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Anaïs Pitto-Barry

Anaïs graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (French Engineering College in Rennes) with an MSc degree in chemistry in 2008. She then moved back to Switzerland at the University of Neuchâtel in the group of Prof. Robert Deschenaux to complete her PhD on mesomorphic properties of metallo-dendritic assemblies. She was awarded in 2012 a fellowship for prospective researchers from the Swiss National Science Foundation to undertake a one-year research project on cylindrical micelles under the guidance of Prof. Rachel K. O’Reilly and Prof. Andrew P. Dove at the University of Warwick. She then embraced the analysis of soft matter assemblies by synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering in the O’Reilly group and also joined the group of Dr Nicolas Barry for 6 months to synthesise and analyse in situ precious metal nanocrystals by high-resolution electron microscopy. Anaïs rejoined the Dove group in February 2016 to work on the design and characterisation of elastomers.

Publication list

(32) CO2/pH-responsive particles with built-in fluorescence read-out, A. B. Mabire, Q. Brouard, A. Pitto-Barry, R. J. Williams, H. Willcock, N. Kirby, E. Chapman, R. K. O'Reilly, Polym. Chem., 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01254J

(31) Nanoparticles of chitosan conjugated to organo-ruthenium complexes, Y. Wang, A. Pitto-Barry, A. Habtemariam, I. Romero-Canelon, P. J. Sadler and N. P. E. Barry, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2016, 3, 1058-1064 DOI: 10.1039/C6QI00115G

(30) Micellar nanoparticles with tuneable morphologies through interactions between nucleobase-containing synthetic polymers in aqueous solution, Z. Hua, A. Pitto-Barry, Y. Kang, N. Kirby, T. R. Wilks, R. K. O'Reilly, Polym. Chem., 2016, 7, 4254-4262 DOI: 10.1039/C6PY00716C

(29) Use of complementary nucleobase-containing synthetic polymers to prepare complex self-assembled morphologies in water, Y. Kang, A. Pitto-Barry, M. S. Rolph, Z. Hua, I. Hands-Portman, N. Kirby and R. K. O’Reilly, Polym. Chem., 2016, 7, 2836-2846 DOI: 10.1039/C6PY00263C

(28) Cyclic graft copolymer unimolecular micelles: Effects of cyclization on particle morphology and thermoresponsive behavior, R. J. Williams, A. Pitto-Barry, N. Kirby, A. P. Dove, and R. K. O’Reilly, Macromolecules, 2016, 49, 2802-2813 DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b02710

(27) Core functionalization of semi-crystalline polymeric cylindrical nanoparticles using photo-initiated thiol–ene radical reactions, L. Sun, A. Pitto-Barry, A. W. Thomas, M. Inam, K. Doncom, A. P. Dove, and R. K. O'Reilly, Polym. Chem., 2016, 7, 2337-2341 DOI: 10.1039/C5PY01970B

Polymer Chemistry 2016

(26) Dynamics of formation of Ru, Os, Ir and Au metal nanocrystals on doped graphitic surfaces, A. Pitto-Barry, P. J. Sadler, N. P. E. Barry, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 3895-3898 DOI: 10.1039/C5CC09564F

(25) The synthesis and unexpected solution chemistry of thermochromic carborane-containing osmium half-sandwich complexes, A. Pitto-Barry, A. South, A. Rodger, and N. P. E. Barry, Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 1763-1768, DOI: 10.1039/C5DT04398K 

(24) Retaining Individualities: the Photodynamics of Self-Ordering Porphyrin Assemblies, W. Quan, A. Pitto-Barry, L. Baker, E. Stulz, R. M. Napier, R. K. O'Reilly and V. Stavros, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 1938-1941, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC09095D

(23) Synthesis and controlled growth of osmium nanoparticles by electron irradiation, A. Pitto-Barry, L. M. A. Perdigao, M. Walker, J. Lawrence, G. Costantini, P. J. Sadler, N. P. E. Barry, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 20308-20311 DOI: 10.1039/c5dt03205a, part of Dalton Transactions' HOT articles from 2015

front cover Dalton trans

(22) The copolymer blending method: a new approach for targeted assembly of micellar nanoparticles, D. W. Wright, J. P. Patterson, A. Pitto-Barry, A. Lu, N. Kirby, N. C. Gianneschi, C. Chassenieux, O. Colombani, R. K. O'Reilly, Macromolecules, 2015, 48, 6516-6522, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b01426 

(21) Amphiphilic block copolymer self-assemblies of poly(NVP)-b-poly(MDO-co-vinyl esters): tunable dimensions and functionalities, G. G. Hedir, A. Pitto-Barry, A. P. Dove, R. K. O'Reilly, Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 2015, 53, 2699-2710 DOI: 10.1002/pola.27915 + front cover (link)

front cover JPSA

(20) Self-assembly of temperature-responsive protein-polymer bioconjugates, D. Moatsou, J. Li, A. Ranji, A. Pitto-Barry, I. Ntai, M. C. Jewett, R. K. O'Reilly, Bioconjugate Chemistry, 2015, 26, 1890-1899, DOI: 10.1021/ACS.bioconjchem.5b00264 + front cover (link)

front cover of the issue

(19) Osmium Atoms and Os2 Molecules Move Faster on Selenium-doped Compared to Sulfur-doped Boronic Graphenic Surfaces, N. P. E. Barry, A. Pitto-Barry, J. Tran, S. Spencer, A. Johansen, A. M. Sanchez, A. P. Dove, R. K. O'Reilly, R. Deeth, R. Beanland, P. J. Sadler, Chemistry of Materials, 2015, 27, 5100-5105, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b01853

(18) RAFT dispersion polymerization: A method to tune the morphology of thymine-containing self-assemblies, Y. Kang, A. Pitto-Barry, A. Maitland, R. K. O'Reilly, Polymer Chemistry, 2015, 6, 4984-4992, DOI: 10.1039/c5py00617a 

(17) Arene ruthenium dithiolato-carborane complexes for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT), I. Romero-Canelón, B. Phoenix, A. Pitto-Barry, J. Tran, J. J. Soldevila-Barreda, N. Kirby, S. Green, P. J. Sadler, N. P. E. Barry, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 2015, 796, 17-25, DOI: 10.1016/j.jorganchem.2015.05.011, dedicated to Professor Georg Süss-Fink on the occasion of his 65th birthday

(16) Complementary light scattering and synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering studies of the micelle-to-unimer transition of polysulfobetaines, K. E. B. Doncom, A. Pitto-Barry, H. Willcock, A. Lu, B. E. McKenzie, N. Kirby and R. K. O'Reilly, Soft Matter, 2015, 11, 3666-3676, DOI: 10.1039/c5sm00602c 

(15) Tuning the aggegation behaviour of pH-responsive micelles by copolymerization, D. B. Wright, J. P. Patterson, A. Pitto-Barry, P. Cotanda, C. Chassenieux, O. Colombani and R. K. O'Reilly, Polymer Chemistry, 2015, 6, 2761-2768, DOI: 10.1039/c4py01782j 

(14) Exploiting nucleobase-containing materials – from monomers to complex morphologies using RAFT dispersion polymerization, Y. Kang, A. Pitto-Barry, H. Willcock, W-D. Quan, N. Kirby, A. M. Sanchez and R. K. O’Reilly, Polymer Chemistry, 2015, 6, 106-117, DOI: 10.1039/C4PY01074D

(13) Designing Supramolecular Liquid-Crystalline Hybrids from Pyrenyl-Containing Dendrimers and Arene Ruthenium Metalla-Cycles, A. Pitto-Barry, N. P. E. Barry, V. Russo, B. Heinrich, B. Donnio, B. Therrien, Bruno, and R. Deschenaux, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2014, 136, 17616-17625, DOI: 10.1021/ja510338r

(12) Structural Reorganization of Cylindrical Nanoparticles Triggered by Polylactide Stereocomplexation, L. Sun, A. Pitto-Barry, N. Kirby, T. Schiller, A. Sanchez, M. Dyson, J. Sloan, N. Wilson, R. K. O'Reilly, and A. P. Dove, Nature Communications, 2014, 5, 5746, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6746 

(11) Dual effect of thiol addition on fluorescent polymeric micelles: ON-to-OFF emissive switch and morphology transition, A. Mabire, M. P. Robin, H. Willcock, A. Pitto-Barry, N. Kirby and R. K. O'Reilly, Chemical Communications, 2014, 50, 11492-11495, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC04713C

(10) Precious metal carborane polymer nanoparticles: characterisation of micellar formulations and anticancer activity, N. P. E. Barry, A. Pitto-Barry, I. Romero-Canelón, J. Tran, J. J. Soldevilla-Barreda, I. Hands-Portman, C. J. Smith, N. Kirby, A. P. Dove, R. K. O’Reilly and P. J. Sadler, Faraday Discussions, 2014, 175, 229-240, DOI: 10.1039/c4fd00098f

(9) Fabrication of crystals from single metal atoms, N. P. E. Barry, A. Pitto-Barry, A. M. Sanchez, A. P. Dove, R. J. Procter, J. J. Soldevila-Barreda, N. Kirby, I. Hands-Portman, C. J. Smith, R. K. O’Reilly, R. Beanland, P. J. Sadler, Nature Communications, 2014, 5, 4851, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4851 

(8) Synthetic strategies, sustainability and biological applications of malic acid-based polymers, S. L. King, V. X. Truong, C. Kirchhoefer, A. Pitto-Barry, A. P. Dove, Green Materials, 2014, 2, 107-122, DOI: 10.1680/gmat.14.00005

‡(7) Pluronic block-copolymers in medicine: From chemical and biological versatility to rationalisation and clinical advances, A. Pitto-Barry and N. P. E. Barry, Polymer Chemistry, 2014, 5, 3291-3297 (DOI: 10.1039/C4PY00039K) + front cover (link)

(6) Construction of DNA–polymer hybrids using intercalation interactions, T. Wilks, A. Pitto-Barry, N. Kirby, E. Stulz and R. K. O'Reilly, Chemical Communications, 2014, 50, 1338-1340 (DOI: 10.1039/C3CC48726A)

(5) Expanding the scope of the crystallization-driven self-assembly of polylactide-containing polymers, A. Pitto-Barry, N. Kirby, A. P. Dove and R. K. O'Reilly, Polymer Chemistry, 2014, 5, 1427-1436 (DOI: 10.1039/C3PY01048A) one of the 2014's most accessed Polymer Chemistry articles

(4) Tuning the size of cylindrical micelles from poly(L-lactide)-b-poly(acrylic acid) diblock copolymers based on crystallization-driven self-assembly, L. Sun, N. Petzetakis, A. Pitto-Barry, T. Schiller, N. Kirby, D. Keddie, B. Boyd, R. K. O'Reilly and A. P. Dove, Macromolecules, 2013, 46, 9074–9082 (DOI: 10.1021/ma401634s)

(3) Enhancement of cytotoxicity by combining pyrenyl-dendrimers and arene ruthenium metalla-cages, A. Pitto-Barry, O. Zava, P. J. Dyson, R. Deschenaux and B. Therrien, Inorganic Chemistry, 2012, 51, 7119-7124 (DOI: 10.1021/ic202739d)

(2) Encapsulation of pyrene-functionalised poly(benzyl ether) dendrons into a water-soluble organometallic cage, A. Pitto-Barry, N. P. E. Barry, O. Zava, R. Deschenaux and B. Therrien, Chemistry: an Asian Journal, 2011, 6, 1595-1603 (DOI: 10.1002/asia.201100136)

(1) Double targeting of tumours with pyrenyl-modified dendrimers encapsulated in an arene-ruthenium metallaprism, A. Pitto-Barry, N. P. E. Barry, O. Zava, R. Deschenaux, P. J. Dyson and B. Therrien, Chemistry: a European Journal, 2011, 17, 1966-1971 (DOI: 10.1002/chem.201002634)

‡ indicates that Dr Pitto-Barry is the corresponding author


- A. Pitto-Barry, R. Beanland, P. J. Sadler and N. P. E. Barry, “Nanocrystals”, 2015, PCT/GB2015/051264