Ian Cade

Favourite Thing: When a range of physical measurements made on a new compound, such as NMR, fluorescence, X-ray crystallography etc, all paint a coherent picture of some new type of reactivity.



St. Clement Danes School 1989-1996, Imperial College (MSci and PhD) 1996-2005


A-levels (Maths, Chemistry , Physics, Biology), Msci (2.1 in Chemistry), PhD (Organometallic Chemistry)

Work History:

2006 – Postdocs at Imperial College (Inorganic Polymers) and Leeds (Supercritical CO2 in synthesis), 2007 – Postdoc at ANU (Canberra Australia) (Organometallic Main-Group synthesis), 2011 – Service crystalographer at ANU, Lecturer at ANU and UC (Canberra).

Current Job:

2012 to present – Postdoc at Manchester (Electophilic Boron Reagents for Synthesis)


The University of Manchester

Me and my work

Finding new, cheaper, quicker and more efficient ways to make new chemical building-blocks for use in the synthesis of compounds

I use very electrophilic boron reagents to modify easily made/bought starting materials to form organoboronate esters. These boronate esters can then be used in Suzuki-Miyaura cross coupling reactions. this allows relatively large molecules to be created from simple starting materials in a small number of steps.

I also am the group ‘expert’ in X-ray crystallography and so I record and process X-ray structures for some of my co-workers and teach others how to run their own X-ray experiments.



What I'd do with the money

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Short Bearded Chemist

Who is your favourite singer or band?

What's your favourite food?

What is the most fun thing you've done?

What did you want to be after you left school?

Didn’t know

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Only once, and they had the wrong chap

What was your favourite subject at school?

What's the coolest job in chemistry you've come across?

What do you think is the best science discovery in history?

QED – quantum electro dynamics – essentially it describes everything, except gravity… and nuclear forces

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

(1) a proper understanding of the ramifications of all possible wishes (and thus know what I should wish for). (2) whatever I discovered in (1). (3) A nice cup of tea and a biscuit (providing that counts a one wish and that there are no unpleasant side effects predicted by (1))

Tell us a joke.

Other stuff

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