Barton Conference 2007
27 May - 2 June 2007

Organic Chemistry: Perspectives on the 21st Century IV

We are happy to announce that, due to great interest, there will indeed be a 4th in the Barton Conference Series. These exclusive conferences bring together people who worked with Sir Derek Barton in his lifetime and wish to celebrate his life and achievements. Registration for this meeting is by invite only.

Date: 27 May - 2 June 2007
For Further Information: Please contact Michele Sahrle.

Airlines Servicing St. Lucia

American Airlines, US Airways, Delta Airways, American Eagle, BWIA, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, BMI, Air Canada, Air France, Condor via Barbados, LIAT, Caribbean Star


Hewanorra International Airport (18 miles)
Vigie Airport (inter-island) (30 miles)


Advise MMS of your flight number and we will arrange for a car to meet you. One taxi transfer each way is included in your package. Additional trips cost about US$60 (1-2 persons) from Hewanorra Airport and US$85 (1-2 persons) from George Charles Airport. Rates subject to change without notice.

ANSE CHASTANET now has a helipad in operation. The helipad is located in the hills behind ANSE CHASTANET where we can operate it without any noise disturbance to our guests. The helicopter transfers are approximately US 135 per person. If you wish to book a helicopter transfer, please let MMS know and we will book this for you.


Local Currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)


220 Volts/50 cycles


English is the official language, St. Lucians also speak a French derived Patois.


Dress is smart casual. Gentlemen usually wear long slacks or long cut bermuda shorts and collared shirts in the evening. We would like to discourage gents from wearing of t- shirts or "short shorts" at dinner time. Light cotton or linen is best. At lunchtime, we ask that our clients please not wear wet bathing suits in our bars and restaurants and that they please wear a suitable cover up.


Anse Chastanet does not accept children under the age of 6 years.

Entry Requirements

Visitors must carry valid passports, except USA and Canadian citizens who possess valid return tickets and I.D. (as ID - for example - a combination of birth certificate and photo id such as drivers licence are accepted - we still recommend you use your passport if you have one), staying for less than 6 months.

Visas are not required where the visitor is a citizen of the USA or a Commonwealth country, or where there is agreement for exemption between the home country and St. Lucia. Russia or former Soviet Union citizens, both Incoming and Outgoing, require Visas.

Nationals from the following countries require visas to enter St. Lucia:
Please visit

Sunday, 27 May
19.30 - 20.30 Welcome reception - cocktails
20.30 - 22.00 Dinner
Monday, 28 May
Chair - Tony Barrett
9.20 Opening Remarks
Tony Barrett
9.30 New Methods and Synthetic Applications of Asymmetric Heteroatom Transfer
Alan Armstrong
10.05 Natural Products as Inspiration in Agrochemical Lead Discovery
Steve Smith
10.40 Some Adventures in Drug Discovery
Bob Young
11.15 The Development of Clinically Effective Inhibitors of HIV Integrase
Neville Anthony
11.45 Total Synthesis of Biologically Intriguing Alkaloids
Bob Williams
12.20 - 14.00 Lunch
Chair- Tony Wood
18.00 Quinuclidine N-Oxide (QNO): Some Quite Nice Observations
Ian O'Neil
18.35 A Tale of Two *Cities
Rick Roberts
19.10 Australia's Science and Technology Response to Counter-terrorism
Greg Simpson
19.45 Some New Perspectives for Organic Synthesis
Samir Zard
20.20 - 22.00 Dinner
Tuesday, 29 May
Chair - Derrick Clive
9.30 Designer Porphyrazines: the Importance of Peripheral Substituent Change
Tony Barrett
10.05 Total Synthesis of Apoptolidin
Hermut Wehlan
10.40 De Novo Synthesis in Carbohydrate Chemistry
George O'Doherty
11.15 Adventures in Medicinal Chemistry
Tony Wood
11.45 Flow Chemistry
Ian Baxendale
12.20 - 14.00 Lunch
Chair- Steve Marsden
18.00 Towards a Biosynthetically-Inspired Synthesis of the Obtusallenes
Chris Braddock
18.35 Untangling the Mysteries of Hair : Structural and Chemical Knowledge of Hair, Applied to Cosmetic Treatment
Laure Ramos
19.10 Fun with Strained Rings
Mike Shipman
19.45 1,2-Dioxines - Ignored Starting Materials for Chemical Synthesis
Dennis Taylor
20.20 - 22.00 Dinner
Wednesday, 30 May
Chair - Daneel Ferreira
9.30 Enantioselective Bifunctional Organocatalysis: New Powerful Methods and Synthetic Applications
Darren Dixon
10.05 Enzyme Catalysed Reactions on the Solid Phase
Sabine Flitsch
10.40 Inducing Programmed Cell Death in Cancer Cells: A New Therapeutic Approach
John Flygare
11.15 Recent Developments in Asymmetric Catalysis and Total Synthesis
Pat Guiry
11.45 Natural Product Synthesis: A Stimulus for Discovery
Steve Ley
12.20 - 14.00 Lunch
Chair - Tony Barrett
18.00 Vignettes on the life and times of Sir Derek Barton
Bob Young & Samir Zard
18.45 Flatland Metalation: In Search of New Synthetic Aromatic Chemistry
Victor Snieckus
19.30 - 20.30 Champagne reception
20.30 - 22.00 Dinner
Thursday, 31 May
Chair - Bob Williams
9.30 Agrochemical Lead Discovery
Alan Spivey
10.05 Evolving Enzymes for Use in Organic Synthesis
Nick Turner
10.40 New Reactivity and Selectivity Using Transition Metal Catalysis
Mike Willis
11.15 Factor Xa - the Blood and Guts of It All
Jeremy Edmunds
11.45 Absolute Configuration of Proanthocyanidins via Circular Dichroism
Daneel Ferreira
12.20 - 14.00 Lunch
Chair- John Flygare
18.00 Organic Synthesis- An End-User's Perspective
Simon Baker
18.35 Some Recent Developments in Methodology and Natural Product Synthesis
Derrick Clive
19.10 Oxidative Cross-Coupling and Pericyclic Reactions for the Synthesis of Nitrogen Heterocycles
Rob Batey
19.45 Iron Salt-Catalyzed Alkylation of Indole or Pyrrole
Toshiyuki Itoh
20.20 - 22.00 Dinner
Friday, 1 June
Chair - Steve Ley
9.30 Quaternary Ammonium Salts; Versatile Catalysts for Organic Synthesis
Barry Lygo
10.05 Stereoselective Synthesis of Heterocyclic Compounds Through Domino Reactions
Akio Kamimura
10.40 New Organopalladium Methodology for Complex Molecule Synthesis
Mike Greaney
11.15 From Quaternary Asymmetric Centres to Heteroaromatics: a Stereochemist Repents
Steve Marsden
11.50 Closing Comments
Steve Ley
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
TBC Group sailing trip