POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

Dr Grzegorz Pikus 

January 2020 -

Grzegorz received his MSci from the Warsaw University of Technology in 2011. He then started PhD studies at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw), in the group of Professor J. Jurczak, conducting research into the supramolecular chemistry of macrocycles and molecular recognition, receiving his PhD degree in 2016. In 2017 he started working at NanoThea Radiopharmaceuticals, a biotech start-up company co-founded by Professor T. Ciach, where he was a part of multi-disciplinary team, developing a nanoparticle technology for early diagnosis of cancer. In 2019, Grzegorz joined the University of Bristol as a PDRA in the group of Professor Tim Gallagher exploring the chemistry of nicotinic receptors. In 2020, Grzegorz joined the Collins Group as a PDRA to work on autonomous chemically-fuelled artificial molecular motors.

Dr Jordan Berreur

January 2021 -

Jordan received his MSci from the Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse, France, along with a chemical engineering degree from the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Mulhouse (ENSCMu) in 2017. He then moved to Strasbourg to pursue his PhD at the Laboratoire d’Innovation Moléculaire et Applications (CNRS/University of Strasbourg), under the supervision of Dr Frédéric Leroux, working on the development of chiral metal-free Lewis acids and their application in asymmetric catalysis. In 2021, Jordan joined the Collins Group as a PDRA to work with Dr Beatrice Collins and Professor Jonathan Clayden on biocatalytically driven autonomous rotary molecular motor.

 
 

PhD STUDENTS

Aidan McFord 

May 2019 -

Aidan obtained his MSci from the University of Bristol in 2018, after completing a masters research project focused on gold redox catalysis under the supervision of Dr Chris Russell. During his time at Bristol, Aidan has worked on several short research projects ranging between synthetic organic chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, and computational chemistry. In 2018 Aiden joined the Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis hosting in the School of Chemistry at Bristol and in May 2019 he joined the Collins group and is currently working towards the development of a chemically-fuelled, autonomous rotary molecular motor. Aidan's work is co-supervised by Dr Natalie Fey.

Michael Chronias 

September 2019 -

Michael graduated with an MSci from the University of Cambridge in 2018, completing his final year project in photoredox catalysis under the supervision of Professor Matthew Gaunt. He then moved to Oxford where he spent one year working as a process chemist at Aptuit, an Evotec Company. Michael joined the Collins group in September 2019 and his current project is investigating autonomous linear motion at the molecular level.

Oliver Bayley

March 2020 -

Originally from New Zealand, Olly graduated with a Masters in Drug Development from Victoria University of Wellington at the beginning of  2019. After his Masters, which focused on natural product total synthesis, he moved to Auckland to work for the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre and develop compounds for clinical trials.  His current project looks at the design and synthesis of single bond rotors

Connah Harris 

July 2020 -

Connah graduated from the University of Bristol in 2019. During his final year project, he worked with Dr Simon Hall FRSC working to find superconductive organic crystals comprised of halogenated chalcone molecules. In October 2019, Connah joined the Centre for Doctoral Training in Technology Enhanced Synthesis hosted in the School of Chemistry at Bristol. After short rotations in the Collins group and in the group of Professor Carmen Galan, Connah started his research PhD, co-supervised by Professor Andrew Orr-Ewing and Dr Beatrice Collins, using ultrafast spectroscopy to investigate the behaviour of molecular motors. 

Emma Hollis 

November 2020 -

Emma graduated with an MSci from the University of Bristol in 2019, completing a final year project under the supervision of Professor Chris Willis, working on isomeric studies of the polyketide natural product kalimantacin. In September 2020, Emma joined the Centre for Doctoral Training in Technology Enhanced Chemical Synthesis at the University of Bristol. She is currently undertaking a mini-project rotation in the Collins Group and is working on linear molecular-level motion with Michael. 

 
 
 
 
 

VISITING STUDENTS

Carlijn Van Beek 

January 2021 -

Carlijn was born in Deventer, the Netherlands in 1997. She studies Chemistry at the University of Groningen. During her BSc degree, she performed an extracurricular research internship focused on molecular motors in the group of Prof. Ben L. Feringa. She obtained her BSc degree in 2018 (summa cum laude), working on surface-immobilised molecular motors. In 2019 Carlijn returned to the Feringa group for her Masters research project on combining asymmetric organolithium C-C bond formation and photocyclisation. She then undertook a four-month internship at the University Medical Center Groningen (UCMG). Under the supervision of Prof. Wiktor Szymanski, she worked on the development of new fluorescent tracers and ParaCEST contrast agents. In 2021 she moved to the University of Bristol, UK and joined the Collins group. During this research project, she will focus on autonomous linear molecular-level motion.

 

UNDERGRADUATE

Natalie Awcock 

October 2020 -

Natalie is undertaking an MSci with Industrial Experience in Chemistry at the University of Bristol. Natalie spent the third year of her degree working at GlaxoSmithKline. Natalie is investigating metal migration processes to support the groups research towards linear motion at the molecular level.

ALUMNI

Jamie Dale, MSci Project Student: October 2019 - May 2020

Gandeepan Parthasarathy, PDRA: June 2019 - December 2019

Isaac Haigh, MSci Project Student: October 2018 - May 2019

Address

School of Chemistry

Cantock's Close

Bristol BS8 1TS

United Kingdom

Contact

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