Kara Howes


Postdoctoral Fellow


HCI G-312


+41-44-632 2998


Kara Howes



Study of Chemistry at The University of Hull, UK.


Industrial Placement with Sanofi-Aventis (formerly Sanofi-Synthelabo).


PhD at the University of Durham, UK, with Prof. M. R. Bryce. Thesis: "The Synthesis and Isolation of Novel Butadiyne Derivatives".

since 2008:

Postdoctoral Fellow at the ETH Zürich with Prof. F. Diederich.

Donor-acceptor systems for use in photovoltaics

The idea of harnessing the Sunís natural energy to provide an ecological power source is not a new one, indeed there have been many studies attempting to replicate the photosynthetic process. The use of donor-spacer-acceptor systems, wherein the donor is a porphyrin moiety, is currently under investigation.

Publications (née West)

K. West, L. N. Hayward, A. S. Batsanov, M. R. Bryce., Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2008, 5093-5098. Synthesis, structures and reactions of isolable terminal aryl/biaryl butadiynes.

C. Wang, A. S. Batsanov, K. West, M. R. Bryce., Org. Lett. 2008, 10, 3069-3072. Synthesis and crystal structures of isolable terminal aryl hexatriyne and octatetrayne derivatives.

K. West, C. Wang, A. S. Batsanov, M. R. Bryce, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2008, in press. Carbon-rich molecules: synthesis and isolation of aryl/heteroaryl terminal bis(butadiynes) and their applications in the synthesis of oligo(arylenebutadiynylene) molecular wires.

K. West, C. Wang, A.S. Batsanov, M. R. Bryce, J. Org. Chem., 2006, 71, 8541-8544. Are Terminal Aryl Butadiynes Stable? Synthesis and X-ray Crystal Structures of a Series of Aryl- and Heteroaryl-butadiynes.

Last update: Oct. 2008