Professor Nicholas J Westwood

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

Link with SuBiCat:


Our group focuses on the application of skills in organic chemistry to challenging problems in chemical biology and more recently sustainable chemistry. We are very interested in applying high level analytical approaches to the challenge of lignin characterisation. Increasingly, we are looking to source our own lignin from a wide range of plants. In addition, we are interested in identifying selective catalytic methods of degrading lignin. This often requires us to prepare novel lignin model systems to aid interpretation of the outcome of chemical transformations we are testing on lignin itself. Once we have isolated low molecular weight compounds from lignin we plan to use modern methods in organic synthesis to develop them into useful products.

Publications:

The Synthesis of melohenine B and a Related Natural Product

Lancefield, C.S., Zhou, L., Lébl, T., Slawin, A.M.Z., Westwood, N.J.*, Organic Letters (2012) 14(24), 6166-6169.

DOI: 10.1021/ol302859j

Asymmetric catalytic oxidative cleavage of polycyclic systems......

Full title: Asymmetric catalytic oxidative cleavage of polycyclic systems: The synthesis of atropisomeric diazonanes and diazecanes

Jones, A.M., Liu, G., Lorion M.M., Paterson, S., Lebl, T., Slawin, A.M.Z., Westwood, N.J.*, Chemistry - A European Journal (2011) 17, 5714-5718.

doi: 10.1002/chem.201003188

Application of the copper catalysed N-arylation of amidines in the synthesis of analogues......

Full title: Application of the copper catalysed N-arylation of amidines in the synthesis of analogues of the chemical tool, blebbistatin

Lawson, C.P.A.T., Slawin, A.M.Z., Westwood, N.J.*, Chemical Communications (2010) 47(3), 1057-1059.

DOI: 10.1039/C0CC03624B


Contact details:


E-mail: njw3@st-andrews.ac.uk

Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 463816

Visit the Westwood Group site