Liam Ball (PhD)
A Bristol graduate, Liam's PhD project investigated methodological and mechanistic aspects of oxidative gold catalysis. He published numerous papers in prestigious journals including Science. After a postodctoral position in the Lloyd-Jones group in Edinburgh, Elliot was appointed as an assistant professor at the University of Nottingham starting July 2015.
Edward Balmond (PhD)
Ed graduated from Bristol, where he studied 'Frustrated Lewis Pairs' in the Manners group. After completing his PhD entitled "Organocatalytic Stereoselctive Synthesis of Glycosides", he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis, California. In 2016 he joined Proximagen Ltd (Cambridge, UK) as a Senior Scientist.
Nicholas Barron (PhD)
Nick graduated from Bristol, where he studied the synthesis of isotopically labelled amino acids. He went on placement to KuDOS pharmaceuticals and Astrazeneca working on a late stage oncology project. Nick completed his PhD project in the area of cycloaddition chemistry and in 2014 joined Röchling Engineering Plastics(Quedgeley, England).
Matthew Burns (PhD)
Matt is a Bristol graduate who was awarded a medal for best Final Year Chemistry Project. His PhD project was entitled "Application of lithiation-borylation reaction to the synthesis of sulfolipid I". After finishing his PhD, he undertook a postdoctoral position with Prof. Tom Rovis in Colorado State university. In 2018, Matt joined AstraZeneca as a Senior Scientist.
Simon Carobene (PhD)
Simon is a Cardiff graduate who worked on a novel synthetic route to the cladiellin diterpenes. He was awarded the GE Healthcare prize for best research project and gained industrial experience in AstraZeneca. He completed his PhD project on the total synthesis and determination of the biosynthetic pathway of marine natural products with potent antibiotic properties and in 2014 joined Greaves Brewster LLP as a trainee patent attorney.
Rickki Connelly (PhD)
Rickki is a Bristol graduate who worked on the asymmetric synthesis of sesquiterpene natural products using lithiation/borylation chemistry. He completed his PhD project concerning the total synthesis of Stemona alkaloids using protecting group free strategies. In 2014, Rickki joined Evotec as a Senior Scientist in Discovery Chemistry.
Matthew Hesse (PhD)
Matt graudated from Bristol and undertook a a placement year at University of California, San Diego, working at the Scripps research institute. He completed his PhD project on the isolation and synthesis of fungal metabolites using lithiation-borylation methodology. After completing his PhD, Matt undertook a postdoctoral position in Prof. Sarah Reisman's group at CalTech in Los Angeles (California, USA). In 2017 Matt joined Novartis (San Francisco, USA).
David Lunn (PhD)
David is a Bristol graduate, whose research involved the design and synthesis of polymers for drug delivery applications. His PhD project was based on a new approach to supported homogeneous catalysis. After graduating, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Manners group. In 2015 he obtained a Marie Curie Research Fellowship to work at UC Santa Barbara (CA, USA).
Elliot Murphy (PhD)
Elliot graduated from Bristol, where he worked on iron catalysed reductive cross coupling. He completed his PhD project on the synthesis and properties of so called "ultimate sigma donor" carbene ligands. After completing his PhD, Elliot spend some time travelling before joining St Austell's Brewery in Cornwall in 2015. If you wonder how chemistry and brewing relate to each other, let Elliot tell you more.
Helen Coulshed, née Pritchard-Smith (PhD)
Helen graduated at the University of Queen Mary, London, where she worked on molecularly imprinted polymers and on vitamin D3 synthesis in collaboration with Homerton Hospital. Helen's PhD project was focused on exploiting selective olefin trimerisation for synthesis. She joined the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in November 2014 and in 2015 accepted a position as a Teaching Fellow at King's College London.