Poster prize and publication for PhD student

James GraysonA PhD student who has had his latest results accepted for publication has won a prize for a poster he presented on his work.

James Grayson, who is supervised by Dr Ben Partridge, won the prize for the best poster at the Royal Society of Chemistry Organic Division Midlands Meeting, held at the University of Warwick.

The judges cited both his clear poster and excellent explanations to questions as the reason James won the prize.

James' research looks at developing new Cu-catalysed methods to oxidise alkylboronic esters to make ketones. The conditions are mild and use oxygen from the air as the oxidant, which increases the sustainability of the process.

In addition, the method allows direct access to ketones from organoboron reagents, where in the past it would take two separate reactions or the use of toxic chromium reagents to achieve the same transformation.

The results have been accepted for publication in the journal ACS Catalysis. James was also been chosen to present his work at the Society of Chemical Industry's 30th Regional Postgraduate Symposium at the University of York in April.