Welcome to Steve Ley’s Organic Chemistry research group webpages. Our laboratories, the Whiffen and Innovative Technology Centre are in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. Here you’ll find details of our current research as well as a look back at some of our historical achievements in natural product synthesis and other areas of organic synthesis. Visitors from academia and industry are welcome to come and work with us and are invited to get in touch.

Watch This Space … April 8th 2016 – ‘Special’ Symposium Speakers will include David MacMillan, Dieter Enders and Bob Grubbs. More information will be posted here in the New Year. Please don’t send any requests just yet for registering until we have had the formal announcement. Thank you!



The Internet of Chemical Things – the IoCT which we define as the interconnection and networking of chemical machines, computing devices and all chemical services delivered through the infrastructure of the Internet is coming.

Creator Space™ Science Symposium – Steve’s lecture at the BASF anniversary conference

Organic Chemistry Science Gateway – enabling researchers to rationalise and predict organic reactions using computational analysis in silico.


LATEST PAPERS Flow Chemistry

Organic Synthesis



“Complex synthesis remains a challenging occupation requiring an exceptional level of experimental skill, extensive knowledge of both mechanistic and molecular reactivity, and a bold, inventive, and creative spirit. It is the combination of these qualities that transforms the synthesis process from one of simple logistics to an art form.” Steve Ley.