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Nicola Rogers

Senior Research Fellow

Portrait of Nicola RogersNicola is a senior research fellow in the Scott group. We are synthetic inorganic chemists working on interdisciplinary projects involving coordination chemistry with biological and industrial applications. I also work on a outreach project called ChemBAM, which is an outreach project that uses real-world research to bring chemistry to life for school students. All resources can be found on the chemBAM website.

Nicola dot Rogers at warwick dot ac dot uk

02476 5 24456

Office MAS4.01

Scott Group

Groups at Warwick


  • Elected member of the RSC Member Communities Board
  • MRSC
  • Editor of ‘ChemBAM’ Chemistry public engagement website (


  • 2020 RSC Inspiration and Industry Award Winner - ChemBam project (Warwick press release)
  • 2018-date SRF (with Prof Peter Scott), Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick
  • 2017 Public Engagement with Research Officer, Department of Chemistry, University of Birmingham
  • 2014-2016 PDRA (with Prof David Parker), Department of Chemistry, Durham University
  • 2014 PDRA (with Prof Thomas Meersmann), Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, Nottingham University
  • 2010-2014 PhD student ( Department of Chemistry, University of Birmingham)


I am working on the following projects at the moment:

  • Emulating cationic helical peptides with self-assembly chemistry
  • Iron parashift MRI contrast agents
  • Metal chelation in non-polar solvents

In the Scott Group we develop self-assembled chiral metal complexes, many of which exhibit biological activity. Throughout my PhD and PDRA positions, my research has focused on molecular imaging agents for diagnostic techniques in medicine. I also have research interests in the development of new transition-metal MRI contrast agents, with a move away from traditional Gd systems.

Nicola teaches the following courses:

-‘Molecular Structure and Covalent Bonding’ in the first year undergraduate module CH160

-‘Metals in Medicine’ in the third year undergraduate module CH3F8

Nicola also runs the third year extended third year laboratory experiment I3.

I am supervising the following PhD student with Peter Scott:

  • Miles Postings, ‘antimicrobial metallohelices’

At the moment I am unable to accept any further applications, but if you get in touch I'll see if a member of my team might be able to help.

  • 'Metallohelices that kill Gram-negative pathogens using intracellular antimicrobial peptide pathways', D. H. Simpson, A. Hapeshi, N. J. Rogers, V. Brabec, G. J. Clarkson, D. J. Fox, O. Hrabina, G. L. Kay, A. K. King, J. Malina, A. D. Millard, J. Moat, D. I. Roper, H. Soing, N. R. Waterfield, and P. Scott, Chem. Sci., 10, 9708-9720 (2019).
  • Tailoring iridium luminescence and gold nanoparticle size for imaging of microvascular blood flow‘, N. J. Rogers, H. C. Jeffery, S. Claire, D. J. Lewis, G. Zikeli, N. J. Hodges, S. Egginton, G. B. Nash, Z. Pikramenou, , Nanomedicine (Lond), 12, 2725-2740 (2017).
  • Simultaneous triple imaging with two PARASHIFT probes: encoding anatomical information, pH and temperature using magnetic resonance shift imaging’,K-L. N. A. Finney, A. C. Harnden, N. J. Rogers, D. O’Hogain, P. K. Senanayake, A. Blamire, D. Parker, Chem. Eur. J. 23, 7976-7989 (2017).
  • PARASHIFT Probes: Solution NMR and X-ray Structural Studies of Macrocyclic Ytterbium and Yttrium Complexes’, K. Mason, N. J. Rogers, E. A. Suturina, I. Kuprov, J. A. Aguilar, A, S, Batsanov, D. S. Yufit, D. Parker, Inorg. Chem.56, 4028-4038 (2017).
  • Molecular hydrogen and catalytic combustion in the production of hyperpolarized 83Kr and 129Xe MRI contrast agents’, N. J. Rogers, F. Hill-Casey, K. F. Stupic, J. S. Six, C. Lesbats, S. P. Rigby, J. Fraissard, G. E. Pavlovskaya, T. Meersmann, PNAS, 113, 3164-3168 (2016).
  • A new paramagnetically shifted imaging probe for MRI’, P. K. Senanayake, N. J. Rogers, K.-L. N. A. Finney, P. Harvey, A. M. Funk, J. I. Wilson, D. O’Hogain, R. Maxwell, D. Parker, A. M. Blamire, Magn. Reson. Med., 77, 1307-1317 (2017).
  • Another challenge to paramagnetic relaxation theory: a study of paramagnetic proton NMR relaxation in closely related series of pyridine-derivatized dysprosium complexes’, N. J. Rogers, K.-L. N. A. Finney, P. K. Senanayake, D. Parker, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 18, 4370-4375 (2016).
  • Critical analysis of the limitations of Bleaney’s theory of magnetic anisotropy in paramagnetic lanthanide coordination complexes’, A. M. Funk, K.-L. N.A. Finney, P. Harvey, A. M. Kenwright, E. R. Neil, N. J. Rogers, P. K.Senanayake, D. Parker, Chem. Sci., 6,1655 (2015).
  • 'High coating of Ru(II) complexes on gold nanoparticles for single particle luminescence imaging in cells‘, N. J. Rogers, S. Claire, G. Zikeli, S. Farabi, R. Harris, N. J. Hodges, I. Styles, Z. Pikramenou, ‘, Chem. Commun., 50, 617 (2014).


  • N. J. Rogers and Z. Pikramenou, University of Birmingham, ‘Composition used to image cells, mark biomolecules, incorporate nanoparticles into cells and monitor flow of marked biomolecules, comprises nanoparticles of noble metal (e.g. boron) functionalized with metal complex and surfactant’, Patent WO2013004989-A1, (2013).
  • Thomas Meersmann, Nicola (Rogers) Simpson, Galina Pavlovskaya, University of Nottingham, 'Production of Hyperpolarized Gas', Patent filed 2016, PCTGB2016052730, WO2017042544.

Review Articles

  • Electromagnetic susceptibility anisotropy and its importance for paramagnetic NMR and optical spectroscopy in lanthanide coodination chemistry’, O. A. Blackburn, R. M. Edkins, S. Faulkner, A. M. Kenright, D. Parker, N. J. Rogers, S. Shuvaev, Dalton Trans.,45, 6782-6800 (2016).
  • Biological applications of nanomaterials’, N. J. Rogers, D. J. Lewis, , Nanoscience: Volume 3, 3, 276-323 (2016).