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Dr Andrew Heard


Andrew Heard (born in 1994) studied Chemistry at the University of Warwick, his final year MChem project was investigating stereocontrolled organocatalytic ring-opening polymerisations, under the supervision of Prof Andrew Dove. In 2017, Andrew joined the group of Prof. Stephen Goldup at the University of Southampton, studying the synthesis and applications of mechanically planar chiral rotaxanes as ligands for enantioselective catalysis. Andrew joined the Nitschke group at the University of Cambridge. Outside of the lab, Andrew enjoys playing guitar, reading, and writing about himself in the third person.



1. X. Zhao, H. Wang, B. Li, W. Zhang, X. Li, W. Zhao, C. Janiak, A. W. Heard, X.-J. Yang, B. Wu* A hydrogen-bonded ravel assembled by anion-coordination. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021 (DOI: 10.1002/anie.202115042) 


2. A. W. Heard, N. M. A. Speakman, J. R. Nitschke*  A ravel alliance. Nature Chemistry, 2021, 13, 824-826 (DOI: 10.1038/s41557-021-00776-1)


3. A. W. Heard, J. Meijide Suarez, S. M. Goldup* Controlling catalyst activity, chemo- and stereo-selectivity with the mechanical bond. Nature Reviews Chemistry, 2022, (DOI: 10.1038/s41570-021-00348-4).


4. A. de Juan, D. Lozano-Mena, A. W. Heard, M. A. Jinks, J. Meijide Suarez, S. M. Goldup* A chiral interlocking auxiliary strategy for the synthesis of mechanically planar chiral rotaxanes. Nature Chemistry, 2021, 14, 179-187 (DOI: 10.1038/s41557-021-00825-9).


5. A. W. Heard, S. M. Goldup* Synthesis of a mechanically planar chiral rotaxane ligand for enantioselective catalysis. Chem, 2020, 6, 994-1006 (DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2020.02.006).


6. A. W. Heard, S. M. Goldup* Simplicity in the design, operation, and applications of mechanically interlocked molecular machines. ACS Central Science, 2020, 6, 117-128 (DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.9b01185).

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