Prof Anna Slater https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1435-4331
PI, Royal Society University Research Fellow, Professor of Chemistry
Anna graduated from the University of Nottingham with a PhD in Supramolecular Chemistry (2011). After PDRA positions in porphyrins and molecular materials Anna was appointed as a Royal Society-EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow in 2016 and a RS URF in 2021. She was promoted to a Personal Chair in Oct 22. Her research interests span flow chemistry, materials science, supramolecular self-assembly, and enabling technology for process control.
Dr Firdaus Parveen
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Firdaus Parveen received her Master's degree in Chemistry (2011) and Doctorate in Chemical Engineering (2017) from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. She was awarded a prestigious Shastri Indo Canadian research award in 2017 to work at USASK, Canada. She has also worked as an Assistant Professor at University of Delhi, India from 2017-18. She joined Imperial College of London as Research Associate in 2019 and worked with Prof Mimi Hii (ICL), Prof Klaus (ICL) and Prof J. Blacker (Leeds). She has gained advanced experience of continuous flow chemistry, building flow set ups, robotic reactions, liquid and gas phase reactions, heterogenous catalysis, catalysts development and their characterization, high and low pressure reactions. She believes in work life balance and would like to visit new places and explore nature.
Dr Alex Padgham
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Alex completed his MChem with a Year in Industry (GSK) at the University of Sussex (2011) and graduated from Imperial College London with a PhD in Organic Chemistry (2018). His first PDRA position was in the group of Dr Marcus Baumann at University College Dublin, working in collaboration with Pfizer Ireland to explore the use of flow chemistry in API synthesis. Currently he is working as a PDRA in the Slater group, further expanding on the use of new and continuous technologies in chemistry.
Dr Moreshwar Chaudhari
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr. Moreshwar B. Chaudhari received his bachelor and master degrees from the University of Pune, Maharashtra, India. Dr. Moreshwar received his Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)-Pune, India, in Dec-2019 under the supervision of Dr. Boopathy Gnanaprakasam. In September 2020, he joined Prof. Miquel A. Pericàs’s research group at Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ)-Tarragona, Spain as a Marie–Curie (individual fellowship) fellow where he worked on polymer-supported asymmetric organocatalysis using continuous flow process to obtain a biologically relevant tetrahydro-β-carbolines. Currently, Dr. Moreshwar is working as a PDRA in Slater group focusing on process chemistry using continuous flow modules which is in collaboration with Victrex plc, UK. In the free time he loves to play cricket, soccer and watching movies.
Postgraduate Research Associate
Henry completed his four year MChem at the University of Leicester, which included a placement year at Hexcel Composites. Henry’s PhD, funded by the Leverhulme Research Centre for Functional Materials Design, compares continuous flow and batch methodologies for a range of macrocyclic and organic cage syntheses (2021). He is currently undertaking a PGRA role in collaboration with Victrex plc focusing on process chemistry using continuous flow methods, supported by an EPSRC IAA Award.
Abbie completed her MChem at the University of Liverpool, where her final year project focussed on the synthesis of functionalised piperazines as β-turn mimetics. Her PhD, funded by the Royal Society and co-supervised by Dr Becky Greenaway, focusses on the synthesis of functionalised imine macrocycles and exploring how enabling technologies can be used to refine and control complicated dynamic mixtures.
Patrycja completed her MChem at University of Liverpool in 2018 designing Python code for structural optimisation of crystal structures. During her study she undertook an industrial placement at Randox where she was involved in development of an assay reagent kit. After a year in the sales and marketing team at Manchester Organics she joined the Slater group in 2019. Now she is excited to be working on her PhD in “Non-thermal plasmas in size-controlled bubbles: from fundamental understanding to control”, jointly supervised by Dr James Walsh and Dr Timothy Easun.
Megan completed her MChem degree at the University of Liverpool. Her 3rd and 4th year projects involved novel polymer synthesis in the Rannard group. She also completed an Analytical Chemistry Trust funded summer studentship studying 2D NMR for pka measurements in 2017 with Dr Jonathan Iggo. Her PhD, co-supervised by Prof Steve Rannard, is looking at polymer synthesis under continuous flow conditions using both free radical and controlled radical polymerisation methods with the intent to use these materials in flow assisted nanoparticle production.
'Nick completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Keele University in 2019. Nick then moved to Liverpool to complete his MSc in chemical sciences where his project looked the synthesis of PROTACs for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. He is now studying a PhD in 'process structure function relationships for supramolecular materials discovery' supervised by Dr Anna Slater and co-supervised by Dr Samantha Chong.
Caitlin joined us in October 2021 for her PhD, supervised by Prof Andy Cooper and Anna and funded via an ERC Synergy Grant: Autonomous Discovery of Advanced Materials (ADAM), in October 2021. Prior to her PhD she spent a year at Smithers as an LC-MS analyst before returning to the University of Liverpool.
MChem Research Student
Harvey joined the group in Oct 2022 for his MChem project. Welcome!
Future positions possible
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Ellie joined the group in Oct 2022 for her MChem project. Welcome!
Michael Cooper has rejoined the group in Oct 2022 following a summer studentship! He will be working on a collaborative MChem project with Dr Gemma Nixon.
Summer UG placements
Contact us if you are interested
We are able to host UG students for summer placements via different mechanisms depending on whether you are a UoL UG student or external, please feel free to get in touch.