology 2017, doi:10.1038/nnano.2016.305
Zoe J. Anderson, David J. Fox Org. Biomol. Chem., 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C5OB02520f
J. J. Douglas, G. Churchill, A. M. Z. Slawin, D. J. Fox and A. D. Smith Chem. Eur. J., 2015, 21, 16354-16358 DOI: 10.1002/chem.201503308.
The Synthesis and STM/AFM Imaging of ‘Olympicene’ Benzo[cd]pyrenesAnish Mistry, Ben Moreton, Bruno Schuler, Fabian Mohn, Gerhard Meyer, Leo Gross, Antony Williams, Peter Scott, Giovanni Costantini and David J. Fox Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 2011-2018. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201404877
Trichloromethyl ketones: asymmetric transfer hydrogenation and subsequent Jocic-type reactions with amines