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My research explores different ways of making colourful materials from sustainable building blocks. I am fascinated by the chiral colloidal self-assembly of cellulose nanocrystals and how it can be used to create large-scale films with unique optical properties.

I did my undergraduate studies in Natural Sciences (Physics and Physical Chemistry) at University College London and the California Institute of Technology, and came to Cambridge as part of the NanoDTC MRes+PhD programme.



Revealing the Structural Coloration of Self-Assembled Chitin Nanocrystal Films
A Narkevicius, RM Parker, J Ferrer-Orri, TG Parton, Z Lu, GT van de Kerkhof, B Frka-Petesic, S Vignolini
– Advanced Materials
Polysaccharide metabolism regulates structural colour in bacterial colonies
GT van de Kerkhof, L Schertel, L Catòn, TG Parton, KH Müller, HF Greer, CJ Ingham, S Vignolini
– Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
Chiral self-assembly of cellulose nanocrystals is driven by crystallite bundles.
TG Parton, RM Parker, GTVD Kerkhof, A Narkevicius, JS Haataja, B Frka-Petesic, S Vignolini
– Nature Communications
Hyperspectral imaging of photonic cellulose nanocrystal films: Structure of local defects and implications for self-assembly pathways
B Zhu, VE Johansen, G Kamita, G Guidetti, MM Bay, TG Parton, B Frka-Petesic, S Vignolini
– ACS nano
Bio-inspired optics: general discussion.
H Clark, B Datta, L Deravi, C Fiorentino, S Fornasaro, M Hardy, A Holt, C Kuttner, SR Mouchet, L Ospina, A Parnell, TG Parton, GM Paternò, R Potyrailo, A Qiu, G Rosetta, F Schenk, L Schertel, D Stavenga, U Steiner, GT van de Kerkhof, B Wilts, M Xiao
– Faraday discussions
The role of composition: natural materials vs. synthetic composites: general discussion
E Bermudez Ureña, A Borsuk, H Clark, R Fosbury, MH Godinho, M Hardy, A Holt, M Kolle, C Kuttner, M Lopez-Garcia, A McDougal, SR Mouchet, NJ Nadeau, N Nicolas, BA Palmer, A Parnell, TG Parton, P Pirih, A Qiu, G Schröder-Turk, GT van de Kerkhof, P Vukusic, W Wardley, M Xiao
– Faraday discussions
The role of structure: order vs. disorder in bio-photonic systems: general discussion.
E Bermudez Ureña, Y Chang, H Clark, B Datta, Á Escobar, M Hardy, H Hölscher, A Holt, G Isapour, M Kolle, C Kuttner, V Lloyd, A Matt, A McDougal, SR Mouchet, L Ospina, A Parnell, TG Parton, P Pirih, A Qiu, L Schertel, GT van de Kerkhof, S Vignolini, W Wardley, D Wiersma
– Faraday Discussions