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Dr Vilius Franckevicius


Vilius Franckevicius

Lancaster University

Department of Chemistry



Tel: +44 1524 593748

Research overview

We are primarily an organic chemistry research group focusing on the discovery and development of catalytic synthetic methodologies and their application in the synthesis of medicinally relevant targets. Our main interests lie in enantioselective catalysis using palladium, iridium and earth-abundant transition metal catalysts for the construction and functionalisation of novel, stereodefined heterocycles, spirocycles and sterically congested molecular building blocks for applications in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery.

We have several PhD projects available in the area of synthetic organic chemistry and catalysis in its broadest sense, although funding is currently not available. We welcome applications from self-funded students or from students seeking external funding who have a strong passion for synthetic chemistry. As such, you will have access to brand new state-of-the-art laboratories and analytical equipment, including high-field NMR, mass spec, HPLC and others. Training in synthesis and compound characterisation, as well as project supervision will be provided. As part of our research group, you will also have the opportunity to expand your chemical knowledge base, and practise your presentation and writing skills on a regular basis.

PhD supervision

PhD projects include enantioselective catalysis, synthetic organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry. Projects will be advertised as they become available.

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