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Professor Michael Willis

Professor Michael Willis

GlaxoSmithKline Fellow, Tutor in Chemistry, Welfare Dean

Academic Profile

Professor Michael Willis is a Fellow of the College and a university Lecturer in Organic Chemistry. He graduated from Imperial College, University of London, before moving to the University of Cambridge for his PhD studies. He then spent two years as a NATO/Royal Society research fellow at Harvard University. In 1997 he was appointed to a Lectureship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath. He took up his present positions at Oxford in January 2007, and was promoted to Professor in 2013. His research interests are based around the development of new catalytic processes and their application in synthesis.

Representative publications

“The direct copper-catalyzed three-component synthesis of sulfonamides”, Yiding Chen, Philip R. D. Murray, Alyn T. Davies and Michael C. Willis, J. Am. Chem. Soc2018140, 8781−8787.

“Exploiting carbonyl groups to control intermolecular rhodium-catalyzed alkene and alkyne hydroacylation”, Thomas J. Coxon, Maitane Fernández, James Barwick-Silk, Alasdair I. McKay, Louisa E. Britton, Andrew S. Weller and Michael C. Willis, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017139, 10142.

“One-pot palladium-catalyzed synthesis of sulfonyl fluorides from aryl bromides”, Alyn T. Davies, John M. Curto, Scott W. Bagley, and Michael C. Willis, Chem. Sci. 20178, 1233 - 1237.

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