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Dr. Joshua Barham

Joshua Philip Barham was born in 1991 in Watford (Hertfordshire, near London), United Kingdom. In 2013, he received his MSci. in Chemistry from University College London. During his Master Thesis, he developed an intramolecular conjugate addition nitro-Mannich reaction under the supervision of Prof. James (Jim) C. Anderson .

He joined the GlaxoSmithKline/University of Strathclyde Collaborative Ph.D programme for his doctoral studies, under the supervision of Prof. John A. Murphy (Strathclyde) and Dr. Matthew P. John (GSK). Based at GSK, he explored innovative methods for sustainable pharmaceutical manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), including photoredox catalysis and flow chemistry, within Global API Chemistry. During his secondment in the Murphy group at the University of Strathclyde, he investigated the mechanisms of transition metal-free coupling reactions of haloarenes with arenes.

After completing his Ph.D. in Feb. 2017, he went to the University of Shizuoka, Japan to join the group of Prof. Yoshitaka Hamashima for postdoctoral studies. There he investigated microwave flow chemistry supporting flow reactor manufacturer SAIDA FDS Inc. In 2018, he continued microwave flow chemistry research at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, within the group of Prof. Yasuo Norikane .

Since Dec. 2019, Joshua P. Barham leads an independent research group at the University of Regensburg, investigating photo-, electro-, photoelectro- and flow chemistry in organic synthesis. 

Awards & Fellowships


02.2021 - Present












Daimler and Benz Scholarship - Daimler and Benz Stiftung

Award value: 40,000 EUR (over 2 years)

"Every year twelve selected postdocs, junior professors and heads of young research groups receive a grant from the foundation. It is intended to strengthen their professional career, especially during the productive phase after their doctorate. The funding amount (...) can, for example, be used flexibly to finance research assistants, technical equipment, research trips or to participate in conferences. The Daimler and Benz Foundation also promotes the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas through regular meetings of the yound scientists of this steadily growing network of scholarship holders in Ladenburg. The funding program is open to applicants from all scientific disciplines; there are no thematic restrictions"








Thieme Chemistry Journal Award - Thieme Gruppe

"The Thieme Chemistry Journals Award, established in 1999 with the aim to encourage young scientists, is granted to prospective chemists, who have been recognized as high-potential researchers in the field of synthetic organic chemistry by the editorial board members of SYNTHESIS, SYNLETT and SYNFACTS"


11.2019 - Present











Sofja Kovalevskaja Award - Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Award value: 1,610,000 EUR (over 5 years)

"The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is granted to young exceptionally promising researchers from abroad in recognition of outstanding academic achievements. The award is designed to enable them to embark on academic careers in Germany by establishing their own junior research groups at research institutions in Germany "





 Patrick D. Richie Prize - University of Strathclyde

For "the best Thesis which combined scientific excellence with quality of presentation in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry session 2016-2017"






 Reaxys Ph.D Prize - Elsevier

"With submissions received from over 400 academic institutions worldwide, the Reaxys PhD Prize is the most important and recognised international Prize for young chemists. No other award will impact the development of a scientist like the Reaxys PhD Prize"


04.2018 - 08.2019






JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship - Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Award value: 8,640,000 JPY (over 2 years)

JSPS KAKENHI (Grant in Aid)- Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Award value: 2,400,000 JPY (over 2 years)





PECRE Fellowship - Scottish Funding Council

Award value: 3,000 GBP

"To support international Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange (PECRE)"

03.2017 - 04.2018 




NEDO Japan Trust Fellowship - New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Japan

Award Value: 8,030,000 JPY (over 1 year)




Gavin Forsyth Prize - University of Strathclyde

"This prize is awarded to a Ph.D student in the Organic Chemistry Section for outstanding performance in their second year of study"





Taylor & Francis Prize - 24th SCT Young Fellow Research Meeting, Paris Sud University

Awarded for the oral presentation entitled: "Selective N-CH3 Functionalization of Trialkylamines"






Outstanding Poster Award - 12th International Symposium on Organic Free Radicals, SIOC, Shanghai

First prize awarded to a poster entitled: "Contra-thermodynamic Hydrogen Atom Abstraction in the Selective C-H Functionalization of Trialkylamine N-CH3 Groups" (64 worldwide entries, three prizes)





Silver Award in Chemistry - Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) for Britain poster competition, U.K. Parliament, London

Awarded for the poster entitled: "Visible Light-Powered Synthesis: Making Light Work of Pharmaceuticals"





Ph.D. Student FellowshipGlaxoSmithKline/University of Strathclyde Collaborative Ph.D. Progamme

Award value: 63,000 GBP (over 3.5 years)




Franz Sondheimer Prize - University College London

"This prize is awarded annually to the student with the most outstanding performance in organic chemistry at UCL"





Dean's List - University College London

"Being included in the Dean's List is an honour given only to a few students each year. Its purpose is to commend those who have excelled in their chosen field of study"

  1. Fakulty of Chemistry and Pharmacy
  2. Institute of Organic Chemistry

Joshua Barham



Sofja Kovalevskaja Group Leader

Office: CH 23.2.80

Phone +49 (0)941 943-4373