Staff Profile:Dr Philippa Cranwell

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  • Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry
  • Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
  • Programme Director of Science Foundation Year

Building/Room: Chemistry G27

Dr Cranwell was appointed as a Lecturer in April 2017, prior to that she was originally appointed as a Teaching Fellow in Organic Chemistry, starting in October 2013. Prior to this she was a postdoctoral research assistant in the group of Professor Erick M. Carreira at ETH Zürich and worked towards the synthesis of polyhalogenated natural products. She undertook her PhD studies under the supervision of Professor Steven V. Ley at the University of Cambridge and worked towards the synthesis of a complex natural product. She also helped to develop the use of TeflonAF-2400 gas permeable membrane to allow for the synthesis of pyrroles using gaseous ammonia in a continuous flow process. Prior to this, she pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Southampton and spent 6 months undertaking a research project at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore with Professor Roderick W. Bates. During the break between finishing her PhD studies and starting her postdoctoral work, she undertook a short research project within the Gale Group at the University of Southampton.


P. B. Cranwell, F. J. Davis, J. M. Elliott, J. E. McKendrick, E. M. Page, M. J. Spillman, New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2017, accepted. "Encouraging Independent Thought and Learning in First Year Practical Classes"

P. B. Cranwell, L. M. Harwood, C. J. Moody, Experimental Organic Chemistry, 3rd edition, ISBN: 978-1119952398

P. B. Cranwell, E. M. Page, A. M. Squires, Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2017, 12, 494. "Assessing Final-Year Practical Work Through Group Projects"

M. J. Cook, P. B. Cranwell, Workbook in Organic Chemistry, 2016, ISBN: 9780198729518

P. B. Cranwell, A. T. Russell, J. Chem. Educ., 2016, 93, 949. "A Hydrazine-Free Wolff-Kishner Reaction Suitable for an Undergraduate Laboratory"

P. B. Cranwell, Andrew T. Russell, Christopher D. Smith, Synlett, 2016, 27, 1, 131. "Methyl Hydrazinocarboxylate as a Practical Alternative to Hydrazine in the Wolff-Kishner Reaction"

P. B. Cranwell, A. M. Peterson, B. T. R. Littlefield and A. T. Russell, J. Chem. Educ., 2015, 92, 1110 - "An Operationally Simple Sonogashira Reaction for an Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory Class"

J. R. Hiscock, M. R. Sambrook, P. B. Cranwell, P. Watts, J. C. Vincent, D. J. Xuereb, N. J. Wells, R. Raja, P. A. Gale, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 6217 - "Tripodal molecules for the promotion of phosphoester hydrolysis"

P. B. Cranwell, J. R. Hiscock, C. J. E. Haynes, M. E. Light, N. J. Wells and P. A. Gale, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 874 - "Anion recognition and transport properties of sulfamide-, phosphoric triamide- and thiophosphoric triamide-based receptors"

P. B. Cranwell, M. O'Brien, D. L. Browne, P. Koos, A. Polyzos, M. Peña-López, S. V. Ley, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2012, 10, 5774-5779 - "Flow synthesis using gaseous ammonia in a Teflon AF-2400 tube-in-tube reactor: Paal-Knorr pyrrole formation and gas concentration measurement by inline flow titration"

D. L. Browne, M. O'Brien, P. Koos, P. B. Cranwell, A. Polyzos, S. V. Ley, Synlett, 2012, 23, 1402-1406 - "Continuous-Flow Processing of Gaseous Ammonia Using a Teflon AF-2400 Tube-in-Tube Reactor: Synthesis of Thioureas and In-Line Titrations"

J. Oelke, F. Antonietti, L. Bertone, P. B. Cranwell, D. J. France, R. J. M. Goss, T. Hofmann, S. Knauer, S. J. Moss, P. C. Skelton, R. M. Turner, G. Wuitschik, S. V. Ley, Chem. Eur. J., 2011, 17, 4183-4194 - "The Total Synthesis of Chloptosin: A Potent Inducer of Apoptosis in Human Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Cancer Cell Lines"

P. B. Cranwell, S. V. Ley, Chemtracts, 2009, 22, 173-181 - "The Total Synthesis of Spirangien A and the Corresponding Methyl Ester"

R. W. Bates, J. Boonsombat, Y. Lu, J. A. Nemeth, K. Sa-Ei, P. Song, M.-P. Cai, P. B. Cranwell, S. Winbush, Pure Appl. Chem., 2008, 80, 4, 681-685 - "N,O-Heterocycles as Synthetic Intermediates"

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