Department of Chemistry


Professor of Bioinorganic and Materials Chemistry

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Cancer Research at Bath


Professor Sofia Pascu


For more details, please see the Pascu group page.

Research interests

Sofia Pascu leads an interdisciplinary research group that focusses on the development and applications of new experimental techniques (synthetic and spectroscopic) to assemble and probe new functional materials for biosensing, molecular imaging of living cells, drug delivery, as well as for sustainable chemistry.

Professor Pascu has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant (>€1.88M, ERC-CoG-2013) to work on the project called: O2SENSE, Oxygen Sensing with Multimodality Imaging Probes (Sept 2014-Sept 2019)

The group is formed by seven PhD students, three PDRAs and several undergraduate research students (MRes/MChem). Their research involves working at the interface between organic, physical, inorganic and supramolecular chemistries, towards applications in: sustainable chemistry (Fischer Tropsch catalysis, CO2 storage / conversion, dye-sensitised solar cells), metals in medicine and nanomedicine, and multimodal molecular imaging (optical / Positron Emission Tomography).

New materials, including functional Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes, graphene and graphene oxides and core-shell nanoparticles are synthesised and characterised in the group using optical, NMR, EPR and Raman spectroscopies, confocal fluorescence imaging, synchrotron X-ray diffraction techniques, AFM, SEM and HRTEM techniques.

Research in the Pascu group is funded by the ERC, FP7 MC ITN ‘PROSENSE’, Royal Society, EPSRC, BBSRC, BP and GSK Case awards, MRC, CRUK, University of Bath, Nikon Bioimaging UK Ltd. and STFC.

For a full list of published work see my Researcher-ID.


  • 1997 First class MSc in Chemistry, University of Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania.
  • 1997-1998 FCO/British Chevening Scholarship, St Catherine’s College Oxford.
  • 1998-2002 Devorguilla Scholarship, Balliol College, Oxford
  • July 2001: Ph.D. in Main Group Organometallic Chemistry, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (Supervisor: Professor Ionel Haiduc. Joint project with Dr Bryan Sowerby, funded by British Council, University of Nottingham)
  • March 2004: D.Phil. in Transition Metal Catalysis (Supervisor: Professor Malcolm L. H. Green FRS)
  • 2002-2003 Research Associate in homogeneous Fischer Tropsch chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford University, with Professor Malcolm L.H. Green FRS.
  • 2003-2005 Research Associate in Supramolecular Chemistry, Chemistry Department, Cambridge University with Professor Jeremy K. M. Sanders FRS and Professor Andrew Holmes FRS
  • 2005-2007 Draper’s Company Research Fellowship, St Anne’s College Oxford and MA(oxon) by incorporation.
  • 2005-2015 Royal Society URF (Oxford University, 2005-2007 and Bath University, 2007-2015).
  • October 2010: Royal Society URF and Lecturer, University of Bath.
  • November 2013: Promoted to Reader, University of Bath
  • 1 September 2014 - 30 August 2019: ERC Consolidator Grantee (ERC-CoG-2013, O2SENSE Research Programme)
  • November 2016: Promoted to a personal Chair in Bioinorganic and Materials Chemistry.


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