School of Chemistry

Staff Profile

Dr Michael Hall

Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry



After finishing my DPhil with Dr. Jeremy Robertson (Oxford) entitled "Silicon Tethered Ene and Allyl Transfer Reactions", I moved to Dublin for a postdoctoral position with Dr. Donal O'Shea (UCD) where I worked on the synthesis of switchable photodynamic therapy agents. I then moved to Paris to work with Professor Janine Cossy and Dr Christophe Meyer (ESPCI) on the total synthesis of Phoslactomycin. I subsequently was appointed as a Lecturer in 2007 and then Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry in 2016 at Newcastle University.


DPhil, Linacre College, Oxford, 2003
MChem, Brasenose College, Oxford, 1999

Previous Positions

CNRS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ESPCI, Paris, 2006
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, CSCB, University College Dublin, 2003-2005

Esteem Indicators

Associate Editor - RSC Advances


Research Interests

Synthetic organic chemistry: Natural Products, Bioactive molecules, Microwave Chemistry

Current Work

Current work is divided into three research areas; isolation, characterisation and synthesis of biologically active natural products, new synthetic methodology based on multicomponent "one pot" reactions and the development of new fluorophores for application in bioimaging and sensing.

Recent Funding

2014: A New Antibiotic for Gram Positive Bacterial Infections, Medical Research Council (MRC), £29,282

2013: A Novel Crosslinking Strategy for MS Structural Biology, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), £116,056

2012: Probing the Mechanisms of dSTORM Reporters, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), £118,521

2010: Towards commercial application of a novel method to prevent and remove bacterial biofilms, 14/07/2010, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), £137,802

2010: Diels-Alder/Ene Reactions for the Multi-Component Synthesis, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), £96,013


Undergraduate Teaching

CHY2101 - Organic Chemistry: Heteroaromatic Chemistry
CHY3101 - Advanced Organic Chemistry (Module leader)
CHY3105 - Advanced Organic Chemistry DL - (Module leader)
CHY8422 - Further Organic Chemistry (Module leader)

Postgraduate Teaching

CHY8820 - Organic Synthesis for Drug Targets
CHY8824 - Methods and Techniques for Drug Chemistry
CHY8811 - Research Project and Dissertation (Module leader)
MChem and MSc project supervison

Admissions Tutor and Degree Program Director - MSc Drug Chemistry