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Professor Paul A. Clarke

Chemistry is often described as the Central Science. The Natural Sciences programme allows you to place Chemistry at the heart of your studies, whilst still learning about the other sciences.  It is perfect for those who want to understand life, the world, and how they work at the molecular level.  

Professor Paul A. Clarke

I am a Professor of Organic Chemistry.

I began my career at the University of Bath where I obtained my B.Sc(Hons) and PhD. I did postdoctoral research at Florida State University and the University of Exeter. My first academic appointment was as a lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. In 2006, I moved to the University of York as a Senior Lecturer and was promoted to Reader and then Professor. In 2009 I was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. I have held visiting academic positions at Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain (2010-11) and at the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University, Canberra (2018). I was Chair of the Department of Chemistry's Graduate School (2013-15), and I am currently Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber SCI Regional Group.

My research focuses on the total synthesis of biologically active natural products, the development of new routes to 3D-molecular scaffolds for use in drug discovery, and the prebiotic genesis of sugars, glycolipids and inorganic phosphate.


Paul leads the 3-year  and 4-year  Biology/Chemistry/Physics pathway. 



Contact details

Professor Paul Clarke
Professor of Organic Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 322614
Dept of Chemistry