Alex Cresswell

Dr

  • WESSEX HOUSE 1.27

20092022
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Research interests

Alex was born in Bradford in West Yorkshire, England, in 1985. He obtained his M.Chem. from the University of Oxford in 2008 and his D.Phil. in 2012 working in the group of Professor Stephen G. Davies on stereoselective fluorination with boron fluorides.

He then spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate with Professor Scott E. Denmark at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, working on iron-catalysed cross-coupling of alkylsulfur electrophiles and the first catalytic, syn-dichlorination of alkenes.

On returning to the UK, he took up a second postdoctoral appointment with Professor Guy C. Lloyd-Jones at the University of Edinburgh, working on gold-catalysed C–H arylation.

In late 2016, he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to commence his independent research career at the University of Bath.

His research interests centre on the development and mechanistic understanding of new synthetic methods for organic synthesis. Principle themes include catalysis (both with and without metals), C-H bond functionalisation, and the use of under-exploited reactive intermediates in organic synthesis.

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Projects 2016 2022

Research Output 2009 2016

15 Citations

Room-temperature gold-catalysed arylation of heteroarenes: complementarity to palladium catalysis

Cresswell, A. J. & Lloyd-Jones, G. C. 26 Aug 2016 In : Chemistry - A European Journal. 22, 36, p. 12641-12645 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Silanes
Regioselectivity
Palladium
Oxidants
Gold
65 Citations

Beyond the balz-schiemann reaction: The utility of tetrafluoroborates and boron trifluoride as nucleophilic fluoride sources

Cresswell, A. J., Davies, S. G., Roberts, P. M. & Thomson, J. E. 28 Jan 2015 In : Chemical Reviews. 115, 2, p. 566-611 46 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Fluorides
Stereoselectivity
Ions
Pyrolysis
Cations
32 Citations

Catalytic, Stereoselective Dihalogenation of Alkenes: Challenges and Opportunities

Cresswell, A. J., Eey, S. T. C. & Denmark, S. E. 21 Dec 2015 In : Angewandte Chemie-International Edition. 54, 52, p. 15642-15682 41 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Alkenes
Olefins
Bearings (structural)
Arsenals
Halogens
59 Citations

Catalytic, stereospecific syn-dichlorination of alkenes

Cresswell, A. J., Eey, S. T. C. & Denmark, S. E. Feb 2015 In : Nature Chemistry. 7, 2, p. 146-152 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Alkenes
Olefins
Chlorides
Organic Chemicals
Bromine
3 Citations

Pinacolatoboron fluoride (pinBF) is an efficient fluoride transfer agent for diastereoselective synthesis of benzylic fluorides

Cresswell, A. J., Davies, S. G., Figuccia, A. L. A., Fletcher, A. M., Heijnen, D., Lee, J. A., Morris, M. J., Kennett, A. M. R., Roberts, P. M. & Thomson, J. E. 3 Jun 2015 In : Tetrahedron Letters. 56, 23, p. 3373-3377 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fluorides
Epoxy Compounds
Acidity
Ions
Ligands