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1987. BSc. University of Bath.
1990. PhD. University of Warwick
1990 – 1991. Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, University of Heidelberg
1992 – 2001. Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University
2001 – 2007. Reader, Queen Mary, University of London. 

Catalysis is a key technology that will enable the sustainable discovery, synthesis and manufacture of new pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and materials. My approach to achieving these goals involves the design and synthesis of novel organometallic compounds, and to investigate these as catalysts for the efficient enantioselective synthesis of high value chiral organic compounds from low value starting materials. These products are then used to generate new and potentially bioactive chiral heterocycles for application in drug-discovery programmes.

More information is available on the group website.


Selected Recent Publications

Stereoselective and Stereospecific Reactions of Cobalt Sandwich Complexes. Application to the Synthesis of a New Class of Single Enantiomer Bulky Planar Chiral P-N and P-P Ligands
R. A. Arthurs, P. N. Horton, S. J. Coles and C. J. Richards Chem. Eur. J. 201824, 4310.


Enantiopure Planar Chiral and Chiral-at-Metal Iridacycles Derived from Bulky Cobalt Sandwich Complexes.
R. A. Arthurs, C. C. Prior, D. L. Hughes, V. S. Oganesyan and C. J. Richards, Organometallics201837, 4204.


Synthesis of Diastereomeric Bis(oxazoline) Ligands Derived from (S,S)-1,1′-Bis(4-isopropyloxazolin-2-yl)ferrocene.
R. A. Arthurs and C. J. Richards Synlett 201829, 585.


Catalyst Optimisation for Asymmetric Synthesis by Ligand Chirality Element Addition – A Perspective on Stereochemical Cooperativity.
C. J. Richards and R. A. Arthurs, Chem. Eur. J. 201748, 11460.


Deuterium as a Stereochemically Invisible Blocking Group for Chiral Ligand Synthesis.
R. A. Arthurs and C. J. Richards, Org. Lett. 201719, 702.


Enantiopure ferrocene-based planar-chiral iridacycles: stereospecific control of iridium-centred chirality.
R. A. Arthurs, M.  Ismail, C. C. Prior, V. S. Oganesyan, P. N. Horton, S. J. Coles and C. J. Richards, Chem. Eur. J201622, 3065.





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