Robert Paton

Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry


After graduating top of his year in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, Rob obtained his PhD in 2008 with Jonathan Goodman in Cambridge working on the automated parameterization of molecular mechanics methods to study stereoselective C-C bond formation. In 2008 he took up an independent Junior Research Fellowship at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and courtesy of an HPC-Europa award in 2009 spent time in the group of Feliu Maseras at ICIQ, Spain.

As recipient of the UK's' Fulbright-AstraZeneca Fellowship and a Science Fellowship from the Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851, Rob conducted postdoctoral research with K. N. Houk at the University of California, Los Angeles from 2009-2010. In 2010 Rob was appointed to a University Lectureship and Tutorial Fellowship at Oxford, where he remains as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry. In 2014 Rob was awarded the 2014 MGMS Silver Jubilee Prize, and is the 2015 recipient of the RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize and an ACS OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.

Awards and Honours

    Nature Journals Outstanding Peer Reviewer 2017

    Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator 2016

    ACS OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award 2015

    RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize 2015

    Thieme Chemistry Journal Award 2015

    MGMS Silver-Jubilee Prize 2014

    ACS Organic Young Investigator Award 2014

    Chemical Structure Association Trust grant 2013

    UK Fulbright-AstraZeneca Distinguished Research Scholar 2009-2010

    Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Science Research Fellowship 2009-2012

Invited Talks

    Computational Catalysis for Sustainable Chemistry, ICIQ, Catalonia 13/06/2018

    37th Reaction Mechanisms Conference, University of British Columbia, Canada 10/06/2018

    Predictive Catalysis, Girona Seminar 2018, Catalonia 04/04/2018

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain 14/03/2018

    11th EUCO-TCC, Barcelona, Spain 15/06/2017

    Challenges in Computational Homogeneous Catalysis, Stockholm, Sweden 07/06/2017

    V ENEQUI, University of Coimbra, Portugal 07/04/2017

    University of Cologne, Germany 22/02/2017

    University of Liverpool 26/10/2016

    IX International School On Organometallic Chemistry, San Sebastian, Basque Country 06/07/2016

    ECS 2016, University of Strathclyde, UK 22/06/2016

    RCOM9, Marseilles, France 08/06/2016

    RSC Awards Symposium, Queens University Belfast, UK 08/06/2016

    Hans Suschitzky Symposium, University of Salford, UK 29/04/2016

    RSC South East Regional Meeting, University of East Anglia, UK 23/03/2016

    UK-Japanese Symposium on Asymmetric Catalysis, University of Manchester, UK 14/03/2016

    Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil 01/02/2016

    University of Geneva, Switzerland 29/10/2015

    International Symposium on Synthesis and Catalysis, Evora, Portugal (Plenary speaker) 03/09/2015

    Colorado State University, USA 27/08/2015

    NSCCS Computational Workshop for Synthetic Chemists, Imperial College London, UK 16/07/2015

    University of Helsinki, Finland 21/05/2015

    Computational Molecular Science, Warwick, UK 15/03/2015

    ICIQ, Tarragona, Spain 27/02/2015

    Imperial College London, UK 24/02/2015

    RWTH Aachen, Germany 04/02/2015

    ACS Organic Division Young Investigators Award Symposium, San Francisco 10/08/2014

    RSC South-West Regional Meeting - Oxford, UK 27/02/2014

    University of California, Los Angeles, USA 16/12/2013

    University College London, UK 09/10/2013

    Transatlantic Frontiers of Chemistry - Kloster Seeon, Germany 08/08/2013

    Asia-Pacific Conference of Theoretical/Computational Chemistry - Gyeongju, South Korea 10/07/2013

    UK Young Chemists 2013 - Imperial College London, UK 26/04/2013

    Seoul National University, South Korea 26/03/2013

    University of Bristol, UK 26/02/2013

    LCC University of Toulouse, France 16/01/2013

    Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Dynamics of Chemical and Biological Reactivity – ICQC satellite conference, UCLA, USA X22/06/2012

    University of Birmingham, UK 20/03/2012

    University of Nottingham, UK 26/01/2011

    United States Food and Drug Administration - Irvine CA, USA 05/01/2011