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Dr Thomas A. Logothetis Dipl.-Chem; Dr. rer.nat.; GDCh; SFHEA; MRSC

Principal Teaching Fellow, Teaching Laboratory Manager

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Dr Thomas A. Logothetis is Principal Teaching Fellow within Chemistry at the University of Southampton.

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” remarks Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein adds that “Learning is experience; everything else is just information.” First and foremost, chemistry is a practical science and it is my pleasure offering such an experience for our students ensuring they achieve education rather than receiving it – and so kindling this desire.



Thomas Logothetis hails from Freising, Germany. He graduated from the Technische Universität München as Diplom-Chemiker. During his PhD he focussed on fluorine chemistry and after a 2-year placement at the Universität Leipzig he obtained his Dr. rer. nat. (magna cum laude) in 1996 from the Technische Universität München for research in the field of fluorinated carbohydrates.

Thomas then studied mycotoxins with Robert Vleggaar at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, with a particular interest in boronic ester homologation and structure elucidation. In 2001 Thomas returned to fluorine and joined the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, where he explored halogen bonding in the context of supramolecular chemistry. His next postdoctoral position finally led Thomas to the University of Southampton in 2003, where he first worked with Richard Brown and GE Healthcare on targets for 18F-doped PET imaging substrates and then with Ganesan and Karus Therapeutics on the SPPS of Phakelistatin 13 & analogues, and andrographolide derivatisation.

During his doctoral and postdoctoral studies Thomas used many an opportunity to part with his knowledge and delighted in teaching apprentices, undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as supervising project students and offering extramural courses for members of previously disadvantaged communities.

Following this, Thomas took up a position as Teaching Fellow at the University of Southampton where he rose to Principal Teaching Fellow in Chemistry education. Thomas teaches a variety of courses at different levels and manages the synthesis-based Teaching Laboratory and instrument room with its team of technicians. He also organises and runs the annual Organic Chemistry Summer School and hosts various Outreach events in this laboratory

In 2009 and 2011 his outstanding contributions to the University and to chemistry education, respectively, were recognised with a Vice-Chancellors Teaching Award and a Vice-Chancellors Award. In 2013, chemistry students bestowed the inaugural Excellence in Teaching Awards: Feedback Provision on him.  Thomas’ strong work ethics led to several staff achievement awards (2013, 2015 & 2018). In 2016, his excellent and supportive approach to undergraduate and postgraduate education, particularly in the Organic Chemistry Summer School, was recognised with a second Vice-Chancellors Teaching Award. Also in 2016, Thomas’ enthusiastic support for the environmental and financial sustainability of the department was honoured with a Vice-Chancellors Team Award.

Thomas is a member of the chemical societies in Germany (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh) and England (Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA @ AdvanceHE).


Research interests

Thomas' previous research focussed on synthetic organic chemistry, primarily methodology development in the building block strategy in fluorine chemistry (using trifluoropyruvates and hexafluoroacetone derived from perfluoropropenoxide) and utilising boronic ester homologation in the synthesis of fumonisins and AAL toxins – physiologically active secondary fungal metabolites. Thomas is generally interested in applications of fluorine in chemistry and while at the Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica "Giulio Natta” he explored halogen bonding and molecular assembly. He is still keeping an eye on these topics.

However, his research interests are now largely related to education in chemistry, particularly laboratory based synthesis, green chemistry, modern technology and implementation of IT resources in practical classes; as well as problem and inquiry-based learning and improving practical assessment and feedback provision.


Research group


As manager of the synthesis-focussed Level 5 Teaching Laboratory and adjacent instrument room Thomas leads a team of two dedicated laboratory technicians and closely collaborates with the team of the analysis-based teaching lab.

Additionally, he organises the teaching laboratories’ practicals schedules and presents as well as hosts several Outreach activities in and outside the laboratory.

Thomas also organises and hosts the annual Organic Chemistry Summer School, a unique feature of the department.

He is keen on environmental topics and green chemistry and supports the work of the Chemistry department’s Environmental Committee as an active member.

Currently, Thomas is also involved in the complete refurbishment of the teaching laboratories, advising on design and layout as well as equipment and teaching provision.

Together with other SFHEA in the University of Southampton, Thomas promotes education development and its recognition by AdvanceHE through mentoring and serving on award panels.


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Book Chapters

  • Logothetis, T. (2017). Convergent synthesis of a Suzuki product. In C. Afonso, N. Candeias, D. Pereira Simão, J. Coelho, B. Tan, & R. Franzén Robert (Eds.), Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Experiments for the Laboratory Classroom (pp. 643-647). Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Logothetis, T. (2017). Selective boc-protection and bromination of pyrazoles. In C. Afonso, N. Candeias, D. Pereira Simão, J. Coelho, B. Tan, & R. Franzén (Eds.), Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Experiments for the Laboratory Classroom (pp. 531-534). Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Logothetis, T. (2017). Synthesis of allylic esters by reduction of fructone followed by Wittig olefination. In C. Afonso, N. Candeias, D. Pereira Simão, J. Coelho, B. Tan, & R. Franzén (Eds.), Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Experiments for the Laboratory Classroom (pp. 906-910). Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Logothetis, T. (2017). Synthesis of fructone. In C. Afonso, N. Candeias, D. Pereira Simão, J. Coelho, B. Tan, & R. Franzén (Eds.), Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Experiments for the Laboratory Classroom (pp. 294-297). Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Logothetis, T. (2017). Synthesis of pyrazole heterocycles. In C. Afonso, N. Candeias, D. Pereira Simão, J. Coelho, B. Tan, & R. Franzén (Eds.), Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Experiments for the Laboratory Classroom (pp. 404-407). Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Levason, W., Logothetis, T., & Reid, G. (2009). Synthesis and characterisation of two metal-metal bonded dimolybdenum complexes. In J. D. Woollins (Ed.), Inorganic Experiments, 3rd Revised Edition (pp. 158-166). Wiley.


Undergraduate laboratory classes (years 1 to 2)

Undergraduate research and education projects (years 3 and 4)


Organic Chemistry Summer School (UG & industry)

  • OCSS202x

Individual, education-based summer projects are available to undergraduates (please contact Thomas directly).

Training of teaching assistants for workshops, tutorials, laboratory demonstration, assessment and feedback provision (Introduction to teaching skills for postgraduates in chemistry)

  • CHEM8042
  • CHEM8043

These courses are aimed at postgraduates planning to work as teaching assistants in Chemistry.


Dr Thomas A. Logothetis
Chemistry University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 27/3039/M16

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