Queens University Belfast: B.Sc. (Hons) 1978 (First Class, Cecil Wilson Prize and Richardson Medal)
Ph.D. 1983 (Queens Foundation Student).
Catalytic asymmetric synthesis: metal-salen complexes for asymmetric oxidation; metal-phosphine complexes for asymmetric hydrogenation and hydroformylation; phosphine oxides and other additives in the Grignard reaction; construction of novel sugars by asymmetric oxidation; organophosphorus chemistry: a new route to P-stereogenic phosphines and oxides via asymmetric Appel conditions; stable primary phosphines; mechanisms of the Wittig reaction; reduction of phosphine oxides; construction of P-stereogenic units for ProTide drugs.
Finally I have always retained an interest in theories of chemical bonding and valence.