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Bora Karasulu

Bora Karasulu

Hi Everyone! My Name is Bora and I have joined the Chemistry Department as an EPSRC Early-Career Fellow (ECF) back in November. I am from Turkey and have received my PhD degree in theoretical chemistry/biochemistry jointly from the Max-Planck-Institute for Carbon Research (Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany) and the University of Dusseldorf. I have spent a few post-doctoral years in Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, PMP group) and the University of Cambridge (TCM group).

My research activities revolve around the atomistic modelling of next-generation energy storage materials, The focus is placed on the all-solid-state batteries and supercapacitors, in particular exploring novel battery materials and tackling the limitations arising at the interfaces forming between the different components. My research group will also address the molecular-level simulations of the surface chemistry underpinning the ultra-thin deposition techniques, mainly atomic-layer deposition (ALD), chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and plasma-layer deposition (PLD).

In addition, I am the proud dad of a 7-month-old girl, Selin Lila, and she has become my biggest hobby (which, no doubt, will stay like that for ever). Apart from spending time with her, I like to read, play video games, cook and workout at the gym (unfortunately not as often as before, though).

My office will be on the 2nd floor of the G-Block (Theoretical Chemistry) after we return to the ‘normal’ office-working pattern. If you can’t wait to discuss about my research and collaboration prospects, please do get in touch (bora.karasulu .at. Warwick_address…) to set up an online chat. Looking forward to meeting you soon (virtually or in person)!

Started November 2020

Neshat Rozatian

Neshat Rozatian

Hi, my name is Neshat, and I recently joined the Shipman group as a Research Fellow working on macrocyclic peptide synthesis.

I just graduated from Durham University where my PhD was on the physical organic chemistry of fluorination reactions. During my MChem at Durham, I did an Erasmus placement in Belgium in my 4th year, working on carbohydrate synthesis and eating lots of Belgian waffles. In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano (mostly Chopin and Liszt), baking and watching movies.

I’m based on the third floor and look forward to meeting you all.


Started November 2020

Marta Pereira Da Silva Neves

Hi! My name is Marta and I recently joined the University of Warwick and the GibsonGroup as an Institute of Advanced Study WIRL-COFUND Fellow.

I am from Portugal and I have a PhD from the University of Porto. During my PhD I studied and developed electrochemical immunosensors for clinical applications. After the PhD I have been working in industry and academia. My current research interests are focused on the use of advanced biosensing technologies at the materials/biology interface to solve clinical and biomedical unmet challenges. At Warwick, I will study altered glycosylation in prostate cancer with the aim of developing improved diagnostic approaches.

In my free time I enjoy being outdoors and hiking. I also like to read and watch movies.

My office space is on the 2nd floor of MAS building but currently you can find me at the research labs on the ground floor. I’m looking forward to meet everyone at the department soon!


Started September 2020

Jo Russell

Hi, I'm Jo and I've just joined Warwick as the Undergraduate Programme Administrative Officer, working with the Teach and Learning team based on the 5th floor (or at least I will be eventually!).

I'm originall from East Yorkshire and moved to Birmingham in 2011. Since then, I've been working at Aston University in the School of Engineering as part of the work-based learning team. I administered several non-standard and degree apprenticeship prorammes, providing support to a range of students, academics, employers and external stakeholders. Prior to that I worked at Hull University in their Medical School.

Whilst working at Aston I was given the opportunity to complete a degree part time in Business and Professional Studies, and after 5 long years I graduated with first class honours – it’s definitely one of my biggest achievements as working and studying at the same time is tough! Outside of work I like to keep (fairly) fit and do a bit of cycling, running and swimming. I also like to travel (not including the vast trips back up north!) and go to the theatre, and do a little bit of arts and crafts when the mood takes me.


It’s exciting to be joining a new team and I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone.

Started May 2020

Mark Greenhalgh

Hi Everyone! I’m Mark and have just joined in the Department of Chemistry as an Assistant Professor in Synthesis and Catalysis. I’m told my office is on the 5th floor (C5.25), although so far I’ve been working from my ‘other office’ in Dundee! When we’re back in the department please come by and say hello! I’ve spent my past five years at St Andrews as a PDRA, and before that was at the Universities of Edinburgh, Bristol, Sheffield and Wollongong as either part of my PhD or Undergraduate, so I’m looking forward to adding Warwick to the list!

My research interests are in organic synthesis and catalysis. My research group will be developing new catalytic methods for the synthesis of small molecules using earth-abundant elements (main group or transition metal). In particular I’m interested in developing catalytic methods that make use of some unusual, or poorly understood, reactivity as this just makes everything more interesting!

Away from the lab/office, I enjoy playing football so would be keen to hear if there are any 5-aside games I can involved in. I’m also interested in other sports, music, art, cooking, gardening and DIY, exploring the countryside and travelling (which I guess covers most things really!). I’m looking forward to getting to meet everyone soon and start getting to know the department!

Started April 2020

Clare Watters

Hello! I’m Clare. I am covering Lucy’s maternity leave as Teaching and Learning Manager working with the Teaching and Learning team and supporting students and staff to ensure we are keeping our services on the right direction until March 2021. I’m really excited to be part of a newly structured team and with such enthusiastic colleagues around me.

I’ve been working in professional services at Warwick since 2014. I also did a joint Masters in Italian Studies between Warwick and Birmingham. At Birmingham, I started a PhD, though life prevented me from completing, during which I also lectured, gave seminars and published. So I like to think in my own small way I’ve seen HE from a lot of different perspectives. By joining Chemistry, I’ve now worked in every Faculty and in central admin at Warwick. My role before secondment has been Assistant Registrar (Teaching and Learning) based in Education Policy and Quality and supporting Arts Departments in their teaching quality. Departments are definitely my preference. I’ve led the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) team, worked as an academic administrator in the School of Modern Languages and I’m really looking forward to using those skills to keep working well at this tough time.

I am a morris and sword dancer for my sins, so I’ll be missing the festival season this year. I’m on Warwick Folk Festival committee, leading on their marketing, so nice to be part of something local to me. I call ceilidhs (traditional British social dancing you often see at weddings), so if happy to be part of a party too (that’s right, Dianne!) – staff social, anyone?! I look forward to meeting everyone less virtually soon and being part of the team.

Started in April 2020

Eleanor Edwards

Hi everyone, I’m Eleanor. I’m Naomi Grew’s replacement in the AS CDT and also have responsibility for PG programmes for Chemistry. I’ll be based at Senate House although I hope to be spending some time with colleagues in Chemistry as well.

Since coming to the UK, I’ve worked at Aldeburgh Music and Oxford University, and I have an MA in Early Modern History as well as a law degree. I’ve been a lawyer for the past 8.5 years working in medical negligence in a national firm. I’m very much looking forward to my new career in professional services at Warwick.

The fun facts about me are that I am Australian, which I’m told isn’t immediately obvious from my accent; I have an identical twin sister (in Australia, so you’re unlikely to have to tell us apart) and I’m a singer. I spend much of my spare time singing with professional and amateur classical groups.

Started April 2020

Adam Alcock

Hi everyone, my name is Adam and I've just joined the department as the Student Engagement and Experience Coordinator. I'll be based with the Teaching and Learning Team on the fifth floor, so do pop by and say hello.

I have worked at Warwick for 4 years now and i'm joining Chemsitry from Computer Science where I looked after a range of student experience communications, engagement initiatives and events - everything from open days and welcome week right through to graduation and everything in between. Before that I worked in Warwick Law School looking after all things admissions and scholarship related. I'm really looking forward to getting settled into my role and embracing some new challenges. I graduated with a Communications degree from Coventry University in 2003 and haven't strayed far since!

Outside of work I enjoy gym classes, going to the theatre (I probably saw around 30 plays/shows last year) and eating out.

Looking forward to meeting you all!

Started March 2020

James Hill

Hello, my name is James, but everybody calls me Jim. I have recently joined the department as a Core Technical Assistant in the teaching labs. 

I’ve been at the university for a few years now and have just transferred over from the technical team at Gibbet Hill, where I provided tech support for the School of Life Sciences and Warwick Medical School research labs.

Away from work, I studied marine biology, but I’m interested in most aspects of the natural world. I enjoy woodworking, real ales and watching movies, especially old cowboy films.

I am working in the teaching labs on the third and fourth floor, TL3 and TL4, or you might bump into me in the common room. Say hello, it’ll be great to meet you.

Started March 2020