The Sherburn Group are a Synthetic Organic Chemistry research group based at the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, in Canberra, Australia.

We develop new methods to achieve efficient chemical synthesis through the development of new domino sequences, cycloaddition reactions, radical reactions, metal-catalysed C-C bond formation, and new methods for stereoselective synthesis. We are interested in applications of these new methods in the total synthesis of bioactive natural products of potential medicinal importance, in hydrocarbon structures of fundamental importance, and in self-assembly and in host-guest chemistry.

Professor Michael S. Sherburn
Research School of Chemistry
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200

TEL : (+612) 6125 4988
FAX : (+612) 6125 8114

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News and events

  • Andy has taken up a position at the University of Edinburgh, congratulations Andy!
  • Patrick earned a University Medal! Patrick's feat makes it the fourth year in a row that an honours student in the Sherburn Group has been awarded a University Medal for an outstanding Hons year.
  • Welcome to Prof Derek Pratt, visiting us from the University of Ottawa, and to Prof Rainer Herges, visiting us from the Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel.
  • Mick has been promoted to professor! Congratulations Professor Sherburn.
  • Congratulations to Dr Andrew Lawrence on being awarded one of the fiercely competitive ARC DECRA grants, and for his subsequent promotion.
  • Recent Sherburn Group research featured:

    Π-Bond Rich Hydrocarbons: Cycloaddition cascade
    Nature Chemistry "Research Highlights" article by Stephen Davey October 2011

    Meet The Ivyanes
    C&EN "Science Concentrates" February 2011

    Forgotten hydrocarbons prepared
    Nature "News and Views" article by Henning Hopf July 2009
  • ARC approves an extension of Mick Sherburn and Michael Paddon-Row's ARC Discovery Grant to the end of 2014.
  • ARC approves an extension of funding for the ARC centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology to 31 December 2013.