Christopher Newton

Dr Christopher Newton

DECRA Fellow

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Christopher Newton obtained his undergraduate degree from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), and his PhD from the Australian National University under the supervision of Professor Michael Sherburn. Chris then moved to Lausanne, Switzerland to conduct a postdoctoral stay in the group of Professor Nicolai Cramer, before returning to Australia in 2018 to begin his independent academic career at the University of Adelaide.

The art and science of organic synthesis has reached a level where one can envision a synthetic route to almost any designed or natural molecule. Despite this spectacular achievement, the ability to access meaningful quantities of complex organic molecules is often impossible via current means. Traditionally, complex targets are synthesised from cheap, readily available feed-stocks, through lengthy sequences of chemical transformations. Each reaction requires expensive reagents, solvents, specialised equipment, and complex purification procedures, while also generating waste that has to be disposed of appropriately. Research in the Newton group is  focused on directly addressing the problem of step-economy through the development of new reactions and strategies that enable the rapid generation of molecular complexity.

Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Enantioselective Hydroacylation for the Synthesis of Spirocycles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jacob David Hart
    2019 Co-Supervisor Rapid Generation of Molecular Complexity via Diels-Alder Approaches Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Isuru Dissanayake
    2018 Co-Supervisor Biomimetic Synthesis of Natural Products Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Aaron John Day

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