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Fairbanks' Research Group

Welcome to the Fairbanks' Group Website!

AJF group

2017 Group - Left to right
back row, Thomas Tardi-Zuch, Cormac Hayes, Stuart Alexander, Antony Fairbanks
front row: Jude Ayogu, Henry Li, Kajitha Suthagar, Sivasinthujah Paramasivam, Andrea Mascherpa

About us

Here you will find details of our research group, based in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, including links to our publications and details of any vacancies we have.

Latest news

We have been awarded a three-year Marsden grant for $870,000 to continue our work on Lysosomal Storage Disorders, and we welcome new postdoc Henry Li and new PhD student Andrea Mascherpa to the group!

Recent papers

David Lim’s work on how to selectively acetylate only the anomeric hydroxyl group of fully de-protected sugars in water as the solvent (!) has been published in Chemical Science:

D. Lim, A. J. Fairbanks, Selective anomeric acetylation of unprotected sugars in water, Chem. Sci. 2017, 7, 1896-1900.

Kajitha’s work on how to easily reduce an azide into an amine just by treating with sodium iodide and acidic ion exchange resin has been published in Chemical Communications.

K. Suthagar, A. J. Fairbanks, A new way to do an old reaction: highly efficient reduction of organic azides by sodium iodide in the presence of acidic ion exchange resin, Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 713-715. 

Group Vacancies

We DO NOT currently have any funding to support Postdocs. However we are actively looking for prospective PhD students to start in 2018 who should therefore apply for a University scholarship to fund their studies. Please contact Antony Fairbanks by e-mail if this is the case:

We are also always interested in hearing from prospective Postdocs or academic visitors who are interested in applying for their own funding to come and join us. Please contact AJF by e-mail if this is the case:

Upcoming Events

Antony Fairbanks is attending the 18th European Carbohydrate Symposium in Barcelona, Spain, 2nd-6th July, 2017. See:

Antony Fairbanks is attending the Carbohydrate Gordon Research Conference, Mt Snow, VT, USA, 25th-30th June, 2017. See:



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    Fax: +64 3 364 2110
  • Department of Chemistry
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
    New Zealand
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