Principal Investigator – Dr Christian Nielsen

christian-nielsen-hi-res-croppedChristian received his PhD from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark in 2004. He has since held academic and industrial research positions in the US and the UK, most recently as a research fellow at Imperial College London working on organic electronics with an emphasis on materials design for FET and OPV applications.  Christian Nielsen joined Queen Mary University of London in April 2016 and is jointly affiliated with the Materials Research institute and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Dr Jorge Borges González

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Jorge was born and raised in Tenerife (Canary islands, Spain), and studied chemistry at the University of La Laguna. In 2017 he obtained his Ph.D. under the supervision of Tomás Martín (IPNA, CSIC), studying organic synthesis, supramolecular chemistry and organocatalysis. In January 2018 he moved to Queen Mary University of London and his current research interests focus on the development of new n-type organic semiconductors.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Dr Lorena Alonso Marañón

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Lorena was born and raised in A Coruña, Galicia (northwest region of Spain). She studied a B. Sc. in Chemistry at the University of A Coruña. In April 2018, she obtained her PhD in Organic Chemistry at the same institution under the supervision of J. Pérez Sestelo and M. M. Martínez. In 2015, she was awarded with an Inditex predoctoral fellowship at the University of Manchester under supervision of I. Larrosa. Her PhD research was focused on the utility of indium(III) salts in intramolecular hydroarylation and hydroalkoxylation reactions of alkynes. In September 2018, Lorena started a postdoctoral position in the group of C. Nielsen at Queen Mary University of London, where she is working on the development of new conjugated organic materials for use in organic electronics.

3rd Year PhD Student – Zachary Parr

ZSP.jpgZach grew up in a small town in the north of England and had a keen interest in science since an early age, probably due to an over exposure to Sci-Fi and documentary channels. Having owned several chemistry sets much to his delight and the despair of his family he chose to go on to read an undergraduate in chemistry. Zach studied his MChem at Cardiff University, and thankfully refined his scientific method from those early experiments. His project focused on Frustrated Lewis Pairs for activation of unsaturated C-C bonds.

He is currently working on solution processable p-type semiconducting polymers and small molecules for use in OECT devices for use as sensors in bioelectronics. As a caveat he also hopes to develop a library of molecules and transformations which allow building of myriad molecules, monomers and polymers through cutting edge transformations like C-H activation. These molecules should be soluble and easily processed as well as functionalised and tuned to the requirements of the application. The reactions he hopes to use are not only efficient and clean but also avoid more toxic processes which often limits uptake of molecules in biological applications and industry.

 2nd Year PhD Student – Pete Finn

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Pete was born in Cambridge and grew up in the surrounding area. He obtained his MChem from the University of East Anglia where in his masters year he worked on thiophene capped silicon nanoparticles for thermolelectric materials. Pete then worked at Cambridge Display Technology for 2 years, as a technical assistant, where he worked on thin film white OLEDs for large area lighting. Now he is currently working on materials for ionic-organic ratchets, thermoelectrics and other energy harvesting devices.

  2nd Year PhD Student – Christina Kousseff

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Christina was born and raised in Winchester, Hampshire. After discovering a love for all things scientific at school, she went on to complete her BSc in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Exeter. Following this, she made the move to focus on synthetic chemistry and spent a year obtaining her MRes working on indigo-based conjugated polymers for biological imaging at University College London. In keeping with her biological and materials-based background, she is now working on the synthesis of conjugated materials for bioelectronic applications.

  Master’s Student – Frini Taifakou

IMG_0583 friniFrini was born and grew up in Greece. She moved to the UK to complete her undergraduate in Physics at Queen Mary, University of London. During her studies, she completed two internships and a final year project on organic diodes for radiation detection. She is now working on organic electrochemical transistors for biosensing applications.

Master’s Student – William Neal

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William was born in Torquay, Devon. His formative years overlapped between Potters Bar in Hertfordshire and Paignton in Devon. In 2016, William graduated from Plymouth University with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Chemistry. After graduation, William secured a dual-position as a Cosmetic Safety Assessor/Formulation Chemist at Advanced Development & Safety Laboratories. Currently, William is undertaking a MSc in Chemical Research at QMUL. His research project is focused on synthesising dopant molecules for conductive polymers.

Past Group Members

Yasser Zaffar (MSci 2018-2019)
Meng Wang (Postdoc 09/2017-11/2018)
Roman Halaksa (PhD internship 2018)
Hussain Thoha (MSci 2017-2018)
Asha Hersi (MSci 2017-2018; joint with Matteo Palma)
Benjamin Poggi (MSc internship 2017)
Ellasia Tan (MSci 2016-2017)
Folusho Balogun (MSci 2016-2017; joint with Matteo Palma)