Dr Vilius Franckevicius


Research Overview

We are primarily an organic chemistry research group focusing on the discovery and development of catalytic synthetic methodologies and their application in the synthesis of medicinally relevant targets. Our main interests lie in enantioselective catalysis using palladium, iridium and earth-abundant transition metal catalysts for the construction and functionalisation of novel, stereodefined heterocycles, spirocycles and sterically congested molecular building blocks for applications in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery.

We have several PhD projects available in the area of synthetic organic chemistry and catalysis in its broadest sense, although funding is currently not available. We welcome applications from self-funded students or from students seeking external funding who have a strong passion for synthetic chemistry. As such, you will have access to brand new state-of-the-art laboratories and analytical equipment, including high-field NMR, mass spec, HPLC and others. Training in synthesis and compound characterisation, as well as project supervision will be provided. As part of our research group, you will also have the opportunity to expand your chemical knowledge base, and practise your presentation and writing skills on a regular basis.

RSC Undergraduate Research Bursary
01/07/2023 → 30/09/2023

Chemical Approaches to Restoration of Vision
01/01/2011 → 01/03/2013

Keep calm, it is only chemistry!
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Anna Slater
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Will Unsworth
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Ian Fairlamb
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Alison Hulme
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Ai-Lan Lee
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Richard J. K. Taylor
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David K. Smith
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Ed Anderson
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Robert Dawson
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  • Chemical Synthesis
  • Organic Research Group