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Dr. Paul Wilson


Paul Wilson was born in Birmingham, UK, in April 1984, receiving his early education from Frankley Community High School.

2002-2006 - MSci Bristol Univeristy (First Class)
Awards - Merck-Sharp-Dohme Synthetic Chemistry 2004 & 2005
Faculty of Science Award 2005

2006-2009 - PhD Univeristy of Warwick (Dr Andrew Clark)

'Reducing catalyst loadings in radical cyclisation reactions and investigating atropisomerism in enamides'

01.2010-09.2011 - PDRA University of Warwick knowledge transfer scholarship at Warwick Effect Polymers Ltd

09.2011-10.2012 - PDRA University of Warwick (Prof David M. Haddleton). Warwick-Syngenta collaboration. University coordinator.

10.2012-present - PDRA University of Warwick (Prof David M. Haddleton). Senior research fellow and research 'manager.'

Research Interests
Paul's research interests include;

Catalyst economy in copper catalysed radical cyclisation and polymerisation reactions
'Click' chemistry as a route to multifunctional polymer materials
Developing strategies for bioconjugation
Polymer-protein therapeutics
Biologically relevant synthetic macromolecules
Glycopolymer synthesis and binding profiles


16. Copper-mediated living radical polymerization (SET-LRP) of lipophilic monomers from multi-functional initiators: reducing star–star coupling at high molecular weights and high monomer conversions C. Waldron, A. Anastasaki, R. McHale, P. Wilson, Z. Li, T. Smith and D. M. Haddleton Polym. Chem., 2014 ​, DOI: 10.1039/C3PY01241G.

15. Absolut “copper catalyzation perfected”; robust living polymerization of NIPAM: Guinness is good for SET-LRP C. Waldron, Q. Zhang, Z. Li, V. Nikolaou, G. Nurumbetov, J. Godfrey, R. McHale, G. Yilmaz, R. K. Randev, M. Girault, K. McEwan, D. M. Haddleton, M. Droesbeke, A. J. Haddleton, P. Wilson, A. Simula, J. Collins, D. J. Lloyd, J. A. Burns, C. Summers, C. Houben, A. Anastasaki, M. Li, C. R. Becer, J. K. Kiviaho and N. Risangud Polym. Chem., 2014, DOI: 10.1039/C3PY01075A.

14. High Molecular Weight Block Copolymers by Sequential Monomer Addition via Cu(0)-Mediated Living Radical Polymerization (SET-LRP): An Optimized Approach A. Anastasaki, C. Waldron, P. Wilson, C. Boyer, P. B. Zetterlund, M. R. Whittaker, and D. M. Haddleton ACS Macro Letters, 2013, 2, 896.

13. Copper-mediated controlled radical polymerization under biological conditions: SET-LRP in blood serum Q. Zhang, Z. Li, P. Wilson and D. M. Haddleton, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 6608-6610.

12. Polymerization of long chain [meth]acrylates by Cu(0)-mediated and catalytic chain transfer polymerisation (CCTP): high fidelity end group incorporation and modification A. Anastasaki, C. Waldron, V. Nikolaou, P. Wilson, R. McHale, T. Smith and D. M. Haddleton, Polym. Chem., 2013, 4, 4113-4119.

11. Aqueous Copper-Mediated Living Polymerization: Exploiting Rapid Disproportionation of CuBr with Me6TREN Q. Zhang, P. Wilson, Z. Li, R. McHale, J. Godfrey, A. Anastasaki, C. Waldron and D. M. Haddleton, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 7355-7363.

10. The importance of ligand reactions in Cu(0)-mediated living radical polymerisation of acrylates Anastasaki, A.; Waldron, C.; Wilson, P.; McHale, R.; Haddleton, D. M. Polym. Chem., 2013, 4, 2672.

9. Conjugation-Induced Fluorescent Labeling of Proteins and Polymers Using Dithiomaleimides Robin, M. P.; Wilson, P.; Mabire, A. B.; Kiviaho, J. K.; Raymond, J. E.; Haddleton, D. M.; O'Reilly, R. K. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 2875

8. Copper(0)-mediated radical polymerisation in a self-generating biphasic system Boyer, C.; Atme, A.; Waldron, C.; Anastasaki, A.; Wilson, P.; Zetterlund, P. B.; Haddleton, D.; Whittaker, M. R. Polym. Chem., 2013, 4, 106.

7. Atom-Transfer Cyclization with CuSO4/KBH4: A Formal “Activators Generated by Electron Transfer” Process Also Applicable to Atom-Transfer Polymerization Clark, A. J.; Collis, A. E.; Fox, D. J.; Halliwell, L. L.; James, N.; O'Reilly, R. K.; Parekh, H.; Ross, A.; Sellars, A. B.; Willcock, H.; Wilson, P. J. Org. Chem., 2012, 77, 6778.

6. Bond Rotation Dynamics of Enamides: The Effect of the Acyl Group and Potential for Chirality Transfer during 5-Endo Trig Radical Cyclizations Clark, A. J.; Curran, D. P.; Geden, J. V.; James, N.; Wilson, P. J. Org. Chem., 2011, 76, 4546.

5. Bond Rotation Dynamics of N-Cycloalkenyl-N-benzyl α-Haloacetamide Derivatives Guthrie, D. B.; Damodaran, K.; Curran, D. P.; Wilson, P.; Clark, A. J. J. Org. Chem., 2009, 74, 4262.

4. 2-Aryl propionamides via 1,4-aryl radical migration from N-arylsulfonyl-2-bromopropionamides Clark, A. J.; Coles, S. R.; Collis, A.; Fullaway, D. R.; Murphy, N. P.; Wilson, P. Tetrahedron Letters, 2009, 50, 6311.

3. 1,4-Aryl migration under copper(I) atom transfer conditions Clark, A. J.; Coles, S. R.; Collis, A.; Debure, T.; Guy, C.; Murphy, N. P.; Wilson, P. Tetrahedron Letters, 2009, 50, 5609.

2. Copper mediated atom transfer radical cyclisations with AIBN Clark, A. J.; Wilson, P. Tetrahedron Letters, 2008, 49, 4848.

1. Regiochemistry of Copper(I)-Mediated Cyclization Reactions of Halo-dienamides Clark, A. J.; Geden, J. V.; Thom, S.; Wilson, P. J. Org. Chem. 2007, 72, 5923.


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