Scott Stewart

Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M313), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile



A/Prof Scott Stewart completed a PhD at the Research School of Chemistry (ANU) and in 2002, A/Prof Stewart was awarded an Alexander von-Humboldt Fellowship to work at the Universität Göttingen, Germany. He was appointed at The University of Western Australia in late 2005.  Awards and affiliations include

2020: UWA Student Guild, Students Choice Award Winners, Semester 1

2019:  Japan Gateway Lectureship, Kyoto University Top Global Program (JGP), Japan
2019:  Lectureship Jinan University, China
2018:  Talent Recruitment Project of Guangdong, China
2018: Vice-President Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Australian Association
2018: UWA Student Guild, Students Choice Award Winners, Semester 2
2017: Kyoto University Foundation Invitation Fellowship for Research
2013: Awarded the Tasmanian Alkaloids Lectureship
2013: Awarded Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
2010 to 2104 and 2017, 2018:  RACI Organic Chemistry WA Representative
2010, 2003, 2004: Alexander von-Humboldt Fellow and Return Fellowship
2010: Awarded the RACI Athel Beckwith Lectureship 
2008: Establishment of the WA Synthetic and Organic Group of the RACI and of which he held the chair position from 2008-2012. 


Funding overview

Cancer Council of Western Australia
Alexander von-Humboldt Stiftung/Foundation
Ada Bartholomew Medical Research Trust Grant
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Health
UWA Priming Grant
Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Current projects

Nickel Catalysis in modern organic synthesis

The synthesis of indole alkaloid natural products

Rhodium catalysis methedology

Pyrrolesesquiterpene natural product synthesis

Synthesis of Thalidomide Derivatives for treatment of liver cancer

Natural Product Synthesis Utilising Palladium Catalysis

The preperation of anthrapyranone natural products as highly active antimicrobial and anticancer agents

The mechanism of enzymatic oxidative coupling reactions in biosynthesis


Dr. Kersten Gericke, Bayer AG

Dr Donald Bierer, Bayer AG.

Professor Masahiro Murakami, University of Kyoto

A/Professor Tomoya Miura, University of Kyoto

Professor George Yeoh, UWA

Dr Yit Heng Chooi, UWA

A Professor Frederick Pfeffer, Deakin University


Teaching overview

CHEM1002 Organic Chemistry

CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry

CHEM3004 Modern Organic Synthesis

CHEM3002 Chemical Explorations (Unit coordinator)

CHEM4001 Advanced Studies in Chemistry


Research interests include:

1. The efficient synthesis of natural products and their simplified ring systems.

2. The development of palladium and nickel catalysed cross coupling reactions

3. The use of domino type reactions in organic synthesis

4. The synthesis of new nickel catalysts

5. Medicinal chemistry: antibacterial agents; thalidomide analogues; anti-cancer agents

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research expertise keywords

  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Reaction methodology
  • Natural products and natural product synthesis
  • Nickel catalysis
  • Palladium and nickel mediated cross coupling reactions
  • Domino transformations
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Anti-bacterial agents
  • Thalidomide


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