Professor Alan C. SpiveyAlan Spivey is Professor of Synthetic Chemistry in the Synthesis Section of the Department of Chemistry Imperial College London. He began his research career studying for a DPhil with Professor Sir Jack Baldwin (Oxford University) developing new syntheses of enantiomerically pure beta-substituted alpha-amino acids.

Following post doctoral experience in the labs of the late Professor Wolfgang Oppolzer (University of Geneva, Switzerland) and Professor Sir Alan Battersby (University of Cambridge, UK) investigating alkaloid total synthesis and tetrapyrrole biosynthesis respectively he was appointed to his first independent position as a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Sheffield, UK in 1996.

He moved with his research group to Imperial College in January 2003. The focus of the group’s research is the development of useful new synthetic concepts and methods and the demonstration of their utility by application to the synthesis of biologically important molecules. Particular interests include asymmetric acylation, Ge-chemistry, total synthesis of natural products, asthma and cancer therapeutics. He was Director of Undergraduate Studies for Chemistry at Imperial College London from 2007-2013 and is currently the Chair of the Faculty of Natural Sciences (FoNS) Teaching Committee, and vice Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Brief Biography (pdf version)

  • 2008-present Professor of Synthetic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College, London UK.
  • 2003-2008 Reader in Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College, London UK.
  • 2001-2003 Reader in Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield, UK.
  • 1995-2001 Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield, UK.
  • 1993-1995 Post-doc investigating: ‘synthetic approaches to the proposed spiro-pyrrolenine intermediate in the biosynthesis of natural tetrapyrroles’ Supervised by Prof. Sir Alan R. Battersby, FRS, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • 1991-1993 Post-doc investigating ‘d-alkenyl hydroxylamine cyclisations for alkaloid synthesis’ supervised by Prof. Wolfgang Oppolzer, Université de Genève, Switzerland.
  • 1988-1991 DPhil in Organic Chemistry for a thesis entitled ‘The synthesis of a-amino acids’ supervised by Prof. Sir Jack E. Baldwin FRS, University of Oxford, UK.
  • 1985-1988 BSc 1st class degree in Chemistry at University of Nottingham, UK.


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