Summer Projects


Eloise, Mani and Natalie

As it’s nearly time to submit final reports to funders, I thought I should write a brief update about the summer – it’s been really busy, with 3 summer students working for me on a diverse range of projects. So here’s last summer’s gang:

  • Eloise Hicketts, funded by an RSC Small Outreach Grant to develop resources and activities for Picture It… Sharing Molecules. This project is a pilot study to develop resources and activities which empower women to share scientific knowledge and activities with children. As a secondary outcome, we also seek to facilitate practitioners of the chemical sciences to engage these audiences by providing such resources and sharing our own experiences and insights.


    Eloise at Skirting Science 2016

  • Mani Latham, funded by a CCP5 Summer Bursary for Undergraduate Students and tasked with developing experiments for the teaching laboratory in the area of computational solid state modelling.
  • Tom Young, funded by a Royal Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Research Bursary to develop “Computationally-guided ligand selection in rhodium(I)-catalysed hydroformylation”. This involved investigating the mechanism of hydroformylation with a view to identifying the most promising systems and then testing these in collaboration with Prof. Paul Pringle. Due to an insatiable appetite for computational chemistry, Tom also became involved in computational projects on metalloporphyrins and zinc metalloproteins, more about those soon.


    Harry and Tom

In addition, a couple of summer students working for my colleague Neil Allan offered to help with some of the ongoing projects. Those were:

  • Harry Morgan, who decided to contribute a weekly post on Picture It… Chemistry, taking the Great British Bake Off as his inspiration. You can see his latest here.
  • Harvey Dale, who has been working with Johno Matlock in the Clayden group to shed some light on their experimental observations.


    (l-r) Harry, Tom, Harvey, Mani

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