Andy graduated from Imperial College, London with an MSci in Chemistry in 2014. During his final year he carried out a research project with Prof. Charlotte Williams investigating mixed metal oxide nanoparticles for use in the production of methanol from carbon dioxide.
Currently in the fourth year of his integrated PhD at the CDT in Sustainable Chemical Technologies, his project involves a combined spectroscopic and theoretical approach to the development of new homogeneous transfer hydrogenation catalysts. When he's not thinking about pulse sequences or kinetics you will probably find Andy helping out distressed colleagues with his supernatural powers that allow him to heal technical instruments.
He has been actively involved in a variety of Outreach and Public Engagement activities including teaching Chemistry summer schools and creating blog posts explaining NMR for a general audience. In his spare time Andy enjoys playing the flute and piano as well as rock climbing and hill walking.
Kasia graduated from Wrocław University of Science and Technology in Poland with a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering. As part of her undergraduate studies she worked for 2 months as an intern at DeLaval Operations in a hygiene products factory. After her studies she worked in Quality Management at 3M for one year.
In 2014 she moved to Bath for a PhD on biorenewables at the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies. The main topics of her work are terpenes epoxidation and terpene-derived cyclic carbonates, for which she does anything from running columns to bolting together continuous flow microreactors. In her spare time she enjoys playing with oranges and ultimate frisbee, although she recently realised it may not be the safest sport for her knees.
Matt completed a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Chemistry at Keele University, along with a placement working in the Museum Nationale d’Histoire Naturelle’s marine station in Concarneau, investigating gene expression in marine molluscs.
Since then Matthew enrolled onto the EPSRC Catalysis CDT, obtaining an MRes in Catalysis from Cardiff University and starting a project investigating the direct synthesis of dialkylcarbonates from CO2 and alcohols with Uli in Bath and M. Sankar in Cardiff. Always an interdisciplinary student, Matt’s skills range from molecular biology to catalyst synthesis and reaction engineering.
When he is not playing with a GC, writing Python scripts or plotting stuff with Origin he may be seen unleashing his hair at Heavy Metal concerts.
Stuart graduated from Warwick University in 2014 with an MChem in chemical biology. His final year project was with Dr. Adrian Chaplin, working on N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of group 9 metals.
In 2015 he moved to Bath to pursue his PhD in synthetic chemistry (having permanently ditched biology from his life). His research aims to look at bimetallic pentalenide complexes but, like many an organometallic chemists before him, he spends most his time trying to make his ligands.
When not in the lab Stuart spends his days playing and listening to heavy metal music. He is also a keen baker, and enjoys watching his beloved Manchester United.
Rachael graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2016 with an MChem in Chemistry where she spent a year abroad at the University of British Columbia. During her final year, Rachael's research project focused on testing novel boranes for their reactivity in Frustrated Lewis Pairs.
Rachael moved to Bath to fuel her NMR obsession and undertake research on real-time reaction monitoring using multinuclear FlowNMR (and EPR) spectroscopy. When Rachael isn't fiddling with filters, naming instruments in the lab or freaking out about Palladium you'll probably find her re-equilibrating in a yoga studio, trying to make someone laugh or drinking coffee.
Maya graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2014 with an MChem. She also spent a year studying in Montreal, where alongside her studies she undertook a project researching nitrogen-rich compounds. Her MChem project focused on homogeneous iridium-based catalysis for industrial applications.
For her PhD at Bath she is synthesising dinucleating ligand architectures to make novel homo- and hetero-dinuclear complexes for catalytic oxygen activation. While initially that meant a lot of crystallisations she has recently made friends with stopped-flow UV-vis spectroscopy, and learned to appreciate night shifts at the Diamond Light Source in Harwell.
In her spare time, you’ll find her riding her bike whilst thinking about the optimal packing strategy for fitting cakes in her panniers (she thinks it’s face-centred cubic).
Dan graduated with an MChem from the University of Huddersfield in 2017. In his fourth year, supervised by Dr Nathan Patmore, his research was focused on the synthesis and characterisation of mixed-valent ruthenium compounds.
Since graduating he has embarked on his PhD at Bath, utilising dynamic reaction monitoring for a better understanding and automated optimisation of homogeneous catalytic systems. He cares a great deal about the shape and position of his peaks. Outside the lab Dan enjoys playing American Football, posing for funny pictures, going to the gym and exploring new places.
Izzy graduated from the University of Oxford in 2016 with an MChem in chemistry, after which she joined the University of Bath to study for a PhD in Sustainable Chemical Technologies.
Her previous research has spanned from single-molecule magnets to algae separation. Currently she is working on polylactide, a bio-based and biodegradable plastic whose mechanical properties she is trying to enhance through new ways of stereocontrol. For this she is using a range of tools, including real-time reaction monitoring in the DReaM Facility.
Outside the lab she can be found doing karate, painting, drawing, eating, and enjoying the outdoors.
Niko started his chemistry studies at the University of Stuttgart, where he focused on catalysis, organometallics and polymerisation chemistry working with Prof Michael Buchmeiser. Thereafter Niko moved to the University of Freiburg to fulfill his lifelong dream of working with elemental fluorine. Surviving a master thesis project on the fluorination of silicon surfaces under the supervision of Prof Ingo Krossing, he graduated with an MSc in Chemistry in 2017. In Freiburg Niko also gained experience in non-university research while working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems from 2015 to 2017.
This time considering somewhat more benign inorganics, Niko joined the Hintermair lab in 2018 to develop novel base metal catalysts based on dinuclear organometallics for his PhD. Besides chemistry, Niko is passionate about humor, movies, ski jumping, football as well as weight lifting.