Dr Bhaven Patel

Dr Bhaven Patel is a Reader in Organic Chemistry and course leader for Pharmaceutical Science BSc and Pharmaceutical Science MSci.

Photograph of male lecturer Dr Bhaven Patel.

Dr Bhaven Patel

Bhaven graduated with a first-class honours in Chemistry MSci (Hons) from King’s College London in 2005. He then moved to the University of Birmingham to do his PhD in reactive intermediates in organic chemistry under the supervision of Richard Grainger. He subsequently was awarded a prestigious EPSRC PhD Plus Fellowship working in partnership with Professor Steven Bottle at Queensland University of Technology.

Bhaven worked as an industrially funded postdoctoral fellow for a year at the University of Nottingham/Syngenta under Professor Barry Lygo. Once completed, he then did a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at UCL School of Pharmacy. Here, he worked on a range of interesting projects including the application of flow chemistry to reactions involving radical chemistry and 3D printing.

Bhaven was appointed as a lecturer at London Met in 2014 and in 2015, he became the course leader for Pharmaceutical Science BSc. He is currently a senior lecturer and course leader for Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery BSc (Hons) and Pharmaceutical Science MSci. Bhaven is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of Advance HE and a member of the editorial board for Materials Highlights and the Science Journal of Chemistry.

Dr Patel is part of the Molecular Systems for Health Research Group at London Met.

The research group is well equipped for all aspects of synthetic Chemistry. Our research covers a variety of themes that includes:

  • Reaction discovery and the development of new synthetic methods;
  • Natural product synthesis and the synthesis bioactive molecules;
  • Medicinal chemistry;
  • 3D printing and its application in science


Dr Patel teaches students in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science subject areas at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He supervises research students during their BSc, MSc and PhD degrees. His main area of teaching is organic chemistry where his interests are carbonyl chemistry and aromatic chemistry. He also teaches about metals in organic synthesis and combines his area of research interest of radical chemistry and the development of new synthetic methods with medicinal chemistry and drug design. He helps students to understand the area of designing and synthesising current or novel drug like molecules and NMR spectroscopy which is used to analyse structures.

  1. Acetic Acid Catalysed One-Pot Synthesis of Pyrrolo[1,2-a]quinoxaline Derivatives; Allan, P. N. M.; Ostrowska, M. I.; Patel, B.; Synlett 2019, 30, 2148.
  2. Highly Efficient Copper‐Catalyzed Amidation of Benzylic Hydrocarbons Under Neutral Conditions; Howard, E–L.; Guzzardi, N.; Tsanova, V. G.; Stika, A. Patel, B.; Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2018, 794.
  3. Three-Dimensional Printing of a Scalable Molecular Model and Orbital Kit for Organic Chemistry Teaching and Learning; Penny, M. R.; Cao, Z. J.; Patel, B.; Sil dos Santos, B.; Szulc, B.; Asquith, C. R. M.; Monaco, A.; Ishaq, A.; Rao, Z.; Bayona, R. M.; Hassan, Z. M.; Malkinson, J.; Hilton, S. T.; J. Chem. Ed., 2017, 94, 1265.
  4. 3D-Printed Polypropylene Continuous-Flow Column Reactors: Exploration of Reactor Utility in SNAr Reactions and the Synthesis of Bicyclic and Tetracyclic Heterocycles; Rao, Z.; Patel, B.; Monaco, A.; Cao, Z. J.; Barniol-Xicota, M.; Pichon, E.; Hilton, S. T.; Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2017, 6499.
  5. Patent PCT/GB2017/050685, Three-dimensional printing of impregnated plastics for chemical reactions. December 2017. 
  6. A Radical-Mediated Approach to the Total Synthesis of Fluorinated Marinoquinoline A and Related Tricyclic and Tetracyclic Congeners; Patel, B.; Hilton, S. T.; Synlett 2015, 26, 79.
  7. Tuneable radical cyclisations: A non-toxic/tin-free mediated approach to tricyclic heterocycles or spirocyclic heterocyles; Patel, B.; Saviolaki, G.; Ayats, C.; Garcia, M.; Kapadia, T.; Hilton, S. T.; RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 18930.
  8. Resolution and determination of the absolute configuration of the enantiomers of a trans-α-disulfoxide; Allenmark, S.; Grainger, R. S.; Olsson, S.; Patel, B.; Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2011, 4089.
  9. Sulfur monoxide transfer from peri-substituted trisulfide-2-oxides to dienes: substituent effects, mechanistic studies and application in thiophene synthesis; Grainger, R. S.; Patel, B.; Kariuki, B. M.; Male, L.; Spencer, N., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 5843.
  10. In search of a new class of stable nitroxide: synthesis and reactivity of a peri-substituted N,N-bissulfonylhydroxylamine; Patel, B.; Carlisle, J.; Bottle, S. E.; Hanson, G. R.; Kariuki, B. M.; Male, L; McMurtrie, J. C.; Spencer, N.; Grainger, R. S.; Org. Biomol. Chem., 2011, 9, 2336.
  11. 2,7-Di-tert-butylnaphtho[1,8-cd][1,2]dithiole 1,2-dioxides: Thermally Stable, Photochemically Active vic-Disulfoxides; Grainger, R. S.; Patel, B.; Kariuki, B. M., Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 4832.
  • UCL Business – Proof of concept
  • UCL SLMS Innovation and Excellence in Education Grant application
  • EPSRC PhD Plus Research Fellowship
  • 2020 SU Award Outstanding Academic Member of Staff for Human Sciences
  • 2015 SU Award Outstanding Academic Member of Staff for Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing
  • Higher Education Academy - Fellow
  • American Chemical Society - Member
  • Society of Chemical Industry - Member
  • Royal Society of Chemistry - Member
  • Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences - Member

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2016 Invited Lecture – City University “Careers in Academia”

Dr Bhaven Patel
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