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Synthetic organic chemistry
• Calcium catalysed dehydrative functionalisation.
• Generation of reactive intermediates via superacid catalysis.
• Synthesis of organometalloids through pi-bond activation.
Medicinal chemistry
• Targeting viral and microbial epigenetics.
• Development of new modalities to treat inflammation and cardiovascular disease.
• Single target chemotherapy in oncology and neurodegeneration


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Research Focus

The McLaughlin group is interested in pioneering the use of alkaline earth metals as sustainable catalysts for a wide range of organic transformations. We are also working in the area of transition metal catalysis to produce high value organo-metalloids, as well as employing super acids to activiate inherently unreactive molecules.

The group is also engaged in structure based design and synthesis of small molecules, and using these to validate new therapeutic targets in oncology, neurodegeneration, inflammation and rare disease.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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