University of St Andrews, Chemistry dept.

ACS EDITOR’S CHOICE

20th Jan, 2017

Our recent publication, ‘Use of Bisulfite Processing To Generate High-β-O-4 Content Water-Soluble Lignosulfonates‘ published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering was selected as ACS Editor’s Choice on the 18th January. This article is now Open Access and available to read for free by all!

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DEHALOPEROPHORAMIDINE IS OUT THERE AT LAST

29th Aug, 2016

After many years of striving to make the natural product we have eventually managed to complete the publication process – congratulations and thanks to everyone who has worked so hard on this project. We hope to try and publish some of the interesting side stories in the future. http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2016/cc/c6cc05747k DOI: [...]

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WALNUT SHELLS

30th Oct, 2016

We have recently started to work on extracting the biopolymer lignin from walnut shells. These nuts contain a lot of accessible lignin and we have shown that they can deliver interesting aromatic compounds that can potentially be used as starting points for the synthesis of molecules that are important for [...]

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WELCOME TO GUO HAIWEI

29th Aug, 2016

We are really looking forward to working with Guo who will join us for a year from the group of Professor Tao Zhang on a one year CSC-funded Joint PhD scholarship

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SEEKING NEW COLLABORATIONS

29th Aug, 2016

Since we started our hunt for new collaborators for the use of our lignin-derived monomers we have started to work with groups from the UK, USA, Netherlands, Japan and India but there must be many more of you out there who we could work with – please contact us via [...]

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Welcome to the Westwood Research Group.

We are based in the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews and are part of the Biomedical Sciences Research Complex.

Our research interests include Chemical Biology, Natural Product Synthesis and Renewable Chemistry.