Professor of Synthetic Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin
Role in SSPC: Funded Investigator and Project Leader for T2.
The design and synthesis of novel chiral organocatalysts (and immobilised versions thereof) for asymmetric transformations. Asymmetric bifunctional organocatalysis. Synthesis of novel cyclin-dependant kinase (CDK) inhibitors. Design of novel tetracycline derivatives to combat bacterial resistance. Novel synthetic methodology, including the scope expansion of several important carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions such as the asymmetric Baylis-Hillman reaction and ketone trifluoromethylation. The design of novel fast initiating olefin metathesis catalysts.
Stephen Connon was born in 1976. He received his B.Sc. from Dublin City University in 1997 and his Ph.D. from University College Dublin under the supervision of Prof. A. F. Hegarty in 2000. After being awarded an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship he spent two years at the Technische Universität Berlin with Prof. S. Blechert, studying the design of new olefin metathesis catalysis. In 2003 he was appointed to the staff of Trinity College Dublin and was elected a fellow of TCD in 2007. In 2008 he received a European Research Council Starting Grant Award and was promoted to Senior Lecturer. In 2010 he was appointed Associate Professor and later that year Professor of Synthetic Chemistry. His research interests include organocatalysis, the discovery and development of novel synthetic methodology and the design of new anti-cancer and anti-bacterial agents.