Robert John (Robin) Ferrier

BSc PhD FNZIC FRSNZ

 7 August 1932—11 July 2013

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In 1954, at the outset of my post-graduate experience in the Department of Chemistry in Edinburgh…I was introduced to carbohydrate chemistry, and with amazing lack of imagination I have never strayed too far from the subject since – but it has taken me to some undreamed of areas of chemistry and also of the world.”

Robin Ferrier c. 2000

Robin is honoured as the grandfather of carbohydrate chemistry in New Zealand. Three of his PhD student ‘children’, Regine Blattner, Peter Tyler and the author (RHF) were founding members of the 30-strong world class applied carbohydrate chemistry group at Industrial Research Limited (now Callaghan Innovation). Other ‘children’ have made significant contributions in industry, Crown Research Institutes and Ministries in New Zealand and overseas.

Robin was born in Edinburgh and attended George Heriot’s School. He described his discovery of organic chemistry as a 17-year-old schoolboy as a major piece of good fortune, and he immediately recognised it as the subject he wanted to pursue. He attended the University of Edinburgh and gained a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in 1954 and a PhD in plant polysaccharides in 1957, under Professor Gerald Aspinall.

Appointed to a teaching position at Birkbeck College, University of London, Robin’s focus turned from polysaccharides to monosaccharides. New laboratory tools and methods enabled their reactions and mechanisms to be studied like normal organic compounds, rather than a separate field, and Robin was a pioneer in this approach.

In 1962 he took up a position as a NATO Post Doctoral Fellow in Professor Melvin Calvin’s group at the University of California, Berkeley. The change of country and lifestyle had a significant impact on him in a number of respects. While at Berkeley, Calvin was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on the Calvin cycle, and from then on Robin enjoyed the speculation about potential nominees and the announcement of Nobel Prize recipients with enthusiasm. He also discovered a love of fresh fruit, which continued throughout his life.

More significantly, he met his US-born wife Carolyn Tompkins at International House, the student hostel where they were both living and where she was the in-house nurse.

The pair married in Edinburgh on 25 July 1962. Their first child, Alison, was born in 1964 and their son Duncan in 1968, both in London.

Ferrier spent a short time in Nigeria in 1966, teaching chemistry at the University of Ife. Another memorable visit, also sponsored by the British Council, was to Russia for a two-week stay in Professor Nicolai Kochetkov’s Moscow lab in 1968, where Ferrier carried out some early mass spectrometry work.

A desire to progress his career and give his family a better quality of life led to his decision to move to New Zealand. He was appointed Victoria University’s first Chair of Organic Chemistry in 1970.

Robin continued to lead work on the monosaccharides, specialising in their use as starting materials for the synthesis of non-carbohydrate compounds of pharmaceutical interest. He had previously clarified the mechanism of the Fischer glycosidation and discovered an allylic rearrangement reaction of glycals, now known as the Ferrier rearrangement.

Many of Robin’s best discoveries were made by following up unexpected chemical observations, which often led him into uncharted territory. His second ‘name’ reaction, the Ferrier carbocyclisation, was the result of this approach. While on sabbatical leave in 1984 as a Royal Society Research Fellow at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, he set up a reaction to run overnight and the next morning found his reaction flask full of a crystalline product, but not the one he expected. Upon investigation, he found he had discovered a new carbon-carbon bond forming reaction that allowed cyclitols to be made from free sugars – something nature does but chemists had struggled to achieve. The related Petasis-Ferrier rearrangement, a Lewis acid-catalysed carbon-carbon bond forming cyclisation reaction is also named in his honour.

The Ferrier reactions have become useful tools for chemists, in their work of piecing together synthetic routes to complex molecules for research and industry. Robin himself would never refer to the reactions using his own name however – he believed that would have been boastful.

At Victoria, Robin supervised 10 successful PhD students, many of whom went on to make significant contributions in New Zealand and overseas. He had high expectations for their progress and a rigour that demanded all experimental results be fully validated before they could be believed. His firm approach was softened by a quick wit and mischievous sense of humour.

Due to funding restraints and the isolation of New Zealand at the time, many of the chemical reagents used in his lab, which would nowadays be purchased, were made by the students themselves. This led to a deeper appreciation of their origins and properties. His PhD students recall with some fear, the sound of his footsteps coming down the long Easterfield third floor corridor each evening for an update on the day’s progress. A visit was particularly terrifying if the day had been frittered away, but wonderful if there was a sniff of new knowledge or a problem to be solved – student and teacher went straight to the chalkboard for an inspirational discourse.

Robin also found opportunities where his chemistry could serve the nation. Notable were his service on the Toxic Substances Board in the 1980s and the leadership of the Royal Society of New Zealand report Lead in the Environment that in 1986 confirmed the toxic effects of lead and began the phase-out of leaded petrol in this country.

In other applied work, he and Regine Blattner created a model system (the oxidation of cellobiitol) that elucidated the chemical reactions that cause nail sickness – an iron catalysed oxidative degradation of the cellulosic component of wood. With Anton Erasmuson, he made haptens based on synthetic fragments of the fungal toxophore, sporodesmin, that were used in attempts to create a vaccine against facial eczema in sheep.

Robin also conducted model studies that elucidated the mechanisms involved in a high temperature and pressure biomass liquefaction process with Wayne Severn. With Anna-Karin Tidèn he made the cyclitolamine moiety required for a 23-step total synthesis of the insecticidal natural product allosamidin, which is still highly sought after as an insecticidal standard.  

In his 50-year career, Robin published 180 papers, reviews and books, and gave 10 invited plenary lectures at international symposia. His reviews, notably as Senior Reporter for the Specialist Periodical Report Carbohydrate Chemistry published annually by the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) from 1966 to 2000, were of particular benefit to the chemical community. Perhaps the most valuable of these contributions was the book Monosaccharide Chemistry written with Dr Peter Collins in 1972 and majorly updated as Monosaccharides: Their chemistry and their roles in natural products in 1995.

Robin was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (1977) and the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (1972) and awarded a DSc (London, 1968). To his credit, by his retirement, most of the world’s top chemists had engaged with the challenges and opportunities offered by the chemical synthesis and modification of carbohydrates.

Robin loved sport. He played for the school cricket team from age 14, was an East of Scotland doubles champion in tennis and sported a nose rearranged by rugby. He spent days burning to a crisp at the Basin Reserve watching New Zealand play test cricket, and later in life he took up golf, one of his few concessions to retirement.

Robin and Carolyn were unfailingly hospitable to visiting chemists and loved to entertain people from all over the world. They were also loyal and regular members of St John’s in the City Presbyterian Church; Robin became an Elder in 1974 and served as Session Clerk and on various committees throughout his life. He was also the Presbytery representative on the Board of Governors at Scot’s College for 13 years.

After his retirement from Victoria University in 1998, Robin entered what he referred to as his ‘supposed retirement’, working with the carbohydrate chemists at Industrial Research Ltd. Here he continued to foster the next generation of carbohydrate chemists in New Zealand – his ‘grandchildren’, instilling his rigorous approach to chemistry with mentoring and assistance with the group’s publications.

In August 2012, Robin celebrated his 80th birthday and retired a second time. Later that year, the Ferrier Trust was set up in his honour, to bring a superstar scientist to New Zealand each year, to engage with chemistry students and lecture. Peppi Prasit, a Ferrier PhD graduate and founder of Amira Pharmaceuticals and Inception Sciences in the US, was the trust’s foundation donor. Despite Robin’s failing health and memory, it was a delight to have him attend the inaugural Ferrier Lecture in March 2013.

Richard Furneaux

Sarah Wilcox

Bibliography

Aspinall, G. O.; Ferrier, R. J. 1957: The constitution of barley-husk hemicellulose. Journal of the Chemical Society: 4188-4194.

Ferrier, R. J.; Tedder, J. M. 1957: Preparation of cyclic ketones by use of trifluoroacetic anhydride. Journal of the Chemical Society: 1435-1437.

Aspinall, G. O.; Ferrier, R. J. 1957: Spectrophotometric method for the determination of periodate consumed during the oxidation of carbohydrates. Chemistry and Industry (London): 1216.

Aspinall, G. O.; Ferrier, R. J. 1957: The synthesis of 2-O-β-D-xylopyranosyl-L-arabinose. Chemistry and Industry (London): 819.

Aspinall, G. O.; Ferrier, R. J. 1958: Cereal gums. III. The constitution of an arabinoxylan from barley flour. Journal of the Chemical Society: 638-642.

Aspinall, G. O. ; Ferrier, R. J. 1958: Synthesis of 2-[O-(β-D-xylopyranosyl)]-L-arabinose and its isolation from the partial hydrolysis of esparto hemicellulose. Journal of the Chemical Society: 1501-1505.

Ferrier, R. J.; Overend, W. G. 1959: Newer aspects of the stereochemistry of carbohydrates. Quarterly Review of the Chemical Society 13: 265-286.

Ferrier, R. J.; Overend, W. G. 1959: Periodate oxidation of 2-deoxyglycosides: Structure of 1-(2-deoxy-D-galactosyl)benzimidazole. Journal of the Chemical Society: 3638-3639.

Ferrier, R. J. 1961: The gas-liquid partition chromatography of the tetra-O-acetylpentopyranoses. Chemistry and Industry (London): 831-832.

Ferrier, R. J. 1961: Interaction of phenylboronic acid with hexosides. Journal of the Chemical Society: 2325-2330.

Moses, V.; Ferrier, R. J. 1962: Biochemical preparation of D-xylulose and L-ribulose. Details of the action of Acetobacter suboxydans on D-arabitol, ribitol, and other polyhydroxy compounds. Biochemical Journal 83: 8-14.

Moses, V.; Ferrier, R. J.; Calvin, M. 1962: Characterization of the photosynthetically synthesized γ-keto acid phosphate as a diphosphate ester of 2-keto-L-gulonic acid. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 48: 1644-1650.

Ferrier, R. J. 1962: The configuration of the 2-C-hydroxymethylpentonic acids. Journal of the Chemical Society: 3544-3549.

Ferrier, R. J.; Overend, W. G.; Ryan, A. E. 1962: The reaction between 3,4,6-tri-O-acetyl-D-glucal and p-nitrophenol. Journal of the Chemical Society: 3667-3670.

Ferrier, R. J. 1962: Structure and chromatographic properties of carbohydrates. II. The liquid-liquid partition mobilities of aldono-γ-lactones. Journal of Chromatography 9: 251-252.

Ferrier, R. J. 1962: Structure and chromatographic properties of carbohydrates. III. Gas-liquid partition mobilities of pyranose derivatives. Tetrahedron 18: 1149-1154.

Ferrier, R.J.; Overend, W. G.; Ryan, A. E. 1962: Structure and reactivity of anhydro sugars. IV. Action of alkali on 2-deoxy-D-arabino-hexose: structure of iso-glucal. Journal of the Chemical Society: 1488-1490.

Ferrier, R. J.; Singleton, M. F. 1962: The trimethylsilylation of D-xylose and the nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of the major products. Tetrahedron 18: 1143-1148.

Ferrier, R. J.; Overend, W. G.; Rafferty, G. A.; Wall, H. M.; Williams, N. R. 1963: Determination of the configuration of branched-chain sugars. Proceedings of the Chemical Society, London: 133.

Ferrier, R. J.; Williams, N. R. 1964: Applications of instrumental techniques in structural monosaccharide chemistry. Chemistry and Industry (London): 1696-1707.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasad, D.; Rudowski, A.; Sangster, I. 1964: Boric acid derivatives as reagents in carbohydrate chemistry. Part II. The interaction of phenylboronic acid with methyl xylopyranosides. Journal of the Chemical Society: 3330-3334.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasad, D.; Rudowski, A. 1964: Isolation of the four methyl xylosides. Chemistry and Industry (London): 1260-1261.

Ferrier, R. J.; Marsh, R. W. 1964: Ring-sealed rotary evaporator. Chemistry and Industry (London): 1559-1560.

Ferrier, R. J. 1964: The role of physical methods in the elucidation of organic structures: essay review. Chemistry and Industry (London): 64-66.

Ferrier, R. J. 1964: Unsaturated carbohydrates. II. Three reactions leading to unsaturated glycopyranosides. Journal of the Chemical Society: 5443-5449.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasad, D.; Rudowski, A. 1965: Boric acid derivatives as reagents in carbohydrate chemistry. III. The interaction of phenylboronic acid with methyl xylofuranosides and the isolation of the four methyl xylosides. Journal of the Chemical Society: 858-863.

Ferrier, R. J.; Hannaford, A. J.; Overend, W. G.; Smith, B. C. 1965: Boric acid derivatives as reagents in carbohydrate chemistry. IV. The interaction of phenylboronic acid with hexopyranoid compounds. Carbohydrate Research 1: 38-43.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasad, D. 1965: Boric acid derivatives as reagents in carbohydrate chemistry. V. The interaction of phenylboronic acid with methyl pentopyranosides. Syntheses of 3- and 2,4-substituted ribose derivatives. Journal of the Chemical Society: 7425-7428.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasad, D. 1965: Boric acid derivatives as reagents in carbohydrate chemistry. VI. Phenylboronic acid as a protecting group in disaccharide synthesis. Journal of the Chemical Society: 7429-7432.

Williams, D. T.; Jones, J. K. N.; Dennis, N. J.; Ferrier, R. J.; Overend, W. G. 1965: The oxidation of sugar acetals and thioacetals by Acetobacter suboxydans. Canadian Journal of Chemistry 43: 955-959.

Ferrier, R. J.; Overend, W. G.; Ryan, A. E. 1965: Reactions at position 1 of carbohydrates. VII. The action of potassium hydroxide on aryl 2-deoxy-α-D-arabino-hexopyranosides. Journal of the Chemical Society: 3484-3486.

Ferrier, R. J.; Overend, W. G.; Sankey, G. H. 1965: Unsaturated carbohydrates. III. A rearrangement reaction in the 2-hydroxyglycal series: Further exceptions to Hudson’s isorotation rule. Journal of the Chemical Society: 2830-2836.

Ferrier, R. J. 1965: Unsaturated sugars. Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry 20: 67-137.

Ciment, D. M.; Ferrier, R. J. 1966: Unsaturated carbohydrates. IV. Allylic rearrangement reactions of 3,4,6-tri-O-acetyl-D-galactal. Journal of the Chemical Society C: Organic: 441-445.

Ciment, D. M.; Ferrier, R. J.; Overend, W. G. 1966: Unsaturated carbohydrates. V. Displacements of 4- and 6-sulfonyloxy groups from methyl 2,3-didehydro-2,3-dideoxyhexopyranoside derivatives. Journal of the Chemical Society C: Organic: 446-449.

Ferrier, R. J.; Sankey, G. H. 1966: Unsaturated carbohydrates. VI. A modified synthesis of 2-hydroxyglycal esters, and their conversion into esters of 2,3-didehydro-3-deoxyaldoses. Journal of the Chemical Society C: Organic: 2339-2345.

Ferrier, R. J.; Sankey, G. H. 1966: Unsaturated carbohydrates. VII. The preference shown by allylic ester groupings on pyranoid rings for the quasi-axial orientation. Journal of the Chemical Society C: Organic: 2345-2349.

Ferrier, R. J.; Hatton, L. R. 1967: The acid-catalysed condensation of D-xylose with benzaldehyde in the presence of alcohols. Two diastereoisomeric 1,2:3,5-di-O-benzaldehyde-α-D-xylofuranoses. Carbohydrate Research 5: 132-139.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasad, N. 1967: Conformational free energies of allylic hydroxy, acetoxy, and methoxy groups in cyclohexenes. Journal of the Chemical Society C: Organic: 1417-1420.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasad, N. 1968: The application of unsaturated carbohydrates to glycoside syntheses: 6-O-α-D-mannopyranosyl-, 6-O-α-D-altropyranosyl-, 6-O-(3,6-anhydro-α-D-glucopyranosyl)-D-galactose. Chemical Communications: 476-477.

Ferrier, R. J.; Overend, W. G.; Rafferty, G. A.; Wall, H. W.; Williams, N. R. 1968: Branched-chain sugars. VIII. A contribution to the chemistry of 2-C-methyl-L-arabinose and -ribose. Journal of the Chemical Society C: Organic: 1091-1095.

Ferrier, R. J.; Hatton, L. R. 1968: Radioactive sugars. I. Aspects of the alcoholysis of D-xylose and D-glucose. Role of the acyclic acetals. Carbohydrate Research 6: 75-86.

Ferrier, R. J.; Hatton, L. R.; Overend, W. G. 1968: Radioactive sugars. II. Ethanethiolysis of D-xylose. Carbohydrate Research 6: 87-96.

Ferrier, R. J.; Hatton, L. R.; Overend, W. G. 1968: Studies with radioactive sugars. III. The mechanism of the anomerisation of ethyl α- and β-D-xylopyranoside. Carbohydrate Research 8: 56-60.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasad, N.; Sankey, G. H. 1968: Unsaturated carbohydrates. VIII. Intramolecular allylic isomerisations of 1-deoxyald-1-enopyranose (2-hydroxyglycal) esters. Journal of the Chemical Society C: Organic: 974-977.

Guthrie, R. D.; Ferrier, R. J.; How, M. J. 1968: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 1. Specialist Periodical Report, 294 pages, The Chemical Society, London.

Ferrier, R. J.; Williams, D. T. 1969: Attempted intramolecular sulfoxide oxidations of alcohols; the diastereoisomeric 1-deoxy-1-(ethylsulfinyl)-L-galactitols. Carbohydrate Research 10: 157-160.

Ferrier, R. J. 1969: Configurational analysis in carbohydrate chemistry. Progress in Stereochemistry 4: 43-96.

Ferrier, R. J. 1969: Monosaccharide chemistry. Chemistry in Britain 5: 15-21.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasad, N. 1969: Unsaturated carbohydrates. IX. Synthesis of 2,3-dideoxy-α-D-erythro-hex-2-enopyranosides from tri-O-acetyl-D-glucal. Journal of the Chemical Society C: Organic: 570-575.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasad, N. 1969: Unsaturated carbohydrates. X. Epoxidations and hydroxylations of 2,3-dideoxy-α-D-hex-2-enopyranosides. Four methyl 4,6-di-O-acetyl-2,3-anhydro-α-D-hexopyranosides. Journal of the Chemical Society C: Organic: 575-580.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasad, N. 1969: Unsaturated carbohydrates. XI. Isomerization and dimerization of tri-O-acetyl-D-glucal. Journal of the Chemical Society C: Organic: 581-586.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasad, N.; Sankey, G. H. 1969: Unsaturated carbohydrates. XII. Synthesis and properties of 3-deoxy-α- and -β-D-erythro-hex-2-enopyranoside esters. Journal of the Chemical Society C: Organic: 587-591.

Ferrier, R. J. 1969: Unsaturated sugars. Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry 24: 199-266.

Guthrie, R. D.; Ferrier, R. J.; How, M. J.; Somers, P. J. 1969: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 2. Specialist Periodical Report, 309 pages, The Chemical Society, London.

Ferrier, R. J.; Vethaviyasar, N. 1970: Allylic isomerisations of unsaturated carbohydrate derivatives. New approach to the synthesis of amino, thio, and branched-chain sugars. Journal of the Chemical Society D: Chemical Communications: 1385-1387.

Ferrier, R. J. 1970: Newer observations on the synthesis of O-glycosides. Fortschritte der Chemischen Forschung 14: 389-429.

Ferrier, R. J.; Vethaviyasar, N.; Chizhov, O. S.; Kadentsev, V. I.; Zolotarev, B. M. 1970: Unsaturated carbohydrates. XIII. Mass spectrometry of hex-2- and hex-3-enopyranosyl derivatives. Carbohydrate Research 13: 269-280.

Guthrie, R. D.; Ferrier, R. J.; Inch, T. D.; Somers, P. J. 1970: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 3. Specialist Periodical Report, 297 pages, The Chemical Society, London.

Ferrier, R. J. 1971: From mysteries to dilemmas: an inaugural address delivered on 9 September 1971, Victoria University of Wellington.

Ferrier, R. J.; Ponpipom, M. M. 1971: Unsaturated carbohydrates. XIV. Isomerization of (2-hexenopyranosyl)purine nucleoside derivatives. Journal of the Chemical Society C: Organic: 553-559.

Ferrier, R. J.; Ponpipom, M. M. 1971: Unsaturated carbohydrates. XV. Synthesis of (3′-deoxy-2′-hexenopyranosyl)purine derivatives. Journal of the Chemical Society C: Organic: 560-562.

Ferrier, R. J.; Vethaviyasar, N. 1971: Unsaturated carbohydrates. XVI. Isomerization of allylic 4-azides and 4-thiocyanates and the subsequent synthesis of 2-acetamido-2-deoxyhexopyranoside derivatives. Journal of the Chemical Society C: Organic: 1907-1913.

Brimacombe, J. S.; Ferrier, R. J.; Guthrie, R. D.; Inch, T. D.; Kennedy, J. F. 1971: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 4. Specialist Periodical Report, 278 pages, The Chemical Society, London.

Ferrier, R. J. 1972: Applications of phenylboronic acid in carbohydrate chemistry. Methods in Carbohydrate Chemistry 6: 419-426.

Bethell, G. S.; Ferrier, R. J. 1972: Direct conversion of 3,5,6-tri-O-benzoyl-1,2-O-isopropylidene-α-D-glucose into 4,5,6-tri-O-benzoyl-2,3-di-S-ethyl-2,3-dithio-D-allose diethyl dithioacetal. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 1033-1037.

Ferrier, R. J. 1972: Modified synthesis of 1-deoxyald-1-enopyranose (2-hydroxyglycal) esters. Conversion of 1,2-unsaturated pyranoid compounds into 2,3-unsaturated glycopyranosyl derivatives. Methods in Carbohydrate Chemistry 6: 307-311.

Ferrier, R. J.; Collins, P.M. 1972: Monosaccharide Chemistry, 318 pages, Penguin Books, London.

Bethell, G. S.; Ferrier, R. J. 1972: Path of the conversion of 3,5,6-tri-O-benzoyl-1,2-O-isopropylidene-α-D-glucose into 4,5,6-tri-O-benzoyl-2,3-di-S-ethyl-2,3-dithio-D-allose diethyl dithioacetal. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 2873-2878.

Brimacombe, J. S.; Ferrier, R. J.; Guthrie, R. D.; Inch, T. D.; Kennedy, J. F.; Sturgeon, R. J. 1972: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 5. Specialist Periodical Report, 434 pages, The Chemical Society, London.

Brimacombe, J. S.; Da’aboul, I.; Tucker, L. C. N.; Calvert, N.; Ferrier, R. J. 1973: Intramolecular cyclization of 3,6-anhydro-D-glucal. Carbohydrate Research 27: 254-256.

Ferrier, R. J.; Hay, R. W.; Vethaviyasar, N. 1973: Potentially versatile synthesis of glycosides. Carbohydrate Research 27: 55-61.

Bethell, G. S.; Ferrier, R. J. 1973: Radioactive sugars. IV. Methanolysis of D-fructose and L-sorbose. Carbohydrate Research 31: 69-80.

Bethell, G. S.; Ferrier, R. J. 1973: The relayed introduction of alkylthio-groups into carbohydrate derivatives: a novel synthesis of amicetose. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 1400-1405.

Ferrier, R. J.; Vethaviyasar, N. 1973: Unsaturated carbohydrates. XVII. Synthesis of branched-chain sugar derivatives by the Claisen rearrangement. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 1791-1793.

Brimacombe, J. S.; Ferrier, R. J.; Guthrie, R. D.; Inch, T. D.; Kennedy, J. F.; Sturgeon, R. J. 1973: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 6. Specialist Periodical Report, 620 pages, The Chemical Society, London.

Boolieris, D. S.; Ferrier, R. J.; Branda, L. A. 1974: Metal-assisted synthesis of glycofuranosylamine derivatives. Carbohydrate Research 35: 131-139.

Bethell, G. S.; Ferrier, R. J. 1974: Selective C-1 ethanethiolysis and deuteration in keto-hexulose pentacetates. Carbohydrate Research34: 194-199.

Ferrier, R. J.; Hurford, J. R. 1974: Unsaturated carbohydrates. XVIII. Esters of 1,4-anhydro-L-erythro-pent-1-enitol (a furanoid 2-hydroxyglycal). Carbohydrate Research 38: 125-131.

Ferrier, R. J. 1975: Polyhydric alcohols (alditols). Chapter 22, pp 1-18 in: Supplements to the 2nd edition of Rodd’s chemistry of carbon compounds, Ansell, M. F. (ed.), Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Ferrier, R. J. 1975: Monosaccharides and their derivatives. Chapter 23, pp 19-229 in: Supplements to the 2nd edition of Rodd’s chemistry of carbon compounds, Ansell, M. F. (ed.), Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Brimacombe, J. S.; Ferrier, R. J.; Guthrie, R. D.; Hughes, N. A.; Kennedy, J. F.; Marshall, R. D.; Sturgeon, R. J. 1975: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 7. Specialist Periodical Report, 612 pages, The Chemical Society, London.

Ferrier, R. J. 1976: Displacement, elimination and rearrangement reactions. Chapter 2, pp 35-88 in: International Review of Science, Organic Chemistry, Series two, Volume 7, Carbohydrates. Aspinall, G. O. (ed.), Butterworth, London.

Ferrier, R. J. 1976: The sea as a source of fine chemicals. Chemistry in New Zealand 40: 106-109.

Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H. 1976: Synthesis of 1,2-trans-related 1-thioglycoside esters. Carbohydrate Research 52: 63-68.

Brimacombe, J. S.; Ferrier, R. J.; Hughes, N. A.; Kennedy, J. F.; Marshall, R. D.; Sturgeon, R. J.; Williams, N. R. 1976: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 8. Specialist Periodical Report, 486 pages, The Chemical Society, London.

McLennan, T. J.; Robinson, W. T.; Bethell, G. S.; Ferrier, R. J. 1977: 4,5,6-Tri-O-benzoyl-2,3-di-S-ethyl-2,3-dithio-D-allose diethyl dithioacetal. Acta Crystallographica B33: 2888-2891.

Erasmuson, A. F.; Ferrier, R. J.; Franca, N. C.; Gottlieb, H. E.; Wenkert, E. 1977: 13C Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of vanillin derivatives. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 492-494.

Blattner, R.; Ferrier, R. J.; Tyler, P. C. 1977: Aspects of the tautomerism of 2-(D-galacto-1,2,3,4,5-pentahydroxypentyl)benzothiazoline. Carbohydrate Research 54: 199-208.

Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H. 1977: Carbon-5 bromination of some glucopyranuronic acid derivatives. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 1996-2000.

Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H. 1977: The chemistry of some 1-mercury(II)-thio-D-glucose compounds; a new synthesis of 1-thio sugars. Carbohydrate Research 57: 73-83.

Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H. 1977: A new route to L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications: 332-333.

Ferrier, R. J., Furneaux, R. H.; Tyler, P. C. 1977: Observations on the possible application of glycosyl disulfides, sulfenic esters, and sulfones in the synthesis of glycosides. Carbohydrate Research 58: 397-404.

Ferrier, R. J.; Srivastava, V. K. 1977: The synthesis of some methyl 6-deoxy-2-O-p-tolylsulfonyl-D-xylo-hexofuranosid-5-ulose derivatives and their reactions with bases. Carbohydrate Research 59: 333-341.

Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H. 1977: Unsaturated carbohydrates. Part 20. Direct conversion of phenyl 1-thiohexoside esters into phenyl 1-thiohex-1-enopyranosid-3-ulose esters. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 1993-1996.

Ferrier, R .J.; Vethaviyasar, N. 1977: Unsaturated carbohydrates: Part XIX. Isomerization, with allylic rearrangement, of hex-2-enopyranoside 4-xanthate esters. Carbohydrate Research 58: 481-483.

Brimacombe, J. S.; Ferrier, R. J.; Hughes, N. A.; Kennedy, J. F.; Sturgeon, R. J.; Williams, N. R. 1977: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 9. Specialist Periodical Report, 486 pages, The Chemical Society, London.

Ferrier, R. J. 1978: Carbohydrate boronates. Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry 35: 31-80.

Ferrier, R. J.; Tyler, P. C. 1978: Introduction, substitution, and elimination of bromine at C-5 of aldopyranose peresters. Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications: 1019-1020.

Brimacombe, J. S.; Catley, B. J.; Ferrier, R. J.; Kennedy, J. F.; Sturgeon, R. J.; Williams, J. M.; Williams, N. R. 1978: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 10. Specialist Periodical Report, 524 pages, The Chemical Society, London.

Blunt, J. W.; Erasmuson, A. F.; Ferrier, R. J.; Munro, M. H. G. 1979: Syntheses of haptens related to the benzenoid and indole portions of sporidesmin A; carbon-13 NMR spectra of indole derivatives. Australian Journal of Chemistry 32: 1045-1054.

Ferrier, R. J. 1979: Unsaturated carbohydrates. Part 21. A carbocyclic ring closure of a hex-5-enopyranoside derivative. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 1455-1458.

Brimacombe, J. S.; Catley, B. J.; Ferrier, R. J.; Kennedy, J. F.; Sturgeon, R. J.; Williams, J. M.; Williams, N. R. 1979: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 11. Specialist Periodical Report, 546 pages, The Chemical Society, London.

Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H. 1980: 1,2-trans-1-Thioglycosides. Methods in Carbohydrate Chemistry 8: 251-253.

Blattner, R.; Ferrier, R. J.; Prasit, P. 1980: New approach to aminoglycoside antibiotics. Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications: 944-945.

Blattner, R.; Ferrier, R. J. 1980: Photobromination of carbohydrate derivatives. Part 2. Penta-O-acetyl-β-D-glucopyranose; the 5-bromo derivative and products of further bromination. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 1523-1527.

Ferrier, R. J.; Tyler, P. C. 1980: Photobromination of carbohydrate derivatives. Part 3. C-5 Bromination of penta-O-benzoyl-α- and -β-D-glucopyranose; a route to D-xylohexos-5-ulose derivatives and α-L-idopyranosides. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 1528-1534.

Ferrier, R. J.; Tyler, P. C. 1980: Photobromination of carbohydrate derivatives. Part 4. Observations on some glucopyranoside esters; a simple route to aryl α-L-idopyranosides. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 2762-2767.

Ferrier, R. J.; Tyler, P. C. 1980: Photobromination of carbohydrate derivatives. Part 5. Preparation and reactions of (5S)-1,2,3,4-tetra-O-acetyl-5-bromo-β-D-xylopyranose; a new type of ‘double-headed’ nucleoside. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 2767-2773.

Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H. 1980: Photobromination of carbohydrate derivatives. VI. Functionalization at C6 of 2,3,4-tri-O-acetyl-1,6-anhydro-β-D-glucopyranose. Australian Journal of Chemistry 33: 1025-1036.

Ferrier, R. J. 1980: Physical methods for structural analysis. III. Polarimetry, pp. 1354-1375, Academic Press.

Ferrier, R. J. 1980: Physical methods for structural analysis. VI. X-ray and neutron diffraction, pp. 1437-1444, Academic Press.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasit, P. 1980: Unsaturated carbohydrates. 23. The methoxymercuration of a 6-deoxyhex-5-enopyranoside derivative and reactions of the products. Carbohydrate Research 82: 263-272.

Blattner, R.; Ferrier, R. J.; Tyler, P. C. 1980: Unsaturated carbohydrates. Part 22. Alkenes from 5-bromohexopyranose derivatives. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 1535-1539.

Ferrier, R. J. 1980: Unsaturated sugars. Chapter 19, pp 843-879 in: The Carbohydrates, Volume 1B, 2nd edition, Pigman, W. and Horton, D. (ed.), Academic Press, New York.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasit, P. 1981: A general route to optically pure prostaglandins from a D-glucose derivative. Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications: 983-985.

Kennedy, J. F.; Williams, N. R.; Davidson, B.; Morrison, I. M.; Ferrier, R. J.; Sturgeon, C. M.; Sturgeon, R. J. 1981: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 12. Specialist Periodical Report, 624 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, London.

Kennedy, J. F.; Williams, N. R.; Davidson, B.; Morrison, I. M.; Ferrier, R. J.; Richardson, A. C.; Sturgeon, C. M.; Sturgeon, R. J. 1982: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 13. Specialist Periodical Report, 746 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, London.

Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H.; Prasit, P.; Tyler, P. C.; Brown, K. L; Gainsford, G. J.; Diehl, J. W. 1983: Functionalised carbocycles from carbohydrates. Part 2. The synthesis of 3-oxa-2-azabicyclo[3.3.0]octanes. X-Ray crystal structure of (1R,5S)-6-exo,7-endo,8-exo-triacetoxy-N-methyl-4-endo-phenylthio-3-oxa-2-azabicyclo[3.3.0]octane. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 1621-1628.

Ferrier, R. J; Prasit, P.; Gainsford, G. J. 1983: Functionalized carbocycles from carbohydrates. Part 3. The synthesis of the epoxy lactone prostaglandin intermediate via an isoxazolidine derivative. X-ray crystal structure of (1R,5R)-6-exo,7-endo-bis(benzoyloxy)-8-exo-iodo-3-oxo-2-oxabicyclo[3.3.0]octane. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 1629-1634.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasit, P.; Gainsford, G. J.; Le, P. Y. 1983: Functionalized carbocycles from carbohydrates. Part 4. The synthesis of the epoxy lactone prostaglandin intermediate via bicyclo[3.2.0]heptane derivatives. X-ray crystal structure of (1R)-5-endo-acetyl-2-exo,3-endo-bis(benzoyloxy)bicyclo[2.2.1]heptane. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 1635-1640.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasit, P.; Tyler, P. C. 1983: Functionalized carbocycles from carbohydrates. Part 5. The synthesis of the epoxybicyclo[3.2.0]heptanone ethylene acetal prostaglandin intermediate. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 1641-1644.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasit, P. 1983: Routes to prostaglandins from sugars. Pure and Applied Chemistry 55: 565-576.

Ferrier, R. J.; Prasit, P. 1983: Unsaturated carbohydrates. Part 25. Abbreviated synthesis of the insect pheromone (+)-exo-brevicomin from a nona-3,8-dienulose derivative. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 1645-1647.

Williams, N. R.; Davidson, B.; Ferrier, R. J.; Richardson, A. C. 1983: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 14, Part I: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, 236 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, London.

Williams, N. R.; Davidson, B.; Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H. 1983: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 15, Part I: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, 277 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, London.

Chew, S.; Ferrier, R. J. 1984: Application of ultrasound in carbohydrate chemistry. Synthesis of optically pure functionalized hexahydro-anthracenes and -naphthacenes. Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications, 911-912.

Prasad, D.; Prasad, N.; Prasad, R. M.; Ferrier, R. J.; Milgate, S. M. 1984: 13C N.M.R. examination of ethyl cyano(arylhydrazono)acetates. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1, 1397-1399.

Ferrier, R. J.; Haines, S. R. 1984: Functionalized carbocycles from carbohydrates. Part 6. A route to functionalized cyclopentanes from 6-deoxyhex-5-enopyranoside derivatives. Carbohydrate Research 130: 135-146.

Ferrier, R. J.; Haines, S. R. 1984: Photobromination of carbohydrate derivatives. Part 7. Reaction of furanose derivatives with bromine: 4′-bromo- and 4′-fluoro-aldofuranose and -nucleoside esters. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1, 1675-1681.

Ferrier, R. J.; Haines, S. R.; Gainsford, G. J.; Gabe, E. J. 1984: Photobromination of carbohydrate derivatives. Part 8. Reaction of furanose derivatives with N-bromosuccinimide. X-ray molecular structure of 1-O-acetyl-2,5,6-tri-O-benzoyl-4-hydroxy-3,4-O-(α-succinimidobenzylidene)-β-D-galactofuranose. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1, 1683-1687.

Ferrier, R. J.; Haines, S. R. 1984: A synthesis of 1,2-trans-related glycofuranosyl acetates. Carbohydrate Research 127:157-161.

Ferrier, R. J.; Haines, S. R. 1984: Unsaturated carbohydrates. Part 26. Alkenes from 4-bromohexofuranose esters. Reactions of 5-deoxyald-4-enofuranose derivatives in the presence of mercury(II) ions. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1, 1689-1692.

Williams, N. R.; Davidson, B.; Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H.; Khan, R. 1984: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 16, Part I: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, 286 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, London.

Blattner, R.; Ferrier, R. J. 1985: Effects of iron, copper, and chromate ions on the oxidative degradation of cellulose model compounds. Carbohydrate Research 138: 73-82.

Ferrier, R. J.; Tyler, P. C.; Gainsford, G. J. 1985: Functionalized carbocycles from carbohydrates. Part 7. A route to carbacyclin from a D-glucose derivative. X-ray crystal structure of 3-endo-benzoyloxy-2-exo-(1,3-diphenyl-1,3,2-diazaphospholan-2-yloxymethyl)-6-oxobicyclo[3.3.0]octane. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1, 295-300.

Chew, S.; Ferrier, R. J.; Prasit, P.; Tyler, P. C. 1985: Routes to carbocyclic compounds of pharmaceutical importance from carbohydrates, pp 247-253 in: Organic synthesis: an interdisciplinary challenge, Streith, J., Prinzbach, H. and Schill, G.; (ed.), Blackwell Scientific Inc, Oxford.

Ferrier, R. J.; Schmidt, P.; Tyler, P. C. 1985: Unsaturated carbohydrates. Part 27. Synthesis of (-)-exo-brevicomin from a nona-3,8-dienulose derivative. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1, 301-303.

Ferrier, R. J.; Tyler, P. C. 1985: Synthesis and photolysis of some carbohydrate 1,6-dienes. Carbohydrate Research 136: 249-258.

Blattner, R.; Ferrier, R. J.; Haines, S. R. 1985: Unsaturated carbohydrates. Part 28. Observations on the conversion of 6-deoxyhex-5-enopyranosyl compounds into 2-deoxyinosose derivatives. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1, 2413-2416.

Williams, N. R.; Davidson, B.; Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H. 1985: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 17, Part I: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, 275 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, London.

Blattner, R.; Ferrier, R. J. 1986: Functionalized carbocycles from carbohydrates. Part 9. Direct synthesis of 6-oxabicyclo[3.2.1]octane derivatives from deoxyinoses. Carbohydrate Research 150: 151-162.

Ferrier R. J.; Davies, R. B.; Edwards I. R.; Fergusson D. M.; Reeves R. D.; Scott P. J.; Stevenson C. D. 1986: Lead in the Environment in New Zealand. The Royal Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Series 14, The Royal Society of New Zealand, Wellington. 130 pages.

Ferrier, R. J. 1986: Lead in the environment in New Zealand. Chemistry in New Zealand, August, 107-111.

Williams, N. R.; Davidson, B.; Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H.; Wightman, R. H. 1986. 284 pages, Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 18, Part I: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, The Royal Society of Chemistry, London.

Blattner, R.; Ferrier, R. J.; Renner, R. 1987: Chain extensions from C-1 and C-5 of D-xylopyranose derivatives. Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications: 1007-1008.

Blattner, R.; Ferrier, R. J. 1987: Crystalline pseudo-α-D-glucopyranose. Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications: 1008-1009.

De Raadt, A.; Ferrier, R. J. 1987: A simple, efficient synthesis of vinyl β-D-glucopyranosides. Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications: 1009-1010.

Williams, N. R.; Davidson, B.; Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H.; Wightman, R. H. 1987: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 19, Part I: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, 292 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, London.

Chew, S.; Ferrier, R. J.; Sinnwell, V. 1988: Functionalized carbocycles from carbohydrates. Part 10. An approach to the pyranonaphthoquinones. Carbohydrate Research 174: 161-168.

Ferrier. R. J.; 1988: The synthesis and reactions of monosaccharide derivatives, Chapter 11, pp 443-499 in: Carbohydrate chemistry, Kennedy J. F. (ed.) Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Williams, N. R.; Davidson, B.; Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H.; Wightman, R. H. 1988: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 20, Part I: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, 301 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, London.

Ferrier, R. J.; Petersen, P. M.; Taylor, M. A. 1989: Radical cyclization reactions leading to doubly branched carbohydrates and 6- and 8-oxygenated 2,9-dioxabicyclo[4.3.0]nonane derivatives. Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications: 1247-1248.

Williams, N. R.; Davidson, B.; Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H.; Tyler, P. C.; Wightman, R. H. 1989: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Volume 21, Part I: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, 297 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.

Ferrier, R. J.; Stuetz, A. E. 1990: Functionalized carbocycles from carbohydrates. 11. Two routes to enantiomerically pure 3-aminoinosose derivatives. Carbohydrate Research 200: 237-245.

Ferrier, R.J. 1990: Synthetic carbohydrate chemistry of the 1980s. Carbohydrate Research 202: ix-xi.

Ferrier, R. J.; Stuetz, A. E. 1990: Functionalized carbocycles from carbohydrates. Part 12. Hexa-O-benzyl-5-hydroxy-pseudo-α-D-glucopyranose and its C-5 epimer. Carbohydrate Research 205: 283-291.

Ferrier, R. J.; Petersen, P. M. 1990: Unsaturated carbohydrates. Part 29. Their application to the synthesis of stereospecifically doubly and triply branched derivatives. Tetrahedron 46: 1-11.

Ferrier, R. J.; Blattner, R.; Furneaux, R. H.; Tyler, P. C.; Wightman, R. H.; Williams, N. R. 1990: Carbohydrate Chemistry: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, Volume 22, 294 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.

Ferrier, R. J.; Lee, C. K.; Wood, T. A. 1991: Free radical substitutions of acyloxy groups in carbohydrate α-ketoesters. Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications: 690-691.

Somsak, L.; Ferrier, R. J. 1991: Radical-mediated brominations at ring positions of carbohydrates. Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry 49: 37-92.

De Raadt, A.; Ferrier, R. J. 1991: Unsaturated carbohydrates. Part 30. Syntheses and reactions of saturated and 2,3-unsaturated vinyl and 1′-substituted-vinyl glycosides. Carbohydrate Research 216: 93-107.

Ferrier, R. J.; Blattner, R.; Furneaux, R. H.; Tyler, P. C.; Wightman, R. H.; Williams, N. R. 1991: Carbohydrate Chemistry: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, Volume 23, 307 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.

Ferrier, R. J.; Severn, W. B.; Furneaux, R. H.; Miller, I. J. 1992: Isotope studies of the transfer of the carbon atoms of carbohydrate derivatives into aromatic compounds (especially xanthene) under degradation conditions. Carbohydrate Research 237: 87-94.

Ferrier, R. J. ; Hall, D. W. 1992: One-step synthesis of glycosidic spiroketals from 2,3-epoxybutyl glycoside derivatives. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 3029-3034.

Ferrier, R. J.; Severn, W. B.; Furneaux, R. H.; Miller, I. J. 1992: The products of the zinc chloride-promoted decomposition of cellulose in aqueous phenol at 350°C. Carbohydrate Research 237: 79-86.

Ferrier, R. J.; Petersen, P. M. 1992: Unsaturated carbohydrates. Part 31. Trichothecene-related and other branched C-pyranoside compounds. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1, 2023-2028.

Ferrier, R. J.; Blattner, R.; Furneaux, R. H.; Tyler, P. C.; Wightman, R. H.; Williams, N. R. 1992: Carbohydrate Chemistry: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, Volume 24, 348 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.

Ferrier, R. J.; Hall, D. W.; Petersen, P. M. 1993: Chemical interaction between the aglycon and the allyl group of 6-O-allylhexopyranoside derivatives. Carbohydrate Research 239: 143-153.

Ferrier, R. J.; Middleton, S. 1993: The conversion of carbohydrate derivatives into functionalized cyclohexanes and cyclopentanes. Chemical Reviews 93: 2779-2831.

Ferrier, R. J.; Blattner, R.; Clinch, K.; Furneaux, R. H.; Tyler, P. C.; Wightman, R. H.; Williams, N. R. 1993: Carbohydrate Chemistry: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, Volume 25, 369 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.

Blattner, R.; Furneaux, R. H.; Kemmitt, T.; Tyler, P. C.; Ferrier, R. J.; Tiden, A.-K. 1994: Syntheses of the fungicidal and insecticidal allosamidin and a structural isomer. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1, 3411-3421.

Ferrier, R. J.; Blattner, R.; Clinch, K.; Furneaux, R. H.; Gallagher, T. C.; Tyler, P. C.; Wightman, R. H.; Williams, N. R. 1994: Carbohydrate Chemistry: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, Volume 26, 356 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.

Collins, P.; Ferrier, R. J. 1995: Monosaccharides: Their chemistry and their roles in natural products, 574 pages, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.

Ferrier, R. J.; Blattner, R.; Clinch, K.; Furneaux, R. H.; Gallagher, T. C.; Tyler, P. C.; Wightman, R. H.; Williams, N. R. 1995: Carbohydrate Chemistry: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, Volume 27, 391 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.

Ferrier, R. J.; Blattner, R.; Clinch, K.; Furneaux, R. H.; Gardiner, J. M.; Tyler, P. C.; Wightman, R. H.; Williams, N. R. 1996: Carbohydrate Chemistry: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, Volume 28, 413 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.

Ferrier, R. J. 1997: The conversion of carbohydrates to cyclohexane derivatives. Chapter 26, pp 569-594 in: Preparative Carbohydrate Chemistry, Hanessian S. (ed.), Marcel Dekker, New York.

Ferrier, R. J. 1997: Sugars are more than sweeteners. Glycoscience – A new era for carbohydrates. Science Spectra 9: 32-39.

Ferrier, R. J.; Blattner, R.; Clinch, K.; Furneaux, R. H.; Gardiner, J. M.; Tyler, P. C.; Wightman, R. H.1997: Carbohydrate Chemistry: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, Volume 29, 438 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.

Ferrier, R. J.; Blattner, R.; Clinch, K.; Furneaux, R. H.; Gardiner, J. M.; Tyler, P. C.; Wightman, R. H. 1998: Carbohydrate Chemistry: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, Volume 30, 436 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.

Blattner, R.; Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H. 2000: Intervention of catalytic amounts of water in the allylic rearrangements of glycal derivatives. Tetrahedron: Asymmetry 11: 379-383.

Ferrier, R. J.; Holden, S. G.; Gladkikh, O. 2000: Proposed tennis ball and basket-and-lid routes to C60: two relevant C45 compounds. Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1, 3505-3512.

Ferrier, R. J.; Blattner, R.; Clinch, K.; Furneaux, R. H.; Gardiner, J. M.; Tyler, P. C.; Wightman, R. H. 2000: Carbohydrate Chemistry: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, Volume 31, 417 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.

Ferrier, R. J. 2001: Monosaccharides, 12 pages, in: Encyclopedia of life sciences, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.

Ferrier, R. J. 2001: Substitution-with-allylic-rearrangement reactions of glycal derivatives. Topics in Current Chemistry 215: 153-175.

Ferrier, R. J. 2001: Direct conversion of 5,6-unsaturated hexopyranosyl compounds to functionalized cyclohexanones. Topics in Current Chemistry 215: 277-291.

Ferrier, R. J.; Blattner, R.; Clinch, K.; Field, R. A.; Furneaux, R.H.; Gardiner, J. M.; Kartha, K. P. R.; Tilbrook, D. M. G.; Tyler, P. C.; Wightman, R. H. 2001: Carbohydrate Chemistry: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, Volume 32, 433 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.

Ferrier, R. J.; Blattner, R.; Field, R. A.; Furneaux, R.H.; Gardiner, J. M.; Hoberg, J. O.; Kartha, K. P. R.; Tilbrook, D. M. G.; Tyler, P. C.; Wightman, R. H. 2002: Carbohydrate Chemistry: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, Volume 33, 451 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.

Ferrier, R. J.; Hoberg, J. O. 2003: Synthesis and reactions of unsaturated sugars. Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry 58: 55-119.

Ferrier, R. J.; Zubkov, O. A. 2003: Transformation of glycals into 2,3-unsaturated glycosyl derivatives. Organic Reactions 62: 569-736.

Ferrier, R. J.; Blattner, R.; Field, R. A.; Furneaux, R.H.; Hamilton, C.; Hoberg, J. O.; Kartha, K. P. R.; Tyler, P. C.; Wightman, R. H. 2003: Carbohydrate Chemistry: Monosaccharides, disaccharides and specific oligosaccharides. Specialist Periodical Report, Volume 34, 396 pages, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.

Ferrier, R. J. 2006: Historical overview. Chapter 1, pp 3-24 in: The organic chemistry of sugars, Levy, D. E. and Fugedi, P. (ed.), CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton.

Ferrier, R. J.; Furneaux, R. H. 2009: Activation of sugar hydroxyl groups prior to glycosylation. Australian Journal of Chemistry 62: 585-589.

Ferrier, R. J.; Monteiro, M. A. 2009: Gerald Aspinall, 1924-2005. Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry 62: 2-10.

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