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Group Summer 17

We occupy modern synthetic laboratories in the main Chemistry Building. Each group member has their own 2m fume cupboard with schlenck line, rotary evaporator, stirrer hotplates, dewars, etc. Other equipment includes: CEM Microwave reactor, Agilent 1260 HPLC, purpose-built flow chemistry system, Stem reacto-station, alongside networked PCs and printers. The chromatography equipment is housed in a dedicated instrument room. The group has office space adjacent to the laboratories. Comprehensive electronic resources are provided including Scifinder Scholar. The Department has outstanding facilities for compound characterisation including access to 8 NMR spectrometers (2 with cryoprobes), 14+ mass spectrometers and a dedicated XRD facility.

Current Group Members:

Group Oct 17


The onward destinations of the 50+ graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who have worked in the group can be found here. The vast majority have gone onto successful careers in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry, taken up further posts in other universities, or moved into other professions that use their knowledge of chemistry (teaching, patent law, etc).

About Mike Shipman

Mike Shipman (b. 1967) is Professor of Synthetic Chemistry at the University of Warwick (2003-), Chair of the Faculty of Science (2015-) and served as Head of Department of Chemistry (2010-14). He was educated at Imperial College London {BSc (1984-87); PhD with WB Motherwell, FRS}, then undertook postdoctoral studies at Colorado State University, USA (1990-92 with AI Meyers) as an SERC/NATO Fellow. He held positions at the Universities of Loughborough (1992-96) and Exeter (1996-2003) before moving to Warwick. He has 25 years experience in the field of chemical synthesis especially heterocyclic chemistry (see Research and Publications), work which has been generously supported by EPSRC, BBSRC, Cancer Research UK, Leverhume Trust and industry. His contributions have been recognised by several accolades: Visiting Professorship (Toronto); EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship; Meldola Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, CChem) and a member of the American Chemical Society. He also has experience of research commercialisation, being co-founder of Molecular Solar Ltd.