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Michael Greaney took his MChem degree at Oxford, then moved to London to carry out PhD work with William Motherwell FRS at UCL, completing his thesis in the area of new fluorinating agents in 2000. Following postdoctoral research with Jeffrey Winkler at the University of Pennsylvania, working on the total synthesis of ingenol, he returned to the UK to a lectureship position at the University of Edinburgh in 2002.  He moved to his current position as Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Manchester in 2011.

Michael's research interests are broadly based in organic chemistry, developing new catalysis methods for better synthesis. He currently directs the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Catalysis (iCAT) at the University of Manchester.

Research interests

The Greaney group works in organic chemistry, developing new methods that enable faster, cleaner and better synthesis. Principal research themes are: 1) Metal-free arylation strategies; 2) Transition metal catalysed C-H activation and 3) Chemicobiological catalysis for new transformations in synthesis. Please see for more 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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Areas of expertise

  • QD Chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Synthesis

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Biotechnology


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