Kelly completed her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences: Chemistry, part-time with the Open University, whilst raising her son and working as a chemistry technician. In her final year, she undertook a research internship role at Johnson Matthey, working on a synthetic inorganic chemistry project in the Emissions Control Process Team. Her research interests are in synthetic chemistry, stimuli-responsive supramolecular systems, and the chemistry of biological processes. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys skateboarding, horse-riding, surfing, and socialising.
This project will develop coordination complexes and supramolecular systems able to mediate catalysis and molecular transport processes inside nanoscale compartments fabricated from lipid and polymer membranes. The research work will combine synthetic chemistry with quantitative self-assembly studies; fabrication of nanoscale containers such as polymersomes and synthetic tissues; and a range of biophysical techniques.
Originally from Germany, Katharina completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Her honours project was focused on tri-metallic catalysts for the electrochemical hydrogen evolution reaction. Her academic interest is centred around atomic level understanding of catalysts and their application in CO2 utilisation. Outside of chemistry, Katharina enjoys dancing, cooking, hiking and cycling.
The alternating copolymerization of epoxides and carbon dioxide is a viable means to valorize waste gases, produce useful polymeric products and reduce pollution compared to currently used processes. Here, heterobimetallic catalysts comprising combinations of Group 1/M(III), e.g. Na/Co(III); Na/Fe(III), K/Al(III), are developed for propene oxide/carbon dioxide copolymerization exploiting intermetallic synergy to deliver enhanced performances.
Ceri is from the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border and recently graduated from the University of Durham with an MChem with Industrial Experience. She completed her final year at Lubrizol in Derbyshire, developing additives for engine oils. In the summer of 2019, she spent 10 weeks at the University of Fribourg studying enzyme trapping. In the lab, her interests span across organic and inorganic chemistry, focusing on transition metal complexes and their many applications. Outside of the lab, she spends her time watching tennis and athletics and volunteering as a Brownie leader.
This project involves the synthesis of platinum(IV) complexes and investigation of their activation/reduction and biological activity using a range of X-ray sources.
Quentin is the recipient of a University of Oxford’s Clarendon Scholarship. He is a Frenchman from London, and his master's project investigated the flexibility and the mechanical properties of zeolites. He is looking forward to studying layered dicyanometallates under the supervision of Professors Goodwin and Deringer. In his spare time, Quentin enjoys playing cards, real tennis and watching olympic greco-roman wrestling. He also enjoys cooking with a fair amount of butter and eating delicious food.
This project will combine synthesis, experimental characterisation, and machine-learning-driven simulations of a series of disordered layered dicyanometallates. Our ultimate goal is to learn how to use compositional disorder in these materials to tune vibrational properties – and hence thermal transport – as a means of developing new design rules for thermoelectrics (materials that convert waste heat to electricity).
Alex is the recipient of an Oxford-Radcliffe OxICFM CDT Scholarship. He completed his Masters at the University of Manchester, under the supervision of Dr Darren Willcox, synthesising first row transition metal complexes bearing Z-type ligands. His research interests include the synthesis of novel compounds, catalysis, and small molecule activation. In his spare time he enjoys walking, watching football and live music.
Our goal is to explore the incorporation of phosphorus-containing motifs (such as triazaphospholes) into mechanically interlocked molecules (rotaxanes and catenanes). These strongly Lewis basic phosphorus sites will allow for the complexation of guests that are otherwise challenging to trap with conventional interlocked systems. We will also explore the use of such supramolecular architectures as frustrated Lewis pair components for the activation of small molecule substrates such as H2 and CO2.
Ellen completed her MSci at UCL in 2021, working under the supervision of Dr Adam Clancy, Prof Paul McMillan and Prof Furio Corà. Her final year project focused on combining density functional theory predictions with experimental trials to develop a novel surface functionalisation approach for layered carbon nitrides. She is interested in research surrounding stimuli-responsive nanomaterials and their incorporation into sustainable technologies. Lockdown has brought out her inner gardener, but beyond this she adores live jazz and good ol’ boogie!
DNA and RNA form the basis for many biotechnologies, including cell-free expression and gene editing and silencing. In this project functionalised nanoparticles will be designed to control the activity of DNA/RNA using a magnetic field; an external, tissue penetrating, and biocompatible stimulus, ideal for future therapeutic application.
Amy completed their MSci in Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. Their research interests are centred around sustainability and photochemistry; they got to explore these interests during their masters project where they designed solar-catalytic nanoreactors for CO2 reforming. In their spare time, they enjoy climbing and eating good food.
This project is concerned with exciting synthesis, testing and characterization of novel catalytically active metal oxide shell on magnetic core as nanocomposites for photocatalytic splitting of water. Rational synthesis using chemical precursors and surfactants in solution to tailor the composite structures will be combined with advance material characterization including mass photometry, diffraction, magnetic measurements, electron microscopy and computation (to guide synthesis) for the catalytic study.
Madeleine completed her MChem at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford. Her Part II project investigated Ni/Alumina based catalysts for the conversion of carbon dioxide to methane for use in the power-to-gas process. She also completed a summer project looking at stacking faults in mixed gold and silver potassium dicyanometallates, and she is particularly interested in inorganic catalysis and materials. Finding new ways in which inorganic chemistry can help to combat climate change and to make our lifestyles more sustainable is her personal motivation for wanting to continue in research. Away from chemistry she competes in the triple jump for the university athletics blues team. She also enjoys hiking, reading and ice skating.
There is an urgent need for catalysts that recycle plastics. We have developed novel catalysis that shows great promise for the chemical recycling of waste polycarbonates, e.g. polypropylene carbonate, and polyesters, e.g. polylactide. The goal of this project is to move beyond our proof of principle, understand the kinetics and mechanisms underpinning recycling catalysis, and design new catalysts with the goal of generating a truly scalable closed loop recycling.
Job completed both his bachelor's and master's degree at the Eindhoven university of technology, being interested in both chemistry and chemical engineering. He performed his bachelor thesis research in the group of Prof. Timothy Noël on the synthesis of trifluoromethoxy functionalized pyridine and benzene derivatives by the use of continuous flow micro reactors. His master thesis research was performed in Prof. Emiel Hensen’s group, supervised by Prof. Nikolay Kosinov, and concerned low-concentration and low-temperature CO2 hydrogenation on reducible oxide supports. Besides chemistry, he enjoys meeting friends, playing the saxophone, mountain biking and playing tennis or squash.
Calcium fluoride offers a safe, readily available alternative to hydrogen fluoride in the production of fluoride-containing molecules and materials, but is plagued by poor solubility and low reactivity. We will address these problems by synthesizing soluble molecular complexes containing Ca-F bonds, employing (i) sterically encumbered multidentate ligands to prevent aggregation, (ii) a range of spectroscopic, crystallographic and quantum chemical methods to probe structure; and (iii) model B-F/C-F bond-forming reactions to benchmark performance as nucleophilic sources of fluoride.
Alison completed her BSc in Biochemistry at Imperial College London, graduating class of 2021. She is interested in sustainable chemistry, and undertook a year’s placement at GlaxoSmithKline, studying the application of aldolases for industrial biocatalysis. Her final year project also entailed structural and functional enzymology of glycosyltransferases, under supervision of Professor Erhard Hohenester. Outside of science, Alison enjoys baking, reading, and crocheting ugly trinkets for her friends.
The project unites methods for synthesis of selectively isotope-labelled small molecules (Vincent group) with incorporation of these labels into large proteins for NMR structure determination (Baldwin group). We use biocatalytic approaches to synthesise labelled amino acids and other biomolecules from the cheapest 13C, 15N and 2H building blocks. Target proteins are then produced by fermentation of E. coli on isotopically labelled pre-cursors, for study by advanced NMR methods. The project is expected to lead to new, economical synthetic routes for labelled biomolecules, thus providing valuable resources for drug docking studies as well as structural biology more generally.