Alexander J. Cresswell, M.Chem., D.Phil.

2016- Chemistry University of Bath, Bath, England, United Kingdom 
Organic synthesis, catalysis, C-H bond functionalisation
"Alexander Cresswell"

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 lie in the design and mechanistic understanding of new catalytic, selective reactions for organic synthesis.

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Steve G. Davies grad student 2009-2012 Oxford
Scott E. Denmark post-doc 2012-2014 UIUC
Guy Lloyd-Jones post-doc 2014-2016 Edinburgh
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Askey HE, Grayson JD, Tibbetts JD, et al. (2021) Photocatalytic Hydroaminoalkylation of Styrenes with Unprotected Primary Alkylamines. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 143: 15936-15945
Cresswell AJ, Ryder A, Cunningham W, et al. (2020) Photocatalytic α-Tertiary Amine Synthesis via C-H Alkylation of Unmasked Primary Amines. Angewandte Chemie (International Ed. in English)
Ball LT, Corrie TJA, Cresswell AJ, et al. (2020) Kinetic Analysis of Domino Catalysis: a Case Study on Gold-Catalyzed Arylation Acs Catalysis. 10420-10426
Lloyd-Jones GC, Cresswell A. (2016) Room Temperature Gold-Catalysed Arylation of Heteroarenes: Complementarity to Palladium Catalysis. Chemistry (Weinheim An Der Bergstrasse, Germany)
Cresswell AJ, Eey ST, Denmark SE. (2016) ChemInform Abstract: Catalytic, Stereoselective Dihalogenation of Alkenes: Challenges and Opportunities Cheminform. 47: no-no
Cresswell AJ, Eey ST, Denmark SE. (2015) Catalytic, Stereoselective Dihalogenation of Alkenes: Challenges and Opportunities. Angewandte Chemie (International Ed. in English)
Cresswell AJ, Davies SG, Roberts PM, et al. (2015) Beyond the Balz-Schiemann reaction: the utility of tetrafluoroborates and boron trifluoride as nucleophilic fluoride sources. Chemical Reviews. 115: 566-611
Cresswell AJ, Davies SG, Figuccia ALA, et al. (2015) Pinacolatoboron fluoride (pinBF) is an efficient fluoride transfer agent for diastereoselective synthesis of benzylic fluorides Tetrahedron Letters. 56: 3373-3377
Cresswell AJ, Eey ST, Denmark SE. (2015) ChemInform Abstract: Catalytic, Stereospecific syn-Dichlorination of Alkenes. Cheminform. 46: no-no
Cresswell AJ, Eey ST, Denmark SE. (2015) Katalytische stereoselektive Dihalogenierung von Alkenen: Herausforderungen und Chancen Angewandte Chemie. 127: 15866-15909
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