Dr Andy Sutherland

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I received my training as a synthetic organic chemist as a Ph.D. student at Manchester University (supervisor, Professor J K Sutherland) where I synthesised a variety of natural product analogues.  Subsequently, as a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1992-1994, PI Professor J Rebek Jr) I gained invaluable early experience of combinatorial chemistry through the synthesis and subsequent deconvolution of soluble combinatorial libraries. After a year spent at Warwick University as a temporary lecturer and a three-year period spent as a lecturer at the Nottingham Trent University, I moved to my current position, in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at Aston University, in October 1998

Research interests

My research interests focus on using synthetic organic chemistry as a tool with which to develop new materials. Bespoke monomers are designed and synthesised before being introduced into polymerisation reactions to generate materials with properties tailored for disparate applications in fields ranging from cellular delivery and bioimaging to molecular recognition, combinatorial chemistry and high-throughput screening.

Teaching Activity

My teaching activities reflect my research interests and are largely organic chemistry-based.  I teach on all of the Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and MChem programmes offered by the School. I give lectures in the following modules; CH1102 Molecular Structure, CH1104 Molecular Transformations, CH2101 Chemical Analysis, CH2102 Organic Synthesis, CH3103 Modern Synthetic Methods. I run the Year 1 Organic Chemistry Laboratory and jointly with Dr Al-Malaika run the Year 1 Introductory Chemistry Laboratory. I also give a number of tutorials and am responsible for organising both the Year 3 Literature Research Projects (CH3100) and the 60 credit Laboratory Research Projects (CH4103) carried out by our final year MChem students.


  • 2015 – date Reader, Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Aston University
  • 2008 – 2015 Senior Lecture, Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Aston University
  • 1998 – 2008 Lecturer Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Aston University
  • 1995-1998 Lecturer, Department of Chemistry & Physics, Nottingham Trent University
  • 1994 – 1995 Temporary Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Warwick University
  • 1992-1994 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, MIT, USA


  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry, Manchester University, 1989
  • MSc in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Manchester University, 1990
  • PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Manchester University, 1992

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