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Professor David Grayson
Visiting Research Fellow, Chemistry

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jerome Fakhry and David H. Grayson, One-pot synthesis of α-phenylsulfinyl ketones by reaction of phenyl benzenethiosulfinate with enolate anions, and synthesis of sulfoxides and sulfides by its reaction with Grignard reagents., Tetrahedron, 74, (5), 2018, p556 - 563 Journal Article, 2018

Synthesis of guanidines and some of their biological applications in, editor(s)Philipp Selig , Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry: Guanidines as Reagents and Catalysts, Switzerland, Springer, 2017, pp1 - 52, [J. W. Shaw, D. H. Grayson, I. Rozas] Book Chapter, 2017

Shaw J.W, Barbance L, Grayson D.H, Rozas I, Using N-substituted-2-amino-4,6-dimethoxypyrimidines in the synthesis of aliphatic guanidines, Tetrahedron Letters, 56, (35), 2015, p4990 - 4992 Journal Article, 2015 URL DOI

Gallagher E.T, Grayson D.H, Reactions of aldehydes with organozinc reagents derived from (E)-3-bromo- And ( E)-3-iodo-1-phenylsulfonylprop-1-ene, Arkivoc, 2014, (5), 2014, p420 - 429 Journal Article, 2014 URL DOI

J. Shaw, I. Rozas, D.H. Grayson, Synthesis of cyclic guanidines: 2-arylamino-1,4,5,6-tetrahydropyrimidines, Arkivoc, ii, 2014, p161-174 Journal Article, 2014 DOI TARA - Full Text

Eichler M.C, Grayson D.H, Huddleston J, O'Neill J.P, Stobbe-like condensation reactions of the anion of diethyl (2-carboethoxy)benzylphosphonate with some aromatic and heterocyclic aldehydes, 2014, - Miscellaneous, 2014 DOI URL

Lewis F.W, Grayson D.H, An improved synthesis of 10-isobornylsultone, Tetrahedron Asymmetry, 25, (15), 2014, p1150 - 1152 Journal Article, 2014 DOI URL

Eichler M.C, Grayson D.H, Ozonolysis of some 8-alkoxyquinolines, and synthesis of a precursor to the non-sedating antihistamine Claritin, Arkivoc, 2014, (6), 2014, p38 - 53 Journal Article, 2014 URL DOI

Shaw, J.W. Grayson, D.H. Rozas, I., Cleavage of 2-(Arylamino)-4,6-dimethoxypyrimidines to yield arylguanidines, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2014, (17), 2014, p3565 - 3569 Journal Article, 2014 URL DOI

Frank W. Lewis and David H. Grayson, The diastereoselective Meth-Cohn epoxidation of camphor-derived vinyl sulfones, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 23, (9), 2012, p643 - 649 Journal Article, 2012

Frank W. Lewis, Thomas C. McCabe, David H. Grayson, Preliminary investigations on novel camphor-derived chiral sulfones: completely stereoselective formation of tricyclic β-hydroxysulfones from 8- and 10- functionalized camphor derivatives, Tetrahedron, 67, (39), 2011, p7517-7528 Journal Article, 2011 TARA - Full Text

A.J. Shaw, T.G. Harrison, S.J. Croker, M. Medley, L. Sellou, K.L. Shallcross, S.J Williams, D.H. Grayson, D.E. Shallcross, University-School Partnerships: on the impact on students of Summer Schools (for school students aged 17-18) run by Bristol ChemLabS, Acta Didactica Napocensia, 3, (4), 2010, p35-48 Journal Article, 2010 TARA - Full Text URL

David P. Power, Olivier Lozach, Laurent Meijer, David H. Grayson, Stephen J. Connon, Concise synthesis and CDK/GSK inhibitory activity of the missing 9-azapaullones, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 20, (16), 2010, 4940-4944 Journal Article, 2010 TARA - Full Text

F. W. Lewis, G. Egron and D. H. Grayson, Unexpected formaiton of 10-iodo- and 10-chlorocamphor under halosulfonylation conditions, and convenient routes to 10-chloro- and 10-bromocamphor, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, (20), 2009, p1531 - 1535 Journal Article, 2009

F. W. Lewis, M. C. Eichler and D. H. Grayson, Synthesis of b-amino alcohols via the reduction of lactamides derived from ethyl (2S)-lactate with borane-methyl sulfide, Synlett, (12), 2009, p1923 - 1928 Journal Article, 2009

R. D. Gunning, M. Venkatesan, D. H. Grayson and J. M. D. Coey, Magnetic propertiers of CNX whiskers, Carbon, 44, 2006, p3213 - 3217 Journal Article, 2006

S. S. Kelly, P. M. Glynn, S. J. Madden and D. H. Grayson, Impurities in a morphine sulfate drug product identified as 5-(hydroxymethyl)-2-furfural, 10-hydroxymorphine and 10-oxomorphine, J. Pharm. Sci., 92, 2003, p451 - 459 Journal Article, 2003

D. H. Grayson and S. H. O?Donnell, Addition of nucleophiles to (E)-3-phenylsulfonylprop-2-enenitrile: a route to b-substituted a,b-unsaturated nitriles and to acetals of cyanoacetaldehyde, ARKIVOC, 2003, p4 - 14 Journal Article, 2003 URL

D. H. Grayson, U. McCarthy and E. D. Roycroft, Intramolecular acylative ring-switching reactions of 3-(tetrahydro-2?-furyl)propanoic acid derivatives to give butanolides: mechanism and scope, Org. Biomol. Chem., 1, 2003, p1930 - 1937 Journal Article, 2003

D. Cunningham, D. H. Grayson, P. McArdle and J. Walsh, The bromination of (?)-camphorquinone, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 14, 2003, p1197 - 1200 Journal Article, 2003

E. T. Gallagher and D. H. Grayson, Reactions of lithiated (E)-3-halo-1-phenylsulfonylprop-1-enes and of (Z)-1-halo-3-phenylsulfonylprop-1-enes with aldehydes, Org. Biomol. Chem., 1, 2003, p1374 - 1381 Journal Article, 2003

W. Cocker, D. H. Grayson and P. V. R. Shannon, Hydrocyanation of some a,b-unsaturated ketones, and the synthesis of some unusual isoxazoles., J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1, 1995, p1153 - 1162 Journal Article, 1995

D. H. Grayson and E. D. Roycroft, Synthesis of butanolides via intramolecular acylative ring-opening reactions of 3-(tetrahydro-2-furyl)propanoic acid derivatives, J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., 1992, p1296- Journal Article, 1992

M. S. Carson and D. H. Grayson, Monoterpenoids, Nat. Prod. Rep., 3, 1986, p251- Journal Article, 1986

P. McWilliam, Y. McKeown, M. Newell, S.Thompson, P. Lohman, B. Enger-Valk, P. Pouwels and D. H. Grayson, Molecular interaction of the aromatic carcinogen 2-nitrosofluorene with DNA., Proc. EC Contractor?s Meeting, Athens, 1985., 1985 Journal Article, 1985

D. H. Grayson, J. M. Kelly, E. M. Moran, W. A. Nevin, C. M. O?Connell, M. M. O?Kane, D. C. Pepper, J. G. Vos and A. Yague-Ferrer, Polymer-bound Porphyrins and Polymer-bound Coordination Compounds as Converters of Solar Energy into Chemical Fuels., Second EC Solar Energy R and D Programme, Project D, Final Report, 1984., 1984 Journal Article, 1984

D. H. Grayson, Regiospecific formation of a p-menthenone from (+)-a-3,4-epoxycarane., Proc. Roy. Irish Acad., 83B, 1983, p85- Journal Article, 1983

W. Cocker and D. H. Grayson, The Chemistry of Terpenes. Part 23. Reaction of (+)-carane-3b,4a-diol with sulphuric acid., J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1, 1978, p155- Journal Article, 1978

W. Cocker, D. H. Grayson and N. W. A. Geraghty, The Chemistry of Terpenes. Part 25. A synthesis of car-2 - car-3- and car-3(10)-ene., J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1, 1978, p1370- Journal Article, 1978

P. H. Boyle, W. Cocker, D. H. Grayson and P. V. R. Shannon, The Chemistry of Terpenes. Part XIV. Syntheses of (±)- and (+)-fenchone, and of (+)-cis-2,2,5-trimethyl-3-vinylcyclopentanone, a photoisomer of (-)-cis-caran-4-one, J. Chem. Soc., C, 1971, p2136- Journal Article, 1971

W. Cocker and D. H. Grayson, A convenient preparation of (?)-b-3,4-epoxycarane., Tetrahedron Lett., 1969, p4451- Journal Article, 1969

Research Expertise


Development of new methods for organic synthesis; synthesis of complex natural products, especially medium-ring and macrocyclic lactones; cycloaddition chemistry of vinylic sulfones; chemistry of sulfonyl-stabilised anions; chiral auxiliaries and reagents derived from monoterpenoids; heterocyclic chemistry, especially the chemistry of 4-dimethylaminopyridine N-oxide and some homochiral derivatives.


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    • · Synthesis of macrocyclic lactones (Lawrence Cook)


Catalysis; Hetrocyclic chemistry; Mechanisms of reactions; Medicinal Chemistry; Organic chemistry; Organometallic chemistry; Spectroscopy; Sulfone chemistry



CChem FRSC 1982