Timothy Donohoe

Professor Timothy Donohoe

Subject: Chemistry

Department: Chemistry

College appointment: Tutorial Fellow



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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. Development of an enolate alkynylation approach towards the synthesis of the taiwanschirin natural products. Maxwell B. Haughey, Kirsten E. Christensen, Darren L. Poole, Timothy J. Donohoe, Chemical Science, 2021, 12, 13392.
  2. Pentamethylphenyl (Ph*) ketones: Unique building blocks for organic synthesis. Roly J. Armstrong, Timothy J. Donohoe, Tetrahedron Letters, 2021, 74, 153151.
  3. Hydrogen borrowing catalysis using 1° and 2° alcohols: Investigation and scope leading to α and β branched products. James R. Frost, Choon BoonCheong, Wasim M. Akhtar, Dimitri F. J. Caputo, Kirsten E. Christensen, Timothy J. Donohoe, Tetrahedron, 2021, 86, 132051.
  4. Hydrogen borrowing alkylation of 1,2-amino alcohols in the synthesis of enantioenriched γ-aminobutyric acids. Christopher J. J. Hall, William R. F. Goundry, Timothy J. Donohoe, Angewandte Chemie. Int. Ed, 2021, 60, 69821-6985.
  5. Single point activation of pyridines enables reductive hydroxymethylation. Bruno Marinic, Hamish B. Hepburn, Alexandru Grozavu, Mark Dow, Timothy J. Donohoe, Chemical Science, 202112, 742-746