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Dr Daniel Allwood PhD, MChem, MRSC, FHEA

Lecturer In Organic Chemistry


I joined Sheffield Hallam University from the University of Cambridge, where I undertook a PhD (2008-2012) and post-doctoral research (2012-2015) with Professor Steven V. Ley CBE FRS. Prior to this, I attained my undergraduate degree at the University of Warwick (2004-2008). My current research programme is focused on the development of practical synthetic and catalytic organic transformations; in particular, sp2-sp3 and sp3-sp3 carbon-carbon bond formation.


Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry

Organic and Biological Chemistry

Advanced Organic Synthesis and Spectroscopy

Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery


Key Publications

Battilocchio, C., Feist, F., Hafner, A., Simon, M., Tran, D., Allwood, D., ... Ley, S. (2016). Iterative reactions of transient boronic acids enable sequential C–C bond formation. Nature Chemistry, 8 (4), 360-363.

Merchant, R.R., Allwood, D.M., Blakemore, D.C., & Ley, S.V. (2014). Regioselective preparation of saturated spirocyclic and ring-expanded fused pyrazoles. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 79 (18), 8800-8811.

Allwood, D., Blakemore, D.C., & Ley, S.V. (2014). Preparation of unsymmetrical ketones from tosylhydrazones and aromatic aldehydes via formyl C–H bond insertion. Organic Letters, 16 (11), 3064-3067.

Allwood, D., Blakemore, D.C., Brown, A.D., & Ley, S.V. (2014). Metal-free coupling of saturated heterocyclic sulfonylhydrazones with boronic acids. The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 79 (1), 328-338.

Journal articles

Simper, T., Gilmartin, M., Allwood, D., Taylor, L., & Chappell, A. (2019). The effects of a sleep/recovery supplement: 'Night Time Recharge' on sleep parameters in young adults. Nutrition and Health.

Chappell, A., Allwood, D., & Simper, T. (2018). Citrulline Malate fails to improve German volume training performance in healthy young men and women. The Journal of Dietary Supplements.

Chappell, A., Allwood, D., & Simper, T. (2018). Citrulline malate supplementation does not improve German Volume Training performance or reduce muscle soreness in moderately trained males and females. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 15 (1), 42.

Rouquet, G., Moore, D.E., Spain, M., Allwood, D., Battilocchio, C., Blakemore, D.C., ... Storer, R.I. (2015). Design, synthesis, and evaluation of tetrasubstituted pyridines as potent 5-HT2CReceptor agonists. ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 6 (3), 329-333.

Allwood, D., Browne, D.L., & Ley, S.V. (2014). Synthesis and Use of a Trifluoromethylated Azomethine Ylide Precursor: Ethyl 1-Benzyl-trans-5-(trifluoromethyl)pyrrolidine-3-carboxylate. Organic Syntheses, 91, 162-174.

Beale, T.M., Allwood, D.M., Bender, A., Bond, P.J., Brenton, J.D., Charnock-Jones, D.S., ... Xian, J. (2012). A-ring dihalogenation increases the cellular activity of combretastatin-templated tetrazoles. ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 3 (3), 177-181.


Campbell, S. (2017). Brewing – Art, Science or Magic? Presented at: Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering, Sentinel Brewhouse

Postgraduate supervision

Jack Slater – Synthesis of Novel Potential Antibiotics Using Visible Light Photoredox Catalysis (Oct 2017-Oct 2020)

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