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Professor Guiry’s key professional/work interests include the teaching of (organic) chemistry to third and fourth level students, the training of under- and postgraduate students in synthetic chemistry and the supervision of PhD students, visiting international students and postdoctoral researchers.
Pat’s research group focuses on synthetic organic chemistry, with interests / expertise in both the development of asymmetric synthetic methodology through the design and application of new chiral ligands in homogeneous metal-catalysed transformations and in the total synthesis of compounds of biological interest. His programme includes the use of nature as an inspiration for the design and synthesis of a family of stable lipoxin A4 analogues for the resolution of inflammation. Key skills include the structure identification / confirmation of compounds synthesised / isolated through the application of the full breadth of modern spectroscopic and analytical techniques.
Current projects focus on the conversion of waste material from the agri-food industry into higher value chemicals, the employment of CO2 as a C-1 synthon, the design of novel organocatalysts, the synthesis of potential anti-cancer agents and novel anti-inflammatories.