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Last updated 27th March 2023


Wes is Reader in Organic Chemistry. He obtained his MChem and PhD (2004) under the supervision of Professor Joe Harrity at the University of Sheffield. He then spent two years at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Professor Jim Morken’s group followed by 17 months at The University of Manchester in Professor Jonathan Clayden’s group. He began his independent career in September 2007 as Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Huddersfield and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in August 2009 and to Reader in August 2015.

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In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

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Research Expertise and Interests

  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Polyvalent iodine compounds
  • C-H activation
  • The synthesis of small molecules


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