Congratulations to Dom

Congratulations to Dom on passing his PhD viva. Many thanks to Nicholas Mitchell (University of Nottingham) and Chris Coxon for grilling Dom on the supramolecular chemistry of nanopores!

Dom after his viva

PhD in synthesis opportunity: EASTBIO DTP

Synthesis & Evaluation of Antibiotic Derivatives for the Disruption of Ribosomal Translation.

An opportunity has risen to join the Cockroft group as part of the EASTBIO DTP.
The project will focus on the organic synthesis and biological screening of novel natural antibiotic derivatives that disrupt mRNA translation by ribosomes in diverse model organisms.

Synthesis experience is desired, informal enquiries should be sent to Prof. Cockroft at


For more information please see the FindAPhd advert

Welcome Dongning and Justin!

We are delighted to welcome our new PhD candidate Dongning and BSc research student Justin to the Cockroft group starting their research projects in September 2022. Past, current, and joining group members came together at our recent group BBQ, enjoying the last of the Scottish sun.

Welcome Dongning and Justin!

Hot paper and Nature Reviews Chemistry Highlight (again!)

Congratulations to Nicole, Stefan, and Ivan on getting their work on dissecting solvent effects on hydrogen bonding published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. and highlighted as a "hot paper"! Thank you to Syngenta for funding this project and to Dr Kenny Ling and Dr Chris Baker for supervising Nicole during her project and placement at Jealott's Hill.

Update: (09/06/2022): we have just learned that the article will also be featured in a dedicated Research Highlight in Nature Reviews Chemistry!


Congratulations to Andrew

Congratulations to Andrew on passing his PhD viva. Many thanks to Sarah Pike (University of Birmingham) and Paul Lusby for grilling Andrew on all things related to interactions involving halogens and beyond!

Andrew after his viva

Academic Posts for Qingshu and Lixu

Many congratulations to three former group members on securing independent group leader/lectureship positions:

  • Dr Qingshu Zheng - Assistant Research Fellow, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Dr Lixu Yang - Associate Professor, Chongqing University, China.

Wishing you the best of success in your independent research careers!

Congratulations to Alex

Congratulations to Alex on passing his viva and submitting the final revised version of his thesis! Thanks also to Profs Guy Lloyd-Jones and Chris Hunter for giving Alex a good-and-proper physical organic grilling, in the second covid-restricted viva of the group!

Hot paper and Nature Reviews Chemistry highlight

Congratulations to Becky, Lina, Kamila, and Cath on getting our 2nd paper in two days accepted in Angewandte Chemie! This time, the focus is on measuring through-space substituent effects on molecular interactions and reactivity. Update: 10/07/20: The work has also been highlighted as another Hot Paper in Angew. Chem. and had a feature article written about it in Nature Reviews Chemistry!

through-space effects

Hot paper congratulations!

Congratulations to Kamila (who now runs her own group in Strasbourg, France), Stefan, Lina, Cath, Dom P, and Ivan on getting this great team effort published in Angewandte Chemie and highlighted as a Hot Paper! We finally got our heads around Kamila's carbonyl-carbonyl interaction measurements thanks to some nifty calculations run by Dom and Ivan!

Carbonyl interactions

Congratulations to James Cooper

Congratulations to former postdoc Dr James Cooper on securing a Lectureship in Organic Chemistry at the University of Reading. James originally joined the group after doing a PhD with Prof. Tony Davis (Bristol), before departing to take up a postdoc with Prof. Sir Fraser Stoddart (Northwestern University). You can check out some of James' publications in the publications tab above. Congratulations James and best wishes as you embark on your independent career!