Hickinbottom Award 2017 Winner

Dr Andrew Lawrence
Dr Andrew Lawrence
The University of Edinburgh


Awarded for biomimetic approaches to total synthesis involving cycloadditions, characterised by brevity and elegance


About the Winner

Andy Lawrence obtained his MChem (2006) at St John's College, University of Oxford, where he was tutored by Professor George Fleet, Professor Richard Compton and Professor Fraser Armstrong. He remained at Oxford to complete a DPhil (2010) working with Professor Sir Jack Baldwin and Dr Robert Adlington on biomimetic approaches to terpene and meroterpene natural products. During his graduate studies he spent three months at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, working with Professor Michael Sherburn on developing domino Diels-Alder reaction sequences. 

After completing his DPhil, Andy moved back to the ANU to spend two very stimulating years as a postdoctoral researcher working with Professor Michael Sherburn (2010-2011), investigating various aspects of fundamental hydrocarbon chemistry.

In 2012, Andy began his independent academic career at the ANU as an Australian Research Council DECRA (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award) Fellow, before moving back to the UK in 2013 for a lectureship at the University of Edinburgh.

The Lawrence Group is primarily focused on biomimetic natural product synthesis. The aim of these studies is to answer fundamental questions regarding the chemistry of biosynthetic pathways and to improve the science and art of organic synthesis.

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