David Procter

David Procter


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David John Procter was born in Leyland in Lancashire, England. He obtained his BSc in Chemistry from the University of Leeds in 1992 and his PhD in 1995 working with Professor Christopher Rayner on the asymmetric oxidation of sulfides with novel selenoxide salts. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate with Professor Robert Holton at Florida State University in Tallahassee, USA working on the synthesis of analogues of the anticancer agent Taxol. In late 1997 he took up a Lectureship at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in February 2004. In September 2004, he moved to a Readership at the University of Manchester. David was promoted to Professor in October 2008. His research interests lie in the development of new synthetic methods, target synthesis, and catalysis.

• EPSRC Established Career Fellowship (2015-2020)
• Author profile in Angewandte Chemie (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201756, 5152)
• 2014 Bader Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry (Highlight in Angewandte: AUG 2014; DOI: 10.1002/anie.201407224)
• 2014 Liebig Lectureship from the German Chemical Society (Highlight in Angewandte: DEC 2014; DOI: 10.1002/anie.201410394)
• Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow (2013-2014)
• 2015 RSC Heterocyclic & Synthesis Group, Young Heterocyclic Chemist Award Lecture
• Lead author, "Organic Synthesis using Samarium Diiodide: A practical guide", RSC, ISBN (print): 978-1-84755-110-8

Research interests

David has introduced new strategies for the efficient construction of organic molecules with important properties. For example, he has completed the total synthesis of challenging natural architectures using new cyclizations developed in his team (incl. the antibacterial pleuromutilin), prepared novel organic materials using his new methods, developed  copper-catalyzed multicomponent couplings, and invented metal-free coupling processes that lessen our reliance on expensive and supply-risk late transition metals. Much of his work has been carried out in collaboration with Industry (30 grants from Industry) and with academic teams in theoretical, physical organic, and materials chemistry and in physics and biology.
Please visit http://www.proctergroupresearch.com for further information.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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