Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

People

 

Centre for Sustainable Chemical TechnologiesPeople

See also: Partners and stakeholders

Core staff

Director

Professor Matthew Davidson

Matt Davidson

Matthew Davidson established the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at Bath in 2008 and is currently Director of its EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT).  He held Lectureships in the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge (1995) and at Durham University (1995-1999) before being appointed to a Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bath in 1999. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is a previous recipient of the Harrison Memorial Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Royal Society Industry Fellowship. Professor Davidson graduated in Chemistry from the University of Wales, Swansea in 1990 and received a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1993.

Co-Director

Professor Tim Mays

Tim Mays

Tim Mays is Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Bath. He has broad research interests in energy materials, with a current focus on hydrogen storage media for low carbon road vehicles. He is currently Co-Director of the EPSRC SUPERGEN Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Hub and Director of the University's Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (I-SEE). He gained his PhD from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Bath in 1988 for research on nuclear graphites. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Training Director

Dr Janet Scott

Janet Scott

Janet Scott is the training director of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Sustainable Chemical Technologies and a Group Leader.  She has held lectureships at the University of Cape Town, South Africa (1992-1995, concurrently with her PhD studies) and Monash University, Australia (2000-2006), where she was also the Deputy Director of the ARC funded Centre for Green Chemistry (2002-2006).  Positions in industry have included: R&D Manager, Fine Chemicals Corporation, South Africa (1996-1998) and a Marie Curie Senior Transfer of Knowledge Fellowship held at Unilever R&D, Port Sunlight, UK (2006-2008), followed by a period as Director of a consulting company (continuing).  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a previous recipient of the Royal Australian Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry prize.  Dr Scott graduated in Chemistry and Applied Chemistry from the University of Natal, Durban in 1985 and with Honours from the University of Cape Town in 1989 after a career break.  She received a PhD from the University of Cape Town in 1995, while also holding a lectureship.

Centre Manager

Dr Marc Hutchby

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Marc Hutchby is the Centre Manager of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the Centre and is in daily contact with students, while working closely with the CDT in SCT executive and its directors, academic supervisors, and the Industrial and International partners of the Centre. Marc graduated in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 2007 from Loughborough University. Following this he headed to Bristol, obtaining his PhD under the supervision of Professor Kevin Booker-Milburn and Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones. He was appointed as a PDRA in 2013 working on Terpene-based Manufacturing for Sustainable Chemical Feedstocks at the University of Bath, before joining the Centre as Manager in 2016. 

Whorrod Research Fellows

Dr Marta Coma

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Marta Coma joined the CSCT in October 2015 as a Whorrod Research Fellow. Marta's vision leads to an integration of biotechnology and chemistry to reuse streams that have been polluted by humans to produce renewable sources. Her previous research was based on water and wastewater treatment at the University of Girona, and treatment of industrial streams through anaerobic processes for chemicals production at Ghent University.

Dr Christopher Chuck

Chris Chuck

Christopher Chuck joined the CSCT in September 2011 as a Whorrod Research Fellow. Chris’s research focuses on developing novel, renewable biofuels and plastics from sustainable sources, such as microalgae, cellulose and lignin. Previously, he worked in the Department of Mechanical Engineering exploring the molecular properties of biofuel formulations and how they relate to the fuel properties, engine performance and emissions. Chris completed his PhD in 2007 in Matthew Davidson’s group at the Department of Chemistry, where he designed novel catalysts for the synthesis of biodiesel from waste oils.

Professor Aron Walsh

Aron Walsh

Aron Walsh researches the application and development of classical, quantum and multi-scale computational techniques to model the properties of functional materials. His work covers the bulk, defect, surface, heterostructure and alloy properties of oxide and semiconductor systems, including hybrid organic-inorganic frameworks.

Dr Antoine Buchard

Antoine Buchard

Antoine Buchard joined the CSCT in April 2013 as a Whorrod Research Fellow. Antoine researches the use of renewable resources for the production of degradable polymers, high-value chemicals and clean energy. His work focuses on simple ligand design and abundant metal complexes synthesis for environment friendly homogeneous catalysis, including the use of computational chemistry as a tool to elucidate reaction mechanisms and help devise better catalysts.

Dr Ulrich Hintermair

Ulrich Hintermair

Uli Hintermair is an inorganic chemist and chemical engineer who specializes in homogeneous catalysis research at the interface of chemistry and engineering. His work aims at developing more sustainable processes for bulk chemical production and alternative energy conversion schemes through a concerted approach that comprises molecular catalyst design, mechanistic and kinetic investigations, as well as phase and reactor engineering.

Digital Communications Co-ordinator

Rubina Kalra

Rubina Kalra

Rubina Kalra is responsible for developing a strategy for enhancing the visibility of the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies to Industry, prospective students and international research organisations. She collaborates with Marketing and Communications and the Public Engagement Unit to identify and develop opportunities for enhancement of research projects. She also helps research students and staff in the Centre to collaborate, communicate and work more effectively using virtual research environments.

CDT Administrator

Sheila Apps

Academics

This list includes researchers across the University who are currently involved with sustainable chemical technologies research in the Centre. Most are also involved in supervising students in the Centre for Doctoral Training.

Dr Duncan Allsopp, Electronic & Electrical Engineering (Publications)

  • GaN light emitting diodes
  • Nanofabrication for sub-wavelength optical devices
  • Energy and sensor applications of advanced GaN based devices and structures

Dr Tom Arnot, Chemical Engineering (Publications)

  • Bioreactors
  • Treatment of industrial, municipal & agricultural waste
  • Membranes

Dr Richard Ball, Architecture and Civil Engineering (Publications)

  • Lime and cementitious binders
  • Nanomaterials
  • Photocatalytic materials

Dr Chris Bannister, Mechanical Engineering (Publications)

  • Biodiesel and diesel replacement fuels
  • Diesel engine aftertreatment systems
  • Vehicle emissions measurement techniques

Dr Marta Coma Bech, Chemistry

  • Waste and wastewater treatment
  • Chemical bioproduction from anaerobic microbiomes
  • Sustainable pipelines for side-streams treatment and recovery

Professor Simon Bending, Physics (Publications)

  • Nanoscale magnetism and superconductivity
  • Graphene and other two-dimensional materials
  • Nanofabrication and novel scanning probe microscopies

Dr Michael Bird, Chemical Engineering (Publications)

  • Biochemical and food process engineering
  • Surface science of deposition and removal processes
  • Chemical fouling and cleaning of surfaces

Professor Chris Bowen, Mechanical Engineering (Publications)

  • Energy harvesting materials
  • Nano-porous and nano-structured materials
  • Functional ceramic materials

Dr Antoine Buchard, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Polymers from renewable resources
  • Small molecules (H2O, CO2, N2) activation and transformation
  • Sustainable organometallic catalysis

Dr Professor Steven Bull, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Asymmetric synthesis
  • Biotransformations
  • Bio-organic synthesis

Dr Andrew Burrows, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Coordination networks
  • Crystal engineering using hydrogen bonds
  • Functional phosphine ligands in coordination chemistry and catalysis

Dr Petra Cameron, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Enzyme catalysed reactions in porous membranes
  • Novel materials for biofuel production
  • Fundamental studies of nanoparticles at metal electrodes

Dr Dave Carbery, Chemistry(Publications)

  • Biomimetic, non-metal aerobic redox catalysis
  • Novel organic linkers for superactive photovoltaic MOFs
  • Manufacturing-scale photo-flowchemistry

Dr Christopher Chuck, Chemical Engineering (Publications)

  • Future fuels and chemicals from yeast, bacteria and microalgae
  • Sustainable biofuels and additives for road transport and aviation
  • Impact of molecular properties of microbial fuel formulations on engine performance

Professor Matthew Davidson, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Fundamental structure and bonding
  • Reagents and catalysts for organic transformations
  • Applications in sustainable chemistry

Professor Tina Düren, Chemical Engineering (Publications)

  • Computer simulation of adsorption and diffusion in nanoporous adsorbents, membranes and catalysts
  • Design of innovative materials for e.g. energy storage, carbon capture, nanomedicine
  • Fundamentals of adsorption and adsorption mechanisms

Professor Karen Edler, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Nanoscale structures
  • Surfactant-templated inorganic materials
  • Nanoporous films & surfactant solution structures

Dr Marianne Ellis, Chemical Engineering (Publications)

  • Bioprocessing for Tissue Engineering
  • Bioreactor design for in vitro models and cell therapies
  • Cultured meat bioprocessing

Dr Salvador Eslava, Chemical Engineering (Publications)

  • Photocatalysts and photoelectrodes for solar fuels
  • Nanomaterials for catalytic converters
  • Graphene composites and porous materials

Dr Pedro Estrela, Electronic & Electrical Engineering (Publications)

  • Biosensors and chemical sensors
  • Medical diagnostic devices
  • Sensors for environmental monitoring

Professor Christopher Frost, Chemistry (Publications)

  • New catalytic transformations
  • Tandem catalytic asymmetric processes
  • Catalytic tools for protein modification

Professor Richard Guy, Pharmacy & Pharmacology (Publications)

  • Applied membrane biophysics
  • Electrotransport across biomembranes
  • Chemical permeation across mammalian skin

Professor Michael Hill, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Group 2 metals in catalysis
  • Main group & lanthanide chemistry
  • Precursors for chemical vapour deposition (CVD)

Dr Ulrich Hintermair, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Polymetallic base metal complexes for cooperative catalysis and energy applications
  • In-operando spectroscopy for homogeneous catalyst development
  • Process and phase engineering with near- and supercritical fluids for continuous-flow catalysis

Dr Pejman Iravani, Mechanical Engineering (Publications)

  • Computer vision
  • Machine learning
  • Dynamic modelling and control systems

Professor Saiful Islam, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Oxide-ion and proton conductors for fuel cells
  • Lithium battery materials: oxide cathodes
  • Solar cells and catalysts: oxide materials

Professor Tony James, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Sensors for saccharides, anions and chirality
  • Synthetic organic chemistry

Dr Andrew Johnson, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Metal-alkoxide coordination chemistry
  • Lewis acid reagents
  • New catalysts for the polymerisation of cyclic esters

Dr Matthew Jones, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Asymmetric heterogeneous catalysis
  • Sustainable chemistry
  • Renewable materials

Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Environmental pollution
  • Environmental forensics
  • Water quality & treatment

Professor David Leak, Biology & Biochemistry (Publications)

  • Biocatalysis at the biology/chemistry/chemical-engineering interface
  • Metabolic engineering for production of chemicals from renewables
  • Bioprocessing for pharmaceutical production

Dr Simon Lewis, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Bio-oxidation of aromatic rings
  • Dye-sensitised solar cells
  • C-H activation with base metals

Dr Mirella di Lorenzo, Chemical Engineering (Publications)

  • Micro-biofuel cells for biomedical applications and environmental sensors
  • Micromachining and microfluidics
  • Enzymatic nanostructured electrode fabrication

Dr John Lowe, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Development of new NMR techniques

Professor Frank Marken, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Electrochemistry
  • Nanoparticle assemblies at electrode surfaces
  • Reaction mechanisms, electrosynthesis and electrocatalysis

Professor Davide Mattia, Chemical Engineering (Publications)

  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanofluidics
  • Applications for sustainability

Professor Tim Mays, Chemical Engineering (Publications)

  • Carbon materials
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Fundamentals of adsorption

Dr Marcelle McManus, Mechanical Engineering (Publications)

  • Life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • Renewable energy (esp. bioenergy)
  • Environmental impact of food transportation and production

Dr Benjamin Morgan, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Transport processes in lithium-ion batteries
  • Photovoltaic materials
  • Defect physics of solid electrolytes

Dr Dan Pantos, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Supramolecular photosystems
  • Organic materials
  • Sensors

Professor Stephen Parker, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Computer simulation of surfaces
  • Predictive modelling of the structure and reactivity of catalysts
  • Computer simulation of ceramic and mineral crystal structures

Professor Sofia Pascu, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Inorganic chemistry for functional materials assemblies
  • Radiolabelling and nanomedicines design
  • New carbon materials for biosensing and imaging applications

Dr Darrell Patterson, Chemical Engineering (Publications)

  • Bespoke tuneable and nanofiltration membrane separations
  • Pharmaceutical and wastewater catalytic reaction engineering
  • Conversion of wastes into value-added products

Dr Emma Patterson, Chemical Engineering (Publications)

  • Development of novel process intensification reactors (spinning mesh disc reactor)
  • Optimisation of enzyme immobilisation protocols
  • New catalysts for pharmaceutical and fine chemical reactions

Professor Laurie Peter, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Photovoltaics
  • Electrochemistry
  • New low cost solar cells

Dr Pawel Plucinski, Chemical Engineering (Publications)

  • Structured fluids for reactions and separation
  • Catalysis
  • Multichannel reactors

Dr Christopher Pudney, Biology and Biochemistry (Publications)

  • Enzyme engineering and biocatalysis
  • Novel assays for biopharmaceutical analysis
  • Applied molecular biophysics

Professor Paul Raithby, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Time resolved crystallography
  • Transition metal clusters
  • Metal-containing polymers

Dr Kevin Robinson, Mechanical Engineering (Publications)

  • Heat transfer in automotive engines
  • Transition metal clusters
  • Metal-containing polymers

Dr Asel Sartbaeva, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Synthesis and characterization of porous materials
  • Rational design and prediction of future catalysts
  • Thermal stability of biological materials using silica

Dr Janet Scott, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Cleaner synthesis: current Ultra-High Pressure chemistry and multiphase reactions
  • Renewable raw materials and chemicals from the biorefinery
  • Greener materials: supramolecular building blocks and bio-polymer films

Professor Rod Scott, Biology & Biochemistry (Publications)

  • Seed growth
  • Hybridisation barriers
  • Pollen development

Dr Ram Sharma, Chemical Engineering (Publications)

  • Novel materials for cell and tissue engineering
  • Measurement of biophysical properties of cells
  • Behaviour of cells in the microenvironment

Dr Philip Shields, Electronic & Electrical Engineering (Publications)

  • Growth and fabrication of III-nitride devices
  • Optoelectronic applications
  • Use of nanostructures to improve device performance

Dr Valeska Ting, Chemical Engineering (Publications)

  • Porous nanomaterials for adsorptive gas storage (e.g. hydrogen storage, CO2 sequestration)
  • Responsive materials for applications in gas sensing and catalysis
  • New characterisation methods for porous materials

Professor Rex Tyrrell, Pharmacy & Pharmacology (Publications)

  • Solar radiation biology
  • Stress gene regulation
  • Antioxidants and UV protection

Professor Alison Walker, Physics (Publications)

  • Organic and dye-sensitised solar cells.
  • Charge and energy transport.
  • Device modelling.

Professor Aron Walsh, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Thin-film solar cells
  • Photoelectrochemical hydrogen production
  • Defect chemistry of semiconductors

Dr Ruth Webster, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Homogeneous catalysis with first row transition metals
  • Hydrofunctionalisations (100% atom-efficient transformations)
  • Inert bond activation

Professor Mark Weller, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Synthesis and structural characterisation (including neutron diffraction) of functional materials
  • Energy storage materials, specialist pigments, zeolites and photocatalysts, agrochemical formulation
  • Development of functional materials from naturally occurring minerals

Professor Jonathan Williams, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Irreversible hydrogen transfer reactions
  • C-C and C-N bond formation from alcohols
  • Sustainable organic sythesis

Professor Chick Wilson, Chemistry (Publications)

  • Structural chemistry through diffraction and computational methods
  • Hydrogen bond architecture determination and design
  • Crystallisation of solid materials under continuous flow conditions

Dr Daniel Wolverson, Physics (Publications)

  • Nanoscale materials
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Magneto-optics

Students 2016

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Current projects indicated in bold text.

Ria Atri

atri_rRia graduated from University College London in 2016 with an MSci in Chemistry. During her final year project she investigated the synthesis and characterisation of ternary metal sulfides for applications in photovoltaic devices. Her month long stint as a member of her secondary school’s ‘Green Club’ sparked her long standing interest in sustainability and following her degree she joined the CSCT to pursue a PhD within a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. When she isn’t in the lab trying to tackle the global energy crisis she enjoys reading crime novels, martial arts and window shopping for things she can’t afford due to living on a stipend.

  • Nanomaterials for efficient artificial leaves with Dr Salvador Eslava — 1st MRes project
  • Using porous materials to enhance the performance of hydrogen storage tanks with Professor Andrew Burrows, Professor Tim Mays and Professor Chris Bowen — 2nd MRes project

Robert Baker

baker_rRob completed his MChem in Chemistry at the University of York in 2012. For his masters project he went on the Erasmus program to the University of Münster, Germany to research polymer electrolytes for lithium ion batteries. After graduating, he then entered industry for over 3 years working as a fuel cell scientist at an alkaline fuel cell start-up company before deciding to return to academia. In his spare time, he enjoys doing martial arts, learning Cantonese, playing board games and going for the occasional cycle.

  • Interlayers in perovskite solar cells with Dr Petra Cameron, Dr Simon Lewis and Professor Alison Walker — 1st MRes project
  • Clean water technologies in a more sustainable way: Membrane based ozonation reactors with Dr John Chew, Dr Jannis Wenk, Professor Davide Mattia and Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern — 2nd MRes project

Martyn Bennett

bennett_mMartyn is British but with an international background involving growing up in the Netherlands, Brunei and the US. He graduated from the University of Exeter in 2016 with a BSc in Biochemistry with industrial experience. This included a year-long placement at the UK government Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science studying a phylum of parasites called the Paramxyea. During his time at Exeter he was involved with two projects using engineered bacteria: one to detect and degrade the explosive pollutants TNT and Nitroglycerine and the other to evaluate a potential biofuel producing series of enzymes. Martyn apparently likes microbes. This means Martyn is one of a minority of biologists within the CSCT 2016 cohort and he was attracted to the programme because of its interdisciplinary opportunities and underlying sustainability focus. In his spare time, Martyn enjoys the gym, cycling, stone carving, jazz and litres of tea.

  • Directed Evolution of Thermostable Terpene Synthases with Professor David Leak and Professor Steven Bull — 1st MRes project
  • BAY Biorefinery: Bacteria, Algae and Yeast working together with Dr Elias Martinez Hernandez, Dr Chris Chuck and Dr Marta Coma — 2nd MRes project

Elizabeth Bevon

bevon_eLizzy graduated from the University of Sheffield with an MChem. Her thesis explored photochemistry and photophysics of novel platinum compounds for use in artificial photosynthesis. Since graduating Lizzy has travelled to Nicaragua to volunteer with sustainable development NGOs. Upon returning to the UK she raised awareness of the importance of young people in sustainable development, attending the UK Aid Youth Summit at Department for International Development. Before beginning at the CSCT she worked at a technology start up. In her spare time Lizzy enjoys powerlifting, horror movies and eating eggs.

  • A Paper biosensor for water quality monitoring with Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo and Dr Janet Scott — 1st MRes project
  • Production of biodegradable membranes with Dr Matthew Jones and Dr Darrell Patterson — 2nd MRes project

Jacob Boswell

boswell_jJacob graduated with an MChem from University of Reading. In his final year project he used spectroelectrochemical techniques to probe the mechanisms in the transformation of CO2 to CO with organometallic catalysts. Moving to the Maldives he then became the Operations Manager for an international food safety consultancy company, Food Safety Asia. He joined the CSCT to return to research and pursue his keen interest in sustainability. Outside of work Jacob enjoys amongst other things mountaineering, English folk and winning ultra-marathons.

  • Enhanced water treatment of hormone-mimic pollutants: investigating reaction chemistry in a photocatalytic spinning mesh disc reactor with Dr Darrell Patterson, Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern and Dr Emma Emanuelsson — 1st MRes project
  • Iron will! Iron catalysed isomerisation of double bonds with Dr Ruth Webster and Professor Steven Bull — 2nd MRes project

Vicky De Groof

de_groof_vVicky got her Bachelor’s in Bioscience Engineering: Chemistry and Food Technology in Antwerp, Belgium. Afterwards she obtained her Masters in Bioscience Engineering: Chemistry and Bioprocess Technology in Ghent. Her masters dissertation was about the sustainable bioproduction of medium chain volatile fatty acids through fermentation of biorefinery streams that she conducted at the Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology. She joined the CSCT to develop new skills and to be a part of the world of sustainable chemical technologies. She moved to England as the start of a new adventure. In her free time she enjoys going to the gym, running, food, travelling and visiting new places.

  • Maths and microbes: a love story for waste valorization with Dr Marta Coma and Dr Tom Arnot — 1st MRes project
  • TBC — 2nd MRes project

Oriol Escursell

escursell_oOriol graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona with a BSc in Environmental Science in 2014. During his degree he undertook an internship at a water treatment plant. Afterwards, he studied an MSc in Renewable and Sustainable Energy at the University of Barcelona and worked in an energy consultancy as part of his internship. He decided to travel abroad to learn new cultures and meet interesting people. In order to do so and to collaborate to ensure a sustainable future for our society he enrolled on the CSCT programme to pursue a PhD. In his free time Oriol enjoys reading, playing board games and walking.

  • Minimising water consumption in membrane filtration of whey protein streams with Dr Michael Bird, Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern, Dr John Chew, and Dr Jannis Wenk — 1st MRes project
  • TBC — 2nd MRes project

Stefanie Federle

federle_sStefanie studied Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, graduating with an MSc in 2016. For her Masters thesis she investigated the dehydrocoupling of phosphines mediated by guanidino-functionalised aromatic compounds. During her degree Stefanie took part in the Erasmus programme, spending six months studying at the University of York. In her free time, she enjoys reading, photography and watching ski jumping competitions.

  • Bi- and tri-functional monomers and cross-linking agents prepared from bio-based β-elemene; expanding the building blocks for bio-based materials with Professor Matthew Davidson and Dr Janet Scott — 1st MRes project
  • TBC — 2nd MRes project

Jinghui Liang

liang_hJinghui completed her Bachelors at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing. In the final year, she went to University of Dundee as an exchange student. As part of her project, she investigated H2O2 in methionine oxidation. She has been interested in microbiology for a long time, so she decided to learn more about it as part of her PhD. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, playing the piano and walking.

  • Tackling catabolite repression in Geobacillus spp with Professor David Leak and Dr Albert Bolhuis — 1st MRes project
  • TBC — 2nd MRes project

Jessica Pinheiro de Lucena

pinheiro_de_lucenaJessica is a Brazilian, born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in Sao Paulo. She graduated from the Federal University of Sao Carlos (UFSCar) in 2015 with a BEng in Chemical Engineering, which included a year-long work placement in the Innovation Area of BRASKEM SA, the largest petrochemical company in Latin America. In the two years spent working there, she prospected new renewable building blocks focussed on sustainable technologies. In 2013, during her BEng, she completed a year long full time course as a Visiting Student in Swansea University, where she attended some MEng modules and designed a desalination plant over the summer. After the exchange programme, she came back to Brazil and finished the remaining two years of her degree. During this period, she conducted research on a reactor with continuous production of biodiesel and she wrote her dissertation about the production of Bio-Polyamides, inspired by her placement in the industry. She joined the CSCT motivated by her interest in sustainability and the opportunity to work with an industrial partner for an interdisciplinary research. In her free time, Jessica likes dancing, listening to music and travelling to new places.

  • Colorectal cancer organoid expansion for drug discovery with Dr Marianne Ellis and Dr Paul De Bank — 1st MRes project
  • TBC — 2nd MRes project

Alison Ryder

ryder_aAlison graduated from the University of Sussex with an MChem in Chemistry in 2009. Her interest in research developed over two summer placements, first with Professor Geoff Cloke and then in industry at Eli Lilly. Her final year research project with Dr John Spender started with the aim of looking at atom economical routes to 1,4-benzodiazepines but had a slight change of direction. Following graduation she spent three years working for Infineum UK developing new detergent technologies for engine lubricant applications before deciding to heading back to university. Outside of work Alison alternates between running, swimming and cycling but doesn’t do triathlons. She shows a casual disregard for recipes in her cooking and is an occasional baker.

  • Metal Organic Framework Immobilised Organocatalysis: Catalyst Development, Characterisation and Evaluation with Dr Emma Emanuelsson and Dr Andrew Burrows — 1st MRes project
  • Biorenewable Syntheses of Nitrogen Heterocyles with Professor Steven Bull and Dr Ulrich Hintermair — 2nd MRes project

Natalie Sims

sims_nNatalie graduated from the University of Southampton with an MChem in Chemistry. In the summer before her third year, she did an EPSRC funded project synthesising and tailoring hierarchical catalysts for industrially significant reactions. For her masters research project she undertook a six month placement at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Here she investigated the effects of biomass burnings in Indonesia on rainwater composition. In her spare time, Natalie likes swimming, playing ultimate Frisbee and spending time outdoors.

  • Medicinal products in the environment: novel strategies reducing environmental exposure with Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern and Professor Martyn Standage — 1st MRes project
  • Sustainable treatment processes for the removal of pharmacologically active compounds from water with Dr Tom Arnot, Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern and Professor Rod Scott  — 2nd MRes project

Megan Stalker

stalker_mMegan graduated with an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Bath. During her industrial placement at Mondelēz International, she investigated the effect of various industrial processes upon the chemistry of coffee aroma. For her Masters project she studied the sonochemical degradation of ibuprofen in aqueous systems. In her spare time, Megan enjoys listening to music, cycling and watching the X-files.

  • Hydrogen Adsorption and Transport in Natural Polymers with Professor Stephen Parker and Professor Tim Mays — 1st MRes project
  • Effect of household product chemicals on biological wastewater treatment processes with Dr Ana Lanham and Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern — 2nd MRes project

Matthew Surman

surman_mMatthew Surman graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2016 with an MChem in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry; both his EPSRC funded summer project and final year project under Dr Joseph Wright investigated light stimulated carbon monoxide release from photoCORMs. He spent the nights of his undergraduate degree praying to the Gods of Chemistry for crystal structures of his compounds, but the Gods never answered. Matthew’s favourite hobbies include drumming and going to the gym, he also enjoys cycling and brushing his hair.

  • The Having it All project: Using Miscanthus to remediate toxic degraded landscapes and produce biofuels with Dr Chris Chuck and Dr Marcelle McManus — 1st MRes project
  • New Materials for Photovoltaics with Dr Andrew Johnson, Dr Petra Cameron and Dr Enrico Da Como — 2nd MRes project

Emily Taylor

taylor_eEmily graduated from the University of Bath in 2016 with a Masters in Chemistry. During her third year, she undertook an industrial placement at Merck Chemicals Ltd, where her research project involved the development and synthesis of organic photodiodes. For her Masters project, she studied the preparation of single source precursors for the deposition of tantalum disulphide using chemical vapour deposition. Outside academia she enjoys surfing, yoga and exploring new places.

  • Tin Sulphide based Photovoltaics with Dr Andrew Johnson and Dr Petra Cameron — 1st MRes project
  • Electrochemical aptasensors for water monitoring with Dr Pedro Estrela, Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern and Professor Chris Frost — 2nd MRes project

Isabel Thomlinson

thomlinson_iIzzy graduated from the University of Oxford in 2016 with an MChem in Chemistry. During her degree she did a summer research project making thin films of zinc oxide for use as transparent conductors, and a final year project synthesising lanthanide porphyrin complexes in order to investigate their magnetic properties. Having had sustainability drummed into her from a young age, she hopes to combine this with her scientific background to do some interesting and useful research at the CSCT. When she escapes the lab she enjoys doing karate, painting and drawing, and being outdoors.

  • Epimerization Catalysts for a New Route to Stereocomplexed Polyesters as High-Performance Bioplastics with Dr Ulrich Hintermair and Professor Matthew Davidson — 1st MRes project
  • High-value added products from microalgae with Dr Pawel Plucinski, Professor Rod Scott and Dr Chris Chuck — 2nd MRes project

Abigail Thompson

thompson_aAbigail graduated from the University of Reading in 2016 with an MChem in Chemistry. She was awarded the faculty prize for best dissertation for her final year project designing and analysing novel bridging ligands for use in molecular electronics. Before university she worked between the UK and South-East Asia as Co-director of an international volunteering company. In her spare time, Abigail enjoys travelling, mountaineering and curling up with a good book.

  • CO2 as a feedstock for fuels and chemicals: whole-systems value chain modelling with Dr Sheila Samsatli, Dr Matthew Jones and Dr Antoine Buchard — 1st MRes project
  • From cellulosic ion conductors to ionic devices with Professor Frank Marken, Dr Janet Scott and Dr Darrell Patterson — 2nd MRes project

Liam Wrigley

wrigley_lLiam graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials. He did his final year thesis on Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells in Soochow University China. He likes the ducks by the fountain and is fond of cups of tea.

  • Overcoming the limitations of protein biotechnology with sand and light with Dr Asel Sartbaeva and Dr Chris Pudney — 1st MRes project
  • Metal chalcogenide nanostructures for solar water splitting with Dr Salvador Eslava — 2nd MRes project

Garyfalia Zoumpouli

zoumpouli_gGaryfalia Zoumpouli graduated with a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. During her studies, she did an internship at the Institute for Analytical Chemistry at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. Her final year project involved modeling and numerical simulations of phase separation morphologies in evaporating thin films of polymer solutions. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, reading books and travelling.

  • Column studies on continuous oxidative water treatment with subsequent slow sand filtration and activated carbon filtration with Dr Jannis Wenk and Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern — 1st MRes project
  • Transformation of pharmacologically active compounds in natural engineered water treatment simulating microcosms with Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern and Dr Jannis Wenk — 2nd MRes project

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Felix Abeln

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Felix initially studied Mechanical Engineering and then specialised in Chemical Engineering during his BSc at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. During his degree, he also undertook an exchange year at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and an internship at BASF SE. After graduation, he continued his studies with an MSc in Chemical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, in which he undertook an exchange semester at RMIT University in Melbourne. He is very interested in the area of Biochemical Engineering, focusing on fermentation technologies. Felix enjoys sports, especially skiing, football and badminton. He can easily be bribed with a proper Black Forest gateau.

  • Developing a food-grade high value palm oil substitute from the yeast M. pulcherrima with Dr Chris Chuck and Dr Daniel Henk
  • Continuous culturing of Metschnikowia pulcherimma for the production of a palm oil substitute and 2-phenylethanol with Dr Chris Chuck and Dr Daniel Henk — 2nd MRes project
  • Chemicals recovery from food processing waste with Dr Marta Coma and Dr Tom Arnot — 1st MRes project

Bethan Charles

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Bethan graduated from Durham University in 2013 with an MPhys in Physics; her final year project investigated the efficiencies of photovoltaic devices. After her studies she volunteered as a Maths Teacher in India before moving to London, working as a Consultant in the Energy Industry. In her spare time Bethan competes in ballroom and latin competitions, runs and bakes cakes.

  • Structure, spectroscopy and photoelectrochemistry of photovoltaic materials with Professor Mark Weller, Dr Daniel Wolversonand and Dr Laurie Peter
  • Novel sustainable materials for tissue engineering with Dr Ram Shama and Dr Antoine Buchard — 2nd MRes project
  • Structure, spectroscopy and photoelectrochemistry of photovoltaic materials with Professor Mark Weller, Dr Laurie Peter and Dr Aron Walsh— 1st MRes project

Rory Crean

crean_roryRory graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Chemistry in 2015. Working under Professor Mathew Crump, his final year project involved using X-ray crystallography to determine the structure of several engineered protein scaffolds. Outside of the lab, Rory enjoys running, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and aprendiendo a hablar Español.

  • Designing a novel biocatalysis platform based on beta-peptide linkages with Dr Chris Pudney and Professor Steven Bull
  • Stabilising protein structure using β–peptide helices with Dr Chris Pudney and Dr Steven Bull — 2nd MRes project
  • The fate of biologically active compounds in herbal remedies with Dr Dan Pantos and Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern — 1st MRes project

Carlos Lopez

lopez_CarlosCarlos graduated from the University of Zaragoza in Spain with a degree in Chemistry. After an internship with ICB-CSIC (Carbon-Chemistry Institute), he achieved a Master’s Degree in Molecular Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis, half of this Masters was carried out in the University of Bath (Erasmus+). His fourth year and masters focused on synthesising novel asymmetric compounds with biological activity. In his spare time, Carlos enjoys reading, travelling and playing sports.

  • Rapid on-site colourimetric determination of drinking water safety in the developing world with Dr Simon Lewis, Professor Tony James and Dr Jannis Wenk
  • Nitrate removal from drinking water by catalytic hydrogenation with Dr Jan Hofman and Professor Davide Mattia — 2nd MRes project
  • Freeing developing nations from fluorosis with an easy-to-use colourimetric fluoride sensor with Dr Simon Lewis and Professor Tony James — 1st MRes project

Strachan McCormick

mccormick_strachanStrachan graduated with an MChem from the University of Bath in 2015. His research project was concerned with the application of alkaline earth organometallics in small molecule catalyses, though this was overshadowed in the public consciousness by his surprise victory in the 2014 Great Chemistry Bake Off. When he is not doing chemistry, or asleep, Strachan can be found riding the open road on his beloved bikes, mountaineering, cooking, and occasionally playing the clarinet.

  • Benign Catalysts for the Production of Renewable plastics with Professor Matthew Davidson, Dr Antoine Buchard and Dr Matthew Jones
  • Mechanistic Investigations into Polymerization of Renewable Monomers with Professor Matthew Davidson, Dr Antoine Buchard and Dr Matthew Jones— 2nd MRes project
  • New Routes to Renewable Monomers for Bioplastics with Professor Matthew Davidson, Dr Antoine Buchard and Dr Matthew Jones— 1st MRes project

Leyorla Ohene-Yeboah

oheneyeboah_leyorlaLeyorla graduated from the University of Southampton with a Masters degree in Chemistry. For her placement year, she spent some time at Abbott Diabetes Care, fabricating and testing prototypes of medical devices in Oxfordshire. For her final year project, she used sampled current voltammetry to probe the oxygen reduction reaction in an effort to further understand the kinetics behind the reaction. Leyorla loves to be as idle as possible in her spare time, but if not, she likes to crotchet, read and bake whenever she has the time.

  • Pollutant speciation and remediation in the environment using atomistic simulations with Professor Steve Parker, Dr Jannis Wenk and Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern
  • Aging of Polymers: the effect on hydrogen adsorption and transport with Professor Steve Parker and Professor Tim Mays — 2nd MRes project
  • Non-invasive monitoring of glucose with foamy gold electrodes embedded in functionalised hollow fibres with Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo, Professor Semali Perera and Dr Pedro Estrela — 1st MRes project

Marc Pflieger

pflieger_marcMarc graduated with a BSc and an MSc degree in Biochemisty from the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. During his Bachelor's research project he focused on neuropharmacology. In the first year of his masters he did an Erasmus exchange year at Cardiff University where he studied Enzyme Mechanisms. After returning to Germany to finish his Masters, he focused his research on the derivatization of natural products, particularly Polyketides and peptide conjugates. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, jogging, travelling and baking.

  • Directed evolution of thermostable terpene synthases with Professor David Leak, Dr Matthew Styles, Dr Steven Bull and Dr Marc Hutchby — 2nd MRes project
  • New Routes to 100% Bio-based Polyesters with Professor Matthew Davidson, Dr Matthew Jones, Dr Antoine Buchard and Dr Gerrit Gobius du Sart — 1st MRes project

Isabella Poli

poli_IsabellaIsabella was born and raised in Bergamo, Italy. She did her Bachelor's in Energy Engineering at Politecnico of Milan. Afterwards, she moved to the Netherlands, where she graduated at TU Delft in Sustainable Energy Technology. Her final project focused on studying the stability of silicon heterojunction solar cells. She joined the CSCT to investigate new, sustainable and efficient ways to produce energy. She enjoys running, skiing and discovering new places. In her free time she is working on a new start-up: delivery of home baked vegan cakes.

  • Exploiting perovskites for the generation of solar fuels with Dr Petra Cameron and Dr Salvador Eslava
  • WO3 photoanodes by electrochemical anodisation with Dr Salvador Eslava, Professor Davide Mattia and Dr Petra Cameron— 2nd MRes project
  • Production of new perovskite materials for solar cells with Dr Petra Cameron, Dr Simon Lewis and Dr Andrew Johnson— 1st MRes project

Cei Provis-Evans

provisevans_ceiCei graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc in Chemistry in 2007. Since then he has worked in industry, firstly for the Laboratory of the Government Chemist, then for GlaxoSmithKline. Cei decided to come back to academia in order to cut the shackles on his imagination he felt in the commercial environments. Besides research, Cei’s interests include badminton, violin and using baking powder as a yeast substitute.

  • Iron photocatalysis for the efficient synthesis of phosphorus-carbon bonds with Dr Ruth Webster and Dr Emma Emanuelsson Patterson
  • Iron’s in the Fire: Iron photocatalysis for the mild, atom economic synthesis of phosphines with Dr Ruth Webster — 2nd MRes project
  • New materials systems for superconductive energy storage with Dr Valeska Ting and Dr Weijia Yuan — 1st MRes project

Miriam Regue

regue_miriamMiriam graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona with an BSc in Chemistry in 2014. Afterwards, she did her MSc in Applied Materials Chemistry at the University of Barcelona and graduated in 2015. During her BSc, she did a five months internship at Imperial College London under the Erasmus programme, where she worked with mesoporous materials and photocatalysts for water splitting processes. During her MSc, she worked on the formation of Pickering emulsions using low-energy methods. In her spare time, Miriam enjoys walking, taking photos and baking carrot cakes!

  • Development of nanostructured metal oxides for solar fuels with Dr Salvador Eslava and Dr Andrew Johnson
  • Earth Abundant Energy Materials: Cu2O and CuO with Dr Andrew Johnson, Professor Mike Hill and Professor Laurie Peter — 2nd MRes project
  • Efficient catalysts prepared from graphene oxide and metal oxo cages with Dr Salvador Eslava and Dr Andrew Johnson — 1st MRes project

Daniel Scott

scott_chrisDaniel graduated from the University of Bath with an MChem in Chemistry in 2015. His final year research project involved investigating multi-component materials for optical and non-linear optical applications. Outside of the lab, Daniel has been long standing member of the University of Bath Kickboxing club, he also enjoys swimming and reading a good book.

  • Bridging the Gap in Sustainable Continuous Chemicals Manufacture: Integrating Upstream Synthesis and Downstream Crystallisation with Professor Chick Wilson, Dr Elias Martinez Hernandez and Professor Matthew Davidson
  • Immortal 3D printed polymer membranes for water treatment with Dr Darrell Patterson and Professor Davide Mattia — 2nd MRes project
  • Transformation mechanisms of antibiotics in the environment and their impact on evolution of antimicrobial resistance with Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern and Professor Ed Feil — 1st MRes project

Maya Singer Hobbs

singerhobbs_mayaMaya graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2014 with an MChem. She also spent a year studying in Montreal, where alongside her studies she undertook a project researching nitrogen rich compounds. Her MChem project focused on homogeneous iridium-based catalysis for industrial applications. In her spare time, you’ll find her riding her bike whilst thinking about the optimal packing strategy for fitting cakes in her panniers (she thinks it’s face-centred cubic)

  • New Catalysts for Dioxygen Activation with Dr Uli Hintermair, Dr Pawel Plucinski and Professor Karen Edler
  • All in one pot: Making Biopolymers from Waste Oil with Dr Emma Patterson, Dr Matthew Jones and Dr Darrell Patterson — 2nd MRes project
  • New Aerobic Oxidation Catalysts in Aqueous Biphasic Media for Sustainable Synthesis with Dr Uli Hintermair and Dr Pawel Plucinski — 1st MRes project

Hannah Sullivan

sullivan_hannahHannah graduated from the University of Bath with an MChem degree in Chemistry (with Industrial Placement) in 2015. During her placement year she worked as an Analytical Technician at Intertek, where she performed fast turnaround testing of Rolls-Royce samples. For her final year research project, she developed novel precursor molecules for the Chemical Vapour Deposition of Zinc Sulphide (ZnS). This research sparked her interest in Sustainable Technologies, due to the application of ZnS in photovoltaic devices. Outside of her academic life Hannah has a passionate interest in all sports and regularly goes running, climbing and kayaking; though she always makes sure she is properly fuelled for these activities by baking brownies as often as possible!

  • Wide Bnd Gap Semiconductor Materials: Enhancing Efficiencies of GaN LEDs with Dr Andrew Johnson and Dr Duncan Allsopp
  • Properties of Nanoporous PIM-MOF Composites with Professor Tim Mays, Dr Andrew Burrows and Professor Chris Bowen — 2nd MRes project
  • New better rechargeable battery materials with Professor Mark Weller, Professor Saiful Islam and Dr Valeska Ting — 1st MRes project

Caitlin Taylor

taylor_caitlinCaitlin graduated from the University of Bristol with an MSci in Chemistry in 2014. Her final project investigated the use of Quantum Dots as glyco nanoprobes. After graduation, she took a year out where she travelled around Oceania, and lived in Berlin to improve her German language skills. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys skiing, avidly following Mary Berry’s work and the odd board game.

  • Double energised ZnO nanowires for the degradation of trace contaminants in waste water with Dr Jannis Wenk, Professor Davide Mattia and Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern
  • Modified patterned biopolymers for tissue engineering with Dr Janet Scott and Dr Ram Sharma — 2nd MRes project
  • Exploring bubble-less ozonation as efficient water treatment method with Dr Jannis Wenk, Professor Davide Mattia and Professor Jan Hofman — 1st MRes project

Josh Tibbetts

tibbetts_joshJosh graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2015 with an MSci in Natural Sciences. His research project was on the flow synthesis of peptides using N-carboxyanhydrides. In his spare time, Josh enjoys collecting and listening to records, running and trying to find that perfect loaf tin for that perfect cake.

  • Catalytic transformation and valorization or terpenes and other biorenewables with Professor Steven Bull, Dr Elias Martinez Hernandez, Dr Simon Lewis and Dr Ulrich Hintermair
  • Valorisation of “Terpanes” with Base Metals with Dr Simon Lewis and Dr Steven Bull — 2nd MRes project
  • Making Chemicals from Sunlight with Dr Emma Patterson, Dr Matthew Jones, Dr Darrell Patterson and Dr Dave Carbery — 1st MRes project

Serife Ustener

ustuner_serifeSerife graduated from the University of Bath with MEng degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering in 2015. Her final year research project looked into developing an algorithm for the walking motion of individuals using easily available sensors. Chemistry is a new adventure for her and she is looking forward to combining the knowledge of the two different disciplines on her PhD studies. Besides studying, she is a big fan of bodybuilding and won her first physique competition in May 2015.

  • Electrochemical detection of microRNAs for cancer diagnosis with Dr Pedro Estrela, Professor Chris Frost and Professor Mark Lindsay
  • Surface immobilisation of nucleic acid analogues for the detection of microRNAs with Dr Pedro Estrela and Professor Mark Lindsay — 2nd MRes project
  • Electrochemical detection of proteins and oligonucleotides with Professor Chris Frost and Dr Pedro Estrela — 1st MRes project

Maria Weber

weber_mariaMaria graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 with an MChem in Chemistry with a year abroad. During her Erasmus year at ETH Zürich in Switzerland, she investigated small molecule inhibitors for trypanothione reductase, a key enzyme in the fight against African sleeping sickness. Her final year project focused on the effect of oxygen plasma on polymer microarrays and how cell adhesion was consequently altered. After graduation, she worked for some time as a Science Teaching Assistant and gained some work experience in cleantech and sustainability services. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to French music, salsa dancing and making cupcakes every now and then.

  • Fluorogenic materials for diagnosis and theranostic applications with Professor Tony James, Dr Amanda Mackenzie and Professor Steven Bull
  • Fluorescence sensors for age related diseases with Professor Tony James, Dr Jean van den Elsen and Dr Steven Bull — 2nd MRes project
  • Composite MOF membranes for enhanced seperation of biorenewables with Dr Darrell Patterson, Dr Andrew Burrows, Professor Tina Düren and Professor David Leak — 1st MRes project

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Jamie Courtenay

Courtenay JamieJamie graduated from the University of Bath with an MChem degree in Drug Discovery (with an Industrial Placement) in 2014. During his placement year with Syngenta’s Formulation Technology Group he carried out research on improving the biological performance of agrochemical formulations. In his final year project, he used ultrasound to synthesise polymer microcapsules for drug delivery. Whilst at Bath he has been a regular member and Captain of the University’s Track and Field team and he also enjoys cycling and squash.

  • Decorated cellulose surfaces – opportunities for novel, sustainable ingredients for formulated products and tissue engineering scaffolds with Dr Janet Scott, Professor Karen Edler and Dr Ram Sharma
  • Cellulose nanofibril stabilised Pickering emulsions for drug delivery with Professor Karen Edler and Dr Richard Guy — 2nd MRes project
  • Surface modified cellulose films for tissue engineering with Dr Ram Sharma and Dr Janet Scott — 1st MRes project

Dan Davies

Davies DanDan graduated from the University of Bath with an MChem degree in Chemistry in 2014. He undertook a placement year at Merck Chemicals in Southampton working with materials for microelectronics. His final year research project looked at designing a computational screening method for transparent conducting materials for solar cells. In his spare time, Dan enjoys coaching at the University life saving club, travelling and playing the piano.

  • Interface engineering for indium-free transparent electronics with Professor Aron Walsh, Dr Duncan Allsopp and Dr Ben Morgan
  • Indium free transparent conducting oxides with Dr Duncan Allsopp and Professor Aron Walsh — 2nd MRes project
  • Porous materials to enhance the performance of hydrogen storage tanks with Dr Andrew Burrows and Professor Tim Mays — 1st MRes project

Huan Doan

Doan HuanHuan graduated from Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Vietnam with a BSc in Oil Refining and Petrochemical and a MSc in Petrochemical Engineering. Before going to Bath, he had a five-year experience as a teaching assistant in an advanced program collaborated between Hanoi University of Mining and Geology and UC Davis, United State. One of his research interests in Vietnam is in recovering PGM group in a spent reforming catalyst and using the remaining to synthesize a new catalyst for oxidation of monoxide. This made him have an initial concept of sustainability and interested him in pursuing an Integrated PhD in sustainable chemical technologies at University of Bath. Besides studying, he enjoys playing tennis, listening to music and reading IT magazines.

  • Synthesis, characterization and applications of novel hierarchical porous materials with Dr Valeska Ting, Dr Asel Sartbaeva and Dr Ulrich Hintermair
  • Using metal-organic frameworks for the targeted delivery of pheromones and pesticides with Dr Andrew Burrows and Professor Tina Duren — 2nd MRes project
  • Trapdoor zeolites for intelligent separation of CO2 with Dr Valeska Ting, Professor Mark Weller and Dr Asel Sartbaeva — 1st MRes project

Naomi Elstone

Elstone Naomi Naomi graudated from the University of Bath with an MChem degree in 2014. This included a placement at Syngenta where she carried out research into Pickering emulsions. Her final project investigated the interactions of PEI with sulphobetaine monolayers. In her spare time Naomi enjoys cooking and occasionally running.

  • Extraction and modification of greener surfactants from natural sources and their use in development of delivery methods for active compounds with Professor Karen Edler, Professor David Leak and Dr Tom Arnold
  • Novel Zwitterionic Amphiphiles for Pharmaceutically Acceptable Drug Encapsulation with Professor Karen Edler and Dr Simon Lewis — 2nd MRes project
  • Stimuli Responsive (Smart) Cellulose Membranes to Solve Fouling with Dr Darrell Patterson and Dr Janet Scott — 1st MRes project

Dominic Ferdani

Ferdani DominicDominic graduated from Warwick University with an MChem in Chemistry in 2014. This included a research project into Rhodium macrocyclic complexes. In his spare time he enjoys drinking piña colada and playing a variety of sports with American Football being his favourite.

  • Engineering Perovskites for 3 rd Generation Solar Cells with Dr Petra Cameron, Dr Simon Lewis and Professor Alison Walker
  • Economically viable dye-sensitised solar cells with Dr Simon Lewis — 2nd MRes project
  • Development of a non-invasive glucose biosensor with Dr Mirella di Lorenzo — 1st MRes project

Andrew Hall

Hall AndrewAndrew graduated from Imperial College, London with an MSci in Chemistry in 2014. During his final year he carried out a research project investigating mixed metal oxide nanoparticles for use in the production of methanol from carbon dioxide. Whist at Imperial he also took part in a variety of Outreach activities including teaching Chemistry summer schools. In his spare time Andrew enjoys playing the flute and piano as well as rock climbing and hill walking.

  • Biogenic Alcohols and Sugars as Sustainable Reductants: A Combined Spectroscopic and Theoretical Approach to the Development of New Homogeneous Catalysts for Dehydrogenation, Hydrogen Transfer and Reverse Water-Gas-Shift Chemistry with Dr Ulrich Hintermair, Dr Antoine Buchard and Dr John Lowe
  • FlowNMR for In-Operando Investigation of Homogeneous Catalysts with Dr Ulrich Hintermair and Dr John Lowe — 2nd MRes project
  • Photo-induced production of hydrogen peroxide from cis-dihydroxo metal complexes: a first step towards water photo-"super"-splitting with Dr Antoine Buchard and Professor Frank Marken — 1st MRes project

Oliver Hammond

Hammond OliverOliver graduated from the University of Bristol with an MSci in Chemistry in 2014. His research interests include colloid science and surfactants, and for his MSci project he synthesised and characterised a family of novel super-low surface energy green surfactants and surfactant ionic liquids. Outside of the lab, he partakes in cycling, Sudoku and tobogganing.

  • Deep Eutectic Solvents: Structure, Surfactants and Synthesis with Professor Karen Edler and Dr Salvador Eslava
  • Continuous synthesis of structured materials in novel green solvents with Dr Laura Torrente Murciano and Professor Karen Edler — 2nd MRes project
  • Plant metabolites as green solvents with Professor Karen Edler and Dr Laura Torrente Murciano — 1st MRes project

Callum Heron

Heron CallumCallum graduated from the University of Glasgow with MSci Chemistry with European placement in 2014. He then did a placement year at Leiden university in the Netherlands on phosphor materials for LED lighting. His MSci project at Glasgow was on single-molecule magnets. In his spare time Callum enjoys mountain biking, gaming and drinking.

  • Sustainable C-H Functionalisation by Improved Catalyst Design with Professor Christopher Frost, Dr Emma Patterson and Dr Antoine Buchard
  • Catalysts for the conversion of urea into ammonia with Dr Laura Torrente Murciano — 2nd MRes project
  • Cr based trimerisation catalysts for alpha-olefins with Dr R.D. Köhn and Dr Chris Chuck — 1st MRes project

Robert Hicks

Hicks RobRob graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc in Biosciences in 2012 and has since been working in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries. After a while at Shell Global Solutions, where he investigated the use of synthetic biology for the creation of novel metabolic pathways for biofuel production, he joined UCB, where he expressed recombinant antibody fragments in bacteria for the development of novel therapeutic drugs. In his spare time, Rob likes to eat burgers, play football with his friends and occasionally runs, but only if the weather is nice.

  • Enhancing lipid production for sustainable production of biofuels using yeast biotechnology and nanobubble engineering to exploit renewable feedstocks with Dr Daniel Henk and Dr Chris Chuck
  • Bioprospecting for industrially relevant fungal species/communities with Dr Daniel Henk — 2nd MRes project
  • Improving vaccine thermostability using silica with Dr Asel Sartbaeva and Dr Jean van Den Elsen — 1st MRes project

Florence Jeffrey

Jeffrey FlorenceFlorence graduated from the University of Bath in 2014 with an MChem, during which she spent a year in industry, working for Novartis Pharmaceuticals in their Computer Aided Drug Design team. Her research interests lie within organic and physical chemistry, with her current project being to analyse the impact of altering the organic ammonium cation on the properties of perovskite solar cells. Florence is also a keen skier, netball player and cook.

  • Exploring the limitations associated with the commercialisation of new sustainable technologies with Professor Michael Lewis and Dr Chris Chuck — 2nd MRes project
  • Analysing the impact of altering the organic cation on the properties of perovskite solar cells with Dr Petra Cameron, Dr Simon Lewis and Dr Andrew Johnson — 1st MRes project

Michael Joyes

Joyes MichaelMike graduated from the University of Bath in 2014 with an MChem, which included a year-long work placement at the ESRF in Grenoble, France working on MOFs for gas adsorption. His final year project focused on synthesising initiators for the polymerisation of Lactide. Other interests include sports such as squash, football and swimming, playing guitar and helping those who stutter to become better speakers.

  • Group 4 Catalysts for Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) synthesis with Professor Matthew Davidson, Dr Matthew Jones, Dr Darrell Patterson and Dr Emma Patterson
  • Terpene Feedstock for Polyester Formation with Dr Matthew Jones and Dr Davide Mattia — 2nd MRes project
  • Fe-graphene catalysts for the conversion of carbon dioxide to hydrocarbons with Dr Davide Mattia and Dr Matthew Jones — 1st MRes project

Richard Maltby

Maltby RichardRichard graduated with an MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bath in 2014. During the course he completed a successful year-long placement in the R&D department of DuPont Teijin Films in Teesside, developing an interest in using mathematical modelling techniques to solve real-world problems. Outside of his studies, Richard’s interests include climbing, football and watching motorsports.

  • Computational and Experimental Studies of Single-Use-Technology Bioreactors with Dr John Chew and Professor David Leak
  • Evolution of a thermostable terpene cyclase with Professor David Leak and Dr Steven Bull — 2nd MRes project
  • Modelling and Optimisation of Commercial Bioreactors with Dr John Chew and Professor David Leak — 1st MRes project

Sofia Raikova

Raikova SoniaSofia graduated from the University of Bristol with an MSci in Chemistry in 2013. In her fourth year she investigated transition metal Frustrated Lewis Pairs, and spent a year in industry working for AkzoNobel. She took a year out to travel before starting at the CSCT. Outside of university, Sofia enjoys cooking and foreign films.

  • Developing a marine biorefinery for the production of fuels and fertilizer from the hydrothermal liquefaction of macroalgae with Dr Chris Chuck and Dr Marcelle McManus
  • Sustainable synthesis of high surface-area, highly porous materials using gas-expanded liquids and supercritical fluids with Dr Asel Sartbaeva and Ulrich Hintermair — 2nd MRes project
  • Valorisation of microalgae used in the valorisation of acid mine drainage with Dr Chris Chuck and Dr Valeska Ting — 1st MRes project

Shawn Rood

Rood ShawnShawn graduated from Kettering University in 2012 with a BS in Chemical Engineering, which included fifteen months of research at Argonne National Laboratory investigating lithium ion battery cathodes. He then worked for two years in the automotive industry as a process engineer. In his free time, Shawn enjoys baking, catching Pokémon, and eating marshmallows.

  • Ceria-based Engine Exhuast Catalysts with Dr Salvador Eslava, Dr Kevin Robinson and Dr Laura Torrente-Murciano
  • Sustainable treatment processes for the removal of pharmacologically active compounds from water with Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern, Dr Tom Arnot, and Professor Rod Scott — 2nd MRes project
  • Gold-doped ceria – pollution remediation with Dr Laura Torrente-Murciano — 1st MRes project

Kasia Smug

Smug KatarzynaKasia graduated from Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland with a degree in Chemical Engineering. In her third year, she was an intern at DeLaval Operations at Hygiene Factory. After studies she undertook an internship at 3M at Quality Department and used to work with Quality Management System. In her spare time she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee.

  • New sustainable materials from terpenoid feedstocks with Dr Pawel Plucinski, Professor Matthew Davidson and Dr Ulrich Hintermair
  • Renewable Polymers from Terpene Feedstocks with Professor Matthew Davidson, Dr Ulrich Hintermair, Professor Mark Weller, Dr Laura Torrente Murciano — 2nd MRes project
  • Process intensification of paracetamol synthesis with Dr Pawel Plucinski , Dr Steven Bull and Dr Ulrich Hintermair — 1st MRes project

Suzanne Wallace

Wallace SuzanneSuzy graduated from the University of York with an MPhys in Theoretical Physics in 2014. For her final year project she used computational quantum mechanics to study electron trapping in nanocrystalline TiO2. Her research interests are in photovoltaic devices, but otherwise her interests are in rock climbing, running and cooking.

  • Overcoming the efficiency bottleneck of metal sulfide solar cells with Professor Aron Walsh, Professor Chris Bowen and Professor Mark Weller
  • Screening for new ferroelectric materials for photovoltaic applications with Professor Chris Bowen and Professor Aron Walsh — 2nd MRes project
  • Chemical DIsorder and Inhomogeneity in Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) From Multiscale Simulations with Professor Aron Walsh, Professor Laurie Peter, Professor Mark Weller and Professor Dave Worsley — 1st MRes project

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Tamsin Bell

Tamsin BellTamsin completed her Masters in Chemistry (MSci) in 2012 and during her degree she studied in Montpellier in France for a year. Tamsin's research interests are within the field of catalysis. At the end of her year in France, she did a 2 month project synthesising Pt-Sn catalysts for the dehydrogenation of kerosene.  In her final year research project, she used high accuracy computational methods to examine the mechanism of oxidative addition in cross-coupling reactions.  Tamsin enjoys sports, scuba diving and travelling.

  • Stabilisation of nanoparticles on curved supports with Dr Laura Torrente Murciano and Professor Steve Parker
  • Understanding the effect of morphology on the reactivity of alumina supports using computational methods with Professor Steve Parker and Dr Laura Torrente Murciano — 2nd MRes project
  • Development of nanostructured alumina for metal nanoparticle stabilisation with Dr Laura Torrente Murciano — 1st MRes project

Matthew Camilleri

Matthew CamilleriMatthew graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2012 with an MSc in Advanced Organic Chemistry. His research interests are mainly organic and inorganic Chemistry, with his project focusing on the dimerisation of calix-[6]-arenes. He then took a gap year back in Malta, teaching Chemistry at GCSE level. Outside the labs Matthew enjoys the occasional drink at the pub, watching movies and hiking.

  • Photofloworganocatalysis for sustainable redox chemistry with Dr Dave Carbery and Dr Laura Torrente Murciano
  • Flavin photofloworganocatalysis for sustainable redox chemistry with Dr Dave Carbery — 2nd MRes project
  • Heterogeneous catalysis activated by plasmon heating with Dr Pawel Plucinski and Dr William Wadsworth — 1st MRes project

Jonathan Chouler

Jonathan ChoulerJon graduated from the University of Bath with an MEng in Chemical Engineering, which included a 6 month overseas research project at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a year-long placement working for Procter and Gamble in process improvements for dish homecare manufacturing. Outside of work Jon enjoys cycle touring, brewing beer/wine and playing guitar.

  • Development of a self-sustainable and cost-effective tool for water quality monitoring in developing countries with Dr Mirella di Lorenzo, Dr Petra Cameron and Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Horden.
  • Biobatteries: building up the next generation energy devices with Dr Mirella di Lorenzo and Dr Petra Cameron — 2nd MRes project
  • Flow NMR for In-Operando Investigation of Homogenous Catalysts with Dr Ulrich Hintermair and Dr John Lowe — 1st MRes project

James Coombs OBrien

James Coombs ObrienJames completed his undergraduate MChem degree in Chemistry at the University of Leicester, graduating in July 2013. His final year masters project was looking into and creating new renewable biodegradable composites based on starch. He enjoys cycling, playing sports such as squash and rugby league as well as socialising with friends.

  • Processing, forming and modifying cellulose to produce materials and composites with specific properties and tested biodegradability with Dr Janet Scott, Dr Davide Mattia, Dr Laura Torrente Murciano and Dr Paul Murray.
  • Identification of natural materials for tissue engineering with Dr Ram Sharma and Dr Janet Scott — 2nd MRes project
  • Composite materials from renewable polymers with Dr Janet Scott and Professor Matthew Davidson — 1st MRes project

Bill Cunningham

Bill CunninghamBill graduated from the University of Bath in 2013 with a MChem degree for drug discovery. He undertook a placement year at BAT where he investigated the effectiveness of different carbon types on the removal of vapour phase smoke toxicants.  During his final year at university he worked on developing potential catalysts for [2+2] ketene alkene cycloadditions. In his spare time Bill likes to play sport and is currently attempting to improve his surfing skills.

  • Catalytic conversion of terpene feedstocks into value-added chemicals and commodity chemicals with Professor Steven Bull and Dr Pawel Plucinski
  • Continuous ring opening and ozonolysis of monoterpene substrates with Dr Pawel Plucinski, Dr Darrell Patterson and Dr Steven Bull — 2nd MRes project
  • A catalytic synthesis of "green" paracetamol from the biorenewable limonene with Dr Steven Bull and Dr Pawel Plucinski  — 1st MRes project

Leighton Holyfield

Leighton HolyfieldLeighton graduated from the Universiy of Birmingham in 2013 with a MEng in Chemical Engineering with International Study. This included a year studying at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. His final year research project involved the long term testing and performance analysis of an alkaline electrolyser for hydrogen production. His interests include watching and playing sport, rock music, and travelling.

  • Design of Safe Hybrid Hydrogen Storage Tanks with Professor Tim Mays and Dr Andrew Burrows
  • Activated amides for the synthesis of metallopolymers with Dr Ruth Webster and Dr Valeska Ting — 2nd MRes project
  • Hydrogen storage using hybrid solid-state/high-pressure gas systems with Professor Tim Mays and Dr Andrew Burrows — 1st MRes project

Emma Lampard

Emma LampardEmma graduated with an MChem in Chemistry for drug discovery from the University of Bath in 2013, her final year research project looked at the asymmetric hydroboration of β,γ-unsaturated amides and the development of a new NMR technique to determine the enantiomeric excess of chiral diols. In her spare time she enjoys reading, socialising with friends and drinking fine wine.

  • Benzoxaboroles for Membrane Separation with Professor Tony James, Dr Darrell Patterson and Professor Steven Bull
  • Process intensification and downstream processing with Dr Emma Patterson — 2nd MRes project
  • Intelligent selection of greener solvents with Dr Janet Scott and Dr Darrell Patterson — 1st MRes project

Helena Quilter

Helena QuilterHelena graduated with an MChem (Chemistry) from the University of Sheffield in 2011, where she spent a year designing and synthesizing organometallic complexes as luminescent DNA probes. Since then she has worked as a site chemist for a hazardous waste management company, and released an album with a folk-rock band.

  • Terpene Derived Monomers for New Polymers with Dr Matthew Jones, Dr Davide Mattia and Professor Matthew Davidson
  • Bioorthogonal ligation of chromophores to tumor homing peptides: Towards new tools for drug delivery and diagnostics with Dr Ian Eggleston, Professor Rex Tyrrell and Dr Sofia Pascu — 2nd MRes project
  • Radiolabelling antibodies and generation of multimetallic imaging and sensing arrays: New tools for sensing and imaging with Dr Sofia Pascu — 1st MRes project

Jemma Rowlandson

Jemma RowlandsonJemma graduated with an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Southampton in 2013. Her final year included a placement with Merck Chemicals in Chilworth, where she undertook a research project involving liquid crystals. Her third year research project investigated the effectiveness of osmium adlayers on a platinum surface towards methanol electrooxidation. Jemma's other interests include swimming, water polo and squash.

  • Development of Innovative Nanoporous Carbons from Renewable Lignin Feedstocks and Investigation of Novel Characterisation Techniques with Dr Valeska Ting and Professor Karen Edler
  • Self-assembled solar cells with Dr Petra Cameron and Professor Alison Walker — 2nd MRes project
  • Structural characterisation and molecular modelling of porous carbons with Dr Valeska Ting and Professor Steve Parker — 1st MRes project

Emma Sackville

Emma SackvilleEmma completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol, graduating with an MSci in Chemistry in 2012. Her final year project involved looking at Boron/Zinc transmetallation to generate aryl nucleophiles, during which time she also developed a strong interest in public engagement. After graduation, she took a year out, working in finance for 6 months before travelling round South America. Other interests include music, dance and baking.

  • Molecularly defined electro-catalysts for energy conversion and biomass valorisation with Dr Ulrich Hintermair and Dr Frank Marken
  • Iridium-catalysed oxidations of inert molecules with Dr Ulrich Hintermair — 2nd MRes project
  • Fe/CO carbon nanotubes catalysts for the conversion of carbon dioxide to hydrocarbons with Dr Davide Mattia and Dr Matthew Jones — 1st MRes project

Tristan Smith

Tristan SmithTristan graduated with a BSc in Cancer Biology and Immunology from the University of Bristol in 2013. His final year research project was looking for novel target genes for the WT1 transcription factor to better understand its role in development and tumorigenesis. Outside of the lab he enjoys swimming and the odd gin!

  • Sustainable production of 2-phenylethanol from Metschnikowia pulcherrima with Dr Daniel Henk and Dr Chris Chuck
  • Examining the ability of the promising oleaginous yeast, M. pulcherrima, to maintain sterility under industrially relevant conditions in an open-air steel fermenter with Dr Chris Chuck and Dr Daniel Henk — 2nd MRes project
  • Vaccine protection using Silica with Dr Asel Sartbaeva — 1st MRes project

James Stephenson

James StephensonJames graduated with a MPhys in Physics from the University of Bath in 2013. His research project entailed using acoustic backscatter signals from highly directional ultrasound signals to identify deep-water coral species; he approached this using computational and experimental methods. He has an avid interest in conservation and in his free time he enjoys breakdancing, cycling and skating.

  • Adventures in Graphene-Based Electronics with Dr Alain Nogaret and Dr Andrew Johnson
  • The search for superconductivity in few-layer transition metal dichalcogenides with Professor Simon Bending and Professor Mark Weller — 2nd MRes project
  • Bio-inspired design and growth of new materials using molecular simulation with Professor Steve Parker and Dr Richard Ball — 1st MRes project

Oliver Weber

Oliver WeberOli graduated from the University of Bristol in 2013 with an MSci in Chemistry, including a year at the University of Toronto for study and research into materials for organic electronics. His final year project in Bristol with the electrochemistry group focused on electrocatalysis and semiconductor photoelectrochemistry. Outside of chemistry he enjoys viola, squash and armchair rugby.

  • Optimizing energy harvesting processes in metal halide photovoltaics with Professor Mark Weller and Professor Chris Bowen
  • New materials for photochemical water spiltting with Professor Mark Weller, Dr Petra Cameron, Professor Laurie Peter and Professor Alison Walker — 1st MRes project
  • Synthesis of uniform metal nanoparticles in 3D microreactors with Dr Laura Torrente Murciano and Dr Davide Mattia — 2nd MRes project

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Stephen Bradley

BRADLEY_StephenStephen graduated with an MChem in Chemistry with a Year in Industry from the University of Leicester in 2012. His year in industry was spent with a major chemical distribution company doing analytical/quality control work. His final year project was based on reclaiming rare earth metals from supermagnet alloys using electrochemical methods in ionic liquid solvents. In his spare time, he plays trombone and piano, as well as conducting one of the university's ensembles.

  • Microbial fuel cells as online and on site sensors for water quality with Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo, Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern and Dr Frank Marken
  • Development of nanoporous gold electrodes for glucose detection with Dr Mirella di Lorenzo & Dr Frank Marken — 2nd MRes project
  • Putting PEG into electrochemistry: transforming carbon dioxide into fuels with Dr Frank Marken & Dr Laura Torrente Murciano — 1st MRes project

Jessica Bristow

BRISTOW_JessicaJess graduated with an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Bath in 2012. Her final year project involved calculating the energies associated with various optical processes occurring within sapphire (α-Al2O3). Jess undertook a summer scholarship in order to continue and publish the work carried out in the final year of her degree. Jess's other interests include playing sports non-competitively and wine tasting.

  • Chemical bonding in metal-organic frameworks: from fundamentals to design principles with Dr Aron Walsh and Dr Valeska Ting
  • Optical engineering of metal oxides: experiment with Professor Chris Bowen, Dr Frank Marken & Dr Aron Walsh — 2nd MRes project
  • Optical engineering of metal oxides: theory with Dr Aron Walsh — 1st MRes project

Robert Chapman

CHAPMAN_RobRob graduated with an MChem in Chemistry for drug discovery from the University of Bath in 2012, his final year research project looked at the N-oxide catalysed Baeyer-Villiger oxidation of α,β-unsaturated ketones. Rob spent his third year on placement with BioFocus working as a medicinal synthetic chemist. In his spare time Rob enjoys watching and playing sport.

  • A protecting group free strategy for the sustainable synthesis of polyketide natural products with Professor Steven Bull, Dr Pawel Plucinski and Dr Matthew Jones
  • Tandem Catalytic Reaction with Dr Steven Bull & Professor Christopher Frost — 2nd MRes project
  • Nanostructured catalyst and continuous reactors for the upgrading of CO2 with Dr Laura Torrente Murciano, Dr Matthew Jones & Dr Davide Mattia — 1st MRes project

Christopher Davey

DAVEY_ChrisChris graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2012 with an MSci in Chemistry with an International Study Year. His International study year was spent at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. In his final year project he looked at the Photochemical Reduction of a [NiFe]-Hydrogenase Analogue using Rhenium(I) Diimine Complexes. Chris’ other interests include surfing, music and films.

  • Lower energy recovery of dilute organics from fermentation broths with Dr Darrell Patterson and Professor David Leak
  • Supramolecular photosystems with Dr Dan Pantos — 2nd MRes project
  • Co-crystallisation routes to high surface area materials for gas storage with Dr Valeska Ting & Professor Chick Wilson — 1st MRes project

Joseph Donnelly

DONNELLY_JoeJoe graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2012 with and MChem. His final year undergraduate project involved the mechanical characterisation of scCO2 foamed PLA scaffolds for use in bone tissue engineering applications. In his spare time Joe enjoys both watching and playing sports and socialising with friends.

  • (Bio)catalytic synthesis of a novel transport fuel substitute from industrially produced ferementation products with Dr Chris Chuck, Dr Marcelle McManus and Dr Chris Bannister
  • Turpentine derived light harvesting polyesters with Dr Dave Carbery, Professor Matthew Davidson & Dr Aron Walsh — 2nd MRes project
  • Establishing the interactions between a host of 3rd generation biofuels and aviation kerosene with Dr Chris Chuck — 1st MRes project

Georgina Gregory

GREGORY_GeorgeGeorge graduated with an MSci in Chemistry from Imperial College London in 2011. Her final year research project involved MOFs. She likes Dr. Who and walking.

  • Cyclic carbonates from sugars and CO2: synthesis, polymerisation and biomedical applications with Dr Antoine Buchard, Professor Matthew Davidson and Dr Ram Sharma
  • MOFs produced by bio-oxidation with Dr Andrew Burrows & Dr Simon Lewis — 2nd MRes project
  • Sustainable management of funeral processes with Professor Tim Mays & Dr John Troyer — 1st MRes project

Marcus Johns

JOHNS_MarcusMarcus graduated from the University of Bath with an MEng in Chemical Engineering in 2012. A placement year was spent working for MAST Carbon International, and final year projects involved the design of a waste treatment plant for use on a nuclear submarine and a microbial fuel cell for water treatment. He is a member of the theatrical and musical societies and plays alto saxophone in the concert band.

  • Biomaterials for the Cardiac Environment with Dr Ram Sharma, Dr Janet Scott and Dr Sameer Rahatekar (University of Bristol)
  • The enzymatic spinning cloth disc reactor: reaction intensification for biotransformations with Dr Emma Patterson, Dr Darrell Patterson & Dr Janet Scott — 2nd MRes project
  • Tunable porous carbons for energy storage applications with Dr Janet Scott, Dr Davide Mattia & Dr Laura Torrente Murciano — 1st MRes project

Caroline Jones

JONES_CarolineCaroline graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2012 with an MChem in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry. For her final year Masters project she investigated the use of isothioureas as organocatalysts. During her degree she also undertook an industrial placement at GlaxoSmithKline in North Carolina, where she worked in a Chemical Biology group for a year. Outside of academia Caroline enjoys spending time reading, swimming and socialising.

  • Sustainable catalytic methodology for functional group manipulation with Professor Jonathan Williams, Dr Pawel Plucinski and Professor Steven Bull
  • N-Oxides as organocatalysts with Dr Steven Bull & Professor Jonathan Williams — 2nd MRes project
  • Production of a novel 3rd generation biofuel from yeasts grown on waste resources with Dr Chris Chuck & Dr Matthew Jones — 1st MRes project

Sarah Kirk

KIRK_SarahSarah did her undergraduate degree (Chemistry, MSci) at the University of Bristol. She spent her third year of study in Bordeaux and returned there to work as a teacher for a year after graduating in 2011. For her final year project she worked on stable isotope analysis of dairy and adipose fats in African ruminant animals, for use in Neolithic diet reconstruction. In her spare time she enjoys learning languages, travelling, live music and reading.

  • New initiators for the controlled production of copolymers with Dr Matthew Jones and Dr Marianne Ellis
  • The application of new initiators, reactors and polymers to tissue engineering with Dr Marianne Ellis, Dr Matthew Jones & Dr Davide Mattia — 2nd MRes project
  • New initiators, reactors and polymers for tissue engineering applications with Dr Matthew Jones, Dr Marianne Ellis & Dr Davide Mattia — 1st MRes project

Paul McKeown

MCKEOWN_PaulPaul graduated from the University of Liverpool with an MChem in 2012. His third year project was based on the synthesis and use of novel silica-polymer composites which he carried on into the summer. For the forth year, he worked on heterogeneous catalysts for biomass production, considering platinum-ruthenium nanoparticles for glycerol reformation. Other interests include music and playing guitar.

  • Polymerisation of Esters in Supercritical CO2 with Professor Matthew Davidson, Dr Matthew Jones, Dr Uli Hintermair and Professor Steve Howdle (University of Nottingham)
  • Molecular modelling of H2 storage in nanoporous materials with Professor Steve Parker, Professor Tim Mays & Dr Valeska Ting — 2nd MRes project
  • Optimising the washing of fabrics to save energy, water and chemicals with Dr Michael Bird, Dr John Chew & Professor Chick Wilson — 1st MRes project

Tat Ming Mako Ng

NG_MakoMako graduated from the University of Bristol with a MSci in Chemistry in 2010. His third year was spent on placement with Synthomer carrying out development work in emulsion polymers. His final year project involved the synthesis and looking at the NMR relaxation of silsesquioxane-polysiloxane-silsesquioxane triblock polymer. Before joining the CDT he returned to Synthomer, and then went to Alphasense. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, playing badminton and repairing gadgets.

  • Solution-processed solar cells from earth-abundant elements with Professor Mark Weller, Dr Aron Walsh and Dr Philip Shields
  • Waste water treatment by photocatalysts active under visible light with Dr Laura Torrente Murciano & Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern — 2nd MRes project
  • Printable electronics: large-area processing of conductive metal oxides for solar cells with Dr Aron Walsh, Professor Michael Hill, Professor Mark Weller & Dr Darrell Patterson — 1st MRes project

Andrew Paterson

PATERSON_AndyAndy graduated with an MSci degree in Chemistry from the University of Bristol in 2011 which also involved an industrial placement with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. His research interests are in synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry and his final year at Bristol was spent working on boron mediated cross couplings. Outside of the academic environment, his interests include music and sports.

  • Selective Catalytic C-H Functionalization for Drug Discovery and Manufacture with Professor Chris Frost and Dr Darrell Patterson
  • Sustainable production of pharmaceuticals – novel continuous processing with Professor Stan Kolaczkowski, Dr Darrell Patterson & Professor Christopher Frost — 2nd MRes project
  • Ru catalysed C-H activation with Professor Chris Frost — 1st MRes project

Andrew Rushworth

RUSHWORTH_AndrewAndrew graduated in 2012 with a BSc in natural sciences from the University of Bath. His final year project involved chemical vapour deposition to deposit nanoparticulate lead and cadmium sulphides in a polymer matrix and their subsequent characterisation. His interest in sustainability and his excellent experience at Bath meant the CDT was a perfect choice for him. Outside of study he enjoys board games, judo and going to church.

  • The Development of Graphene Based Materials with Professor Paul Raithby, Professor Simon Bending and Dr Andrew Johnson
  • The development of precursors for graphene production with Dr Andrew Johnson, Professor Paul Raithby & Professor Simon Bending — 2nd MRes project
  • Modelling and analysis of supercritical adsorption in nanoporous solids with Professor Tim Mays & Professor Saiful Islam — 1st MRes project

Joseph Thompson

THOMPSON_JoeJoe graduated with an MChem from the University of Bath in 2012, his final year project involved the preparation of single source precursors for the deposition of light active materials. During his third year he went on placement with Imerys in Cornwall developing new technologies for paper. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, badminton and paragliding.

  • New precursors for application in thin film chalcogenide materials with Dr Andrew Johnson and Dr Daniel Wolverson
  • Fuel from sugars with Dr Darrell Patterson & Dr Matthew Jones — 2nd MRes project
  • New energy materials with Dr Andrew Johnson & Professor Michael Hill — 1st MRes project

Jonathan Wagner

WAGNER_JonathanSince graduating in 2008 with a MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bath, Jon completed an engineering graduate scheme with BP. During this time he worked on the onshore support team for a Northsea oil platform and spent two years on a gas terminal in Teeside. In his free time Jon likes to travel and has recently started to learn Portuguese.

  • Novel materials for catalytic conversion of bio-oils with Dr Valeska Ting, Professor Mark Weller and Dr Chris Chuck
  • Aqueous dye sensitized solar cells with Dr Petra Cameron & Professor Alison Walker — 2nd MRes project
  • Development of a microbial biofuel; utilisation of waste resources, reactor design and catalysis with Dr Chris Chuck, Dr Dmitry Lukyanov & Dr Matthew Jones — 1st MRes project

Remigius Wirawan

WIRAWAN_ReggieReggie obtained his BE (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia in 1997. After spending 10 years working in oil & gas industry with Schlumberger in various postings across three continents, he decided to have a career change as a school teacher, teaching general science and IB Chemistry at Global Jaya International School, Indonesia. He came to Bath with his wife and son thinking that he can make the world a better place through greener chemical technologies.

  • Towards robust cellulose-based nanofiltration membranes with Dr Janet Scott & Dr Darrell Patterson
  • Biopolymer based materials amenable to triggered decomposition to facilitate WEEE recycling with Dr Janet Scott — 2nd MRes project
  • Novel lightweight inorganic materials for hydrogen storage with Dr Valeska Ting & Professor Mark Weller — 1st MRes project

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Ibrahim Ahmet

Ibrahim AhmetIbbi completed his undergraduate degree with first class honours in Natural Sciences at the University of Bath prior to joining the CDT. His third year project involved the synthesis and characterisation of Zirconium based multi modal imaging probes that can be used for both diagnosis and therapy of prostate cancer. In his spare time he runs for the Bath athletics squad and paints pictures.

  • Precursor and Process Development into Thin Film Metal Chalcogenide Materials with Dr Andrew Johnson, Professor Michael Hill & Professor Simon Bending — PhD project
  • Thermoelectric materials (from heat to electricity) with Dr Andrew Johnson, Professor Kieran Molloy, Dr Chris Chuck & Professor Michael Hill — 2nd MRes project
  • Development of nanoporous materials for aerospace with Professor Tim Mays & Dr Andrew Burrows — 1st MRes project

Alexandra Chittenden

Alexandra ChittendenAlex graduated with an MChem in Chemistry for drug discovery from the University of Bath in 2011, with her final year research project in directed reactions of γ-hydroxy silanes . Her third year was spent at Pfizer working as analytical support for the development and scale up of late stage inhalation drugs. In her spare time she enjoys playing sport, especially lacrosse, and socialising.

  • Sustainable synthesis of blockbuster pharmaceuticals with Dr Steven Bull & Professor Christopher Frost — 2nd MRes project
  • Catalytic epoxidation with in-situ generated hydrogen peroxide by nanoparticulate catalysts with Dr Pawel Plucinski & Professor Christopher Frost — 1st MRes project

Emily Hayward (née Holt)

Emily HoltEmily graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from Aberdeen University in 2011. Her final year project was looking at electron transfer through dye sensitised solar cells. Between the third and fourth year of her degree Emily undertook a year placement with Shell working in the laboratory on a gas plant. In her spare time Emily enjoys sports, especially rowing and skiing, and making jewellery.

  • Investigating fouling & cleaning during the filtration of gum Arabic to save water and reduce energy with Professor Chick Wilson, Dr Michael Bird & Dr Darrell Patterson — PhD project
  • Metal nanoparticles supported on cellulose films with Dr Janet Scott & Dr Laura Torrente Murciano — 2nd MRes project
  • Encapsulation of metal nanoparticles in silica nanospheres with Dr Laura Torrente Murciano, Professor Christopher Frost & Dr Matthew Jones — 1st MRes project

Adam Jackson

Adam JacksonAdam graduated with an MEng in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath in 2011. This included research into oxygen-scavenging hollow fibres with Dr Semali Perera, and an industrial placement with Infineum. His final projects moved into more sustainable territory with the design of a polylactide (PLA) plant and an environmentally-friendly aerosol. Adam's other interests include playing in rock bands, producing experimental music and fencing.

  • Thermodynamics for practical kesterite photovoltaics with Dr Aron Walsh, Professor Laurie Peter & Dr Darrell Patterson — PhD project
  • Spherical carbon particles from cellulose for biomedical applications with Dr Davide Mattia, Dr Janet Scott & Dr Laura Torrente Murciano — 2nd MRes project
  • Enhanced light conversion: suface oxidation of GaN from ab initio thermodynamic modelling with Dr Aron Walsh & Dr Duncan Allsopp — 1st MRes project

Helen Lomax

Helen LomaxHelen graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2010 with a MSci in chemistry. Her third year was spent on placement with GlaxoSmithKline carrying out drug discovery research. She then went on to do her final year project on natural product synthesis. After graduating she worked for a year at Springfields Fuels Ltd on their graduate training scheme. In her spare time she likes kickboxing, horse riding and cooking.

  • New approaches to the catalytic activation of arenes with Professor Jonathan Williams, Professor Steven Bull & Dr Darrell Patterson — PhD project
  • Stimuli responsive membrane for fouling reduction with Dr Darrell Patterson & Dr Michael Bird — 2nd MRes project
  • An alternative waste free approach to biodiesel synthesis with Professor Jonathan Williams & Professor Stan Kalczkowski — 1st MRes project

William Mahy

William MahyWill graduated with an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Bath in 2011, where he studied the asymmetric synthesis of chiral sugars for the use in directed evolution of a thermostable aldolase as his final year project. Previously he also worked as a medicinal research chemist on a professional placement, undertaking research for Takeda Cambridge Pharmaceutical Ltd in 2009. Outside of academia, he enjoys reading, playing squash and socializing with friends.

  • Design of novel catalytic processes for the synthesis of pharmaceutical intermediates with Professor Christopher Frost & Dr Pawel Plucinski — PhD project
  • Multicatalytic synthesis of blockbuster pharmacauticals with Professor Christopher Frost, Dr Laura Torrente Murciano & Dr Steven Bull — 2nd MRes project
  • Green synthesis of metal nanoparticles using plants for catalytic applications with Dr Pawel Plucinski & Professor Christopher Frost — 1st MRes project

Harriet Manning

Harriet ManningHarriet graduated from the University of Bristol with an MSci in Chemistry in 2010. Her third year was spent in Grenoble as part of the Erasmus exchange program. Here, as well as studying, she carried out a 3 month research project developing new, artificial metalloenzymes. During her final year at Bristol she worked on a project helping to improve the robustness of palaeodietary reconstruction. Before joining the CDT she spent a year working in France and travelling around Asia.

  • The application of hybrid membrane processes to fractionate gum arabic into streams of added value with Dr Michael Bird, Dr Karen Edler & Dr Darrell Patterson — PhD project
  • Downstream processing of algal biomass for high value product recovery with Dr Tom Arnot, Dr Chris Chuck, Professor Rod Scott & Professor Matthew Davidson — 2nd MRes project
  • MOF nanoparticles and membranes for selective CO2 absorption with Dr Andrew Burrows & Dr Karen Edler — 1st MRes project

David Miles

David MilesDavid graduated with an MSci degree in Chemistry from the University of Bristol in 2011, where he spent his final year investigating the electrochemical properties of quantum dot assemblies. During his studies he undertook a placement with Johnson Matthey within their fuel cell testing facility at Sonning Common. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, SCUBA diving and occasionally playing some football.

  • Anodized ZnO nanostructures for next-generation photovoltaics with Dr Davide Mattia & Dr Petra Cameron — PhD project
  • Towards CO2 reduction: gas electrochemistry in metal-organic frameworks with Professor Frank Marken & Dr Andrew Burrows — 2nd MRes project
  • Zinc oxide nanoparticles for high efficiency dye sensitised solar cells with Dr Davide Mattia & Dr Petra Cameron — 1st MRes project

Heather Parker

Heather ParkerHeather graduated with an MSci in Chemistry from the University of Bristol in 2010 where she spent a year researching the use of iron-based catalysts for the novel process of reductive cross-coupling. She then spent a year working as a science technician in a school before joining the CDT in 2011. Aside from chemistry her interests include music, badminton and photography.

  • Depolymerized lignin for the aviation and care product sectors – catalyst design and product testing with Dr Matthew Jones & Dr Chris Chuck — PhD project
  • Catalytic direct amide formation with Professor Jonathan Williams, Dr Pawel Plucinski & Professor Stan Kolaczkowski — 2nd MRes project
  • Renewable additives for aviation and transport fuels with Dr Chris Chuck and Dr Matthew Jones — 1st MRes project

Adam Pockett

Adam PockettBefore coming to Bath, Adam studied Physics at Aberystwyth University. His main research interests involve renewable energy, specifically in dye-sensitized solar cells.
Adam also enjoys many types of sport (normally watching, not playing), and mountain walking.

  • Characterisation of perovskite solar cells with Dr Petra Cameron & Professor Alison Walker — PhD project
  • Aqueous dye sensitised solar cells with Dr Petra Cameron — 2nd MRes project
  • The life cycle analysis of 3rd generation biofuels with Dr Marcelle McManus & Dr Chris Chuck — 1st MRes project

James Tyson

James TysonJames graduated in 2010 from the University of Sheffield having obtained his MEng in Chemical Engineering. His final year research project involved investigating post translational modifications in cytoskeletal protein structures with the aim of contributing to more accurate diagnostic methods for prostate cancer. Throughout his degree he was involved in a number of placements at Kimberly Clark where he worked on various projects associated with minimising waste, improving efficiency and general environmental performance. James is an avid film fan and tries to watch as much live music as possible.

  • Graphene nanocomposites and biocomposites in cancer theranostics: towards prostate cancer biosensing with Dr Sofia Pascu, Professor Frank Marken & Dr Pedro Estrela — PhD project
  • Renewable personal care products from microalgae with Dr Karen Edler & Dr Chris Chuck — 2nd MRes project
  • Fabrication of highly conductive 3D bio-electrodes for micro-bio fuel cells with Dr Mirella di Lorenzo, Professor Frank Marken & Dr Sofia Pascu — 1st MRes project

Fraeya Whiffin

Fraeya WhiffinFraeya graduated with an MChem (Chemistry) from the University of Bath in 2011, which included a placement at Infineum studying the method of action of lubricant additives. She undertook a summer project on synthesis using ultrasound, and did her final year project on visible light initiated C-H activation on pyridine based substrates. Her interests are in clean energy and pollution reduction.

  • Care product emulsions and a palm oil substitute from an oleaginous yeast cultivated on waste with Dr Chris Chuck, Dr Darrell Patterson, Dr Karen Edler & Professor Rod Scott — PhD project
  • Emission reduction from aircraft with Dr Semali Perera & Dr Andrew Burrows — 2nd MRes project
  • Supramolecular photosystems with Dr Dan Pantos — 1st MRes project

Stephen Wood

Stephen WoodStephen graduated with an MPhys (Physics with Astronomy) degree from Durham University in 2011. During his final year of study he undertook a project in the Organic Opto-Electroactive Materials group investigating the dye photosensitization of titania for direct carbon dioxide conversion to hydrocarbons. Outside of academia he enjoys squash, football and hiking.

  • Computer Modelling of new Cathode Materials for Sodium-Ion Batteries with Professor Saiful Islam & Professor Tim Mays — PhD project
  • Atomic scale computer modelling of new oxide materials for lithium batteries with Professor Saiful Islam — 2nd MRes project
  • Monolithic oil vapour recovery unit based on novel adsorbent low pressure drop technology with Dr Semali Perera & Professor Tony James — 1st MRes project

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Sarah Abou-Shehada

Sarah Abou-ShehadaSarah graduated with a MChem in Chemistry from the University of Bath in 2010, during which she carried out two research projects; the first in the synthesis of group 14 tetra-selenophenyl derivatives and her final year project in the synthesis of inositols via a microbial arene oxidation intermediate. Her main areas of interest are in organic synthesis and the development of more sustainable synthetic methodology. In her spare time Sarah enjoys swimming and the odd friendly game of football.

  • Catalytic reversible oxygen transfer processes with Professor Jonathan Williams, Dr Pawel Plucinski & Professor Steven Bull — PhD project
  • Continuous tandem reactions catalysed by magnetic nanocatalysts with Dr Pawel Plucinski & Dr Christopher Frost — 2nd MRes project
  • Lipases for the asymmetric synthesis of chiral α-aryl-aldehydes with Dr Steven Bull & Professor Mike Danson — 1st MRes project

Lee Burton

Lee BurtonLee graduated with an MChem degree from the University of Warwick in 2010 after spending a year modeling charge transport in organic semiconductors. Previously he also worked on a professional placement undertaking research for the Australian Antarctic Division at the University of Tasmania in 2008. Outside of academia, he enjoys skiing/ snowboarding, reading and is currently learning to play the piano.

  • Phase stability and composition for tin sulfide sensitised solar cells with Dr Aron Walsh, Professor Kieran Molloy and Professor Chris Bowen — PhD project
  • Characterisation of nanoporous hydrogen storage materials with Professor Tim Mays, Dr Karen Edler & Dr Valeska Ting — 2nd MRes project
  • Computer modelling of new materials for solid oxide fuel cells with Professor Saiful Islam — 1st MRes project

Duygu Celebi

Duygu CelebiDuygu has graduated from London Metropolitan University in 2009 with a BSc in Chemistry where she studied plant extraction techniques as part of her final year project. She then completed her Master’s degree at Imperial College London in Green Chemistry where she worked on conversion of biomass using novel inorganic catalysts. Duygu enjoys playing tennis, learning foreign languages and socialising with friends.

  • Oxidised cellulose gels and films for encapsulation and release with Dr Karen Edler, Dr Janet Scott & Professor Richard Guy — PhD project
  • Nanoscale characterisation of renewable rheology modifier derived from cellulose with Dr Davide Mattia, Dr Janet Scott & Dr Karen Edler — 2nd MRes project
  • Sustainable formulations: interactions between surfactants and clays with Dr Karen Edler, Dr Saskia Lindhoud & Dr Janet Scott — 1st MRes project

Alf Hill

Alf HillAlf graduated from the University of Bath in 2004 with an MEng in Chemical Engineering and embarked on a six year career in oil refining. In this time he developed expertise in crude oil distillation and biodiesel blending and he undertook a nine month placement designing a gas to liquids pilot plant. His research project at the CDT is biomass gasification using fluidised bed technology. Alf is a keen karate student and holds a second dan black belt. He also enjoys travelling, currys and real ale.

  • Urea as a renewable feedstock for PEM fuel cells with Dr Laura Torrente, Dr Frank Marken & Dr Pejman Iravani — PhD project
  • Novel salalen ligands and complexes for sustainable polymers with Dr Matthew Jones, Dr Christopher Frost & Dr Laura Torrente — 2nd MRes project
  • Biomass to energy — fluidised bed modelling with Professor Stan Kolaczkowski & Professor Kieran Molloy — 1st MRes project

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Ben Hodges

Ben HodgesBen graduated from the University of Surrey in 2010 with an MChem (Chemistry). His third year was spent on placement at Holcim in Mons, Belgium working on a method for cement analysis using powder X-ray diffraction. His final year project was undertaken in conjunction with Holcim investigating alternative waste materials for the production of specialist cements. In his spare time he enjoys keeping fit, cooking and socialising.

  • Tailored donor acceptor carbon nanohybrids as new approaches to photovoltaic applications with Dr Sofia Pascu, Dr Petra Cameron, Professor Paul Raithby and Dr Davide Mattia — PhD project
  • Porphyrin-functionalised nanomaterials for dye-sensitised solar cells and related photovoltaic applications with Dr Sofia Pascu & Dr Petra Cameron — 2nd MRes project
  • Hydrogen storage in nanostructured materials with Dr Semali Perera & Professor Tim Mays — 1st MRes project

Rhodri Jenkins

Rhodri JenkinsRhodri studied for his M.Sci in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, graduating in 2010. In his last year of undergraduate study he worked in the Organic Geochemistry Unit (OGU) carrying out research for a project entitled “Paleocene Biomarker Assemblages and Temperature Reconstructions from Sites in the New Zealand Sector of the Southern Ocean”. In his spare time he likes to read comics, play video games, and occasionally do some exercise.

  • Renewable liquid fuels from microbes for aviation and road transport use with Dr Chris Chuck, Dr Chris Bannister & Professor Matthew Davidson — PhD project
  • Supramolecular photosystems with Dr Dan Pantos — 2nd MRes project
  • Factors affecting the decomposition of biodiesel and their impact on engine performance and emissions with Dr Chris Bannister & Professor Matthew Davidson — 1st MRes project

Anyela Ramirez Canon

Anyela Ramirez CanonAnyela finished her studies of Chemical Engineering  at “Universidad de América” (Colombia) in 2001, where she spent her final year researching in obtaining an alternative fuel oil from used rubber tyres using pyrolysis. Her Master in Environmental Engineering in “Universidad Nacional de Colombia” took her two years to complete it (until 2007), where she researched a treatment to reuse waste water in irrigation. She has spent the last 6 years in public and private companies and has participated in many projects in food, chemical and petroleum industries such as BP (British Petroleum), Petrobras and Ecopetrol.

  • ZnO photocatalytic membranes for water treatment with Dr Davide Mattia, Dr Petra Cameron, Dr Tom Arnot and Dr Laura Torrente — PhD project
  • Detection of micro-pollutants in water with Dr Tom Arnot & Dr Barbar Kasprzyk-Hordern — 2nd MRes project
  • Biopolymer/nanoparticle films for removal of contaminants from water with Dr Karen Edler, Dr Davide Mattia & Dr Janet Scott — 1st MRes project

Lisa Sargeant

Lisa SargeantLisa joined the CDT in 2010, after graduating from The University of Nottingham earlier the same year with a BSc in Biochemistry. During the final year of her course she undertook a research project looking at protein-protein interactions of the Cas-CRISPR protein Cas3. Her interests outside the CDT include a variety of sport and social events, including swimming and running. Lisa has recently been elected as ‘Public Engagement Rep’ within the CDT.

  • The development of microbial lipids suitable as low temperature fuel feedstock with Dr Chris Chuck, professor Rod Scott & Professor Matthew Davidson — PhD project
  • Emulsifying materials from algal biomass with Dr Tom Arnot, Professor Rod Scott and Professor Matthew Davidson — 2nd MRes project
  • Directed evolution of a thermostable hydrolase for the synthesis of amide bond with Dr Steven Bull & Professor Mike Danson — 1st MRes project

Jessica Sharpe

Jessica SharpeJessica did her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Bath prior to joining the CDT. Her third year project involved the synthesis and characterisation of building blocks for metal containing polymers, with the potential to be used in small phone and TV screens. She plays a lot of sport, in particular hockey, and likes to socialise regularly with friends.

  • Hydrogen storage in novel nanoporous materials for sustainable energy applications in the aerospace industry with Professor Tim Mays & Dr Andrew Burrows — PhD project
  • Development of semiconducting oxide materials for applications in energy storage with Dr Andrew Johnson, Professor Michael Hill & Professor Kieran Molloy — 2nd MRes project
  • Hydrogen storage (mathematically based) with Professor Tim Mays — 1st MRes project

Luke Williams

Luke WilliamsLuke Williams graduated from UCL with a MEng in Biochemical Engineering in 2010. His masters research paper was based on an investigation of a new strain of E. coli, looking particularly at its cell wall permeability compared to traditional strains, which could potentially lead to novel and more productive methods of producing proteins.

  • Alcohol Dehydrogenases from the thermophile Geobacillus thermoglucosidasius with Professor Steven Bull & Professor Mike Danson — PhD project
  • Biodegradable polymers: optimising catalyst deactivation for post polymerisation processing with Professor Matthew Davidson & Professor Kieran Molloy — 2nd MRes project
  • Production of pharmaceutical — novel continuous processing with Professor Stan Kolaczkowski & Professor Jonathan Williams — 1st MRes project

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Rebecca Bamford

Rebecca BamfordRebecca gained her BSc in Chemistry from the University of Bristol after which she spent several months working at Mott Macdonald Ltd. within the Generation of Renewable Energy group. During this time she worked on a biodiesel production plant and construction of solar PV farms. In 2009 she obtained her MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, with a research project on the catalytic conversion of bioderived feedstocks.

  • Using soft biopolymer supports for metal nanoparticles in catalytic applications with Dr Laura Torrente & Dr Janet Scott — PhD project
  • Biogas upgrading by removal of CO2 and H2S using adsorbent fibre technology with Dr Semali Perera — 2nd MRes project
  • Biodiesel from algal lipids with Professor Matthew Davidson — 1st MRes project

Simon Bishopp

Simon BishoppSimon joined the CDT in 2009. He graduated from the University of Sheffield earlier the same year with a MEng in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. In his final year masters project he was researching the effect on the adaptation of crystal habit (morphology) of amino acid systems by addition of dopant impurities. Prior to this he worked on designing a novel way to capture and process CO2 from a Combined Heat and Power plant to produce a fuel feedstock.

  • Exploration of process alternatives for continuous conversion of bio-derived feedstocks with Dr Janet Scott & Dr Laura Torrente — PhD project
  • Investigating the downstream purification methods in continuous Catalytic Amide Synthesis with Dr Pawel Plucinkski & Professor Jonathan Williams — 2nd MRes project
  • Atom efficient catalytic amide synthesis with Professor Jonathan Williams — 1st MRes project

Jennifer Crabtree

Jennifer CrabtreeJenny completed her dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Sheffield University and graduated with an MEng in July 2009. Her third year design project involved the design of an anaerobic digester to produce methane from kitchen waste as part of a larger group project focussing on the conversion of waste CO2 back into fuel. For her MEng research project she studied the nucleus formation and growth of dendritic crystal structures and how they were affected by environmental conditions.

  • Molecular modelling of CO2 adsorption, separation and sequestration with Professor Steve Parker & Dr Semali Perera — PhD project
  • Probing the surface structure and reactivity of zinc oxide surfaces with Professor Stephen Parker & Dr Matthew Davidson — 2nd MRes project
  • Flow chemistry for the conversion of amides to amines with Dr Pawel Plucinkski & Professor Jonathan Williams — 1st MRes project

Ben Firth

Ben FirthBen did his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath prior to joining the CDT. During this time he interned with a research team investigating the fouling of heat exchangers in oil refineries. Outside academia he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, watching American Football and Rugby League, and drumming.

  • Biodiesel production in fixed bed catalytic reactors with Professor Stan Kolaczkowski & Professor Matthew Davidson — PhD project
  • Biophotovoltaics with Dr Petra Cameron & Professor Laurie Peter — 2nd MRes project
  • The effect of biodiesel on a simulated engine sump oil with Professor Matthew Davidson & Dr Chris Bannister — 1st MRes project

Tom Forder

Tom ForderTom studied for his MChem (Chemistry) at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. The final year of his course was spent on industrial placement with Lubrizol Ltd in Manchester. He was a member of the Hyperdispersant research team, developing polymer-type additives for plastics and unsaturated polyester resins. After graduating in 2008 he continued working for Lubrizol as a graduate research chemist before moving to Bath and joining the CDT in September 2009.

  • Novel initiators for the production of copolymers with Dr Matt Jones, Professor Matthew Davidson & Dr Marianne Ellis — PhD project
  • Molecular design of scaffold for tissue engineering applications with Dr Marianne Ellis & Dr Matt Jones — 2nd MRes project
  • Bespoke polymers for tissue engineering applications with Dr Matt Jones, Dr Steven Bull & Dr Marianne Ellis — 1st MRes project

Julia Griffen

Julia GriffenJulia graduated with an MChem in Chemistry Management and Industry from York University in 2009. The fourth year of which was spent on placement at GlakoSmithKline in Stevenage. Based in Chemical Development the placement centred on spectroscopy and chemometric analysis, specialising in distillation monitoring and control in the research labs through to the manufacturing plant on a large scale.

  • Unexploited microbial oxidation — sustainable routes to high-value chiral synthetic intermediates with Dr Simon Lewis & Dr Tom Arnot — PhD project
  • Biodiesel production with Professor Stan Kolaczkowski & Professor Matthew Davidson — 2nd MRes project
  • Sustainable routes to High Value Chiral Synthetic Intermediates with Dr Simon Lewis — 1st MRes project

Ben Jeffrey

Ben JeffreyBen graduated from the University of Southampton in 2008 with an Msc in Chemistry. His major projects were supramolecular DNA-porphyrin arrays in the pursuit of molecular electronics and bidentate carbene ligands for transition metal catalysts. He has also worked for Sigma Aldrich doing R&D for SAFC Pharma. Ben joined the CDT in 2009 and will be working on biodegradable polymers.

  • New catalysts and monomers for biological polymers with Professor Matthew Davidson & Dr Marianne Ellis — PhD project
  • Tissue engineering applications of biodegradable polymers with Dr Marianne Ellis & Professor Matthew Davidson — 2nd MRes project
  • Improving the physical properties of biodegradable polymers with Professor Matthew Davidson — 1st MRes project

James Lynch

James LynchJames was born and raised in a small fishing town called Buckhaven where he attended Buckhaven High School. James studied at the University of St Andrews where he under took an MChem during which time he under took two research projects, the first of which was looking at the synthesis of 5,5 di substituted hydantons for pharmaceutical application.

  • Atom-efficient synthesis with novel catalysts in batch and flow with Professor Jonathan Williams & Dr Pawel Plucinkski — PhD project
  • Flow synthesis of hydantoin compounds with Dr Pawel Plucinkski & Professor Jonathan Williams — 2nd MRes project
  • Iridium-catalyzed formylation of amines with paraformaldehyde with Professor Jonathan Williams & Dr Pawel Plucinkski — 1st MRes project

Serena Marshall

Serena MarshallSerena completed her undergraduate MChem Medicinal Chemistry degree at Reading University during which she was involved in a placement year at GlaxoSmithKline where she worked as a quality support student. Her final year MChem project involved the synthesis of stemodinone utilising photochemistry to transform simple carbon compounds into complex cyclic rings. Her interests outside chemistry include babminton, horseriding, cooking and wine.

  • Responsive vesicles in an aqueous cream emulsion for dermatological applications with Dr Toby Jenkins & Dr Tom Arnot — PhD project
  • Developing sensors for fast detection of infectious water with Dr Toby Jenkins & Dr Tom Arnot — 2nd MRes project
  • The use of polyethylene glycol as an alternative solvent with Dr Christopher Frost — 1st MRes project

David McClymont

David McClymontDavid graduated from the University of St Andrews in June 2009 with an MChem in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry. During his 4th year I undertook an industrial placement with St Andrews Fuel Cells, where he was given the opportunity to develop their novel solid oxide fuel cell design. David enjoys a number of sports, in particular football and golf, and will never be found far from a TV when Man United are on!

  • Novel catalyst systems for DeNOx (and oxidation) with Professor Stan Kolaczkowski & Professor Kieran Molloy — PhD project
  • Structural techniques for developing new gas storage materials with Professor Paul Raithby & Professor Tim Mays — 2nd MRes project
  • Catalyst system design for the control of NOx using hydrogen with Professor Stan Kolaczkowski & Professor Kieran Molloy — 1st MRes project

Daniel Minett

Daniel MinettDaniel was born and raised in Manchester, and studied for his MChem degree at the University of York in a 4 year degree, the final year of which was spent on placement in the Netherlands at DSM, working on the development of heterogeneous catalysts. Daniel enjoys swimming, reading, a wide variety of films and fiddling around on computers. He also really enjoy travelling and will always be willing to visit new places on very little notice!

  • Formation of commercially relevant products from the catalytic reduction of CO2 with Dr Davide Mattia, Dr Andrew Johnson & Dr Matt Jones — PhD project
  • Continuous flow micro-reactor for catalytic conversion of CO2 into commodity chemicals with Dr Davide Mattia, Dr Andrew Johnson & Dr Matt Jones — 2nd MRes project
  • Kinetic study of a zinc proline catalyst system for biodiesel with Professor Stan Kolaczkowski & Professor Matthew Davidson — 1st MRes project

Will Reynolds

Will ReynoldsWill obtained his BSc in Applied Chemistry from University of Leeds in 2008 and MSc in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology from University of York in 2009. He has a significant amount of research experience in organic synthesis, working with Dr Mark Heron on photochromic liquid crystals and novel photochromic dyes and with Professor. James Clark and Dr Simon Breeden on clean synthesis of pharmaceuticals, which included an industrial collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline. His research interests are centred around sustainable synthesis and use of renewable feedstock chemicals.

  • Uncovering new reactivity with old catalysts with Dr Christopher Frost, Dr Matt Jones & Dr Laura Torrente — PhD project
  • Investigations into heterogenised catalysis with Dr Sean Rigby, Dr Matt Jones & Dr John Lowe — 2nd MRes project
  • Multicatalytic flow synthesis of functionalised heteroaromatics with Dr Christopher Frost — 1st MRes project

Tom Wildsmith

Tom WildsmithTom studied for his MChem (Chemistry) at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne graduating in 2009. During the final year of his course he undertook a research project looking at the dynamic covalent assembly of nanoscale cage structures using symmetrical amines and di-aldehydes. Tom’s interests outside chemistry include rugby and golf.

  • Low-temperature routes to TCO coatings — formation of functionalised plastic surfaces with Professor Michael Hill, Professor Kieran Molloy, Dr Andrew Johnson & Professor Chris Bowen — PhD project
  • Investigations into heterogenised catalysis with Dr Sean Rigby, Dr Matt Jones & Dr John Lowe — 2nd MRes project
  • Development of single source precursors for the formation of p-type thin films with Professor Michael Hill — 1st MRes project

Kathryn Wills

Katrin WillsKathryn graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2007 with an MSci in Chemistry, spending her final year researching bimetallic complexes of Schiff-base calixpyrrole macrocycles and their ability to bind and activate dinitrogen. She followed this up with a summer project at the University of Edinburgh, investigating mass spectrometry ionisation techniques suitable for characterising these air-sensitive compounds. Kathryn spent 12 months working for the RSC before joining the CDT, completing their Communication and Membership Marketing graduate programme, and in her spare time enjoys tennis, socialising with friends, reading and supporting her home football team, Sunderland AFC.

  • Copper-based dye-sensitised solar cells: Economically viable photovoltaics with Dr Petra Cameron, Dr Simon Lewis, Dr Matt Jones & Dr Davide Mattia — PhD project
  • Bio-photovoltaic cells with Dr Petra Cameron & Professor Laurie Peter — 2nd MRes project
  • Rational design of efficient copper based dyes for dye-sensitised solar cells with Dr Petra Cameron — 1st MRes project

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Our Graduates and their first destinations

Our Alumni programme has seen our graduates move on to industrial employment or further research across the globe. They are invited back to reconnect with the current members of the Centre and share valuable insights into their career choices.

Below is a list of their first destinations. Click on their names to see their current LinkedIn profiles.

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