Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick

IMG_0230Daniel graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) with First Class Honours from The University of Auckland in May 2013, specialising in Chemical and Materials Engineering. In his final year he was awarded a Woolf Fisher Scholarship (for PhD study at the University of Cambridge) and an Engineering Senior Scholar Award (placing him top academically in the Faculty of Engineering).

Daniel’s current research focusses on bridging Chemistry with Chemical Engineering, with a particular focus on the integration of advanced computer control systems during the synthetic preparation of APIs. He is particularly interested in the development of self-optimising routines for chemical transformations and downstream processing; the utility of self-regulating control strategies in telescoped multi-step reaction sequences; and the application of ‘Big Data’ analysis techniques to process data collected from detectors during reaction procedures.

Outside his research, Daniel is actively involved with the Trinity Hall MCR (of which he is a member), is an avid reader (Frederick Forsyth is one of his favourite authors) and enjoys playing squash. He is also involved with a start-up software company that has developed chemical inventory software for research laboratories.

Daniel was a PhD student in the group and will be returning as a postdoctoral researcher in January 2018.


Engineering chemistry: integrating batch and flow reactions on a single, automated reactor platform D.E. Fitzpatrick and S.V. Ley, React. Chem. Eng., 20161, 629-635

Solvent-free continuous operations using small footprint reactors: a key approach for process intensification T. Ouchi, R.J. Mutton, V. Rojas, D.E. Fitzpatrick, D.G. Cork, C. Battilocchio, S.V. Ley 2016, 4, 1912-1916

Enabling technologies for the future of chemical synthesis D.E. Fitzpatrick, C. Battilocchio, S.V. Ley ACS Central Science 20162, 131-138

A novel internet-based reaction monitoring, Control and autonomous self-optimization platform for chemical synthesis D.E. Fitzpatrick, C. Battilocchio, S.V. Ley Org. Process. Res. Dev 201620, 386-394

The internet of chemical things S.V. Ley, D.E. Fitzpatrick, R.J. Ingham, N. Nikbin Beilstein Magazine 20151, 11-12

Machine-assisted organic synthesis S.V. Ley, D.E. Fitzpatrick, R.M. Myers, C. Battilocchio, R.J. Ingham Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201554, 10122-10136

Chemistry in a changing world S.V. Ley, R.M. Myers, D.E. Fitzpatrick L’Actualite Chimique, Fevrier-Mars,2015393-394, 96-101

Organic synthesis: march of the machines S.V. Ley, D.E. Fitzpatrick, R.J. Ingham, R.M. Myers Angew. Chem. Int. Edn201554, 3449-3464

A systems approach towards an intelligent and self-controlling platform for integrated continuous reaction sequences R.J. Ingham, C. Battilocchio, D.E. Fitzpatrick, E. Sliwinski, J.M. Hawkins, S.V. Ley Angew. Chem. Int. Edn201554, 144-148

Development of a web-based platform for studying lithiation reactions in silico M.A. Kabeshov, E. Sliwinski, D.E. Fitzpatrick, B. Musio, J.A. Newby, W.D.W. Blaylock, S.V. Ley, Chem. Commun201551, 7172-7175

Flow chemistry meets advanced functional materials R.M. Myers, D.E. Fitzpatrick, R.M. Turner, S.V. Ley Chem. Eur. J201420, 12348–12366