Group Members

Stefan Verhoog completed his chemistry degree at the HU University of Applied Siences, Utrecht in 1999. In the same year, he started as a research chemist in the medicinal chemistry lab of Abbot Healthcare Products in Amsterdam where he worked on the synthesis of CNS-active compounds. After working in industry, he came back to academia and joined the Gouverneur Group in May 2011 for a short research project on fluorination of arenes, followed by DPhil project on electrophilic and radical trifluoromethylation chemistry.
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Dr Gabriele Pupo completed his chemistry degree at the Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. C. Prandi, working on asymmetric Nazarov cyclizations. He then moved to the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany for his doctoral studies on asymmetric Bronsted acid catalysis, under the supervision of Prof. Benjamin List. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 2017, he joined the Gouverneur Group at the University of Oxford, UK to work on organocatalytic fluorination reactions. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and travelling.
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Dr. Choon Wee Kee received his PhD from the National University of Singapore in 2014. He worked on photo-catalysed bromination and fluorination of C-H bond under the supervision of Prof Choon-Hong Tan, and independently studied the mechanism of several guanidine catalysed reactions via computational methods. He then was a research fellow under the supervison of Prof Ming Wah Wong. He joined the Gouverneur group in September 2016. His hobbies include playing the piano and programming.
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Lukas Pfeifer was the RADIOMI ESR1/DPhil student. He joined the Gouverneur group in January 2013, and passed his viva in 2017. His work is centred around the development of novel transition metal catalysed fluorination methodology. Apart from chemistry, he enjoys reading books, doing all sorts of sports, riding his motorcycle and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.