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SynTech Centre for Doctoral Training

 

Professor Matthew Gaunt, SynTech Director

Find out more about the research of Professor Matthew Gaunt, Director of the SynTech CDT who specialises in the development of new chemical transformations with catalysis (such as C–H activation and visible light photocatalysis), synthesis-driven chemical biology & nanoscale high-throughput synthesis.

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Professor Alexei Lapkin, SynTech Co-director

Find out more about the research of Professor Alexei Lapkin, co-director of SynTech CDT, who specialises in developing cleaner manufacturing processes, focusing on developing functional materials for catalysts, adsorbents and reactors, design of multi-functional intensive reactors, modelling of reaction kinetics and integrated processes, linking reaction kinetics with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and process modelling with life cycle assessment, integration of reactions and separation. 

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Dr Lucy Colwell, SynTech Co-director

Find out more about Dr Lucy Colwell, co-director of SynTech CDT, who specialises in the mathematical manipulation of large bodies of data and will be looking into modelling & artificial intelligence approaches in chemical biology.

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Professor Chris Abell

Find out more about the research of Professor Chris Abell who specialise in the field of fragment-based drug discovery, an innovative approach to designing small molecules that bind specifically and selectively to proteins and the development of microdroplet based novel platforms for experimental science.

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Dr Andreas Bender

Find out more about the research of Dr Andreas Bender who specialises in chemical & bio-informatics focusing on the prediction of properties of molecules.

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Dr Gonçalo Bernardes

Find out more about the research of Dr Gonçalo Bernardes who specialises in the engineering of chemical reactions that enable the modification of proteins in order to advance therapeutic applications.

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Dr Jacqui Cole

Find out more about the research of Dr Jacqui Cole who specialises in the design and functionalisation of new materials for optoelectronic applications, with particular interests in (a) dye-sensitised solar cells, (b) optical data storage, (c) non-linear optics. We use a wide variety of experimental and computational techniques to realise this goal.

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Professor Gábor Csányi

Find out more about Professor Gábor Csányi who specialises in atomistic simulation, particularly in multi scale modelling that couples quantum mechanics to larger length scales. He is currently engaged in applying machine learning techniques to materials modelling problems e.g. deriving force fields (interatomic potentials) from ab initio data. He is also interested in statistical problems in molecular dynamics, e.g. in enhanced sampling algorithms that can be used to automate the calculation of phase diagrams from atomistic models.

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Professor Robert Glen

Find out more about the research of Professor Robert Glen who specialises in drug discovery methods (SAR, simulation of biomolecules and ADME) and molecular data analysis (complexity analysis, deep learning) as well as drug discovery projects against specific targets.

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Professor Jonathan Goodman

Find out more about the research of Professor Jonathan Goodman who investigate organic structures and reactivity using both experimental and computational methods, and chemical informatics.

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Professor Chris Hunter

Fidn out more about the research of Professor Chris Hunter who specialises in synthetic supramolecular systems, focusing on developing a quantitative description of the chemistry of weak non-covalent interactions.

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Professor Markus Kraft

Find out more about the research of Professor Markus Kraft who specialises in developing and applying modern numerical methods to problems arising in Chemical Engineering, with the overall aim to shorten the development period from research bench to the industrial production stage.

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Dr Alpha Lee

Find out more about the reearch of Dr Alpha Lee who specialises in computational drug discovery to designing supercapacitors, using analytical theories/simulations to discover underlying physical principles, as well as developing machine learning algorithms that can translate physics into new materials.

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Dr Steven Lee

Find out more about the research of Dr Steven Lee who specialises in the development of new biophysical methods to answer fundamental biological questions, primarily through the use single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy and multidimensional super-resolution imaging.

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Professor Steven Ley

Find out more about the research of Professor Steven Ley who specialises in developing new synthesis methods and applying them to the construction of biologically important molecules.

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Professor Pietro Liò

Find out more about the research of Professor Pietro Liò who specialises in developing Artificial Intelligence and Computational Biology models to understand diseases complexity and address personalised and precision medicine. Current focus is on Graph Neural Network modeling.

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Dr Miguel Lobato

Find out the reserach of Dr Miguel Lobato who specialises in model based machine learning with a focus on probabilistic learning techniques and with a particular interest on Bayesian optimization, matrix factorization methods, copulas, Gaussian processes and sparse linear models.

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Professor Jonathan Nitschke

Find out more about the research of Professor Jonathan Nitschke who specialises in discovering and developing new ways in which simple building blocks may be induced to self-assemble into complex, functional structures. 

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Dr Robert Phipps

Find out more about the research of Dr Robert Phipps who focuses on exploring novel approaches to catalysis for the rapid and efficient construction of small molecules.

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Professor Erwin Reisner

Find out more about the research of Professor Erwin Reisner who specialises in artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels and develop novel photocatalytic systems by combining homogenous synthetic catalysts and enzymes with a light absorbing nanostructured semiconductor.

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Professor Oren Scherman

Find out more about the research of Professor Oren Scherman who specialises in the synthesis of functional nanosystems, controlled polymer architectures and dynamic supramolecular assemblies through molecular recognition processes.

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Professor David Spring

Find out more about the research of Professor David Spring whose research interests originate from a desire to understand and exploit biological systems, focusing on small-molecule libraries & their bioassay.

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Dr Alex Thom

Find out more about the research of Dr Alex Thom who specialises in theoretical and computational chemistry, focusing on method and software development. Current projects involve the calculation of accurate electronic energies using Monte Carlo techniques, the description of excited states of medium-large molecules using new methodology, and investigation of the electronic structure of molecules using localized orbital techniques.

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Professor Michele Vendruscolo

Find out more about the research of Professor Michele Vendruscolo who specialises in the development of methods of characterising the structure, dynamics and interactions of proteins in previously inaccessible states.

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Dr Silvia Vignolini

Find out more about the research of Dr Silvia Vignolini who is interested in photonic structures in nature and bio-mimetic materials.

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