Cohort 6 - 2019

Tevyn Allen

Tevyn Allen

Originated from Leicester, United Kingdom, Tev graduated from De Montfort University with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science. His dissertation project was creating an Operating System Kernel to a professional standard, no supervision required. The development perspective that was initiated was quantum-based calculation processing and queueing, built-in C and Assembly. His interests outside of research and development are as follows: Chemistry, Physics, Quantum Realm, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence.

Thomas Butler

Thomas Butler

Originally from Essex, I graduated from the University of Nottingham with an MSci degree in Chemistry with a Year in Industry. My year in industry was undertaken with Selcia Ltd in Ongar, where I was part of a contract research medicinal chemistry team and primarily worked on synthetic route optimisation of promising candidates. Upon returning to Nottingham, I completed my masters as a member of Dr Ross Denton’s research group. Here, I synthesised several novel, non-naturally occurring neolignans based on the structures of the natural products magnolol and honokiol. My research area of interest includes synthetic organic chemistry, especially the development of new synthetic methods that facilitate more sustainable syntheses of biologically active compounds.

Outside of Chemistry, I’m a keen scuba diver, I enjoy gaming, and I’m heavily involved with my local church.

Alex Edmonds

Alex Edmonds

Originally from Birmingham, Alex completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Nottingham, graduating with an MSci Chemistry degree in 2019. His interest in organic synthesis and catalysis led to a short summer placement in the Ball Research Group synthesising novel phosphine ligands. During his fourth year Alex completed his masters project under the supervision of Professor Hon Wai Lam, investigating transition-metal-catalysed syntheses of lactams from allene and alkyne substrates. Alex’s current research interests are in catalysis and synthetic methodologies, which he hopes to pursue in his CDT PhD project. Outside of Chemistry, Alex enjoys watching films, socialising with friends and gaming.

Harriet Fowler

Harriet Fowler

Originally from Staffordshire, Harriet graduated from Durham University with an MChem in Chemistry in 2019. For her master’s project, she completed a twelve-month industrial placement at Lucite International where she focused on the use of renewable feedstocks to generate platform chemicals. During her placement she developed a keen interest in aspects of process engineering which is something she hopes to expand further and in the development of greener processes to produce industrially useful molecules. Outside of chemistry Harriet is a keen baker, enjoys walks in the countryside and travelling.

Jennifer Hall

Jennifer Hall

Originally from Cumbria, Jenifer graduated with a BSc in Molecular Biology from the University of Glasgow continuing with her MSc in Medical Microbiology at the London School of Tropical Medicine. For her research project, Jennifer used bioinformatic techniques to study the effects on identity by descent in chimpanzee malaria. After this, she continued to pursue work in informatics and programming which lead her to an elective project using molecular dynamics to investigate the interactions between MS2 phage maturation protein and E.coli F-pillin at the University of Nottingham. Jen is hoping to continue with molecular dynamics and combine this with AI during her CDT project. Outside of research, Jennifer enjoys running, hiking and crafts.

Philippa Jacob

Philippa Jacob

Originally from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Philippa graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2019 with an MChem. In her third year, Philippa undertook a placement year at Innospec, Ellesmere Port, developing novel deposit control additives. Philippa completed her final year master’s project under the supervision of Dr Andrew Carnell, investigating the enzymatic transesterification of bioderived polyesters and their precursors. Her experience of working with fuel additives and bioplastics has driven her research interests towards the broader spectrum of polymer chemistry focussing on sustainable polymers.  In her spare time, she enjoys windsurfing and playing the guitar.

Amy Louise Johnston

Amy Louise Johnston

Originally from Bedfordshire, Amy completed her MChem at the University of Southampton. Her undergraduate project was in solid-phase peptide synthesis, under the supervision of Prof. Ali Tavassoli. During her 4th year she spent 6 months at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, Spain, undertaking a project in Carborane chemistry. Since graduating she has worked at an Oxford based academic Publishers, focusing on Environment and Sustainability publications. She hopes to combine these two interests during her time at Nottingham. In her spare time Amy enjoys reading, playing netball and cooking at home.

Joanna Lee

Joanna Lee

I graduated in 2019 with a MSci Chemistry degree from the University of Nottingham. I completed an industrial placement year working for GlaxoSmithKline where I focused on the synthesis of a novel lead compound, improving the yield of synthetic steps and avoiding the use of toxic tin reagents.
My masters project was carried out under the supervision of Dr Liam Ball, where I explored the synthesis of bismacycles and their selectivity within reactions.
Having enjoyed both research projects I have a broad interest in organic chemistry including novel syntheses and sustainable alternatives.
Outside of chemistry I enjoy going to the gym and karate as well as going to live gigs and playing guitar.

Oska Pugh

Oska Pugh

Originally from Stevenage, Hertfordshire I graduated with a MChem in Chemistry from Manchester Metropolitan University.

My 3rd year project was to develop novel alkaloids using biocatalysis. For my 4th year project I developed a number of aminoadipate semialdehyde synthase inhibitors via nitrone based intermediates, this was done under the supervision of Dr Mark McLaughlin and Dr Vittorio Caprio. I also took part in several summer studentships the first of which was awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the British Mass Spectrometry Society, this was to detect potential antimicrobial compounds from the plant Viburnum Opulus.

My research interests are in biocatalysis and in pharmaceutical chemistry with an emphasis on rare diseases.

Outside of chemistry, I enjoy kayaking and gaming.

Elliot Smith

Elliot Smith

Originally from Warrington, Elliot graduated with an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Warwick. Part of his third year was spent at the University of Vienna in Austria, working in the research group of Prof Nuno Maulide on novel transformations of keteniminium ions. His master’s project, jointly supervised by Dr Guy Clarkson and Prof Richard Walton, explored the use of Pd-catalysed cross-coupling to synthesise novel MOF ligands bearing a π-extended chromophore.

Since graduating, Elliot has gained pharmaceutical industry experience working for Aptuit, where he was involved in the kilo-scale synthesis of a number of drug candidates. He currently has broad research interests in organic synthesis and catalysis, including the development of efficient new methodologies. In his spare time, he enjoys playing ice hockey and reading.

Jessica  Streets

Jessica Streets

Jessica is originally from Oxfordshire and graduated with an MSci in Chemistry with Industrial Experience from the University of Bristol in 2019. During her third year she worked at Lubrizol, under the supervision of Dr Paul Stevenson, synthesising novel fuel additive chemistries to investigate their efficacy as the next generation product line. Upon returning to Bristol, her final year masters project in Professor Varinder Aggarwal’s academic group involved investigating the stereospecific access to 1,1‑diarylalkanes, using metal-free cross-coupling strategies. Jessica’s research interests lie in developing more sustainable synthetic routes to industrially relevant molecules, and she is looking forward to exploring other areas of sustainable chemistry during her PhD project. Outside of research, she enjoys baking, dancing and travelling.

Nicole Tsang

Nicole Tsang

Nicole graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2019 with a master’s degree in Chemistry. During her degree, she completed a 12-month industrial placement at Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel, Switzerland. As a Medicinal Chemistry Intern, Nicole was supervised by Dr Giuseppe Cecere and had the role of planning, designing and conducting new synthetic reactions to access a range of target compounds. In her master’s year at the University of Nottingham, she was supervised by Dr Liam Ball and her research project consisted of developing a concise and convenient method for the interconversion of aromatic heterocycles within complex molecules.

In terms of research, Nicole is currently interested in the development of greener processes for the synthesis of organic molecules with industrial applications.

Outside of Chemistry, she enjoys playing Korfball, travelling, and watching films.

John Woodliffe

John Woodliffe

Originally from Gloucester, Luke graduated in 2015 from the University of Cambridge having studied Natural Sciences, Chemistry. Since then he has worked in R&D in the pharmaceutical industry, specialising in the technique of spray-drying for formulation development. He has also spent considerable time living and traveling abroad, having worked in South Korea for a year and traveled Asia and South America.

Luke's research interests are centred around sustainable energy, particularly materials for trapping carbon dioxide or storing hydrogen gas.

Luke is married to his wife of three years, Jess, and together they are actively involved with their local church, Trent Vineyard. Apart from that, he is a keen racket sports player and surfer.

News

Carbon Neutral Laboratories building hosts BBC East Midlands Today Climate Change Special

Carbon Neutral Laboratories building hosts BBC East Midlands Today Climate Change Special

30 Jan 2020

University of Nottingham showcases its sustainable chemistry research on BBC news special.

Outreach

Wonder 2019 - celebrating the Year of the Periodic Table

Wonder 2019 - celebrating the Year of the Periodic Table

26 Jun 2019

Our students enjoy discussing sustainable chemistry and engineering with members of the general public in Nottingham.