Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize 2015 Winner


Professor Robert Paton
Professor Robert Paton
University of Oxford

 

Awarded for his pioneering work in using computation to understand reactivity and selectivity in organic and bio-organic chemistry allowing rational design in synthesis

 

 

 

 


About the Winner


Rob Paton is an Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Oxford, where his group uses theory and computation to solve problems in organic and bio-organic chemistry. During doctoral studies with Prof. Jonathan Goodman at the University of Cambridge, Rob developed new models based on quantum chemistry and on the automated parameterization of transition state force fields to apply to boron-mediated synthetic transformations. 

In 2008 Rob was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at St Catharine's College, Cambridge and after visiting the group of Prof. Feliu Maseras at ICIQ in Spain, in 2009 he undertook a Fulbright-AstraZeneca and Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Postdoctoral Fellowship with Prof. K.N. Houk at the University of California, Los Angeles. There he developed computational models for site-selectivity of ring-fused arynes and relative reactivities of strained dienophiles, which enable predictions to be made readily. Rob was appointed to a University Lectureship at Oxford in 2010, where his research has focussed on understanding organocatalytic mechanisms and  selectivities through quantum chemical calculations.


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