Richard J Whitby
- Primary position:
- Professor of Organic Chemistry
Richard Whitby graduated with a BA in Natural Sciences from Trinity College, Cambridge University in 1982. He moved to the University of Leeds to study for a Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor P. G. Sammes, which he completed in 1985. He then moved to the University of Southampton to take up a teaching fellowship with Professor P. J. Kocienski. He was appointed to a lectureship at Southampton in 1988. In 1995 he was awarded the Society of the Chemical Industry 'Young Chemists' award, the Zeneca Research Award in Organic Chemistry and the Pfizer Research Award in Chemistry. In 1996, Richard Whitby became a Reader and was also awarded the GlaxoWelcome 'Innovative Chemistry' Research Award. He was promoted to Professor of Organic Chemistry in 1999, the year in which he received the Royal Society of Chemistry Bader award.
He has published chapters in two books on zirconium chemistry,1 contributed to special issues of Tetrahedron and Synthesis dedicated to Organotransition metal chemistry applied to organic synthesis2 and presented his work at many international conferences.3
He is currently the external examiner of the undergraduate degree programmes at the Universities of Surrey and East Anglia.
1. Titanium and Zirconium in Organic Synthesis, Ed Marek, I., Wiley-VCH, 2002. Transition Metals in Organic Synthesis: A Practical Approach, Ed. Thomas, S. E., Oxford University press, 1998.
2. Dixon, S.; Fillery, S. M.; Kasatkin, A.; Norton, D.; Thomas, E.; Whitby, R. J. Tetrahedron 2004, 60, 1401-1416. Owen, D. R.; Whitby, R. J. Synthesis 2005, 2061-2074.
3. ‘Multi Component Couplings’ (Genova, Italy, 03). American Chemical Societies ’50 years of zirconium chemistry’ symposium (Anaheim, March 04). ‘Celebration of Organic Chemistry’ (Warwick, Sept 04 ).
Natural Product Synthesis, Organometallics, Synthetic methodology, Nuclear Receptors, Neuroactive amines, Molecular Electronics, Asymmetric synthesis, Catalysis.
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Primary research group: Molecular Assembly, Function and Structure