Welcome to the webpages of the research group of Dr. Graham Pattison at the Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick. We are interested in developing new, useful and practical reactions for organic synthesis. We have a particular emphasis on transition metal-catalysed reactions and on the development of new methodology for fluorination. A typical project will involve a broad range of advanced synthetic and mechanistic chemistry. Please follow the links in the top bar to find out more about us and what we do.
PhD Projects 2016/17: A range of PhD projects are available in the group to start in October 2016 in the areas of synthetic methodology development and transition metal catalysis. Please email graham dot pattison at warwick dot ac dot uk if you are interested, attaching a 2-page CV.
Chancellors International Scholarships: Excellent overseas candidates interested in a PhD in the GP group should get in touch with Graham as soon as possible to discuss an application for these scholarships.
If you are interested in joining the group then please click here to find out what opportunites we have at present.
May 2018: Read our review on the chemistry of difluorinated ketones in Euro JOC.
Feb 2018: The group publishes a strategy for the synthesis of bis(enolate) equivalents in JACS - useful for the geminal difunctionalisation of ketones. Well done to former UG students Carmelo, Tom and Teena who worked on this project!
Dec 2017: Our work on the reactivity of fluorinated ketones is published as part of the 'Organofluorine Chemistry IV' special collection in Beilstein J. Org. Chem. We show that the alpha-fluorinated systems are in fact a little less reactive than the chlorinated.
Oct 2017: Graham presents the group's work at Syngenta. Thanks for a great day.
Sept 2017: Many thanks to Rebecca Clayton for all her hard work on her URSS project. Best of luck with your final year!
Jun 2017: Many congratualations to Tom, whose homologative coupling of aldehydes and ketones with geminal diboron compounds is published in Organic Letters.
Jun 2017: A very warm welcome to Carmelo Iacono, who joins the group for a summer research project.
Apr 2017: A great day out presenting the group's work at the Young Chemist's meeting, Imperial College.
Jan 2017: Graham visits sunny Clearwater Beach, Florida for the ACS Winter Fluorine Meeting and presents our work on CF2H ketones.
Dec 2016: Graham presents the group's research at the University of Leicester.