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The Team


Bryn Jones


Monica Kumar

Project Title: Functional amyloids; investigating the dynamics of aggregation and release of Somatostatin

First-year PhD student, funded by EPSRC via Molecular Analytical Science CDT (MAS-CDT). My research focusses on utilising an array of analytical techniques to study the mechanism of functional amyloid fibrillation in the hormonal peptide, Somatostatin-14 (SST). Techniques including fluorescence spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and circular dichroism (CD) allow for kinetic and structural investigations into the fibrillation process in SST and other peptides.

For full research interests and experience visit my MAS CDT profile - Monica Kumar


Mahir Mohammed


First year PhD student working under Dr Paul Wilson. It has been our goal in the group to take table top macroscale, relatively complicated syntheses and bring them to the nanoscale. To date, most chemistry in this field has centred around simple chemical reactions such as oxidative polymerization and electrodeposition of metal atoms.

My PhD centres around the localised electrochemical synthesis of polymers on the nanoscale using aqueous surface eATRP, a more sophisticated reaction. The localised nature of these syntheses lends itself to command over - for instance - polymer length and properties. Oxygen, however, readily dissolves in water during surface eATRP, and can itself be reduced to the reactive initiator, the oxygen radical anion, resulting in unwanted bulk polymerization and loss of control. Essentially, one is left with nanolitres of something a skilled polymer chemist could make millions of times greater in volume on a lab desk. To counter this unfortunate result, a multitude of bulk cyclic voltammetric measurements are being performed to accurately and reliably identify the voltages necessary for catalyst activation without simultaneous oxygen activation. They can then be translated onto the nanoscale to further our research goals. Interests include running, cooking, and photography. If you would like to speak with me, please contact Dr Wilson in the first instance via

Boyu Zhao

Project Title: Precision synthesis using nanoscale electrochemistry

First-year PhD student and my preferred name is Boyu Zhao.The long-term goal is to develop high precision probe-based electrosynthesis on the micro, meso and nanoscale by expanding the capabilities of scanning electrochemical probe microscopy. In addition, I have usd electrasyn to do Cu2+ and Fe3+ CV experiments. I'm currently running SICM to get film topography.

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Qilin Jiang
Shubo Liu
Danlei Yuan


Sabrina Di Monaco
Thomas Brown