Sharad is from London and came to study MSci Chemistry at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2016. Sharad has a strong interest in inorganic-organic hybrid chemistry. Such interest was developed during his 4th year masters research project, working under the supervision of Dr Graham Newton on the synthesis of novel inorganic-organic hybrid polyoxometalates structures for catalyst platforms. During his spare time, Sharad enjoys travelling, practicing Brazilian jujitsu and reading.
Originally from Lincolnshire, Tom graduated with an MChem degree from Durham University in 2016. During his studies, Tom was awarded a Research Internship to spend a summer in the lab of Dr. Chris Coxon working on the asymmetric synthesis of unnatural amino acids for use in an anticancer therapeutic. During his final year he worked with Prof. Andy Whiting, expanding the utility of the group’s beta-borylation reaction. Staying in the Whiting Group for the summer, he produced a novel solid-supported catalyst for direct amide formation and synthesised retinoids for biological testing. Tom’s interests lie broadly in the area of organic synthesis and catalysis, and he hopes to develop a project combining these areas to take on a current issue. In his spare time, Tom enjoys hillwalking, gaming and reading, alongside tutoring A-Level Chemistry students.
Rhydian grew up in the Swansea Valley. He obtained his MSci Chemistry degreeat the University of Bristol, during which he spent his third year at Evotec, developing small molecule drug candidates as anti-cancer therapies. During his final year, he worked under the supervision of Professor Kevin Booker-Milburn, investigating the use of photochemistry in drug scaffold synthesis. His research interests lie in developing greener and sustainable processes in organic chemistry. In his spare time, Rhydian enjoys swimming and running, and is hoping to participate in some forthcoming marathon events.
Lidia Delgado Calvo-Flores
Lidia was born in Granada and grew up in Mallorca, Spain. She obtained her diploma in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Barcelona and in 2011 she graduated from the University of Granada with a BSc in Food Sciences. For her Master’s research project in Agricultural Biology and Aquaculture, she studied the influence of chronic and acute stress in fish farming by measuring metabolic and hormonal factors. After that, she was granted a scholarship by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and for two years she worked at the Quality Schemes and Organic Farming Unit in Madrid.
She is interested in novel approaches and processes used in food industry and also in new sustainable technologies of transforming food waste into valuable ingredients and compounds.
In her spare time, Lidia enjoys travelling around de world, petting all kind of animals (especially Corgis) and reading fantasy and historical novels. She loves nature.
Born in Rugby, Sarah graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2015 with a MEng in Mechanical Engineering. During her degree, she moved away from conventional mechanical engineering and began to explore how engineers can contribute to sustainability as a whole. Initially interested in the energy sector, she spent her summers completing internships with Alstom Power Ltd. in 2013 and the CDT in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies in Nottingham in 2014. For her final year project Sarah worked under the supervision of Dr Jon McKechnie and performed a life cycle analysis of the biomass-based production of ethylene oxide. She then spent a year split between working and living in the north of Spain to develop her Spanish language skills.
Sarah would like to continue developing life cycle analysis methodology, this time focussing on various waste products as feedstocks and how best to utilise them. In her spare time, she enjoys speaking Spanish, cycling and visiting quirky museums.
Samuel James Howe Gaughan
Jack is from Derbyshire, he completed his MSci Chemistry course at Nottingham in 2016. During Jack’s third year he carried out a group project under the supervision of Prof. Andrei Khlobystov. This sparked his interest in nanomaterials and led to him carrying out a summer project with the Khlobystov research group, based upon regioselective catalysis. His final year project focussed on hybrid nanomaterials for drug release. Jack’s current research interests are advanced materials, with applications in energy and catalysis. Away from chemistry, Jack enjoys shooting, walking and working with vintage engines.
Patrick graduated with a MSci in Chemistry from Queen’s University Belfast in 2016. Throughout the degree Patrick developed a keen interest towards inorganic chemistry, particularly catalytic synthesis and application. During his final year project, he worked under the supervision of Dr Andrew C. Marr towards the synthesis of novel fluorinated ionic liquids for applications in green and sustainable chemistry, focussing on their electrochemical and catalytic properties. Following completion of his degree Patrick continued working within the Marr group, concentrating on the development of ionic liquids in simultaneous chemo- and bio-catalytic reactions. His other interests include X-Ray crystallography and fluorine chemistry. Outside of chemistry Patrick enjoys sailing, reading and swims competitively for the University of Nottingham.
Neelam Sahar Mughal
Originally from Birmingham, Neelam graduated from the University of Sheffield with a MChem in Chemistry with study in Europe. She also undertook a year abroad at Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier in France. For her master’s project she worked with Dr Lance Twyman and used porphyrins and hyperbranched polymers to design and create a light harvesting system as a biomimetic approach to artificial photosynthesis. Neelam has a broad interest in inorganic and materials chemistry and hopes to apply principles of green chemistry to these areas. In her spare time she enjoys learning different languages, gaming, dancing and scenic walks.
Jennifer was born in Vienna and grew up in Manchester. As an undergraduate, Jennifer studied Biological Sciences with a speciality in Biochemistry at The University of Leicester. Her lab based dissertation was a study on the effects of sumoylation and methyltransferase on the transcriptional activity of the p53 tumour suppressor. This was followed by a masters in Applied Biopharmaceutical Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship (MSc ABBE) at The University of Nottingham led by Professor Steven Harding. She carried out a business placement at GFK’s life sciences sector and her thesis was an in-depth payer study of the wearable digital health technology sector and its future. In the CDT her interests lie in antimicrobial resistance research by way of protein characterisation and other biochemical approaches. Jenny enjoys playing hockey, relaxing with yoga and travelling.
Originally from Lincolnshire, John graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016 with an MSci in Chemistry with a Year in Industry, completing an assessed year-long industrial placement at 3M Medical Materials and Technologies. During his final year he worked with Peter Licence on novel conductive materials based on ionic liquids. His research interests include using more renewable starting materials, reagents and solvents, as well as seeking and developing more sustainable chemical processes.
Vera Monica Brito Salgado
Born in Portugal, Vera graduated from The University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences (FCUL) with a BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics and an MSci in Applied Microbiology. As part of her graduate course, she completed a 6-month internship in the National Laboratory for Energy and Geology (LNEG), Bioenergy unit with Dr. Ana Eusebio regarding the phenolic detoxification of olive mill wastewaters using yeast species. Afterwards, Vera went on to complete another internship in FCUL concerning the isolation and identification of bacterial strains commensal to amoeba species, where she worked in the Genetics Laboratory with Prof. Filomena Caeiro. During her MSci thesis, she worked under the joint supervision of Dr. Ana Eusebio (LNEG) and Prof. Maria Carolino (FCUL), with focus on optimization of lipase production from wastewater isolated yeast strains. Currently, Vera’s research interest involves industrial biotechnology, with focus on protein and metabolic engineering for sustainable purposes. In the future, Vera aims to develop a career in industry. Her hobbies include travelling, learning new languages and cooking for friends.
Rhona graduated from the University of Nottingham with a MSci Chemistry with a Year in Industry, in which she completed her third year at Astra Zeneca in Macclesfield working in the catalyst team. For her Master's project she worked in Ross Denton's group looking at chlorosulfolipids and introducing multiple stereospecific chlorines onto alkyl chains. She is interested in using renewable feedstocks to produce platform chemicals. In her spare time she plays waterpolo and canoe polo and enjoys travelling to various countries with friends.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Nafees is a former chemistry student of the University of Nottingham, with interests in the development and modification of enzymes to perform difficult non-native reactions. His Masters project was under Elaine O'Reilly screening transaminases to produce a library of synthetically useful amines. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing, yoga and befriending animals.