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Research interests

Synthetic chemistry is the cornerstone of the natural sciences where it serves as a fundamental technology for the preparation of structurally complex materials on a molecular scale. Complexity in molecules is often associated with chirality - the fundamental property of a structure that renders it non-superimposable on its mirror image. The synthesis of chiral molecules is a challenging undertaking and we are interested in developing novel, atom efficient strategies for the asymmetric synthesis of highly desirable chiral fragments. Towards this aim, my research interests can be categorised into four main areas - asymmetric synthesis, biotransformations, combinatorial chemistry and bioorganic chemistry.

Research workers within my group will be exposed to a wide range of 'state of the art' synthetic and analytical techniques which are ideally suited to a career in both academia and industry. For more information visit the Bull Group homepage.

Research Interests

  • Asymmetic Synthesis
  • Biotransformations
  • Combinatorial Chemistry
  • Bioorganic Synthesis

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Projects 2006 2018

Global Collaboration Scheme - A biorefinery approach for the conversion of grape waste into value-added chemicals.

Bull, S., Jones, M. & Patterson, D.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

Global Mobility Scheme - chemical sensors for use by pharma industry

James, T., Bull, S. & Frost, C.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding


KTP with Quotient Diaganostics Ltd

James, T. & Bull, S.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Travel Grant

Bull, S.


Project: Research council

Research Output 2001 2018

1 Citations

1,1-Diacyloxy-1-phenylmethanes as versatile N-acylating agents for amines

Chapman, R. S. L., Tibbetts, J. D. & Bull, S. D., 21 May 2018, In : Tetrahedron. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Aniline Compounds

A happy couple

Marken, F. & Bull, S. D., 1 Jul 2018, In : Nature Catalysis. 1, 7, p. 484-485 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

Sustainable development
1 Citations

'AND'-based fluorescence scaffold for the detection of ROS/RNS and a second analyte

Odyniec, M. L., Sedgwick, A. C., Swan, A. H., Weber, M., Tang, T. M. S., Gardiner, J. E., Zhang, M., Jiang, Y. B., Kociok-Kohn, G., Elmes, R. B. P., Bull, S. D., He, X. P. & James, T. D., 27 Jun 2018, In : Chemical Communications. 54, p. 8466-8469 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Fluorescent Dyes

An ESIPT Probe for the Ratiometric Imaging of Peroxynitrite Facilitated by Binding to Aβ-Aggregates

Sedgwick, A. C., Dou, W. T., Jiao, J. B., Wu, L., Williams, G. T., Jenkins, A. T. A., Bull, S. D., Sessler, J. L., He, X. P. & James, T. D., 2018, In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 140, 43, p. 14267-14271

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citations

A simple umbelliferone based fluorescent probe for the detection of nitroreductase

Sedgwick, A. C., Hayden, A., Hill, B., Bull, S. D., Elmes, R. B. P. & James, T. D., 1 Jun 2018, In : Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering. 12, 2, p. 311-314 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fluorescent Dyes


Boronate based fluorescence (ESIPT) probe for peroxynitrite

Sedgwick, A. (Creator), Sun, X. (Creator), Kim, G. (Creator), Yoon, J. (Creator), Bull, S. (Creator), James, T. (Creator), University of Bath, 2016


Data from "A bodipy based hydroxylamine sensor"

James, T. (Creator), Sedgwick, A. (Creator), University of Bath, 2017



Alcohol Dehydrogenases from the thermophile Geobacillus thermoglucosidasius

Author: Williams, L., 23 Nov 2016

Supervisor: Bull, S. (Supervisor) & Danson, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


A Novel Methodology for the Asymmetric Synthesis of beta-Lactams and beta-Amino Acids

Author: Evans, C., 30 Jun 2012

Supervisor: Bull, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Benzoxaboroles and Boronic Acids for Sensing Applications

Author: Lampard, E., 12 Jan 2018

Supervisor: James, T. (Supervisor) & Bull, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Carbohydrate Directed Photoaffinity Labelling

Author: Fowle, C., 24 Jan 2018

Supervisor: James, T. (Supervisor) & Bull, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Catalytic Conversion of Terpene Feedstocks into value-added Chemicals and Commodity Chemicals

Author: Cunningham, W., 20 Sep 2018

Supervisor: Bull, S. (Supervisor) & Plucinski, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD