The Origin of Life
Presented at Edinburgh Creation GroupJohn Walton
Professor John Walton asks the question "Could life have started through chance chemical reactions on the primordial Earth?" John is Head of Reactive Chemistry at St Andrews University and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Chemistry.
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My main interest is in free radicals and the development of organic syntheses and novel materials based on these species. Early work was concerned with the addition of free radicals to alkenes. Currently, my research centres in (a)the development of free radical synthetic methods based on derivatives of cyclohexa-1,4-diene-3-carboxylates, on oxime oxalate amides, and on dioxime oxalates. These methods all show promise as replacements for toxic organotin hydrides. In addition my research group is developing methods for the stereocontrol of ring closure reactions involving coupling of radicals with anions.(b) Studies of radical structures and reactions:Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy has been successfully applied to a study of the structures and rearrangement modes of highly strained polycyclic radicals, of carbamoyl radicals (aminoacyl radicals) iminyl and many other radicals.
- Walton, J. C. & McBurney, R. T. 13 May 2013 In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 135, 19, p. 7349–7354
- Walton, J. C., McBurney, R. T., Eisenschmidt, A. & Slawin, A. M. Z. 2013 In : Chemical Science. 4, p. 2028-2035
An all-purpose preparation of oxime carbonates and resultant insights into the chemistry of alkoxycarbonyloxyl radicalsMcBurney, R. T., Harper, A. D., Slawin, A. M. Z. & Walton, J. C. Dec 2012 In : Chemical Science. 3, 12, p. 3436-3444
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Invited Lecture: 35th Scottish Regional Meeting of the RSC, Heriot-Watt University, 18 December 2006John Christopher Walton (Invited speaker), 2006 → …
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