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Burton, Me and Kemmit. ‘Diastereocontrolled Synthesis of Hetero- and Carbocycles via Manganese(III) and Copper(II): Towards a Novel Prostaglandin Total Synthesis’ (Thesis, Oxford), 2008, On my desk, pending corrections.
Observant readers will remember my disappearing off the face of the blogosphere around Christmas (I’m looking at you, McClory…), citing some lame excuse about a thesis or something.Â I’ve not mentioned the state-of-play since then, but suffice to say that the job is done, and I passed my viva yesterday.Â Yup, I is Dr. Docherty (nice alliteration I feel).1 The honours fell to Drs Clark and Robertson (men who know their way about a radical or two), who after two-and-a-half hours deemed me suitable for leave to supplicate.2
So big thanks to them for that, and for not making me feel like a fool!Â Also, utmost respect to The Boss for giving me such an awesome project, and the group for 3.5 years of educational filth.Â And ChemComm for publishing this.
So what next?Â Well, I’ve not mentioned it on here until now, but I’ve taken that leap-of-faith into medicinal chemistry, and am working for Arrow Therapeutics.Â We’re part of AstraZeneca, and are based in central London, which is awesome (if a little pricey).Â And the chemistry is still really interesting.
There’s more.Â I’ll be not-blogging for a couple of weeks (starting Sunday), as I’m off on conference – BOSS XI in Ghent.Â Anyone else going?Â Looks like an impressive programme, and I’ll have a post-conference-post (post) on this very page fairly soon.
I also need some more sleep, please…
1. Well, not quite yet. I’ve got some corrections to do, and some proper Oxbridge-style hoops to jump through. Oxford’s had nine centuries to get really good at red-tape…
2. Oxford University Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002, Part 3, subsection 3.3.5