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 took up a lectureship in Chemistry at Southampton, UK in 2013. In 2017 he moved back to NZ to the INMS at Massey Albany.  In his spare time he enjoys beer (drinking and brewing), running, and house renovating



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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