Dr. Alistair Sterling
Dr. Alistair Sterling is a computational organic chemist interested in uncovering the origins of chemical reactivity for the design of new reactions, pharmaceuticals and materials. He received his MChem Chemistry degree in 2017 from the University of Oxford (UK), where he spent a year in the group of Prof. Edward Anderson working on the total synthesis of polyene natural products. He received his DPhil in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford in 2021, working between the groups of Profs. Fernanda Duarte and Edward Anderson and supported by an Oxford-Radcliffe scholarship. During this time, Alistair worked on the use of computation to develop strain release chemistry for drug discovery, alongside projects spanning physical organic chemistry, synthetic reaction development, and transmembrane anion transport. He was subsequently awarded the EPSRC Doctoral Prize in 2021, spending six months in Oxford as a Postdoctoral Research Associate before moving to Berkeley, California, where he is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the University of California, Berkeley (USA). Alistair’s current research in the group of Prof. Martin Head-Gordon focuses on the development of theoretical tools to understand chemical bonding for the design of C–H functionalization catalysts.