Personal Biography

I completed my degree in Chemistry (Summa cum Laude) at the Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy in 2012. I then moved to the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany for my doctoral studies on asymmetric Brønsted acid catalysis, under the supervision of Prof. Benjamin List. After obtaining my Ph.D. in 2017, I moved to the Chemistry Research Laboratory at the University of Oxford, first as a postdoctoral research associate in the group of Prof. V. Gouverneur and since 2018 as a EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow. I have been a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus since October 2018.

Research and Teaching

Since my Master studies, my research interest has focused on asymmetric catalysis, catalyst design and organic synthesis in general. My Ph.D. studies have mainly involved the development of novel activation modes for organocatalysis using Brønsted acids. My current research in Oxford is focused towards new approaches for asymmetric late-stage fluorination by employing safe and readily-available sources of fluoride. I teach Organic Chemistry at Merton College.


G. Pupo, A. C. Vicini, D. Ascough, F. Ibba, K. Christensen, A. L. Thompson. J. M. Brown, R. Paton, V. Gouverneur, “Hydrogen Bonding Phase-Transfer Catalysis with Potassium Fluoride: Enantioselective Synthesis of β-Fluoroamines”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 2878–2883.

G. Pupo, F. Ibba, D. Ascough, A. Vicini, P. Ricci, K. Christensen, L. Pfifer, J. R. Morphy, J. M. Brown, R. Paton, V. Gouverneur, “Asymmetric nucleophilic fluorination under hydrogen bonding phase-transfer catalysis”, Science 2018, 360, 638–642.

G. Pupo, R. Properzi, B. List “Asymmetric Catalysis with CO2: The Direct α-Allylation of Ketones”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 6099–6102; featured on the inside back cover (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 6107).

I. Felker, G. Pupo, P. Kraft, B. List “Design and Enantioselective Synthesis of Cashmeran Odorants by Using Enol Catalysis”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 1960–1964; featured on the cover picture (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 1679).