Prof. Declan Gilheany

Professor Declan Gilheany

Professor of Organic Chemistry
University College Dublin
Role in SSPC: FI and P1 Leader

University College Dublin
Qualifications: 
  • Queens University Belfast: B.Sc. (Hons) 1978 (First Class, Cecil Wilson Prize and Richardson Medal)
  • Ph.D. 1983 (Queens Foundation Student).
Research Interests: 
  • 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.

Short Bio
Professor Declan G. Gilheany was born in Tyrone, N. Ireland. He studied chemistry at Queens University Belfast and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1983 under the supervision of Dr. B. J. Walker, having also been appointed temporary lecturer in organic chemistry during 1980−81. From there he became a lecturer in synthetic organic chemistry at St. Patricks College, Maynooth, Ireland. During 1988−90 he was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the laboratory of Professor K. Barry Sharpless. He moved to his present position at University College Dublin in 1992. ◾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. He has retained an interest in theories of chemical bonding and valence.
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