Christopher Sandford, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Chris obtained his MChem from Merton College, University of Oxford (UK) in 2013, having conducted research in the area of bifunctional organocatalysis in the group of Prof. Darren Dixon. He then moved to the University of Bristol (UK) to work with Prof. Varinder Aggarwal FRS, where he investigated the functionalization of nucleophilic boronate complexes, obtaining his PhD in 2017. During his PhD studies, he was also a visiting researcher at both the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany). In 2017, Chris joined the laboratory of Prof. Matthew Sigman at the University of Utah as a postdoctoral researcher, working in collaboration with the laboratory of Prof. Shelley Minteer to investigate organometallic reaction mechanisms using a combination of electroanalytical techniques and modern data science methods. During this time, he was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, which included a return phase in Europe, commencing in 2020 at the Institut Català d'Investigació Química (ICIQ, Spain). At ICIQ, Chris worked in the laboratory of Prof. Ruben Martin studying the integration of electrocatalysis with nickel cross-coupling. In Fall 2021, Chris commenced his independent career as an Assistant Professor at Dartmouth.
Chris' research interests span all areas of homogeneous catalysis, including asymmetric organocatalysis, organometallic catalysis, molecular electrocatalysis, and photocatalysis. Outside of the lab, he enjoys running, hiking, reading novels, and playing musical instruments.
Selected Awards and Honors
Scialog Fellow in Automating Chemical Laboratories, 2023