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PDRAs

Ronan McHale

Ronan McHale

Ronan was born and raised in Donegal, Ireland. He obtained his B.Sc. (2004) and Ph.D (2007) from the National University of Ireland (Galway) having spent two semesters at Kobe University, Japan in 2005/06. His doctoral studies, conducted under the supervision of Dr. Fawaz Aldabbagh (Galway) and Profs. Bunichiro Yamada (Galway/Osaka), Per B. Zetterlund (Kobe) and Masayoshi Okubo (Kobe), centred on the use of addition fragmentation chain transfer reactions in radical polymerizations and nitroxide mediated heterogeneous polymerizations in supercritical carbon dioxide. After a year post-PhD working in industry, Ronan returned to academia as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Dr. Xiaosong Wang at the University of Leeds in early 2009 where he worked on the synthesis of novel coordination polymer nanostructures. Ronan joined the O’Reilly group at Warwick in June 2010 to work on nucleobase polymers.

Email: R.McHale@warwick.ac.uk

Helen Willcock

Helen Willcock

Helen graduated in 2003 from the University of Liverpool, with a 2:1 MChem with honours having studied the formation of gold nanoparticles in ionic liquids with Dr Robin Whyman and Dr Neil Winterton. After working at Apollo Scientific Ltd (Manchester), she returned to Liverpool to commence a PhD (2004) studying the role of surface functionality in controlling dendrimer solubility under the supervision of Prof. Steve Rannard and Prof. Andy Cooper, successfully defended in 2009. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher studying the synthesis of water soluble fluorescent polymer particles within the Rannard group in 2008, work funded by Unilever R&D. She came to the group in February 2009 and is currently studying the kinetics of the core removal of polymer nanocages and the characterization of supramolecular block copolymers.

Email: H.Willcock@warwick.ac.uk

Phillip Milnes

Phillip Milnes

Phillip was born in Devon, England and attended the University of Bath. In 2001/2002 he spent a year in the bone metabolism medicinal chemistry department of Novartis in Basel, Switzerland. He completed his MSc at Bath in 2003 working with Dr. Tony James on molecular sensors for saccharides. Phillip carried out his postgraduate studies under the supervision of Prof. Mark Bradley at the University of Edinburgh. He completed his PhD entitled High‑throughput synthesis and selection of chiral stationary phase media in September 2008. Following his PhD he undertook a short-term Marie Curie fellowship position working at the National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece on solid-supported phospholipid libraries under the supervision of Dr Theodora Calogeropoulou. He started his current position in the O’Reilly group at Warwick in April 2009 and is working on the collaborative ‘synthetic ribosome’ project.

Email: P.J.Milnes@warwick.ac.uk

PhD students

Final Year
Diluar Khan

Diluar Khan

Diluar Khan was born in Hobigonj (Bangladesh). He obtained his degree in Chemistry (2003) at the department of chemistry, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He joined Dr. Adrian Dobbs' group at Queen Mary, University of London (2006) to work on the synthesis of the natural product, (±)-centrolobine and obtained an MSc degree. In January 2008, he started his PhD at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr. O’Reilly. His project focuses on the assembly of a DNA-based molecular machine for the synthesis of targeted oligomers using DNA-templated chemical transfer.

Email: D.Khan@warwick.ac.uk

3rd Year
Nikos Petzetakis

Nikos Petzetakis

Nikos graduated from the University of Athens in Greece obtaining a bachelor degree in Chemistry in 2006. Afterwards, he joined the group of Prof. N. Hadjichristidis to carry out a two-year Masters degree in Polymer Science. Since January 2009 he has been a PhD student at the University of Warwick, under the supervision of Dr. O’Reilly. His first contact with polymer research was in 2005 when he carried out his undergraduate research project with the title: "Micellisation behavior of amphiphilic block-copolymers and study of the effect of the architecture and the composition on the micelles properties." During his masters degree, he worked on a project entitled "ROP of cyclic esters with novel group IV metal catalysts". As a part of this work Nikos has familiarised himself with ROP, ATRP and anionic polymerisation methods. His PhD research project focuses on the "synthesis of functionalized hollow nano-structures". This project involves a combination of RAFT and Diels-Alder chemistry as synthetic tools while self-assembly and shell cross-linking methods will be used to prepare the desired functionalised nano-objects.

Email: N.Petzetakis@Warwick.ac.uk

Pepa Cotanda

Pepa Cotanda

Born in Spain, Pepa attained an MSc Chemistry from the University of Valencia (Spain) in 2006. In 2007 she received an 8 month Leonardo Internship to carry out research for Philips Research, Eindhoven (Netherlands) synthesising different amphiphilic organic polymers at the department of Biomolecular Engineering. Since January 2009 she has been PhD student at the University of Warwick, under supervision of Dr. Rachel O’Reilly. The aim of her project is to develop complex functional and responsive polymeric materials for application in supported catalysis.

Email: M.J.Cotanda-Santapau@warwick.ac.uk

2nd Year
AnnHelen Lu

AnnHelen Lu

Annie is from Jonkoping, Sweden, but moved to the UK in 2005 to read Chemistry at Kingston University, London, where she graduated with an MChem in 2009. In 2007/2008 she undertook a year work placement at the R&D centre of British American Tobacco in Southampton. During her placement year Annie researched the chemical properties of nicotine in order to establish a relationship between smoking intensity and nicotine content in smoke chemistry; these findings were published in her first journal article. In October 2009 she started her PhD at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Dr Rachel O’Reilly. Her project involves the synthesis and characterisation of novel chiral polymers as potential organocatalysts.

Email: A.Lu@warwick.ac.uk

Joseph Patterson

Joseph Patterson

Joe was born in Nottingham, England and studied chemistry at York University. He graduated in July 2009 with a 1st class MChem with honours. His fourth year was spent working at the Wilton Centre UK, in the research labs of Cytec Engineered Materials. His research, which involved novel monomer and polymer synthesis, focused on the development of high performance composite materials for the aerospace industry. He started his PhD in Oct 2009 at the University of Warwick, under the supervision of Dr. Rachel O’Reilly. His project aims to build on the established work in the group on metal-ligand interactions for the preparation of functional nanostructures.

Email: J.P.Patterson@warwick.ac.uk

Claire Hansell

Claire Hansell

Claire was born and raised in London and attended the University of Cambridge, from where she graduated with a BA in Natural Sciences and an MSci in Chemistry in 2008. During her time at university, she undertook a summer studentship in Dr O'Reilly's group on the preparation and micellisation of leucine-derived copolymers, and then continued on to do her MSci project in the same group on star polymers via multifunctional RAFT initiators. After a year abroad teaching in Japan, Claire rejoined the O'Reilly group to begin her PhD in October 2009 on the design and synthesis of responsive polymers to form higher-order architectures with morphological switching properties.

Email: C.F.Hansell@warwick.ac.uk

Tom Wilks

Tom Wilks

Tom was born in Brighton and graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2008 with a BA in Natural Sciences and an MSci in Chemistry. He undertook a summer studentship funded by the Nuffield Trust in 2007, working in Dr O'Reilly's group on a project to construct semiconducting micelles. He then went on to do his Masters project in the same group, synthesising maleimide-derived RAFT initiators in order to construct surface functionalised, biocompatible nanoparticles. After a year out working as Schools Liaison Officer for Clare College Cambridge, Tom returned to the group in January 2010 to start his PhD, working on the application of biomolecules such as DNA as a template for macromolecular nanostructure design.

Email: T.R.Wilks@warwick.ac.uk

1st Year
Kay Doncom

Kay Doncom

Kay was born in Manchester and attended the University of Leeds, graduating in July 2010 with a 1st class BSc and MChem. Her third year was spent studying at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her 4th year masters research focused on studies of the H-Phosphinic-Pyruvic system with long chain hydrocarbons, with the view to forming amphiphilic molecules. In October 2010 Kay joined the O’ Reilly group to begin her PhD.

Email: K.E.B.Doncom@warwick.ac.uk

Matt Robin

Mathew Robin

Mat was born on the island of Jersey and graduated from Jesus College Cambridge in 2009 with a BA in Natural Sciences. He then undertook an MSc in Chemistry at the University of Kent under the supervision of Dr. Simon Holder working on the synthesis of hyperbranched polysiloxanes. In 2010 he began his PhD at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Dr. Rachel O'Reilly, where his project aims to build on established work in the group on preparation of functionalised 'nanocages'.

Email: M.P.Robin@warwick.ac.uk

Beth Moore

Beth Moore

Beth grew up in Suffolk, England and attended the University of York, graduating with an MChem in the summer of 2010. She spent her fourth year working in industry at Infineum UK Limited in Oxfordshire. Her research was based around the synthesis of novel reactive macromonomers and their copolymerisation for use in various petrochemical applications. In October 2010, Beth started her PhD at the University of Warwick, under the supervision of Dr. Rachel O’Reilly.

Email: B.Moore@warwick.ac.uk

Rebecca Williams

Rebecca Williams

Rebecca graduated from the University of Warwick in 2010 with a MChem degree. Whilst at Warwick she undertook an EPSRC funded URSS summer placement in the laboratory of Dr. Ross Hatton, where she developed the use of ultra-thin gold films as electrodes in organic photovoltaic devices. She completed her fourth year MChem project under the supervision of Dr. Rachel O’Reilly, working on the preparation of cyclic polymers via a combination of RAFT polymerisation and thiol-ene "click" chemistry. Rebecca has now returned to the University of Warwick to undertake a PhD under the joint supervision of Dr. Rachel O’Reilly and Dr. Andrew Dove, where she will be working on the synthesis and self assembly of cyclic polymers derived from poly(carbonate)s.

Email: Rebecca.J.Williams@warwick.ac.uk

Masters Students



Previous Group Members

Graduated PhD Students

Jared Skey (graduated 2010)

Adam Moughton (graduated 2010)

Graduated Masters Students

Daniel Le Huray (graduated 2010)

Courtney Ondeck (graduated 2009)

Megan Wright (graduated 2008)

Alex Ievins (graduated 2007)

Neil Davidson (graduated 2007)

Previous PDRAs

Amanda Evans (2008-10)

Jianzhong Du (2008-10)

Kurt Stubenrauch (2007-08)

Thomas Baumann (2006-07)

Cecilia Ieong (2009-11)

Visiting Scientists

Mieke Lammens, from Professor Filip Du Prez's group (Nov 2008-Dec 2008)

Xiaofan Wang (Oct 2007-April 2008)

Other Previous Group Members

Laura Daniel (Masters student, 2010-11)

Ashton Boyd (Masters student, 2010-11)

Dragon Sze (URSS summer student, 2010)

Wenjun Qu (summer student, 2008)

Luis Munuera (Erasmus student from the Universidad Autonoma De Madrid, 2007-8)

James Harvey (summer student, 2006)