Personal profile


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.

Research Expertise and Interests

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


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Sulfones Chemical Compounds

Research Output 2014 2017

1 Citations

Iodoarene-catalyzed cyclizations of N-propargylamides and β-amidoketones: synthesis of 2-oxazolines

Kamouka, S. & Moran, W. J. 31 Aug 2017 In : Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry. 13, p. 1823-1827 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Preparation and Synthetic Utility of Stable 1,3-Enynyl- and 1,3-Dienyl(aryl)iodonium Salts

Zawia, E., Hamnett, D. J. & Moran, W. J. 23 Mar 2017 In : Journal of Organic Chemistry. 82, 7, p. 3960-3964 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Crystal structure
X rays
2 Citations

Aqueous DMSO mediated conversion of (2-(arylsulfonyl)vinyl)iodonium salts to aldehydes and vinyl chlorides

Zawia, E. & Moran, W. J. 16 Aug 2016 In : Molecules. 21, 8, 11 p., 1073

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Vinyl Chloride
Dimethyl Sulfoxide
Bearings (structural)
2 Citations

Dual oxidation/bromination of alkylbenzenes

Aborways, M. M. & Moran, W. J. 2 Mar 2016 In : Tetrahedron Letters. 57, 9, p. 983-985 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
sodium bromide
potassium peroxymonosulfuric acid
6 Citations

Preparation of Alkyl Alkynyl Sulfones and Cyclic Vinyl Sulfones from Alkynyl(aryl)iodonium Salts

Rodríguez, A. & Moran, W. J. 18 Mar 2016 In : Journal of Organic Chemistry. 81, 6, p. 2543-2548 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

divinyl sulfone