Dr Stewart Eccles
Stewart graduated from the University of Leeds in 2006 with a 1st Class Master's degree in Chemistry (Industrial). Stewart spent a year during his degree working for Pfizer in the Chemical Research and Development department at their site in Sittingbourne. This saw Stewart working with others on a novel approach towards a potential drug candidate.
Following graduation, Stewart continued his Chemistry studies with a PhD at the University of Leeds. His PhD project was focussed on the total synthesis of a potent, naturally occurring antibiotic. Although the antibiotic had been known for almost 20 years, it is synthetically challenging and only a single earlier synthesis was known. Stewart’s elegant second synthetic route was therefore a major contribution to the art. The total synthesis developed by Stewart involved a highly selective olefin cross-metathesis and a Nozaki−Hiyama−Kishi reaction.
Whilst carrying out his PhD research Stewart also wrote a number of articles for the journal Synfacts, summarising recently published syntheses of natural products and drug molecules.
At the time of writing this profile, Stewart’s PhD thesis had been completed but the formal award of PhD is still to occur.
Stewart joined the Leeds office of HGF in July 2010 to train as a patent attorney.