Jonathan Burton

Sue and Kevin Scollan Fellow & Tutor in Organic Chemistry; Professor of Organic Chemistry

Jonathan Burton is an Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry who leads a molecular synthesis research unit.

His research unit investigates total synthesis methods for organic molecules. He also teaches tutorials and lectures in organic chemistry. In 2016, he won an MPLS Teaching Award for ‘excellence in teaching’.

Having spent his undergraduate days in Oxford at New College, Jon moved to Cambridge to study a PhD with Professor Andrew Holmes FRS before becoming a Post-Doctoral researcher and an academic there. He has also spent a year working in Paris with Professor Alexander Alexakis. In 2007, he returned to Oxford to take up a University Lectureship in Organic Chemistry.


'Short total syntheses of the avenaciolide family of natural products’ S. Ainsua Martinez, M. Gillard, A. -C. Chany, J. W.Burton Tetrahedron 2018.

Hot Paper ’ A Total Synthesis of Salinosporamide A’ L. B. Marx, J. W. Burton Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 6747.

'A Short Synthesis of Aphanamol I in Both Racemic and Enantiopure Forms’ S. J. Ferrara, J. W. Burton, Chem. Eur. J. 2016.

'Synthesis of bicyclic tetrahydrofurans from linear precursors using manganese(III) acetate’ A.-C. Chany, L.B. Marx, J. W. Burton, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2015.

'Diastereoselective Synthesis of Fused Lactone-Pyrrolidinones; Application to a Formal Synthesis of (−)-Salinosporamide A' A. W. J. Logan, S. J. Sprague, R. W. Foster, L. B. Marx, V. Garzya, M. S. Hallside, A. L. Thompson, J. W. Burton, Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 4078.

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