Roly J. Armstrong

Roly grew up in Hexham, Northumberland, and in 2007 moved to the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) to study Natural Sciences, spending his final year working in the laboratory of Professor Steven V. Ley FRS. He subsequently moved to the University of Oxford (Merton College) to carry out a DPhil under the supervision of Professor Martin D. Smith, working on asymmetric phase-transfer catalysis. In 2015 he joined the University of Bristol as a postdoctoral research associate with Professor Varinder K. Aggarwal FRS, investigating new methods for stereoselective olefination. In 2017 he returned to the University of Oxford (University College) to take up a Junior Research Fellowship, working in collaboration with Professor Timothy J. Donohoe to develop new methods for iridium-catalyzed enolate alkylation.

In October 2021, Roly was appointed to the School of Natural and Environmental Science at Newcastle University as a Lecturer in Chemistry. His research interests involve developing new synthetic methodologies to target materials which can be used in materials science and medicine.