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Professor John Bower


John Bower obtained his M.Sci. degree in Chemistry in 2003 from the University of Bristol. He then remained at Bristol to study for his Ph.D. degree (2007) under the guidance of Professor Timothy Gallagher. His first postdoctoral appointment (2007-2008) was with Professor Michael Krische at the University of Texas at Austin where he investigated transfer hydrogenative strategies for carbonyl addition. He then undertook a second postdoctoral appointment with Professor Timothy Donohoe at the University of Oxford where he focussed on the use of olefin cross metathesis for heteroaryl synthesis. In 2010, he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and commenced his independent career at the University of Bristol. The group’s research interests lie broadly within the area of asymmetric catalysis with a particular focus on metal-catalysed processes and their application to heterocyclic chemistry. A special emphasis is placed on the development of green processes (i.e. atom economy, step economy and selectivity). Bower's research has been recognised by a number of awards, including the 2013 RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize, the 2015 RSC Hickinbottom Award and a 2016 Philip Leverhulme Prize. Since 2015, the group's research has been supported by an ERC Starter Grant.

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