Dr Fabrizio Ortu


Fabs obtained his masters degree in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry at the Università degli Studi di Sassari (Sardinia, Italy) in 2009, during which he worked on the synthesis of gold complexes for applications in homogenous catalysis. In January 2014 he obtained his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at The University of Nottingham, where he worked under the supervision of Dr Deborah Kays on the synthesis of s-block complexes with unusual bonding motifs. He joined The University of Manchester in February 2014 as a PDRA within the group of Dr David Mills, investigating the stabilisation of terminal unsupported multiple bond interactions between lanthanides and p-block elements.

Dr Thomas Pugh


Tom completed his undergraduate master's in chemistry at the University of Bath in 2009, after which he stayed on to do a PhD in Inorganic Materials Chemistry under the supervision of Dr Andrew Johnson and Prof. Kieran Molloy, which was completed in 2013. The PhD focussed on the synthesis of novel chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and atomic layer deposition (ALD) precursors for the fabrication of thin metallic films of cobalt, nickel and copper. He is currently a PDRA at The University of Manchester working towards the development of new lanthanide single-molecule magnets under the supervision of Dr Richard Layfield.

Dr Guillaume De Bo


Guillaume De Bo is currently Project Manager in the laboratory of Prof David A. Leigh at The University of Manchester, working on the development of molecular machines and more specifically on molecular machine capable of sequence-specific assembly of oligomers. In 2004 Guillaume obtained a Master in Chemistry (summa cum laude) from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). He did his master thesis under the supervision of Prof István E. Markó on the development of platinum-based catalyst for the hydrosilylation of alkynes. He obtained a fellowship from the FRIA to undertake a PhD, in the same laboratory, on the synthesis of angular triquinanes. In 2009 he took a post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Prof Jean-François Gohy and Charles-André Fustin (UCL, Belgium) to work on the assembly of mechanically-linked block copolymers. In 2011, after having obtained a Bourse d’excellence from the WBI and a Fellowship for International Mobility from the FRS he joined the group of Prof David A. Leigh, then in Edinburgh, to work on the development of molecular machines.

Dr James Walsh


James is currently a research associate working in the School of Chemistry and the Photon Science Institute. He works in the field of molecular magnetism, specialising in the use of spectroscopic techniques such as electron paramagnetic resonance as a method of elucidating exchange interactions between magnetically anisotropic centres. He is currently in charge of developing and maintaining the society web pages.

Dr Vanesa Marcos Algaba


Vanesa graduated in Chemistry in 2005 at Autónoma de Madrid University. In 2011, she obtained her PhD under the supervision of Prof. José Luís García Ruano and Dr. José Alemán Lara, working on the study of new methodologies using a sulfinyl group as chiral auxiliary and the development of new organocatalytic reactions. During this period, she spent six months in the research group of Prof. Karl Anker Jørgensen at the Center for Catalysis, Aarhus University (Denmark), and four months in the laboratory of Prof. Marcello Tiecco at Perugia University (Italy) working on the development of new organocatalytic methods. Then she joined the group of Prof. Nazario Martin at Complutense de Madrid University in 2011 as Postdoctoral Rasearch working on the asymmetric synthesis of fullerenes. In 2012, she joined Prof. David A. Leigh group at University of Manchester. Her current research interests are the development of new molecular machines.

Dr Jesús Ferrando Soria


Jesús received his PhD from the University of Valencia in 2012. His project was supervised by Prof Francisco Lloret and involved spending three months at TU Delft (Netherlands) and four months working in the Molecular Magnetism Group at Manchester. He then spent one year working with Prof Hong-Cai Zhou at Texas A&M University, College Station. After many months in the dry desert, Jesús began to have visions of Manchester, and with the help of a Marie Curie fellowship he returned to the Molecular Magnetism Group in February 2013 to continue his work on linking wheels for quantum information processing.

Dr Kathryn George


Kathryn obtained her PhD in Chemistry at Southampton University under the supervision of Professors Reid and Levason, studying chalcogenoether complexes of Group 13 halides and their use as single source CVD precursors. She started my postdoc with Dr Louise Natrajan at The University of Manchester in October 2013 . Her project is focussed on synthesising coordination complexes of uranium in unusual oxidation states.

Dr Marie-Emmanuelle Boulon


Marie-Emmanuelle completed her first degree at the University of Rouen (Normandy, France) in 2007, obtaining a master's in Materials Physics, followed up in 2011 by a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Rennes 1 (Brittany, France). Her first Post-doc position was in Florence (Tuscany, Italy), where she worked in the Laboratory of Molecular Magnetism of Prof. Dante Gatteschi and Prof. Roberta Sessoli working on the European ERC project MolNanoMas. In May 2014 she joined The University of Manchester to be part of the Molecular Magnetism Laboratory working with Prof Richard Winpenny and Eric McInnes on magnetic rings, and more precisely to study them with EPR and pulsed EPR techniques.

Dr Claire Lydon


Claire completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry in 2007 at the University of Edinburgh and went on to do a masters by research at the University of Birmingham, before moving to the University of Glasgow in 2008 to study for a PhD researching hybrid polyoxometalates. She moved to Manchester in 2012 to investigate calcinoses in Systemic Sclerosis and is currently studying colloidal quantum dots in the Chemistry department.

Dr Peter Harvey


Pete complete his undergraduate studies at Durham University, where he stayed on to do a PhD under the supervision of Prof. David Parker, studying responsive paramagnetic lanthanide complexes for MRI. He moved to Manchester in January 2013 after being awarded an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship within the group of Dr Louise Natrajan and Dr Sam Hay (MIB). He is now a PDRA in the Natrajan group and his research is mainly focussed on the upconversion nanoparticles and their interaction with proteins.

Dr Sergio Sanchez


Sergio obtained his chemistry degree and PhD at Universidad de la Rioja in SPain. During his PhD he worked on the study of electronic communication in Pt(II) and Ru(II) complexes bearing alkynyl and/or alkynylphosphine ligands, under the supervision of Prof. Elena Lalinde. In 2013 he joined Ben Coe’s group at the University of Manchester as a PDRA to work on novel ruthenium complexes with ferroelectric liquid crystal behaviour.

Dr David Lewis


Dr David J. Lewis is a materials scientist with research interests in luminescent metal complexes, nanoparticles, inorganic lubricant additives and semiconducting materials for photovoltaic devices. He has also held appointments in industry as a process chemist. A list of DJL's publications can be found here.

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