Steven Ley is Director of Research in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, UK, and a Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Editorial Board member. A significant thread of his organic chemistry research targets the development of new sustainable chemical methodologies with the goal of improving chemical manufacture and synthesis, in particular using flow methodology. Read his latest article on the deca-gram scale synthesis of enantiopure (R)-(+)-3-methyl-6-isopropenyl-cyclohept-3-enone-1 in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry:
A practical deca-gram scale ring expansion of (R)-(−)-carvone to (R)-(+)-3-methyl-6-isopropenyl-cyclohept-3-enone-1, Leandro de C. Alves, André L. Desiderá, Kleber T. de Oliveira, Sean Newton, Steven V. Ley and Timothy J. Brocksom, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2015, 13, 7633–7642.
Professor Ley is a previous president of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2000–2002), and has been awarded over 40 prizes and awards to mark his scientific achievements, including the 2014 IUPAC-Thales Nano Prize in Flow Chemistry which in 2012 was awarded to Klavs Jensen, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Editorial Board Chair.