Postgraduate research


Chemical Biology

Dr Philip Ash

  • Spectroscopy and electrochemistry of proteins and enzymes
  • Metalloenzymes involved in chemical energy conversion
  • Biomimetic systems for small molecule activation
  • Technique development for biophysics and structural biology

Dr Richard Doveston

  • Design, discovery and synthesis of bioactive small molecules
  • Molecular glues to stabilise protein-protein interactions
  • 14-3-3 proteins as drug targets

Dr James Hodgkinson

  • The design and synthesis of heterobifunctional molecules
  • Targeted protein degradation
  • The synthesis and application of chemical probes for structural studies of epigenetic protein complexes
  • Targeting epigenetic proteins with small molecules for drug discovery

Dr Richard Hopkinson

  • Design, synthesis and biological testing of small molecule chemical tools and probes
  • Development and application of small molecule quantification methods in biological samples
  • Analysis of enzyme structures and activities
  • Development of novel medicines

Professor Andrew Hudson

  • Single molecule fluorescence spectroscopy of biological systems
  • Raman microspectroscopy and optical tweezing in biology and aerosol research
  • Applications of microfluidics in biology and medicine

Dr Kal Karim

  • Computational design of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs).
  • Design and development of polymers for the separation and purification for drug targets and environmental pollutants

Dr Elena Piletska

  • Computational design, development and preparation of high-performance bespoke polymeric adsorbents for natural and synthetic compounds
  • Development of signal molecule-sequestering polymers (SSPs) for the attenuation of quorum sensing
  • Chloroplasts and their application in sensors and environmental monitoring
  • Optimisation of the protocols for purification, separation and quantification of natural and synthetic compounds of interest

Professor Sergey Piletsky

  • Biomimetic molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs)
  • Computational design and molecular modelling
  • Bioanalytical chemistry - design of sensors and assays for clinical and environmental diagnostics
  • Nanoparticles for diagnostics and therapeutic applications

Dr Kogularamanan (Rama) Suntharalingam

  • Design abd development of anticancer metallopharmaceuticals
  • Cancer stem cells and other chemotherapy resistance tumour sub-populations
  • Immunotherapeutic small molecules
  • Nanoparticles to deliver therapeutics to their sites of actions

Materials and Inferfaces

Professor Andrew Abbott

  • Ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents
  • Bioplastics
  • Metal processing
  • Mineral processing

Professor A. Robert Hillman

  • Dynamics of polymer films
  • Electroanalytical chemistry
  • Structural studies of electroactive films
  • Forensic science

Professor Karl Ryder

  • Metal finishing from new ionic liquids
  • Probe microscopy of electroactive services and thin film coatings
  • Electronic and electroluminescent conducting polymers

Spectroscopy, Dynamics and Atmospheric Chemistry

Dr Stephen Ball

  • Optical absorption spectroscopy measure trace gases in the atmospheric gases
  • Cavity ringdown spectroscopy (CRDS)

Professor Andrew Ellis

  • Laser Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry of Molecules, Ions and Clusters in Helium Nanodroplets
  • Growing Nanoparticles in Helium Nanodroplets: A Route to New Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Ultra-fast Motion of Molecules in Quantum Fluids
  • Laser Spectroscopy of Clusters and Complexes in Supersonic Jets
  • Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry and its Applications 

Professor Paul Monks

  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Earth Observation Science
  • Breath Analysis / Medical Diagnostics
  • Business Facing Activities

Dr Shengfu Yang

  • Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry of Molecules and Molecular Clusters in Superfluid Helium
  • Synthesis of Novel Nanoparticles and Nanowires
  • High-moment Magnetic Nanometerials for Imaging
  • Novel Nanowires for Electrically Driven Nanowire Lasers
  • Nanoparticles Embedded Plastics Materials
  • Micro and Nano-Plastics in Living Organisms

Sustainable Synthesis and Catalysis

Dr Sandy Kilpratrick

  • Synthesis of multimetallic transition metal complexes
  • Small molecule activation and catalysis
  • Organometallic electrochemistry

Dr Fabrizio Ortu

  • Group 2 and Rae Earth organometallic chemistry
  • Lanthanide photocatalysis
  • Small molecule activation

Dr Alex Pulis

  • Synthetic methods
  • Main group element in sythesis
  • C-H functionalisation

Dr Gregory Solan

  • Polymerisation catalysis
  • Organobimetallic chemistry
  • Hydrogenation/de-hydrogenation catalysis

Dr Alison Stuart

  • New fluorinating reagents
  • Hypervalent iodine(III) chemistry
  • New synthetic methodology towards fluorinated heterocycles

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