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Materials Research Institute


Dr Chris Jones

Chris Jones

Senior Lecturer

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Room 1.07, Joseph Priestley Building
+44 (0)20 7882 6631


Publications of specific relevance to Materials Research



  • Neal EA, Werling AYR and Jones CR (2021). A simple Hückel model-driven strategy to overcome electronic barriers to retro-Brook silylation relevant to aryne and bisaryne precursor synthesis. Chem Commun (Camb)  10.1039/d0cc08283j


  • Fang L, Trigiante G, Crespo-Otero R, Philpott MP, Jones CR and Watkinson M (2019). An alternative modular 'click-SNAr-click' approach to develop subcellular localised fluorescent probes to image mobile Zn2+ . Royal Society of Chemistry  Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry  10.1039/c9ob01855g
  • Fang L, Trigiante G, Crespo-Otero R, Hawes CS, Philpott M, Jones CR and Watkinson M (2019). Endoplasmic reticulum targeting fluorescent probes to image mobile Zn2+. Royal Society of Chemistry (Rsc)  Chemical Science  10.1039/c9sc04300d
  • Yang Y, Xu Y and Jones C (2019). A Ring Expansion Route to Benzofused N-Heterocycles via Aryne Insertion into 1,3-Diaza-heterocycles. Wiley  European Journal of Organic Chemistry  10.1002/ejoc.201900570
  • Clement P, Trinchera P, Cervantes-Salguero K, Ye Q, Jones CR and Palma M (2019). One‐step chemical strategy for the formation of carbon nanotube junctions in aqueous solution: The Reaction of DNA‐WrappedCarbon Nanotubes with Diazonium Salts. Wiley  Chempluschem  10.1002/cplu.201900151


  • JONES CR, TRINCHERA P, SUN W, kurdi N, Crespo-Otero R, Palomas D, Javid F and Saeed A (2018). Aryne-Mediated Arylation of Hantzsch Esters: Access to Highly Substituted Aryl-dihydropyridines, Aryl-tetrahydropyridines and Spiro[benzocyclobutene-1,1′-(3′,4′-dihydropyridines)]. Thieme Publishing  Synthesis  vol. 50, (23) 10.1055/s-0037-1611065
  • JONES CR, IDIRIS F, Majesté C and Craven G (2018). Intramolecular hydride transfer onto arynes: redox-neutral and transition metal-free C(sp3)-H functionalization of amines. Royal Society of Chemistry  Chemical Science  10.1039/C8SC00181B


  • JONES CR, Trinchera P, Sun W, Smith JE, Palomas D and Crespo-Otero R (2017). Intermolecular Aryne Ene Reaction of Hantzsch Esters: Stable Co-valent Ene Adducts from a 1,4-Dihydropyridine Reaction., Editors: Molander G. American Chemical Society  Organic Letters  10.1021/acs.orglett.7b02272


  • (2013). Total synthesis of the antitumor antibiotic (±)-streptonigrin: first- and second-generation routes for de novo pyridine formation using ring-closing metathesis. J Org Chem  vol. 78, (24) 12338-12350. 10.1021/jo402388f


  • (2012). Asymmetric synthesis of the fully elaborated pyrrolidinone core of oxazolomycin A. Organic Letters  vol. 14, (21) 5460-5463. 10.1021/ol302541j
  • Jones CR, Baruah PK, Thompson AL, Scheiner S and Smith MD (2012). Can a C-H•••O interaction be a determinant of conformation? Journal of The American Chemical Society  vol. 134, (29) 12064-12071. 10.1021/ja301318a
  • Neier R, Journot G, R. Jones C and Blangy V (2012). The Hydrogenation of Heterocyclic Calix[4]arenes, a Transformation Leading to Novel Macrocyclic Ligands. Heterocycles  vol. 85, (4) 10.3987/rev-11-sr(p)8


  • Donohoe TJ, Jones CR and Barbosa LCA (2011). Total synthesis of (±)-streptonigrin: De novo construction of a pentasubstituted pyridine using ring-closing metathesis. Journal of The American Chemical Society  vol. 133, (41) 16418-16421. 10.1021/ja207835w


  • Jones CR, Dan Panto G, Morrison AJ and Smith MD (2009). Plagiarizing proteins: enhancing efficiency in asymmetric hydrogenbonding catalysis through positive cooperativity. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition  vol. 48, (40) 7391-7394. 10.1002/anie.200903063


  • Jones CR, Qureshi MKN, Truscott FR, Hsu STD, Morrison AJ and Smith MD (2008). A nonpeptidic reverse turn that promotes parallel sheet structure stabilized by C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds in a cyclopropane γ-peptide. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition  vol. 47, (37) 7099-7102. 10.1002/anie.200802648

Grants of specific relevance to Materials Research


  • Catalytic generation and harnessing of reactive intermediates
    Jones CR
    £675,133 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (30-09-2015 - 29-09-2020)