The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Dr. Christopher Newton will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, beginning in August 2020. Dr. Newton comes to UGA from the University of Adelaide in Australia, where his research is focused on directly addressing the problem of step-economy through the development of new reactions and strategies that enable the rapid generation of molecular complexity.
Dr. Newton obtained his undergraduate degree from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), and his PhD from the Australian National University under the supervision of Professor Michael Sherburn. He then moved to Lausanne, Switzerland to conduct a postdoctoral stay in the group of Professor Nicolai Cramer, before returning to Australia in 2018 to begin his independent academic career at the University of Adelaide. Dr. Newton is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2018 Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship, the 2017 Bayer Synthetic Organic Chemistry Postdoc Workshop, the 2016 EPFL Fellowship, and the 2015 Mander Award for Best PhD Thesis in Organic Chemistry.
We are excited to welcome Dr. Newton to the Chemistry Department faculty, and look forward to his work in both the classroom and the lab!