Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group





Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group



Stuart J. Cantrill

Graduate Student

Hometown: Cambridge, UK

Joined group: 1994

Left group: 2005


1996 - BSc (Hons), Chemistry & Bioorganic Chemistry
University of Birmingham, UK

1997 - MPhil, Chemistry
University of Birmingham, UK

2001 - PhD, Organic Chemistry
University of California, Los Angeles, USA


At last count there were about 50... these are the top five in terms of citations:

1. Rowan, S. J.; Cantrill, S. J.; Cousins, G. R. L.; Sanders, J. K. M.; Stoddart, J. F., “Dynamic Covalent Chemistry”, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2002, 41, 898–952. (413 cites)
2. Chichak, K. S.; Cantrill, S. J.; Pease, A. R.; Chiu, S.-H.; Cave, G. W. V.; Atwood, J. L.; Stoddart, J. F., “Molecular Borromean Rings”, Science 2004, 304, 1308–1312. (157 cites)
3. Cantrill, S. J.; Pease A. R.; Stoddart, J. F., “A Molecular Meccano Kit”, J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans. 2000, 3715–3734. (125 cites)
4. Badjic, J. D.; Nelson, A.; Cantrill, S. J.; Turnbull, W. B.; Stoddart, J. F., “Multivalency and Cooperativity in Supramolecular Chemistry”, Acc. Chem. Res. 2005, 38, 723–732. (116 cites)
5. Ashton, P. R.; Baxter, I.; Cantrill, S. J.; Fyfe, M. C. T.; Glink, P. T.; Stoddart, J. F.; White, A. J. P.; Williams, D. J., “Supramolecular Daisy Chains”, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 1998, 37, 1294–1297. (89 cites)


Although it might look like I was in the group for 11 years, it wasn't quite that long! The undergraduate research in the summers of '94 and '95 got me hooked, enough to start a PhD in 1996. That turned into a Masters degree before we moved to the US in 1997 and the PhD begin in earnest. Managed to escape in 2001 to go and postdoc with Grubbs up at Caltech, but then returned in 2003 to take up a lecturing position, run the Organic Letters office, help out with the CNSI and hang out with the JFS group.

Now chief editor of Nature Chemistry after working as an associate/senior editor at Nature Nanotechnology. Also a (semi)regular contributor to the Sceptical Chymist blog.


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