The Group

We are based in the GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry, a state-of-the-art research facility located on the Jubilee Campus of the University of Nottingham. Our group consists of PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and undergraduate students funded by research councils, charities and the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries.



Current Group (summer 2019)


Principal Investigator: Dr Ross Denton

RMD bio picRoss began his research career at The University of Nottingham, carrying out his PhD studies with Professor Jim Anderson. Following the completion of his doctoral research he moved to The Scripps Research Institute in California as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Professor K.C. Nicolaou. Returning to the UK he carried out further postdoctoral studies with Professor Steven Ley, CBE, FRS at Cambridge University. He returned to Nottingham to begin his independent research career in 2008 as a fixed term Lecturer in Organic Chemistry. In 2009 he was appointed to a Lectureship in Organic Chemistry was promoted to Associate Professor in 2016.


Postdoctoral Research Associates:

Dr Valentin Magne (funded by EPSRC grant EP/R030693/1)


PhD students:

Dean Wheeler – PhD student (iCASE collaboration with Syngenta)

Ted Thornton – PhD student (CASE collaboration with AstraZeneca)

Emma Stoll – PhD student (CASE collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline)

Robert Arnold – PhD student

Alex Scollan – PhD student

Rhydian Beddoe – PhD student (CDT collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline)

Natalie Charlesworth – PhD student (CASE collaboration with AstraZeneca)

James Wilson – PhD student (CDT collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline)

Ben Scrafield – PhD student (CDT)

Nick Atkinson – PhD student (CASE collaboration with AstraZeneca)

Kamile Stanelyte – PhD student (CDT)


Former Group Members  click here for our Facebook group

Dr Adam Fearnley, PhD student – now research chemist (Charnwood Molecular).

Dr Charlotte Chapman, PhD student – now research chemist.

Dr Andrew Shannon-Little, PhD student – now Senior Account Manager (Lhasa).

Dr James Scragg, 4th Year Project Student and PhD Student – now teaching Chemistry.

Dr Jie An, PhD Student – now an independent academic at China Agricultural University – Jie’s website.

Dr Xiaoping Tang, PDRA – now research chemist (Pharmaron).

Dr Jan Saska, 4th Year Project Student, PhD student and PDRA – now PDRA with Prof. Mark Mascal at U.C. Davis, California.

Dr James Cuthbertson, PDRA – now an independent academic and Royal Society University Research Fellow here at Nottingham – James’ website

Dr Keith Andrews, PhD student and PDRA – now a PDRA with Prof. Harry Anderson at Oxford and soon taking up an 1851 Research Fellowship to begin independent research at Oxford.


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