Prof Tom Sheppard

Prof Tom Sheppard

Professor of Organic Chemistry

Dept of Chemistry

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
26th Jan 2004

Research summary

We are interested in developing new chemical reactions for use in synthetic organic chemistry and applying them to the synthesis of useful molecular targets.Our research is focused on the development of new methods for organic synthesis. In all cases, the research projects seek to provide novel solutions to challenging chemical problems, which will facilitate the synthesis of small, highly functionalised organic molecules with potential applications in drug discovery or chemical biology.

Teaching summary

CHEM0077/78/79 Topic S3: Asymmetric Organocatalysis

CHEM0018: Organic and Biological Reaction Mechanisms

CHEM0034: Principles and Methods of Organic Synthesis

2nd year tutorials in organic chemistry

Laboratory Demonstrating

3rd Year Synthesis Laboratory

3rd year Literature Projects

4th year Research Projects


Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ01 - Successfully completed an institutional provision in teaching in the HE sector |
University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2004
University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1999
University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1999


  • 1995-1999 MSci Natural Sciences (Chemistry), University of Cambridge
  • 1999-2000 Research Scientist at GlaxoWellcome PLC, Stevenage and Cambridge
  • 2000-2004 PhD in Organic Chemistry with Professor Steven V. Ley, University of Cambridge
  • 2004-2007 Postdoctoral Researcher with Professor William B. Motherwell, University College London
  • 2007-2013 EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow and Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, University College London
  • 2013-2018 Reader in OrganicChemistry, University College London
  • 2018- Professor of Organic Chemistry, University College London
  • 2021- Head of Organic Chemistry & Chemical Biology Section