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Paul Kirkman

Bio


I completed my undergraduate studies in June 2010, graduating from the Univeristy of Warwick with an MChem degree in Chemistry. During this time, I completed a 20-week research project with the Warwick Electrochemistry and Interfaces Group, investigating the use of single wall carbon nanotube electrodes to increase the detection limits in the sensing of specific DNA base pair sequences.


I began my PhD in October 2010, with the Warwick Electrochemistry and Interfaces Group. My work focusses on investigating the interaction of oil dispersants with carbon surfaces, and is fully sponsored by Lubrizol.


Competent Techniques


  • Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM)
  • Scanning Tunelling Microscopy (STM)
  • Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Carbon Nanotube (CNT) growth and CNT electrode fabrication
  • Basic photolithography and metal evaporation/sputtering


Past Experience


AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Internship

June 2010 - September 2010

I completed a 12-week summer internship with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, evaluating on-loan HPLC equipment. During this time I also worked very closely with Waters Corporation, the manufacturers of the equipment.


British Council IAESTE Internship

May 2009 - September 2009

I was accepted onto the British Council IAESTE program, allowing me to spend 10 weeks in the chemistry department at the University of Lodz, Poland, investigating the use of fluorinated alkanes to generate super-hydrophobic surfaces.


Publications


Spatial and Temporal Control of the Diazonium Modification of sp2 Carbon Surfaces 

Kirkman, P. M.; Güell, A. G.; Cuharuc, A. S.; Unwin, P. R., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 36-39.


Lai, S. C. S.; Lazenby, R. L.; Kirkman, P. M.; Unwin, P. R. - in preparation

Patel, A. N.; Zhang, G.; Kirkman, P. M.; McKelvey, K.; Unwin, P. R. - in preparation


Awards


1st Prize - Lubrizol Technical Symposium 2012

Poster title: "Probing the Adsorption and Interaction of Succinimide Dispersants with Carbon and Soot Surfaces"


2nd Prize - Midlands Electrochemistry Group Conference 2013

Talk title: "Localised diazonium modification of sp2 carbon surfaces through high-resolution electrochemistry"


2nd Prize - Warwick Chemistry Department Postgraduate Symposium

Talk title: "Localised diazonium modification of sp2 carbon surfaces through high-resolution electrochemistry"


Ambassador of the Year - British Council IAESTE Scheme 2009