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Enantioselective Catalysis with Reactive Intermediates

   School of Chemistry

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Research in the Johnston group broadly focuses on the development of new catalytic reactions for i) the streamlined synthesis of known small molecules or ii) unprecedented access to novel building blocks, with potential applications in drug discovery and agrochemistry. To achieve these goals we utilise and combine various areas of catalysis including organocatalysis, photoredox catalysis, and base metal catalysis. A key aspect of our approach is to ensure the reagents, catalysts, and solvents used are sustainable to meet the challenges of modern society. Moreover, to aid the fundamental understanding of these processes and accelerate reaction optimisation a mechanism-guided approach will be adopted.

Informal enquiries regarding potential projects and funding options may be addressed to Dr Craig Johnston – email

Please see: for the application procedure or e-mail  for more information regarding PhD opportunities at St Andrews. We encourage applications for the EaSiCAT Centre for Doctoral training ( and from Chinese nationals through the St Andrews CSC Scheme ( There are opportunities for self-funded PhD students to make use of the St Andrews Handsel Scheme to fund the difference between home and international fees.

Funding Notes

Self-funded students are also encouraged to apply and make use of the University of St Andrews Hansel scheme.


To read more about the group see our website:

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