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me2-edits-smallEsther García-Tuñón completed her degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (Spain). She moved to the UK to join the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics (CASC) at Imperial College London with a Barrie de la Maza fellowship, in October 2011. After six years as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial, Esther joined the University of Liverpool in 2017 as a Lecturer in Materials Science and Engineering affiliated to the Materials Innovation Factory (MIF) and the School of Engineering. Esther also loves practising and teaching yoga. She is an upside-down ‘addict’ and likes working sitting on the floor in her office. Her research interests include colloidal processing, complex fluids and rheology.

annasmallAnna Slater graduated from the University of Nottingham with a PhD in Supramolecular Chemistry (2011), specialising in the synthesis of perylene bisimide derivatives. After PDRA positions in porphyrin chemistry (University of Nottingham) and supramolecular materials science (University of Liverpool), Anna was appointed as a Royal Society-EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at the end of 2016. Her research interests span flow chemistry, materials science, and supramolecular self-assembly.

tomheadshotTom McDonald in a senior lecturer in Nanomedicine in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool. He obtained his PhD (2009) from the University of Manchester with Professor Rein Ulijn before working as a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Steve Rannard and then Professor Andy Cooper both at the University of Liverpool. Tom’s research is focused on the design of organic colloids for applications in drug delivery, including responsive nanoparticles and gels. He has been involved in the development of the first clinical trial of an orally dosed HIV nanomedicine. He is also the recipient of research grants with a total value exceeding £5m, including a recent EPSRC Healthcare Impact Partnership and EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Investigator-led Research Project.

Tom HasselTom Hasell is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the School of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool. Originally from Yorkshire, he is a graduate of the University of Nottingham, and has spent time researching in America and Japan. Before getting his fellowship, he worked as a postdoc and the research coordinator in Andrew Cooper’s group at Liverpool, where played a significant role in the development of Porous Organic Cages. Tom has worked in a wide range of areas across materials science, including synthesis, supercritical processing, polymer science, nanocomposites, and porous materials. Tom was awarded the European Young Chemist of the year award in 2014. His group is currently working on making functional materials from elemental sulfur. You can find out more about Tom and his research here:

syc_webSam Chong is a lecturer at the Department of Chemistry and Materials Innovation Factory at the University of Liverpool. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and PhD from the University of Birmingham, before moving to the University of Liverpool for her postdoctoral research. She has worked on the structural characterisation of functional organic, inorganic and hybrid materials using scattering methods. Sam was appointed as a lecturer in 2016 and her group focuses on the development and integration of powder diffraction methods in the materials discovery process. She is a member of the British and European Crystallographic Associations, and of the peer review panel for Diamond Light Source synchrotron.

Colin Crick is Lecturer of Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, and Materials Innovation Factory, at the University of Liverpool. Prior to this appointment, Colin was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London (2013-2016), in addition to holding other independent research positions at Cornell University (2012-2013), and University College London (2011-2012). Colin completed his PhD (2011) in the Department of Chemistry, within University College London in the area of Materials Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Ivan P. Parkin. Crick group research targets the design of advanced functional materials, through the manipulation of surface chemistry and morphology. A major focus for Colin’s research is highly water repellent surfaces, a class of materials that can be applied for self-cleaning, anti-biofouling, and surface protection – in a range of environments, and applications. An additional focus is the development of systematically designed nanomaterials, incorporating; biomolecular sensing (devices and substrates), functional nanocomposites, and advanced fabrication methods.

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Becky Evans. After many years’ experience in office management and senior administration in the public sector, Becky joined the MIF in 2017 to take up the post of Office Manager and PA to the MIF Managing Director. Becky studied for a BSc in Social Policy and Criminology with the Open University, gaining a First Class Honours degree in 2011 and then went on to undertake post graduate studies in Management and Development at Birmingham University.

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