Postdoc and Graduate


Tom Britten (PhD Lancaster, MChem Bangor)


Originally from Bournemouth, Tom graduated from Bangor University in 2015 with an MChem degree. Throughout his undergraduate studies, Tom gained experience in a range of synthetic research groups: medicinal chemistry (Prof. J. L. Reymond, Universität Bern, Erasmus internship), organic electronics (Prof. I. Perepichka, Bangor University, 3rd year project) and carbohydrate chemistry (Dr. M. Lahmann, Bangor University, 4th year project and summer internship). After graduation, Tom moved to Lancaster University for his PhD under the supervision of Dr Susannah Coote, in collaboration with AstraZeneca (CASE award). His PhD focused on the development of scalable photochemical methodologies to access functionalised four-membered rings. He subsequently moved to MMU in May 2019 as a postdoc working on organic methodology and medicinal chemistry projects. Outside of chemistry, he enjoys football, NFL and travelling.


  1. Brønsted Acid Catalyzed Peterson Olefinations” Britten, T. K. and McLaughlin, M. G*  J. Org. Chem. 2020, 2, 301. Featured Article and Front Cover

PhD Students

Ashley Basson (MChem, MMU)


Ashley, originally from Westhoughton, Bolton, graduated with an MChem degree (1st Class) from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2019 and was winner of the RSC John Leach Memorial Prize. He worked under the supervision of Dr Ryan Mewis for his undergraduate projects in which he focussed on the synthesis of iridium NHC complexes for use in the hyperpolarisation technique Signal Amplification By Reversible Exchange (3rd Year Project) and synthesis of transition metal and lanthanide macrocycle complexes for use in medical imaging (MChem Project). In summer 2018, he was awarded an RSC Undergraduate Research Bursary to work in the McLaughlin group on calcium catalysed synthesis of substituted Isoindolinones. In summer 2019, he began his PhD and will focus on the development of enantioselective Alkaline Earth Metal catalysis. Outside the lab, Ashley enjoys hiking in the Lake District with friends, camping, and playing tennis for his local club.


  1. “Functionalisation of isoindolinones via a calcium catalysed Hosomi–Sakurai allylation” Basson, A. J and McLaughlin, M. G*, Chem. Commun2019, 55, 8317
  2. “Synthesis of Functionalized Isoindolinones via Calcium Catalyzed Generation and Trapping of N-Acyliminium Ions” Basson, A. J and McLaughlin, M. G*, J. Org. Chem., 2020, 85, 5615
  3. “Sustainable Access to 5‐Amino‐Oxazoles and Thiazoles via Calcium Catalyzed Elimination‐Cyclization with Isocyanides” Basson, A. J and McLaughlin, M. G*, ChemSusChem, 2021, In Press.

Dean Roberts (MChem, MMU)


Dean is originally from Manchester, and graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with an MChem degree (1st class) in 2019. Whilst undertaking his undergraduate studies, Dean spent time working on a variety of research projects; spin transfer catalysis (Dr Ryan Mewis, Manchester Metropolitan University, 3rd Year Research Project), fluorescent polymer based sensors (Dr Marloes Peeters, Manchester Metropolitan University, RSC Analytical Trust Undergraduate Research Internship) and transition metal-macrocyclic complexes (Dr Ryan Mewis, Manchester Metropolitan University, MChem Research Project.) He joined the group for his PhD in the summer of 2019, and will work on the development of novel transition metal catalysed synthesis and applications of metalloid scaffolds. Outside of chemistry, his hobbies and interests include hiking, football and camping.


MRes Students

Jenine Muganyi-Ingleton (BSc, MMU)


Originally from London, Jenine graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BSc (Hons) Medicinal and Biological Chemistry degree (1st class) in 2020. During her undergraduate degree Jenine worked on the preparation of interleukin-1 receptor antagonists (3rd year project) under the supervision of Dr.Vittorio Caprio. In October 2020, Jenine began an MRes at MMU working with Dr. Mark McLaughlin and Dr. Andrew Lewis that will focus on the development of prime and capture methods for proximity labelling of E3 ligases. Outside of chemistry, Jenine enjoys travelling with friends, reading and hiking.