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Dr Michael J. Porter

Summary
  Mike Porter is a Senior Lecturer in the Organic Chemistry/Chemical Biology section of the Department of Chemistry. Research within his group focuses on the development of new methods for the synthesis of biologically active compounds, and the chemistry developed includes metal carbenoid reactions, novel sulfur chemistry, and sigmatropic rearrangements. Other research includes the preparation of antibacterial polymer surfaces (in collaboration with Prof Parkin), and computational studies into reaction mechanisms.

He has worked at UCL since 1999 (1999-2006: Lecturer; 2006- Senior Lecturer). Prior to this he had postdoctoral appointments at the University of Texas at Austin, working with Professor Philip Magnus, and at the University of Liverpool, working with Professor Stan Roberts. He received his DPhil from the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Sir Jack Baldwin.
Summary of research group
  Our group is concerned with the development of new methods for the synthesis of biologically active compounds. New reactions developed include thermal and photochemical rearrangements of carbene-derived ylids, activation reactions of alcohols using thioformamide salts, and diastereoselective sigmatropic rearrangements. Other research includes the preparation of antibacterial polymers (in collaboration with Prof Parkin), and computational studies into reaction mechanisms.
Research highlights
   
Research Facilities
 
  • NMR
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Microanalysis
  • XPS
Awards
 
  • Synthesis/Synlett Journals Award (2001)
Memberships
 
  • Member, Royal Society of Chemistry
Research interests
 

• Natural Product Synthesis

• Carbenoid Chemistry

• Sulfur Chemistry

• Asymmetric Synthesis

• Carbohydrates

• Photochemistry

• Computational Chemistry

Teaching
 
  • CHEM2203: 2nd year undergraduate organic mechanisms course
  • CHEM3206: 3rd year undergraduate radical chemistry course
  • CHEMM201: 4th year undergraduate asymmetric synthesis course