Chris Horbaczewskyj  (funded by AstraZeneca CASE award/EPSRC, and jointly supervised by Dr Richard Bourne). Chris completed his Undergraduate degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, and joined Leeds in April 2015. He is working on the self-optimisation of continuous flow reactions using online mass spectrometry. Continuous flow and process optimisation are relatively new methods involved in chemical synthesis. Coupled together and with online analysis  forms a very powerful tool for the continuous synthesis and optimisation of chemical systems. The electrochemical synthesis of organometallic complexes has been developed in the group. Converting this route into continuous flow and coupling with online analysis gives a synthetic route with the ability to see the reaction progress in real time and allows the opportunity to fully optimise the chemical route catalytic application.

Research interests

Process research and development

Continuous flow systems

Self-optimisation reactions

On-line analysis of reactions

Scale-up of continuous processes

Electrochemical synthesis of metal complexes

Chemical reaction automation

Catalytic screening


  • MChem (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Process Research and Development