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 Associate – Dr 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.

4th Year PhD Student – Pete Finn


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.

4th 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.

2nd Year PhD 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. William joined the Nielsen Research group in 2018, whilst undertaking a MSc in Chemical Research at QMUL. After completing his Masters, he decided to undertake a co-supervised PhD with the Nielsen and Palma Research groups. Currently, William is focusing on synthesising functionalised semiconducting polymers for flexible point of care devices.

1st Year PhD Student – Roman Halaksa
1st Year PhD Student – Simiao Yu

Past Group Members

Hannah Wood (BSc 2019-2020)
Josh Kiddey (BSc 2019-2020)
Philisha Reid-Kanon (MSci 2019-2020)
Muhammad Marouf (MSci 2019-2020)
Wenxi Huang (MSc 2019-2020)
Lorena Alonso Marañón (Postdoc 09/2018-10/2019)
Jorge Borges González (Postdoc 01/2018-08/2019)
Frini Taifakou (MRes (Distinction) 2018-2019)
Yasser Zaffar (MSci 2018-2019)
Meng Wang (Postdoc 09/2017-11/2018)
Hussain Thoha (MSci 2017-2018)
Asha Hersi (MSci 2017-2018)
Benjamin Poggi (MSc internship 2017)
Ellasia Tan (MSci 2016-2017)
Folusho Balogun (MSci 2016-2017)