College Fellows and Staff

Dr McTernan

Dr Charlie T McTernan

Research Fellow in Natural Sciences (Chemistry)

Ramon Jenkins Research Fellow

College Room: MH6


Personal Biography

Charlie Thomas McTernan was born in London and studied Chemistry at Hertford College, University of Oxford. His Part II project was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Tim Donohoe, investigating the synthesis of isoquinoline motifs using palladium-catalyzed α-arylation. He joined David Leigh’s group in 2013, funded by a University of Manchester Dean’s Faculty Award. His doctoral research included the synthesis of artificial molecular machines, switchable catalysts, and rotaxanes. In September 2017 he joined the Nitschke Research Group as a postdoctoral researcher. In September 2018 he began his Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship, joint funded by the Isaac Newton Trust, and joined Sidney Sussex College as a Research Fellow, with the College Fellowship supported by the generosity of Dr Ramon Jenkins (1948, Medicine), an Honorary Fellow of the Sidney. His current research interests include the synthesis of catalytically active molecular cages, and systems of molecular cages which evolve over time.

Selected Publications


9. John P. Carpenter, Charlie T. McTernan, Tanya K. Ronson, Jonathan R. Nitschke, Anion Pairs Template a Trigonal Prism with Disilver Vertices. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019, 141, 11409-11413.

8. Charlie T. McTernan, Tanya K. Ronson, Jonathan R. Nitschke, Post-assembly Modification of Phosphine Cages Controls Host-Guest Behavior. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019, 141, 6837-6842.

7. Stephen D. P. Fielden, David A. Leigh, Charlie T. McTernan, Borja Pérez-Saavedra, and Iñigo J. Vitorica-Yrezabal, Spontaneous Assembly of Rotaxanes from a Primary Amine, Crown Ether and Electrophile. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 6049-6052.

6. Sundus Erbas-Cakmak, Stephen D. P. Fielden, Ulvi Karaca, David A. Leigh, Charlie T. McTernan, Daniel J. Tetlow, Miriam R. Wilson, Rotary and Linear Molecular Motors Driven by Pulses of a Chemical Fuel. Science, 2017358, 340-343.

5. Guillaume De Bo, David A. Leigh, Charlie T. McTernan, Shoufeng Wang, A Modular Approach to Enantioselective Switchable Bifunctional Organocatalysts. Chem. Sci., 20178, 7077-7081.

4. Guillaume De Bo, Guillaume Dolphijn, Charlie T. McTernan, David A. Leigh, [2]Rotaxane Formation by Transition State Stabilization. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 8455-8457.

3. Ben S. Pilgrim, Alice E. Gatland, Carlos H. A. Esteves, Charlie T. McTernan, Geraint R. Jones, Matthew R. Tatton, Panayiotis A. Procopiou, Timothy J. Donohoe, Palladium-catalyzed Enolate Arylation as a Key C-C Bond-Forming Reaction for the Synthesis of Isoquinolines. Org. Biomol. Chem., 2016, 14, 1065-1090.

2. Sundus Erbas-Cakmak, David A. Leigh, Charlie T. McTernan, Alina L. Nussbaumer, Artificial Molecular Machines. Chem. Rev., 2015, 115, 10081-10206. (5th Most Read Article in the last 12 months, 15/9/16 and 11/7/17).

1. Ben S. Pilgrim, Alice E. Gatland, Charlie T. McTernan, Panayiotis A. Procopiou, Timothy J. Donohoe, Modular Isoquinoline Synthesis Using Catalytic Enolate Arylation and in situ Functionalization. Org. Lett., 2013, 15, 6190-6193.