Professor Alwyn Davies FRS

Organic Chemistry

Professor Alwyn Davies FRS

Address: Department of Chemistry, UCL
Phone No: +44 (0)20 7679 4701
Fax No: +44 (0)20 7679 7463
Extension: 24701
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Research areas of interest include:

  • Free radical mechanisms
  • Organometallic chemistry
  • ESR spectroscopy
  • Organic and organic peroxides 

A full research profile is available here.


Two important themes in our work are, first, the use of ESR spectroscopy to map out the electron distribution in molecules, and, second, the behaviour of metals as hydrogen equivalents.

A full list of publications can be found here

Selected Publications

  1. A.G. Davies The Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectra of Organic Radical Ions. Chem. Soc. Rev., 1993 , 299-304.
  2. A.G. Davies Hydrogen-ene and metallo-ene reactions. Organic Reactivity. Physical and Biological Aspects. Ed. B.T. Golding, R.J. Griffin, and H. Maskell. Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, 1995 , pp. 264-277.
  3. A.G. Davies Radical chemistry of tin Chemistry of Tin, 2nd. edn., ed. P.J. Smith, Blackie, London, 1998 , pp. 265-289.
  4. A.G. Davies The Whiffen effect of symmetry-enhanced and symmetry-forbidden hyperconjugation in spin-paired molecules. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2, 1999 , 2461-2468.
  5. A.G. Davies Metals as surrogates for hydrogen in organic chemistry: anything hydrogen can do, a metal can do better. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1, 2000 , 1997-2010.
  • 1946 B.Sc. Chemistry, University College London
  • 1949 Ph.D. (with C.K. Ingold), University College London
  • 1949-1953 Lecturer, Battersea Polytechnic
  • 1953 Lecturer, University College London
  • 1964 Reader, University College London
  • 1968 Professor, University College London
  • 1971-1974, Acting head of Department
  • 1989 FRS
  • 1991 Emeritus Professor, University College London
  • 1991 Fellow of University College.