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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. 

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Awards & Fellowships





Sofja Kovalevskaja Award - Alexander von Humboldt Foundation




 Patrick D. Richie Prize - University of Strathclyde


 Reaxys Ph.D Prize - Elsevier

04.2018 - 08.2019



JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship - Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


PECRE Fellowship - Scottish Funding Council


03.2017 - 04.2018 



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



Gavin Forsyth Prize - University of Strathclyde




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



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



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




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


Franz Sondheimer Prize - University College London


Dean's List - University College London

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

Joshua Barham



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