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Prof Steven Stanforth


Department: Applied Sciences

Steve Stanforth is Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Department of Applied Sciences. He studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield and thereafter continued studying at Sheffield for his PhD degree with Professor David Ollis, FRS. After a further year at Sheffield as a post-doctoral researcher, he was awarded a European Exchange Scholarship and moved to the CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France to work with Professor Sir Derek Barton, FRS. He then took up a lectureship at Northumbria University.


  • Chemistry PhD October 10 1983
  • Member (MRSC) Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) 1984

Key Publications

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  • Fluorogenic 7-azidocoumarin and 3/4-azidophthalimide derivatives as indicators of reductase activity in microorganisms, Chalansonnet, V., Lowe, J., Orenga, S., Perry, J., Robinson, S., Stanforth, S., Sykes, H., Truong, T. 15 Aug 2019, In: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
  • Fluorogenic L-alanylaminopeptidase substrates derived from 6-amino-2-hetarylquinolines and 7-amino-3-hetarylcoumarins and their potential applications in diagnostic microbiology, Cellier-Rastit, M., James, A., Orenga, S., Perry, J., Robinson, S., Turnbull, G., Stanforth, S. 15 May 2019, In: Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
  • The synthesis of novel chromogenic enzyme substrates for detection of bacterial glycosidases and their applications in diagnostic microbiology, Burton, M., Perry, J., Stanforth, S., Turner, H. 15 Sep 2018, In: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
  • Rapid detection of hydrogen sulfide produced by pathogenic bacteria in focused growth media using SHS-MCC-GC-IMS, Thompson, R., Perry, J., Stanforth, S., Dean, J. 1 Jul 2018, In: Microchemical Journal
  • Analysis of Listeria using exogenous volatile organic compound metabolites and their detection by static headspace–multi-capillary column–gas chromatography–ion mobility spectrometry (SHS–MCC–GC–IMS), Taylor, C., Lough, F., Stanforth, S., Schwalbe, E., Fowlis, I., Dean, J. Jul 2017, In: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • A chromatographic approach to distinguish Gram-positive from Gram-negative bacteria using exogenous volatile organic compound metabolites, Ramírez-Guízar, S., Sykes, H., Perry, J., Schwalbe, E., Stanforth, S., Perez-Perez, M., Dean, J. 9 Jun 2017, In: Journal of Chromatography A
  • Detection of L-alanylaminopeptidase activity in microorganisms using chromogenic self-immolative enzyme substrates, Cellier, M., James, A., Orenga, S., Perry, J., Rasul, A., Stanforth, S. 15 May 2017, In: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
  • Addition of phenylisocyanate to 3,5-diphenyl-1,2-dithiolium-4-olate gives a thioketone, Probert, M., Ramsden, C., Stanforth, S. 5 Apr 2017, In: Tetrahedron Letters
  • Detection of exogenous VOCs as a novel in vitro diagnostic technique for the detection of pathogenic bacteria, Lough, F., Perry, J., Stanforth, S., Dean, J. Feb 2017, In: TrAC - Trends in Analytical Chemistry
  • Studies relating to the synthesis, enzymatic reduction and cytotoxicity of a series of nitroaromatic prodrugs, Burke, P., Chun Wong, L., Jenkins, T., Knox, R., Meikle, I., Stanforth, S. 15 Dec 2016, In: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters

PGR Supervision

  • Viet Thang Truong Synthesis and Evaluation of Novel Enzyme Substrates and their Applications in Diagnostic Microbiology Start: 01/10/2016
  • Charlotte Marsh Start: 01/10/2017
  • Alexander Twist Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Novel Fluorogenic Compounds for the Detection and Identification of Microorganisms Start: 01/09/2014
  • Amy Garcha Start: 01/10/2018
  • Christopher Cains Synthesis and Evaluation of Novel Enzyme Substrates and Inducers as Reagents in Diagnostic Microbiology Start: 01/09/2011
  • Hannah Sykes Synthesis and Evaluation of Novel Fluorogenic Substrates for the Detection, Identification and Differentiation of Clinically Important Microorganisms Start: 01/07/2014


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