Alex Cresswell


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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 2018

1 Citations

ESIPT-based fluorescence probe for the rapid detection of hypochlorite (HOCl/ClO-)

Wu, L., Yang, Q., Liu, L., Sedgwick, A. C., Cresswell, A. J., Bull, S. D., Huang, C. & James, T. D., 4 Jul 2018, In : Chemical Communications. 54, 61, p. 8522-8525 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Hypochlorous Acid
Logic gates
Potable water
18 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

73 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

40 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

Bearings (structural)
70 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

Organic Chemicals