Fanny Tran

University of St Andrews
School of Chemistry
Purdie Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9ST
United Kingdom

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Fanny obtained her 1st degree in Chemistry in France followed by a BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Kingston University. She did her PhD in Prof. Sweeney’s group at the University of Reading followed by a post-doc at CCRCB, Queen’s University Belfast. Fanny joined the Westwood group in 2011 to work on the synthesis of CIDs for Y3H screening and lignin degradation studies. She is also SuBiCat's project manager.

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E-mail: ft5@st-andrews.ac.uk

Direct phone:+44 (0)1334 4614048/14017

Isabel Benoit

KNAW Utrecht
Uppsalalaan 8
Room C1.78
Utrecht
3584 CT
The Netherlands

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Isabel's primary affiliation is Fungal Physiolog and the Microbiology. The title of her thesis is called: Homologous overproduction and characterization of cinnamoyl esterase from Aspergillus niger.

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E-mail: i.benoit@cbs.knaw.nl

Direct phone: +31 302122600

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Prof. Paul Kamer

University of St Andrews
School of Chemistry
Purdie Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9ST
United Kingdom

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The main objective of our research is the development of new catalytic processes. We try to achieve this by studying the relationship between the structure of the catalyst and its performance in catalysis. Our main research interest is in the field of homogeneous catalysis with the aid of transition metal complexes and a broad range of catalytic reactions has been studied. The major activity is in the field of ligand synthesis based on phosphorus donor atoms by rational design assisted by molecular modelling. Ligand design is supported by thorough mechanistic (in-situ) studies of catalytic reactions to acquire insight in structure-activity relations. Besides the study of well-known steric and electronic ligand effects the influence of ligand geometries around the metal centre is a key issue in this research. For example, catalytic reactions can be accelerated by forcing the geometry of the “catalyst” towards a structure that resembles the transition state, as has been proposed for metalloenzymes. This has resulted in novel, very active and (enantio)selective catalysts.

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E-mail: pcjk@st-andrews.ac.uk

Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 467285

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