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Please note that Gemma has now moved to the Department of Chemistry at UCL. For up to date information, please visit

Enquiries welcome from appropriately qualified individuals. The group works at the interface between Chemistry, Materials Science and Life Sciences, and members gain experience in a wide variety of synthetic, analytical and characterisation techniques. If you are interested in joining the group, please send Gemma-Louise ( a 2-page CV, or apply through the links below.

PhD Positions

Candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary research should contact Gemma-Louise. Candidates are encouraged to apply for a Chancellor's Scholarship or a Warwick-China Scholarship and should email Gemma-Louise ( directly with a copy of their CV to discuss potential projects. Applicants can also apply through a Doctoral Training Centre, such as Warwick's Materials and Analytical Science CDT or the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership.

Currently available PhD Projects:

Nanoparticles for Protein Purification.

4 Year PhD

The expression (production), identification and purification of proteins is a crucial part of modern biotechnolgoy, underpinning drug discovery, biocatalysis, new energy sources and more. However, their purification is not always easy. This exciting project will develop multifunctional magenatic nanoparticles for the reverisble capture/release of proteins post-expression. It will use a combination of materials chemistry, polymer chemistry and protein biochemistry and is suitable for students from a range of backgrounds.

This is part of the MIBTP doctoral training centre which proides a diverse training environment where you learn new, translatable biotechnology skills. Apply here.

MChem Projects

Each year the group takes on Final Year Undergraduates to complete their MChem Research Projects. Please contact Gemma-Louise by email if you are interested, or visit MAS 4.10 or lab MAS 1.05/1.07.

Summer Undergraduate Projects

If you are interested in carrying out a short 6-10 week Summer project, fully funded, in a Nanotech lab, there are several bursary schemes available through Warwick's URSS, Materials GRP and the Royal Society of Chemistry and many others. Contact Gemma-Louise as soon as possible to discuss projects and assistance with writing the application form.

Postdoctoral Positions

Interested candidates should contact Gemma-Louise directly to discuss funding opportunities (see links below) and projects.

Warwick-Monash Alliance

USA-ESU Lindemann Fellowships

The Ramsey Trust

The Royal Society

Newton International Fellowships

Sir Henry Wellcome PDRA Fellowships (final yr PhD or 1st yr PDRA)

Sir Henry Dale Fellowships (PDRA)

The Leverhulme Trust

The Royal Commission of 1851

The Sanger Institute

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowships

Human Frontier Science Program

Marie Curie Fellowships

Max Planck Society

NATO Science for Peace Program

Pasteur Foundation

Ford Fellowships

JCC Memorial Fund


why join?

Our research uses core knowledge of nanostructures to work at the interface of mutliple disciplines - from medicine to engineering! More details about ongoing research projects can be found here.

We are an interdisciplinary team, with projects which span multiple Departments across Warwick and UK and International Universities.

We currently work with scienctists from:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Materials
  • Computer Sciences

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Group members have diverse backgrounds, spanning Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry and Biological and Forensic Sciences. This unique combination of expertise enables us to solve problems in new ways.

You can read more about the members of the group here.