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David John Procter was born in Leyland in Lancashire, England. He obtained his BSc in Chemistry from the University of Leeds in 1992 and his PhD in 1995 working with Professor Chris Rayner on the asymmetric oxidation of sulfides with novel selenoxide salts. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate with Professor Robert Holton at Florida State University in Tallahassee, USA working on the synthesis of analogues of the anticancer agent Taxol.


In late 1997 he took up a Lectureship at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in February 2004. In September 2004, he moved to a Readership at the University of Manchester. David was promoted to Professor in October 2008. His research interests lie in the development of new synthetic methods, target synthesis, catalysis and chemical biology.


DJP highlights

n EPSRC Established Career Fellowship (2015-2020)

n Head of Organic Chemistry, Manchester (Aug 2011 to Aug 2014)

n 2014 Bader Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry (Highlight in Angewandte: AUG 2014; DOI: 10.1002/anie.201407224)

n 2014 Liebig Lectureship from the German Chemical Society (Highlight in Angewandte: DEC 2014; DOI: 10.1002/anie.201410394)

n 2013-2014 Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship

n Author profile in Angewandte: Nov 2016; DOI: 10.1002/anie.201610197

n 2015 RSC Heterocyclic & Synthesis Group, Young Heterocyclic Chemist Award Lecture

n 2015 Chem. Commun. Lecture at Gregynog

n >135 publications

n >160 Invited presentations (conferences, universities and companies)

n Invited Visiting Professor, Universität Münster, Germany (July 2010)

n EPSRC Panel Chair (Sept 2011); EPSRC Panel Chair (Jan 2013)

n Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

n Lead author, "Organic Synthesis using Samarium Diiodide: A practical guide", RSC, ISBN (print): 978-1-84755-110-8

n Invited Volume Editor, Science of Synthesis (2010)

n Invited Guest Editor of a Special Issue of Tetrahedron (2009)

n 2001 Pfizer Strategic Funding Award

n 30 Grants from UK Industry (from 1998)

n PI on 14 EPSRC grants (since 1997)

Dissemination highlights (Conference Invitations)

n July 2015: XXXV Biennial Meeting of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry, A Coruña, Spain - Invited Lecture n May 2013: 15th Heterocycles in Bio-Organic Chemistry, Riga, Latvia – Invited Plenary Lecture n Sept 2012: 32nd Regiosymposium on Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry, Castle Beuggen, Rheinfelden – Two Invited Lectures n Aug 2012: ACS Fall Meeting, Philadelphia – Invited Lecture n Nov 2009: 4th Pacific Symposium on Radical Chemistry (PSRC-4), Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, China – Invited Lecture & Session Chair n May 2008: 3rd International Conference on Advanced Organic Synthesis Directed toward the Ultimate Efficiency and Practicability, Otsu, Japan – Invited Lecture n July 2003: Gordon Research Conference Free Radical Reactions, Plymouth, New Hampshire, USA – Invited Lecture.

Dissemination highlights (Invitations to universities and companies)

n Dec 2015: University of Vienna, Austria n Nov 2015: University of Gothenburg, Sweden n Oct 2012: Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mulheim, Germany n Sept 2011: Suzhou University, China n June 2010: Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, n June 2010: Vertex Pharmaceuticals, UK n Nov 2009: Shanghai Jiao–Tong University, China n Oct 2009: Syngenta n Sept 2009: AstraZeneca, Avlon n Sept 2009: Novartis, Horsham, UK n May 2009: University of Pennsylvania, USA n Aug 2008: University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia n May 2008: Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan n Nov 2007: University of Aarhus, Denmark n July 2007: Kyoto University, Japan n Oct 2006: GlaxoSmithKline, Stevenage – Young Academics’ Symposium n Jan 2005: AstraZeneca, Alderley Park.


DJP group highlights

n SCI PhD Scholarship to Chor Yeung (Aug 2016)

n Lectureship in Organic Chemistry at Lancaster University to Dr Susannah Coote (Oct 2014)

n Industry Prize RSC-Roche Organic Poster Symposium, London, UK (Dec 2013, Neal Fazakerley).

n Invited presentation at Heterocyclic & Synthesis Group 21st Grasmere Meeting (May 2013, Neal Fazakerley).

n Von Humbolt Fellowship (2013, Dr Dixit Parmar).

n Runners up prize, RSC-Roche Organic Poster Symposium, London, UK (Dec 2012, Malcolm Spain).

n Invited presentation at the Roche Symposium - Leading Chemists in Basel (Sept 2012, Dixit Parmar).

n International Reaxys PhD Prize (2011, Dixit Parmar: only European winner - presented at the 14th Asian Chemical Congress in Bangkok).

n Lilly Organic Chemistry Postgraduate Prize (2010, Karl Collins: judged by Prof B. M. Trost and Karin Briner (Lilly)).

n Von Humbolt Fellowship (2011, Dr Susannah Coote).

n Schering–Plough Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009, Tom Baker).

n Merck Postdoctoral Fellowship (2004, David Edmonds).

n Syngenta Scholarship (2003, David Edmonds).