22th July - Our work on the discovery of new polymorphs of ROY by Encapsulated Nanodroplet Crystallisation is in Chemistry and Engineering News.


16th July - Congratulations as Lok passes his PhD viva (on Zoom) with Dr Julian Knight and Dr Will Unsworth (York) to become Dr Lok.


11th July - Work of our very own Dr Andrew Tyler is highlighted in a Potential Energy article in this months Chem (looking cool Andrew!).

Nanocrystallization of Organic Molecules

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9th July - A massive congratulations to Andrew and Ronnie (and all our collaborators) for an awesome paper in Chem on nano-crystallisation

Encapsulated Nanodroplet Crystallization of Organic-Soluble Small Molecules Chem 2020, 6, 1755–1765.


12th June - "Circularly Polarized Luminescence of Isolated Small Organic Molecules" https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811523083 is out in print.


12th May - Our upcoming work in Chem on Encasulated Nanodroplet Crystallisation is highlighted in Chemistry World


19th April - Our book chapter on CPL BODIPYs, co-written with Prof Santi de la Moya, in "Circularly Polarized Luminescence of Isolated Small Organic Molecules" and edited by Prof Tadashi Mori has just been published online (print copies due in May 2020) https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811523083


20th March - Unfortunately due to COVID19 the MJH laboratory is currently closed and practical work is on hold until further notice.


6th March - Well done to Felicity, Laura and Philipp for their paper in Tetrahedron on improved synthetic access to 3,5-dichloroBODIPYs

Synthesis of 3,5-Dichloro-4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacenes (BODIPYs) via Cu(OTf)2 Mediated Oxidative Nucleophilic Substitution of Hydrogen by Chloride. Tetrahedron 2020, 76(17), 131113-131118.



25th February - Congratulations to Heinrich Von Koeller who passed his MPhil viva today (the group made him a German style viva hat).



19th December - MJH et al. celebrate with the annual Christmas lunch

3rd December - Congratulations to Hadiza (centre) who graduated today


25th October - Congratulations to Rebecca, who successfully defended her thesis in a viva with Prof de la Moya (Madrid) and Dr Knight.

18th October - Our book chapter in Advances in Heterocyclic Chemistry, Volume 128, 2019, Pages 181-261, with Rebecca Clarke goes on the shelf

Recent Developments in the Synthesis of the BODIPY Dyes.

14th September - Dr Hall gives a talk at Gregynog Synthesis Workshop 2019, and wins the prestigious Dave Kelly Cup. 

10th June - Reece Paterson comes to work for the summer following a successful application for an RSC Undergraduate Research Bursary

8th April - Beckie presents her PhD work at the SCI Postgraduate Symposium on Novel Organic Chemistry, University of York

3rd April - Ronnie presents his PhD work at the ACS Orlando, USA

26th March - Congratulations to Hadiza (centre), who passed her PhD viva with Dr Perry

28th January - NEW ARRIVALS - Welcome to Leah McGeorge, Alex Hallatt (MChem) and Heinrich Von Koeller (MPhil)

25th January - Farewell to Philipp Mauker (LMU, Munich), after a very productive ERASMUS placement (especially for his ability to make a German flag column)



13th November - Congratulations to Andrew Tyler for successfully defending his PhD in a viva with Dr Cobb

10th November - Work from the group is highlighted as part of the Invisible Worlds Exhibition at the Eden Project. We get our own Top Trumps card!! 

The Top Trumps cards created for the exhibition at the Eden Project.

See more about the Invisible Worlds Exhibition and get yourself some awesome Top Trumps cards here:




24th September -  NEW ARRIVALS - Xin "Damon" Wen and Felicity Frank (joint student with JGK) join the group to start their PhDs

20th September -  CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to Steph, Hamed and Berni for an excellent paper in Molecular Cell detailing a new anti-TB molecule 

Mode of Action of Kanglemycin A, an Ansamycin Natural Product that Is Active against Rifampicin Resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis


25th March New paper with Andy Pike in ChemBioChem and a cover page


Duplex Healing of Selectively Thiolated Guanosine Mismatches through a Cd2+ Chemical Stimulus.




29th November -  Felicity Presents her Summer Project at the NCL "Celebrating Research Scholarships & Expeditions 2017"



29th November -  Paper with Bernie, Jeff and Nick out in ACS Chem Bio

Mode of action and heterologous expression of the natural product antibiotic vancoresmycin


20th November -  New paper published in Nucleic Acids Research  

Crystal structure of NucB, a biofilm-degrading endonuclease


16th August  -  Paper with Joe, Ali and Rebecca is highlighted on the cover ChemBioChem

Link to cover article 

Traceless-Cleavage of Protein-Biotin Conjugates Under Biologically-Compatible Conditions



14th July -  CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to Rebecca (again!) and Lok and all our collaborators for their paper in the new Wiley journal  ChemPhotoChem (also Dr Hall's 30th Paper)


Circularly Polarised Luminescence from Helically Chiral ‘Confused’ N,N,O,C-Boron-Chelated Dipyrromethenes (BODIPYs)


11-15th June -  Dr Hall and Dr Knight attend CD2017 

11-15th June 2017, Rennes, France

6th June -  Well done to Joe, Rebecca and Ali for their new paper with Dr Gray in ChemBioChem

Traceless-Cleavage of Protein-Biotin Conjugates Under Biologically-Compatible Conditions


4th April -  CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to Andrew and Steph for their paper in Journal of Natural Products

 Structural reassignment and absolute stereochemistry of madurastatin C1 (MBJ-0034) and the related “aziridine” siderophores: madurastatins A1, B1 and MBJ-0035


22nd December -  Our paper in Chem Eur J is highlighted as "Highly Cited in 2016 by WoS" putting it in the top 1%

Circularly Polarized Luminescence from Helically Chiral N,N,O,O-Boron-Chelated Dipyrromethenes


5th November -  CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to Hadiza for her paper in Natural Product Research

 Production of 17-O-demethyl-geldanamycin, a cytotoxic ansamycin polyketide, by Streptomyces hygroscopicus DEM20745


26th September -  NEW ARRIVALS - Lina Mardiana and Kin Lok Ho join the group to start their PhDs



10-6th July -  The group attend BOSS XV to present posters, listen to some top Chemistry and visit Belgium.....

15th Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium

July 10-15, 2016 - Antwerp, Belgium



8th June -  CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Steph passes her PhD viva too...


2nd June -  CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Abrar passes her PhD viva, Prof Sandford (Durham) and Dr Carroll 


11th April - NEW PhD Student Jamila Oppong joins the group, taking up a SaGE DTC award in collaboration with Dr J Gray and Prof W Vollmer

6th April - RSC Northeast Regional Organic Meeting at Newcastle

Dr Fulton, Ms Nicoll, the group and Dr Hall help to run the RSC Northeast Regional Organic Meeting at Newcastle. With over 180 attendees, more than 35 posters and 11 great talks (including plenaries from Prof's O'Hagan and Krische)


Rebecca, Andrew, Steph and Hadiza all present posters (see below).


March 2016 - CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Matokah (centre) passes her PhD viva and celebrates with the group


 Feb 2016 - Abrar and Matokah present posters at the UK SSC 16



Jan 2016 - Dr Hall gives a talk at the Department of Chemistry, Reading University 

Jan 2016 - Dr Hall gives an RSC sponsored lecture at the University of Sunderland

Jan 2016 - NEW ARRIVALS - Ronnie Ragbirsingh joins the group to start his PhD 




13 November 2015 -  Peptide and Protein Science Group Early Stage Researcher Meeting 

Andrew Tyler gives a poster at the RSC Early Career Peptide Meeting in Durham

8 July 2015 -  MChems graduate 

1 April 2015 - Organic Division North-Eastern Regional Meeting, Bradford 

Joe Cowell presents a poster whilst Dr Hall gives a talk at the RSC Organic Division Northeast Region Symposium, Bradford University

NEW ARRIVALS - Hadiza Isah and Rebecca Clarke join the group to start their PhDs



24 - 27 June 2014  - 15th Tetrahedron Symposium, London

Stephanie Morton presents a poster at the 15th Tetrahedron Symposium in London

9 April 2014,  - Organic Division North-Eastern Regional Meeting, Hull

Joe Cowell presents a poster at the RSC Organic Division Northeast Region Symposium, Hull University



Joe Cowell gives a talk at the SCI 24th Regional Postgraduate Symposia on Novel Organic Chemistry

Joe Cowell presents a poster at the RSC 28th Heterocyclic & Synthesis Group Postgraduate Symposium, Cambridge

Joe Cowell presents a poster at the RSC Organic Division Northeast Region Symposium, Huddersfield University



Joe Cowell presents a poster at the 25th European Colloquium on Heterocyclic Chemistry, Reading

26 - 29 June 2012 -  13th Tetrahedron Symposium, Amsterdam 

Joe Cowell and Reinner Lerrick present posters in the Netherlands at the 13th Tetrahedron Symposium, Amsterdam 



Joe Cowell presents a poster and Dr Hall gives a talk at the RSC Organic Division Northeast Region Symposium, Northumbria University.

30 March -  Lynsey Presents her work in a Talk at the American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Anaheim, Calif.