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j.e.camp@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473180


Jason E. Camp was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Sciences at Huddersfield in September 2014. Dr Camp received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis in June 2000. During his undergraduate studies he conducted research on the synthesis of cyclophane molecules with extended conjugation and restricted rotation as probes for optoelectronic properties as an UCEAP Undergraduate Research Fellow supervised by Prof. Geoffrey T. Crisp (University of Adelaide, Australia). He also completed an honours project with the support of Professor Alan L Balch (UC Davis) that focused on the synthesis of substituted Fe(III) octaethylporphyrins followed by reaction with O2 and H2O2 to model haem degradation.

Following graduate studies with Professor Robert Williams at Colorado State University he completed his PhD in 2008 under the supervision of Professor Steven M. Weinreb at The Pennsylvania State University. During his PhD studies Dr Camp conducted synthetic studies directed towards the total synthesis of the chartellamide and chartelline family of marine natural products and developed a novel inter- and intramolecular copper-promoted halogenselective N-vinylation methodology. Following his PhD, Dr Camp undertook postdoctoral research with Professor Donald Craig (2008-2009) at Imperial College London, which focused on the reactivity of de-aromatised furans and indoles synthesised via a decarboxylative Claisen rearrangement.

Jason began his independent career as a Lecturer at the University of Nottingham (2009-2013) and then at Queen Mary University of London (2013-2014). His continuing research interests are in the area of sustainable chemical synthesis; specifically the use of noble metals in multifaceted catalysis processes and the development of novel catalytic methods based on the ability of simple sugars to power catalytic reactions, sugar-powered catalysis (see, Research and Publications sections for more details).

Research and Scholarship

Catalytic reactions are widely used in all areas of contemporary synthesis to provide access to the range of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and advanced materials on which our society depends. This is in spite of their reliance on often toxic and expensive reagents and excessive waste production. Our broad research aim is to develop mild and sustainable processes, whilst incurring minimal costs in terms of time, expense and to the environment. This aim is being realised in my research group though investigations in two major areas: (a) the development of highly active metal nanoparticle catalysts derived from simple, renewable sugars and (b) a multifaceted catalysis approach to synthesis that optimises efficiency through the use of a metal to catalyse multiple steps of a synthetic process.

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Publications and Other Research Outputs


Camp, J., Bousfield, T., Mistry, L. and Mapesa, K. (2017) ‘Synthesis of ureas in the bio-alternative solvent CyreneGreen Chemistry , pp. 2123-2128. ISSN 1463-9262

Camp, J., Gibson, E., Black, F., Wood, C., Ngwerume, S., Summers, G., Clark, I. and Towrie, M. (2017) ‘Charge-transfer dynamics at the dye-semiconductor interface of photocathodes for solar energy applicationsFaraday Discussions . ISSN 1359-6640


Camp, J., Lewis, W., Lester, R., Bham, T. and Bousfield, T. (2016) ‘Exploring the Reactivity of 2-Trichloromethylbenzoxazoles for Access to Substituted BenzoxazolesJournal of Organic Chemistry , 81 (24), pp. 12472-12477. ISSN 0022-3263

Camp, J., Gibson, E. and Dietzek, B. (2016) ‘A resonance Raman study of new pyrrole-anchoring dyes for NiO-sensitized solar cells.Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry . ISSN 1439-7641

Camp, J. and Kyne, S. (2016) ‘The use of monosaccharides in metal-catalyzed coupling reactionsACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering . ISSN 2168-0485

Camp, J (2016) ‘Auto-Tandem Catalysis: Activation of Multiple, Mechanistically Distinct Process by a Single CatalystEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry . ISSN 1434-193X

Camp, J., Dunsford, J., Dacosta, O., Blundell, R., Adams, J., Britton, J., Smith, R., Bousfield, T. and Fay, M. (2016) ‘Recyclable glucose-derived palladium(0) nanoparticles as in situ-formed catalysts for cross-coupling reactions in aqueous mediaRSC Advances , 6 (20), pp. 16115-16121. ISSN 2046-2069


Rezayat, M., Blundell, R., Camp, J., Walsh, D. and Thielemans, W. (2014) ‘Green One-Step Synthesis of Catalytically Active Palladium Nanoparticles Supported on Cellulose Nanocrystals.ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering , 2 (5), pp. 1241-1250. ISSN 2168-0485

Camp, J., Dunsford, J., Cannons, E., Restorick, W., Gadzhieva, A., Fay, M. and Smith, R. (2014) ‘Glucose-Derived Palladium(0) Nanoparticles as in Situ-Formed Catalysts for Suzuki-Miyaura Cross-Coupling Reactions in Isopropanol.ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering , 2 (3, Cop), pp. 500-505. ISSN 2168-0485


Dunsford, J. and Camp, J. (2013) ‘Platinum-catalyzed synthesis of trichloroamidines.Tetrahedron Letters , 54 (34, Co), pp. 4522-4523. ISSN 0040-4039

Lester, R. and Camp, J. (2013) ‘Methods for the Direct Synthesis of Benzoxazoles from Halogenated Nitriles in Alcoholic Solvents.ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering , 1 (5), pp. 545-548. ISSN 2168-0485

Ngwerume, S., Lewis, W. and Camp, J. (2013) ‘Development of a Gold-Multifaceted Catalysis Approach to the Synthesis of Highly Substituted Pyrroles: Mechanistic Insights via Huisgen Cycloaddition Studies.Journal of Organic Chemistry , 78 (3), pp. 920-934. ISSN 0022-3263

Lester, R., Dunsford, J. and Camp, J. (2013) ‘Multifaceted catalysis approach to nitrile activation: direct synthesis of halogenated allyl amides from allylic alcohols.Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry , 11 (43), pp. 7472-7476. ISSN 1477-0520


Britton, J. and Camp, J. (2012) ‘Synthesis of heterocycles via gold multifaceted catalysis.Chimica Oggi , 30 (3, Sup), pp. 6-8. ISSN 0392-839X


Chung, W., Lindovska, P. and Camp, J. (2011) ‘A one-pot synthesis of α-formyl-α-allylacetates via nucleophilic catalysis.Tetrahedron Letters , 52 (50), pp. 6785-6787. ISSN 0040-4039

Camp, J., Craig, D., Funai, K. and White, A. (2011) ‘Decarboxylative Claisen rearrangement reactions: synthesis and reactivity of alkylidene-substituted indolines.Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry , 9 (22), pp. 7904-7912. ISSN 1477-0520

Ngwerume, S. and Camp, J. (2011) ‘Gold-catalyzed rearrangement of O-vinyl oximes for the synthesis of highly substituted pyrroles.Chemical Communications , 47 (6), pp. 1857-1859. ISSN 1359-7345


Ngwerume, S. and Camp, J. (2010) ‘Synthesis of Highly Substituted Pyrroles via Nucleophilic Catalysis.Journal of Organic Chemistry , 75 (18), pp. 6271-6274. ISSN 0022-3263


Camp, J. and Craig, D. (2009) ‘Reactivity of dearomatised furans synthesized via the decarboxylative Claisen rearrangement.Tetrahedron Letters , 50 (26), pp. 3503-3508. ISSN 0040-4039


Sun, C., Camp, J. and Weinreb, S. (2006) ‘Construction of β-Haloenamides via Direct Copper-Promoted Coupling of Lactams with 2-Chloro and 2-Bromo Vinyliodides.Organic Letters , 8 (9), pp. 1779-1781. ISSN 1523-7060


Kalish, H., Camp, J., Stepien, M., Latos-Grazynski, L., Olmstead, M. and Balch, A. (2002) ‘meso Substituent Effects on the Geometric and Electronic Structures of High-Spin and Low-Spin Iron(III) Complexes of Mono-meso-Substituted Octaethylporphyrins.Inorganic Chemistry , 41 (4, Cop), pp. 989-997. ISSN 0020-1669


Kalish, H., Camp, J., Stepien, M., Latos-Grazynski, L. and Balch, A. (2001) ‘Reactivity of Mono-Meso-Substituted Iron(II) Octaethylporphyrin Complexes with Hydrogen Peroxide in the Absence of Dioxygen. Evidence for Nucleophilic Attack on the Heme.Journal of the American Chemical Society , 123 (47, Co), pp. 11719-11727. ISSN 0002-7863

Research Degree Supervision

I am willing to supervise PhD students whose own research interest coincide with my own but would also be interested in projects dealing with sustainable chemistry, catalysis and heterocyclic synthesis in general. Please feel free to contact me by the e-mail address above.

Details of any funded studentships or postdoctoral posts will be advertised here when they are available.

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Jason Camp