Guping was born in Guilin, China. She obtained her BSc from Jilin University in 2007. She then went on to study a Masters (2007-2010) at Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences under the supervision of Prof. Jiwen Hu on the subject “Preparation of Superhydrophobic Surface by Fluoro Block Copolymers Based on Lotus Effect”. In Feb. 2011, she started her PhD study under the supervisor of Prof. Brigitte Voit and Dr. Doris Pospiech in Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Germany investigating “Modified AuNPs on the Morphology and Nanostructure Orientation of PPMA-b-PMMA block copolymer thin films”. In Nov 2014 she joined Prof. Howdle’s group as a post-doctoral researcher.
Dr Olivia Monaghan
From London, Olivia gained a BSc in forensic Chemistry from the University of Kent in 2012. She continued her studies at the Univeristy of Kent by pursuing a PhD in polymer chemistry with Dr Simon Holder, culminating in her thesis: "Controlling the functionality of block copolymer bicontinuous nanospheres".
Olivia joined the group in May 2016 on an EPSRC grant to investigate the polymerisation of terpene derived monomers to produce renewably sourced polymers. Her research interests include controlled radical polymerisations and colloidal systems.
Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Tom attended the University of Queensland where he obtained his Masters degree in Chemistry in 2011. He then went on to study for a PhD at the same university in "Self assembly and structure-property relationships of block copolymer-ionic liquid composites".
He joined the Howdle group in 2016 where he has been working with block copolymer microparticles.
Originally from Buckingham, Sam obtianed his BSc in Natural Sciences from Lancaster University in 2014, followed by his MSc in Polymer Chemistry form the University of Leeds in 2015, where he worked on the synthesis and characterisation of hydrogels.
Working in conjnction with the Howdle group and the Additive Manufacturing department, his research focuses on exploiting teh synthesis and processing techniques associated with scCO2 to produce polymers for 3d printing applications.
Alice is from Kennilworth near Warwick, she is a keen ice hockey player who gained her MChem from Southampton University in 2014, where her final project investigated the growth of copper nanowires.
Her project is in conjunction with Kanecka, and involves the scaling up of scCO2 reactions to the 1L scale.
Payal is originally from Surat in the state of Gujarat, India, she gained a degree in Chemistry from Sardar Vallabhbhai National Insititute of Technology, Suart. She undertook a Masters project studying the synthesis of poly (glycerol sebacate).
Her work at Nottingham involves the green synthesis of multiarmed suractants, using enzymatic catalysts.
Rachel comes from south Wales, she got her Chemistry MSci form the University of Bristol 2016 where she studied supramolecular polymers for her final year project.
She joined the Howdle group in 2016 to study the controlled polymerisation of monomers from terpenes
Born in Bolgna, Ulysse studied industrial chemistry at the University of Bologna, gaining his degree in 2015, where he studies the synthesis of lignin model compounds.
He joined the Howdle group in 2016 to research modification and synthesis of polymers from renewable terpene sources.
Katie graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2013 with an MSci in Chemistry. During her undergraduate degree she undertook a year in industry working at Unilever in Bedford. Katie has always had a strong interest in medical based research which lead her to look for opportunities in this field; eventually resulting in her role at Critical Pharmaceuticals as a product development/analytical scientist. Her work at Critical looked at drug delivery systems exploiting the ability to encapsulate drug molecules and peptides in polymers, therefore allowing manipulation of the delivery of drugs into the body.
In August 2014 Katie joined the the Howdle group working in collaboriation with Critical Pharmaceuticals.
Alba is originally from Gijon, Spain. She obtained her MSc in Chemistry and Sustainable Development from the University of Oviedo. Her master project was on the catalytic synthesis of nitrogen heterocycles. Alba joined the group in September 2014. Her PhD project is part of the SINCHEM programme and she is investigating new scCO2 soluble hydrocarbon stabilisers.
Sara is from León (Spain) where she studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Valladolid. During her degree, she worked as a research assistant investigating the effect of extraction processes on the filterability of grape marc extract. Sara performed her Master's thesis at the Technical University of Denmark, studying the phase behaviour of novel CO2 capture solvents.
Sara joined the Howdle group in March 2015 investigating energy efficient polymerisations.
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