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Welcome to the website for the Collins Group, a synthetic chemistry research group led by Dr Beatrice Collins based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol. Our research is focused on the design and development of autonomously operating molecular motors. Our approach involves the use of modern synthetic methodologies—transition metal catalysis, photochemistry, enzymatic biocatalysis—to tackle the challenges posed by the development of these out-of-equilibrium functional molecular systems.

To learn more about our research programme and who we are, please explore the website. For more information you can contact Beatrice directly by email.

RECENT NEWS

February 2024 - Congratulations Michael and Goodbye!

A massive congratulations to Michael for successfully defending his thesis on "Iterative rhodium-catalysed C–H functionalisation for directional processive catalysis." Thank you for the fantastic work that you have inputted into your project and we wish you well moving forwards. 

January 2024 - Goodbye Jordan!

After completing his three year postdoctoral position we are sad to see Jordan leave and begin his new role as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Manchester. We wish you well in your future work and congratulate you on the fantastic work you have inputted into your project.

January 2024 - Congratulations Jordan!

A massive congratulations to Jordan for winning a poster prize at the RSC South-West Regional Meeting.

June 2024 - Congratulations Emma!

A massive congratulations to Emma for her fantastic presentation on 'rhodium catalysed C-H functionalisation for directional processive catalysis' for which she was awarded the runner-up presentation award for the Organic and Biological Section Final Year PhD Talks.

June 2024 - Welcome Rosa!

We are hugely excited to be welcoming Rosa to our group. Rosa will be looking at developing 'cyclic reaction networks for deracemisations' and we are all looking forward to working with you!

January 2024 - Welcome Aidan!

A huge welcome to Aidan joining the group as a PDRA from the University of Oxford. He will be working on photo-responsive molecular cargo transport, cyclic chemical reaction networks and controlling molecular-level motion. We are excited for you to be joining the group and we look forward to working closely alongside you!

October 2023 - Congratulations Olly!

A massive congratulations to Olly for successfully defending his thesis on "Developing A New Class of Molecular Machine: Light‐Fuelled Single‐Bond Rotors". This is a huge achievement and we wish him well as he progresses in his career. 

October 2023 - Welcome Greg and Athina!

A huge welcome to Greg and Athina joining the group for their Masters' projects. We are excited for you to be joining us and look forward to working closely with you both!

September 2023 - Welcome Kiril!

A huge welcome to Kiril joining the group from the University of Manchester. He will be working on the 'Oscillating photostationary states for molecular cargo transport '. We are excited for you to be joining us and and look forward to working closely alongside you!

July 2023 - Congratulations Olly!

Congratulations to Olly for winning the poster prize (joint) at the RSC 27th International symposium: Synthesis in organic chemistry at the University of Oxford.

July 2023 - Congratulations Olly!

Congratulations to Olly for winning the talk prize (joint) at the 2023 ECR MASC Meeting at the Francis Crick Institute, London.

June 2023 - Congratulations Olly!

Congratulations to Olly for winning the best talk prize at the Organic and Biological Section Final Year PhD Talks.

July 2023 - Welcome Nick!

A huge welcome to Nick joining the group from the 2022 CDT cohort. He will be working on the 'biocatalytic deracemization of atropisomers'. We are excited for you to be joining us and and look forward to working closely alongside you!

May 2023 - Congratulations Olly!

Congratulations to Olly for winning the best poster prize at the RSC South West Meeting in Reading.

April 2023 - Congratulations Sarah!

Congratulations to Sarah for winning the runner-up best talk prize at the joint CDT conference in data driven chemical synthesis and catalysis for first-year projects.

March 2023 - Goodbye Charlotte!

After 1.5 years with the group Dr Charlotte Farrow is leaving us to pursue new work opportunities as a Research integrity and Communications Officer in Oxford. We wish you all the best in your new role and want to thank you for the excellent job you have done on the project.

March 2023 - Goodbye Usman!

It has been a pleasure to have you with working with us for the past semester and we wish you all the best with your exams and future career path.

March 2023 - Goodbye Manfred!

It has been a pleasure to have you with working with us for the past semester and we wish you all the best with your exams and future career path.

See our News Archive for our previous news

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