Meet the Team

Doctor Paul S. Wheatley

Research Fellow - Lab Manager
psw@st-andrews.ac.uk
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Doctor Paul S. Wheatley

Doctor Paul S. Wheatley

Research Fellow - Lab Manager

Doctor Stewart Warrender

MOFGen Chemist
sjw9@st-andrews.ac.uk
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Doctor Stewart Warrender

Doctor Stewart Warrender

MOFGen Chemist

Morven Duncan

MOFGen Chemist
mjd5@st-andrews.ac.uk
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Morven Duncan

Morven Duncan

MOFGen Chemist

Doctor Laura McCormick

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Nitric Oxide Storage and Release
ljm22@st-andrews.ac.uk

I hail from the sunny shores of Australia, where I completed my BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees at the University of Melbourne. My research, under the expert supervision of Prof. Richard Robson and Assoc. Prof. Brendan Abrahams, was focused on synthesising novel coordination polymers and oligomers using a variety of different ligand systems and characterising these compounds using single crystal X-ray diffraction. After submitting my thesis, my fascination with all things crystalline took me to Monash University, where I worked for Dr. David Turner and Prof. Stuart Batten, investigating hydrogen-bonded supramolecular systems and coordination polymers that exhibit interesting interpenetration modes.

My current research is funded by the British Heart Foundation and is centred around the use of porous frameworks to store and deliver toxic gases such as nitric oxide for biomedical application. This work is carried out in collaboration with Dr. Chris Kelsall and Prof. Ian Megson of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Outside of chemistry, I am a keen bibliophile and amateur oboist who has come to love ceilidh dancing and snow.

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Doctor Laura McCormick

Doctor Laura McCormick

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Nitric Oxide Storage and Release

Daniel Firth

Phd Student - Zeolite Synthesis
dsf5@st-andrews.ac.uk

I completed my MChem (Hons) Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry at the University of St Andrews and spent my fourth year on industrial placement with SynOil Energy Services in Calgary, Alberta, researching new pyromellitamide gelling agents, with particualraty interest in their uses within the hydraulic fracturing process. I carried out my masters research back in the University of St Andrews under the supervision of Prof. Douglas Philp with interest in the synthesis of self-assembling polymers. I became interested in the research of Prof Russell Morris during my final year at university.

My PhD research investigates the further applications of the ADoRable process with a view to developing a new way of preparing zeolitic catalysts through an entirely novel mechanism. The aim is to develop synthetic mechanisms by which bulk, crystalline zeolites can be disassembled into discrete, precisely designed nanostructured particles, and then reassembled into new zeolitic structures that differ from the original zeolite.

Outside of the lab I enjoy, running, playing computer games, cooking and travelling.

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Daniel Firth

Daniel Firth

Phd Student - Zeolite Synthesis

Doctor Matthew J. McPherson

Graduated 2016 - Toxic Gas Separation and Storage
mjm26@st-andrews.ac.uk

I come from Inverness, gateway to the Highlands and home of the Loch Ness Monster.

I completed my honours degree in Chemistry with Biochemistry at Heriot-Watt University, undertaking a research project involving post-synthetic modification of calixarenes for use as magnetic refrigerants, supervised by Dr. Scott. J. Dalgarno and went on to complete a Masters degree in Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy, which included an extended research project into the synthesis of nanostructured vanadium nitride for use in supercapacitors, supervised by Dr. Nicole van der Laak and Dr. Jan W. Bos.

Following the completion of my Masters degree, I was accepted to the University of St Andrews to undertake a PhD with Professor Russell Morris in partnership with the Defensive Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) for a project currently titled "Control of Water and Toxic Gas Adsorption in Metal Organic Frameworks which utilises the high gas storage and separation potential of MOFs with different protection strategies to exclude water from the metal sites and pores of the MOF, maintaining a high degree of adsorption and selectivity in a variety of atmospheres.

In my spare time, I like to brew my own beer, play tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons, dabble in electronics and programming and drink hot tea while reading books and graphic novels.

 

Matthew completed his PhD in April 2016.

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Doctor Matthew J. McPherson

Doctor Matthew J. McPherson

Graduated 2016 - Toxic Gas Separation and Storage

Samuel Morris

Phd Student - Zeolite Synthesis and Characterisation
sam28@st-andrews.ac.uk
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Samuel Morris

Samuel Morris

Phd Student - Zeolite Synthesis and Characterisation

Susan Henkelis

PhD Student - Nitric Oxide Storage and Release
seh24@st-andrews.ac.uk

I completed my MChem (Hons) Chemistry at the University of Leeds with my 3rd year spent on an international placement at the University of Adelaide, Australia. I spent my 4th yearunder the supervision of Dr Charlotte Willans, investigating a cost efficient electrochemical procedure for the preparation of metal-Salen and metal-Salan complexes with copper, iron and nickel.

The method provided general and facile access to metal-Salen complexes underambient conditions, showcasing numerous advantages over the traditional synthesis.

My PhD research investigates the adsorption and delivery of nitric oxide in the iso-structural series of metal-organic frameworks, CPO-27. These MOFs have potential to store and release large amounts of toxic gases making them useful for biomedical applications.

Outside my PhD I enjoy horse riding, cooking and travelling.

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Susan Henkelis

Susan Henkelis

PhD Student - Nitric Oxide Storage and Release

Lauren McHugh

PhD Student - Toxic Gas Removal from Airstreams
lm83@st-andrews.ac.uk

I completed my MChem at the University of St Andrews in 2015, where in my fourth year, I worked under Professor Terry Smith, investigating potential drugs against African sleeping sickness. In my fifth year, I was supervised by Professor Phil Lightfoot and my research involved the synthesis of novel hybrid perovskites.

I decided to stay in St Andrews for Postgraduate study and my PhD is in collaboration with the Defensive Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), which is entitled “Developing Switchable and Self-Accelerating MOFs for Toxic Gas Adsorption”. My project involves investigating how toxic gases interact with metal organic frameworks.

Outside Chemistry, my hobbies include playing guitar, baking, cycling and travelling.

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Lauren McHugh

Lauren McHugh

PhD Student - Toxic Gas Removal from Airstreams

Samantha Russell

PhD Student - CritiCAT - Catalytic Generation of Nitric Oxide using Zeolites
sr90@st-andrews.ac.uk

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh where I graduated with a Masters degree in medicinal and biological chemistry. My fourth year was spent at a research lab in Lille, France working with Prof. Thierry Loiseau, Dr Christophe Volkringer and Prof. Marc Visseaux where I synthesised metal-organic frameworks as pre-catalysts for isoprene polymerisation.

I am a member of the CRITICAT CDT and completed 6 months of training prior to starting work in the Russell Morris group. My project involves the synthesis and characterisation of zeolites for use as zeolite catalysts in biological applications. The zeolites are then used for the production of nitric oxide from biologically available substrates.

Outside of chemistry I enjoy baking and keeping fit through running and Pilates.

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Samantha Russell

Samantha Russell

PhD Student - CritiCAT - Catalytic Generation of Nitric Oxide using Zeolites

Doctor Damiano Catteneo

Graduated 2015
dc62@st-andrews.ac.uk

My work as a PHD in R.E. Morris group is focused on using MOFs for biomedical application. Specifically, I investigate the development of porous materials as delivery system. My research interests include the synthesizing biocompatible metal organic frameworks using environmental friendly routes. These MOFs have the capacity to adsorb, store and release multiple entities such as dug molecules and biological relevant gases.

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Doctor Damiano Catteneo

Doctor Damiano Catteneo

Graduated 2015

Doctor Yuyang Tian

Grauduated 2014

Yuyang joined us in 2010 as part of a joint venture with his Chinese institution and worked on the ADORable Zeolite process as well as ionothermal synthesis.

Yuyang graduated with his Doctorate in June of 2014.

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Doctor Yuyang Tian

Doctor Yuyang Tian

Grauduated 2014

Doctor Catherine Renouf

Graduated 2013

I completed my MChem (Hons) at the University of Bath and I spent the third year of my degree at Purdue University in Indiana, researching bio-inspired adhesive copolymers with Prof. Jon Wilker.  I carried out my Masters research back in Bath under the supervision of Dr Andy Burrows and Dr Mary Mahon on the synthesis of mixed-metal organic frameworks and their characterisation using single crystal X-ray diffraction.  The diffraction part of that project captured my interest and led me to study for my PhD in St Andrews.
My PhD research investigates the adsorption of short-chain olefins on metal organic frameworks with open metal sites, with a view to their use for separation of olefin mixtures.  My work is funded by Sasol UK Ltd., and I am jointly supervised by Dr Ronan Bellabarba.  The X-ray crystallography aspect of my project has allowed me to use large international synchrotron facilities including the ALS in Berkeley, California, on a number of occasions.

Outside of the lab I enjoy exploring museums, visiting new places, volunteering as a Rainbow guide leader, cooking (and sharing the results at group meetings) and playing the ‘cello, clarinet and piano.

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Doctor Catherine Renouf

Doctor Catherine Renouf

Graduated 2013

Giulia Bignami

PhD Student - Zeolite Characterisation
gpmb@st-andrews.ac.uk

Giulia graduated from the University of Milan (Italy) in 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Sciences and Technologies and has recently obtained from the same University a Masters Degree (2013) in Chemical Sciences. Her two-year-long research project, carried out during the final years of both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees, focused on the field of Inorganic Chemistry, investigating new synthetic pathways and characterisation processes for platinum cluster salts.

 

Giulia has now moved to St Andrews, where she is currently undertaking a PhD, jointly supervised by Professors Sharon Ashbrook and Russell Morris, on the synthesis and characterisation of zeolitic and MOF frameworks.

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Giulia Bignami

Giulia Bignami

PhD Student - Zeolite Characterisation

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