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Mark Greenhalgh

Assistant Professor

Mark is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, within the Synthesis & Catalysis Cluster. Research in the Greenhalgh group focuses on the development of new catalytic methods for the synthesis of small molecules. In particular, we are currently interested in exploiting poorly-understood chemical phenomena for the design of novel modes of catalysis. We aim to obtain a fundamental mechanistic understanding of the science that underpins any new method to better direct future research efforts.

We are always interested in recruiting new students so please get in touch if you are interested in working with us as a Masters student, a PhD student, an undergraduate summer student or as a PDRA.

Mark dot Greenhalgh at warwick dot ac dot uk


Office C5.25

Research Group Website

Groups at Warwick


  • 2020–present: Assistant Professor, University of Warwick
  • 2015–2020: Post-doctoral Research Assistant, University of St Andrews (Prof. Andy Smith)
  • 2010–2015: Ph.D, University of Edinburgh/Bristol (Dr Stephen Thomas)
  • 2006–2010: MChem with a year in Australia, University of Sheffield


In the Greenhalgh group we are interested in developing new synthetic and catalytic methods, and the study of reaction mechanism. We are particularly interested in developing conceptually new and interesting modes of catalysis. We showcase the utility of these new catalytic methods through the synthesis of small molecules, which could be of interest for pharmaceutical, agrochemical or materials research. Most importantly we want to develop a deep mechanistic understanding of how these new processes work so that we, and others, can build upon these methods for new avenues of research and application.

I teach on the 2nd year course CH270: Selective Organic Synthesis and also tutor 1st and 2nd year Organic Chemistry.

PhD students:

  • Frances Bugden (Started October 2020)

We are always interested in hearing from anyone interested in undertaking an undergraduate summer project, a research Masters or PhD, or from PDRA candidates. If you are interested in joining the group please get in contact and we can discuss funding opportunities.

For a full list of publications, please see the Group Website