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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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Palladium Chemical Compounds
Cycloaddition Chemical Compounds
Salts Chemical Compounds
Cyclization Chemical Compounds
Alkenes Chemical Compounds
Alkynes Chemical Compounds
Sydnones Chemical Compounds
Piperidines Chemical Compounds

Research Output 2001 2019

Cyclic Vinyl(aryl)iodonium Salts: Synthesis and Reactivity

Kepski, K., Rice, C. & Moran, W., 6 Sep 2019, In : Organic Letters. 21, 17, p. 6936-6939 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Crystal structure
1 Citation (Scopus)

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
1 Citation (Scopus)

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
4 Citations (Scopus)

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
2 Citations (Scopus)

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

Activities 2014 2019

  • 2 Grant peer-review

Full member of the EPSRC Peer Review College

Wesley Moran (Participant)

Activity: Other activity typesGrant peer-review

Peer reviewer for American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund

Wesley Moran (Participant)

Activity: Other activity typesGrant peer-review

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