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Sanha is currently a PhD student from Prof. Jonathan Goodman Group at the Department of Chemistry. He is also a member of Clare College, University of Cambridge. Sanha did his undergraduates and masters degree from Imperial College London, where he graduated with First Class Honours and was in Dean's List three years in a row for coming top 10 in the year group. In 2017, Sanha was one of the four students selected from Royal Society of Chemistry from University of Oxford to recive bursary for his placement with Prof. Robert Paton for three months. He has also previously worked under Prof. Fernando Bresme, studying the elastic properties of calcite using molecular dynamics simulations. The work received publication in Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. in 2018 (see link below). Sanha did his masters under supervision of Prof. Patricia Hunt. During his MSci degree he was awarded 'Outstanding MSci Prize', 'Department of Chemistry Prize for Excellence in Inorganic Chemistry' and 'Samuel Francis Boys Prize for Excellence in Computational Chemistry'.

Sanha is current working on a variety of theoretical chemistry projects as part of his PhD work. His collaboration with Prof. Dominic Wright Group was published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. in 2019 where he studied the π-bonding interactions in inorganic macrocycles. He is also working on developing new algorithm for selectivity predictions in bifurcating organic reactions and codes to assist geometry optimisations.


Guest Binding via N-H center dot center dot center dot pi Bonding and Kinetic Entrapment by an Inorganic Macrocycle
AJ Plajer, FJ Rizzuto, H-C Niu, S Lee, JM Goodman, DS Wright
– Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)
Plastic deformation and twinning mechanisms in magnesian calcites: a non-equilibrium computer simulation study
S Lee, G Brekke-Svaland, F Bresme
– Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

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