Jonathan Williams has been a Professor of Organic Chemistry at University of Bath since 1996. He received a BSc from University of York, a DPhil. from University of Oxford (with Prof. S G Davies), and was then a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard with Prof. D. A. Evans (1989-1991) and a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at Loughborough University (1991-1996). A CV with further information and a list of prizes and awards is available here.
The main focus of research has been in the area of catalysis, with early work involving palladium catalysed asymmetric allylic substitution chemistry and the first examples of combining enzymes and transition metals for dynamic resolution reactions.2 More recently, the main interests of the group had been the development of novel ‘borrowing hydrogen’ methodology for making C-C and C-N bonds from alcohols.3 Current research interests are outlined here.
1. For an account, see; J. M. J. Williams, Synlett, 1996, 705 and references therein.
2. J. V. Allen and J. M. J. Williams, Tetrahedron Lett., 1996, 37, 1859. P. M. Dinh, J. A. Howarth, A. R. Hudnott, J. M. J. Williams and W. Harris, Tetrahedron Lett., 1996, 37, 7623.
3. Key papers in Borrowing Hydrogen Methodology from the group include; P. J. Black, W. Harris and J. M. J. Williams, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2001, 40, 4475. M. G. Edwards and J. M. J. Williams, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2002, 41, 4740. S. Burling, B. Paine, D. Nama, V. S. Brown, M. F. Mahon, T. J. Prior, P. S. Pregosin, M. K. Whittlesey and J. M. J. Williams, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 73. M. H. S. A. Hamid, C. L. Allen, G. W. Lamb, A. C. Maxwell, H. C. Maytum, A. J. A. Watson and J. M. J. Williams, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 1766. O. Saidi, A. J. Blacker, M. M. Farah, S. P. Marsden and J. M. J. Williams, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 7375. A. J. A. Watson and J. M. J. Williams, Science, 2010, 329, 635-636.