Current Members

JAK soton pic Dr Jon Kitchen

Jon grew up in New Zealand, and did his PhD at the University of Otago in sunny Dunedin. After graduating he remained in Otago for a short postdoc, before moving to even sunnier Dublin (TCD) as an IRCSET fellow.  Jon has been at Southampton since 2013.  In his spare time he enjoys beer (drinking and brewing), running, and house renovating

 

Post Docs

Dom Dr Dominic Wales

Dominic J. Wales is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Southampton (UK) working on amphiphilic self-assembling supramolecular lanthanide complexes for sensing. He graduated from the University of Southampton (UK) with a 1st Class MChem degree in Chemistry in 2009. In collaboration with the Optoelectronics Research Centre, his Ph.D. thesis investigated the application of porous materials and polymers to integrated optical refractometers for application in gas sensing. After completion of his Ph.D. studies in 2013, he continued researching in the fields of gas sensing, metal-organic framework chemistry and zeolite chemistry as a Research Officer at the University of Bath (UK).

 

PhD Students

Rob Rob Laverick (2014 – 2018)

Originally from Kent, England, Rob obtained a master’s degree in chemistry from The University of Southampton (2014). Rob is heavily involved in teaching aspects at the university, specifically targeted to core undergraduate inorganic modules. His PhD research focuses on spin crossover based functional devices of Fe(II) and Fe(III) complexes.

blue Blue Carter (2015 -2019)

Joint PhD with Prof. Annie Powell (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Blue graduated with a first class master’s degree (honours) from Southampton in 2015 . Blue’s PhD focusses on the targeted synthesis of single crystal arrays of single molecule magnets (SMMs) using supramolecular principles.

Ningjin Ningjin Zhang (2016 – 2020)

Joint PhD with Prof. Simon Coles (Southampton)

Ningjin completed her undergraduate studies in Nanjing, China before moving to Southampton to complete a MSci (Instrumental and Analytical Science) in 2015. Ningjin was awarded a CSC scholarship in 2016 to carry out a PhD in Southampton. Her project is focusing on high-resolution crystallography of switchable supramolecular materials.

Project and Summer Students:

  • Ellie Reid – Fe(III) and Co(III) grids
  • Dasha Draper – Modelling LB films
  • Alice Oakley – Ln(III) naphthalimide films
  • Harry Jepson – Ln(III) LB films

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