Maria Laura first graduated with a BSc in Biotechnology from the University of Florence in 2013. For her undergraduate thesis project she worked on the development of Metal PDB, a database of metal sites in biological macromolecular structures, under the supervision of Prof. Rosato. In October 2016 she started an MSc in Molecular Biotechnology, a joint degree from the University of Pisa and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, where she graduated with a 1st class MSc (Hons) in 2019. In her last year she worked on biosensing platforms in Prof. Marco Cecchini’s “NeuroSens” group at the Scuola Normale Superiore’s NEST Laboratory. For her masters thesis project she worked on the development of biomolecular detection systems for the identification of GFAP and mir21 in biological fluids using a QCM-D platform. In October 2019 Maria Laura entered the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Engineered Tissues for Discovery, Industry and Medicine (LifETIME) at University of Glasgow, under the supervision of Prof. Carl Goodyear, Prof. Dave Adams and Prof. Matthew J. Dalby. Her PhD project is focused on the development of a hydrogel-based 3D osteochondral model for the study of osteoarthritis-related pathways.
Ian Bennett-Wright (joint with the Mount Group, University of Edinburgh)
Ian graduated with a MChem in Chemistry with Nanotechnology from Heriot-Watt University in 2018. His undergraduate research project focussed on the synthesis of low-molecular weight gelators, the rheological study of their associated pH-triggered supramolecular hydrogels, and the rheological study of a chemically fuelled dissipating hydrogel system. Ian entered the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Sensing and Measurement (CDT-ISM) in late 2018, and is currently working jointly with the Adams Group and the Mount Group (University of Edinburgh). His research is currently focussed on controlling the self-assembly of supramolecular hydrogels at microelectrode surfaces, for the purpose of informing the development of enhanced biosensors with hydrogel layers that protect against sensor surface biofouling.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 sensors. Emily 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 focused on understanding the relationship between the self-assembly process & final properties of multicomponent supramolecular hydrogels. She was funded by the University of Glasgow.
Craig Wilson (joint with Professor A. Cooper, 2019 graduation)
Ammar Alhamed (joint with Professor A. Cooper, 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.
Anita Peacock (2016 graduation)
Salmah Awhida (2015 graduation)
Thanchanok Ratvijitvech (joint with Professor A. Cooper, 2015 graduation)