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.



Steve will be giving these lectures in the next few months.
The Alan Katritzky Memorial Lecture at the Annual Florida Heterocyclic and Synthetic Conference (FloHet) Conference, USA (28 Feb-2 Mar)
The Novartis Lectures in Organic Chemistry, MIT Department of Chemistry, USA (21 Apr)
The Musgrave Lecture, University of Durham, UK (18 May)

A Birthday Symposium in honour of Steve’s 70th birthday will be held in the department on April 8th. There’s a great picture of his cake below! Speakers include David MacMillan, Dieter Enders and Bob Grubbs. Registration information will be posted here in the next few weeks. Please check back!



Flow Chemistry

Organic Synthesis




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



Steve's birthday cake!

“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.