Dr Benjamin M. Partridge

Benjamin Partridge

Lecturer in Organic Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
The University of Sheffield
Brook Hill
Sheffield S3 7HF
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 9303
Email: b.m.partridge@sheffield.ac.uk

Partridge Group Website


Biographical Sketch

Dr Ben Partridge graduated with an MSci in Chemistry with Industrial Experience from the University of Bristol in 2007. He stayed at Bristol for his PhD, working with Prof. Varinder Aggarwal FRS, before moving to the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 for a post-doc with Prof. John Hartwig. From 2013 he worked with Prof. Hon Wai Lam at the Universities of Edinburgh and then Nottingham. He was appointed as Lecturer of Organic Chemistry at the University of Sheffield in June 2016.

Professional Qualifications & Memberships

  • MRSC
  • FHEA
  • Member of SCI

Research Keywords

Asymmetric synthesis, boron, catalysis, organic synthesis, organometallic chemistry

Teaching Interests

Organic Chemistry


Research in the Partridge group focuses on the development of new methods for the synthesis of organic molecules. We design our methods to make chiral molecules, controlling the stereochemistry in our reactions. To achieve this, we use our two main interests: catalysis and organoboron chemistry. Ultimately our work aims to:

  • make it easier for chemists to synthesise libraries of complex molecules.
  • improve the sustainability of organic synthesis.

Focus of the Partridge group research

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught modules

  • Alkene Chemistry (Level 2)
    This course examines methods available for the synthesis of alkenes, and discusses the important reactions of versatile functional group.
  • Strategy in Synthesis (Level 3)
    This course introduces the ideas of retrosynthetic analysis, providing a basis for the design of synthetic routes, and to reinforce key aspects of basic organic chemistry, especially drawing molecules, pKa values and mechanism.

Support Teaching:

  • Tutorials: Level 2 Organic Chemistry.
  • Skills for Success: Kitchen Project.
  • Level 3 Literature Review

Laboratory Teaching:

  • Level 3 Organic Laboratories
  • Level 4 Research Project


Journal articles