Professor Timothy DonohoeBack to People

Subjects: Chemistry
Department: Chemistry
College appointment: Tutorial Fellow
Phone: 01865 275649


Academic Positions
2006 – 2011 Head of Organic Chemistry, University of Oxford
2004 – present Professor of Chemistry, Magdalen College and the University of Oxford
2001 – 2004 Lecturer in Chemistry, Magdalen College and the University of Oxford
2000 – 2001 Reader in Chemistry, University of Manchester
1994 – 2000 Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Manchester

I teach all aspects of organic chemistry

Research Interests
Our research lies in the field of asymmetric synthesis and the application of stereoselective oxidation and reduction reactions to natural product synthesis. We have a burgeoning interest in the area of carbohydrates and the application of metathesis to the synthesis of heterocycles. We are actively involved in research into many aspects of catalysis and the contribution that it can make to the pharmaceutical industry.

Selected Publications

  1. Partial and complete reduction of pyrroles, furans, thiophenes and their benzo-analogues and of aromatic heterocycles containing more than one heteroatom, Timothy J. Donohoe,* Christopher Jones and Christian Winter, Comprehensive Organic Synthesis II , Ed. G. Molander and P. Knochel, Elsevier, 2013, in the press.
  2. Oxidative cyclisation for the synthesis of complex THF-containing natural products, Timothy, J. Donohoe, R. D. C. Pullin, Radoslaw M. Lipinski, Pure & Applied Chem. 2013, in the press.
  3. Interplay of cascade oxidative cyclisation and hydride shifts in the synthesis of the ABC spiroketal ring system of pectenotoxin-4, T. J. Donohoe, R. M. Lipinski, Angewandte Chemie, 2013, 52, 2491-2494. Designated as a HOT paper.
  4. Osmium-Catalyzed Oxidative Cyclization of Dienes and their Derivatives, Timothy J. Donohoe* and Ben Pilgrim, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2013, 78, 2149-2167. Work from this paper featured in the cover picture for JOC.
  5. Vinyl Weinreb Amides: A Versatile Alternative to Vinyl Ketone Substrates for Heck Arylation, David Baker, Peter Gallagher and Timothy J. Donohoe,* Tetrahedron, 2013, 69, 3690-3697.