SCG-OXFORD CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

Ryan completed his PhD under the joint supervision of Prof. Andrew Smith and Prof. Polly Arnold at the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh. Funded by the Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis this collaborative project studied independent and combined Lewis acid-Lewis base catalysis with N-heterocyclic carbenes and rare-earth ions for enantioselective synthesis and small molecule activation. Ryan is currently researching the synthesis of polyethylene using early transition metal catalysts sponsored by SCG.