The Group


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Professor Dave Adams

Dave Adams is a graduate of the University of Leeds. He carried out his PhD at the University of York working with Professor James Clark, before carrying out postdoctoral work at the Universities of York, Leeds, and Leicester. In 2004, he joined Unilever R&D, working the Corporate Research group. In 2008, he returned to academia at the University of Liverpool before joining the University of Glasgow in 2016. He is currently an EPSRC Research Fellow (Jan 2015-Dec 2019). His current research interests encompass many areas of soft matter materials chemistry including supramolecular polymers and gels, and self-assembled nanostructures.

Current Members


Bart Dietrich After completing a first degree in music (jazz composition) at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, Bart studied Chemistry at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, obtaining an MChem (1st class honours) and then a PhD in organic chemistry (Diels-Alder reactions of furan-diazenes). After a couple of postdocs at the UEA (synthesis of phthalocyanines then duocarmycin-analogues), he worked at Key Organics Ltd (Camelford, Cornwall) for over four years, synthesizing small heterocyclic building blocks for the agrochemical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as being part of a long-term in-house drug-discovery project which culminated in a patent. Following his employment with Key Organics, Bart moved to the University of Liverpool to work for Prof Dave Adams, initially on an industry-sponsored project into infrared polymerisation initiators. Following a move to the University of Glasgow, Bart still works for Prof Dave Adams, mainly on the synthesis of small-molecule gelators and developing the electronics for experimental analytical devices.

Santau Panja Santanu Panja is originally from West Bengal, India. In 2009 he completed his B.Sc with Honours in Chemistry from Asutosh College, University of Calcutta. He then received an M.Sc. degree specialising in organic chemistry in 2011. After qualifying for the national eligibility test (NET) jointly conducted by UGC and CSIR, Govt. of India, successively in 2010 and 2011, he joined University of Kalyani to pursue doctoral research on supramolecular chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Kumaresh Ghosh. After completion of his Ph.D in 2017, Santanu joined the Université de Bordeaux as research associate (research adviser: Prof. Philippe Barthélémy). Presently, he is working at the University of Glasgow as a Newton Research Fellow under the mentorship of Prof. Dave Adams. His research interest covers the area of supramolecular chemistry, specifically gel chemistry.

PhD Students

Emily Cross Emily graduated with an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Liverpool in 2016. During her degree she was a School of Chemistry representative for 3 years and, in the summer of 2015 worked as a R&D Chemist at Unilever. Here, she joined Dr Ian Tucker’s research group and explored the surface and solution properties of bio-surfactant mixtures. After Graduation, Emily secured a scholarship to work at the Australian institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in the University of Queensland. Here, she worked in Prof Andrew Whittaker/Idriss Blakey’s research groups developing nanostructured optical sensorsEmily joined the Adams group in 2014 while completing her 3rd/4th year degree research projects. She started her PhD in the group in 2016. Her research currently focuses on understanding the relationship between the self-assembly process & final properties of multicomponent supramolecular hydrogels. Emily is the current School of Chemistry PGR representative. She is funded by the University of Glasgow.

Ana Mari Fuentes-Caparrós Ana Mari graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alicante in July 2015 with an EUR-ACE® certificate. In her last bachelor year, she spent three months working as an R & D for Deretil (pharmaceutical company that research, develop, manufacture and sell raw materials for beta-lactam antibiotics) in Spain. There she worked in the research obtaining extracts of natural origin in the agro-alimentary sector (Stevia). In October 2015 she coursed the Chemical Engineering Master in University of Granada (Spain) with a 6 months internship in the University of Liverpool where she worked in the synthesis of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) for stem cell tracking using MRI. In 2017 she joined the Adams group as a PhD student at the University of Glasgow. Her research is focused on the characterization of the fibril growth in self-assembled low molecular weight gelators. Ana is funded by the University of Glasgow.

Lisa Thomson Lisa graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) from the University of Glasgow in 2018. During this time, she participated in a summer internship with a batteries company, the focus of which was to validate a new method that could be used to determine the burn rate of heat powder in a battery, and single cell testing. In 2017, she joined the group as part of her undergraduate research project which looked at using cavitation rheology to probe gels. She then returned in October 2018 to begin her PhD. Her research currently centres on comparing bulk rheology and cavitation rheology. Lisa is funded by the University of Glasgow.

Dan McDowall Dan graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Loughborough in 2017. During this he worked on placement at The Lubrizol Corporation for a year, performing research into engine oil additives. Primarily he researched the stopped-flow chemistry of overbased detergents as well as the effectiveness of new dispersant additives on used engine oil. He then obtained an MRes in Chemistry at the University of Surrey, where he researched the colloidal and rheological properties of bitumen emulsions. He joined the Adams group in October 2018, where his research is focussed on the relationship between self-assembled structure and photocatalytic properties of low molecular weight gelators. His work is in collaboration with Dr Alex Cowan and his PhD student Ben Greeves at the University of Liverpool. The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Libby Marshall Libby graduated from the University of Glasgow with a First Class MSci degree in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry. During her degree she completed a 2 month scholarship through the Wellcome Trust in the Goodyear group within the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Glasgow. In her penultimate year she undertook a 14 month industrial placement in the Packaging Design and Technology team at DIAGEO’s Brand Technical Centre in Menstrie, Scotland. Her project involved the adaptation and performance of tests on pressure-sensitive labels in order to optimise label performance for specific applications and ensure all the labels and adhesives used by the company were fit for purpose. In 2018, she conducted her undergraduate project in the Adams group where she synthesised ibuprofen-diphenylalanine conjugates of different stereochemistries in order to investigate the effect of chirality on the behaviour of these molecules as gelators with the mindset that they could be used as drug delivery vehicles. Libby started her PhD in October 2019 where she is investigating the potential for chemical cross-linking within supramolecular gels to be used as a means to increase the mechanical strength of the gels.

Courtenay Patterson Courtenay graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Glasgow in 2019 . In 2018, she joined the group as part of her undergraduate research project which looked at pH responsive hydrogelators, successfully constructing a reversible transient gel system. She then returned in October 2019 to begin her PhD. Her research currently focuses on the self-assembly of gelator molecules using electrochemical methods. Courtenay is funded by the University of Glasgow.

Valentina Gauci Valentina graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Malta in 2016. During this time, she did an Erasmus+ traineeship at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK) with the work focusing on synthesis and characterization of gold nanoparticles for biosensors. For the undergraduate thesis, she worked with a crystallography group for her project on polymorph and co-crystal screening of an active pharmaceutical ingredient. In 2017, she started a Masters by Research in Chemistry programme at Mittuniversitetet (Sundsvall, Sweden) and worked with a Chemical Ecology group performing organic synthesis of sex pheromones of forest pests. Following completion in May 2019, she was employed by the same group as a Research Engineer to continue on the same project. From 2018 to 2019, she worked as a part-time Chemist with Organofuel Sweden. She joined the Adams group in October 2019 to start her PhD and works with synthesis of low molecular weight gelators.

Past Members


Kate McAulay (2018-2019)

Reza Saberi Moghaddam

Tom Mitra (joint with A. Cooper, 2015- date)

Emily Draper (2015-2017)

Jaclyn Raeburn (2015-2015)

Laura Mears (2015-2018)

Ana Castilla-Manjon (2015-2016)

Michael Barrow (joint with Professor M. Rosseinsky, 2013-2017)

Alexandros Katsoulidis (joint with Professor M. Rosseinsky, 2012-2016)

Pierre Chambon (2009-2010)

Lin Chen (2009-2012)

PhD Students

Craig Wilson (joint with Professor A. Cooper, 2019 graduation)

Ammar Alhamed (joint with Professor A. Cooper, 2019 graduation)

Michael Nolan (joint with Dr. A. Cowan, 2019 graduation). Micky graduated with a MChem in Chemistry (with a year in Industry) from the University of York in 2014. During his year in industry he worked as an R&D chemist for Momentive Specialty Chemicals in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in a process chemistry team. There, he investigated and upscaled an alternative catalytic route for the synthesis of epichlorohydrin, a main component of epoxy resins. He then joined the Adams group in October 2014 as a PhD student and was attracted to the group by their use of a wide range of experimental techniques to characterise the hierarchical networks formed from self-assembled low molecular weight gelators. His research was  focused on understanding the relationship between the self-assembled structures and the photocatalytic properties of low molecular weight gelators. Micky was funded by the EPSRC via the University of Liverpool and was  a visiting postgraduate researcher at the University of Glasgow.

Andre Zamith Cardoso, (2018 graduation)

Edward Eden (joint with Professor A. Cooper, 2017 graduation)

Matthew Wallace (joint with Dr. J. Iggo, 2017 graduation)

Emily Draper (2016 graduation)

Anita Peacock (2016 graduation)

Salmah Awhida (2015 graduation)

Thanchanok Ratvijitvech (joint with Professor A. Cooper, 2015 graduation)

Jaclyn Raeburn (2014 graduation)

Andrea Laybourn (2013 graduation)

Project students, Erasmus Placements, and Summer Placements

Jose Antonio Facon Jiminez (Erasmus, 2019)

Zaloa Canales Galarza (Erasmus, 2019)

Jules Dutrieux (Erasmus, 2019)

Libby Marshall (2018-2019 MSci)

Katie McGuire (2018-2019 MSci)

Courtenay Patterson (2018-2019 BSc)

Euan Herdman (2018-2019 BSc)

Pedro (Erasmus, 2018)

Alazne (Erasmus, 2018)

Thaisa Brandao (Visiting student from Sao Paulo, 2018)

Charles Chauveau (Erasmus, 2018)

Kevin Lamontagne (Erasmus, 2018)

Francisco De Paula Gomez Franco (Erasmus, 2017)

Laura Gonzalez (joint with Emily Draper, Erasmus, 2017)

Michael Scott (2017-2018 MSci)

Lisa Thompson (2017-2018 BSc)

Ben Coles (2017-2018 BSc)

Maelle Loyer (Erasmus, 2017)

Lewis Archibald (2016-2017 MSci)

Elizabeth Johnston (2016-2017 BSc)

Ana Mari Fuentes Caparros (Erasmus, 2016)

Irene Ianez Rodriguez (Erasmus, 2016)

Jon Savory (2015-2016, MSci)

Emma King (2015-2016, MSci)

Tom Davies (2015-2016, MSci)

Ben Greeves (2015-2016, MSci)

Chung Liu (2015-2016, MSci)

Matt Fowlds (2015-2016, MSci)

Jaime Garcia Carrion (Erasmus, 2015)

Judit De La Camara (Erasmus, 2015)

Carlos Rodriguez Remacho (Erasmus, 2014)

Cristina Mendoza Cuenca (Erasmus, 2014)

Floriane Cuenca (Erasmus, 2014)

Lilian Veysseyre (Erasmus, 2014)

Andrew Moores (2014-2015, MSci)

Jyoti Gupta (2014-2015, MSci)

Catherine Colquhoun (2014-2015, also PhD placement in 2016)

Jeanne Kroeger (2013-2014, MSci)

Jessica Smith (Nuffield Student, 2013)

Jenna Thackray (Nuffield Student, 2013)

Sam Ellis (Nuffield Student, 2013)

Ana Estefanía Álvarez Álvarez (Erasmus, 2012)

Virginia Martoz Munoz (Erasmus, 2012)

Doina Sirbu (Erasmus, 2012)

Rowan Patel (Summer Student, 2012)

Helen Ashmead (2011-2012, MSci)

Kelly Houton (2011-2012, MSci)

Guillaume Pont (Erasmus, 2011)

Chris Hickling (Summer Student, 2011)

Mike Bingham (Summer Student, 2011)

Steven Revel (Erasmus, 2010)

Josh Town (Summer Student, 2010)

Helen Blundell (Nuffield Student, 2009)

Sam Sutton (Summer Student, 2008; also 2010, 2013)