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The Westwood group work out of the University of St Andrews in the east of Scotland. Recent focuses of the group have been on the degradation and valorisation of lignin, natural product synthesis and medicinal chemistry related projects.

Recent publications based on lignin related work include:

Lancefield, C. S.; Westwood, N. J.*, Green Chemistry (2015), Ahead, The synthesis and analysis of advanced lignin model polymers, Green Chemistry, Ahead of print 2015

Deuss P.J., Scott M., Tran F., Westwood N.J., De Vries J.G.*, Barta K.*, Aromatic monomers by in situ conversion of reactive intermediates in the acid-catalyzed depolymerization of lignin, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137 (23), pp. 7456-67, 2015

Bouxin F.P.*, McVeigh A., Tran F., Westwood N.J., Jarvis M.C., Jackson S.D., Catalytic depolymerisation of isolated lignins to fine chemicals using a Pt/alumina catalyst: part 1—impact of the lignin structure, Green Chemistry, 17 pp. 1235-42, 2015

Lancefield, C.S., Ojo, O.S., Tran, F., Westwood, N.J.*, Isolation of Functionalized Phenolic Monomers through Selective Oxidation and CO Bond Cleavage of the β-O-4 Linkages in Lignin., Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 127 pp. 260-4, 2015

Tran, F., Lancefield, C. S., Kamer, P. C. J., Lebl, T., Westwood, N. J.*, Selective modification of the β-β linkage in DDQ-treated Kraft lignin analysed by 2D NMR spectroscopy., Green Chemistry, 17 pp. 244-249, 2015

For more information see the group website:

http://chemistry.st-andrews.ac.uk/staff/njw/group/