About

I am a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Keele University in the United Kingdom.  Where’s Keele?  Well, it is about as far away from the seaside as you can get in the UK. It is near the city of Stoke-On-Trent, and a couple of hours from London by train.

I currently teach spectroscopy and inorganic chemistry at a variety of levels (1st, 2nd and 3rd year) and supervise a number of final year project students (chemistry).  I am always looking for students willing to undertake short research projects over the summer who are willing to apply for RSC Nuffield or Wellcome Trust summer funding. I have a blog called Endless Possibilities, and find time to twitter.

Prior to starting at Keele (auspiciously on April Fool’s Day 2008), I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. I worked on a project concerned with the delivery of cisplatin, a platinum based anticancer compound, with hyperbranched and dendritic polymers with Prof. Helen Burt.  Before that, I did my PhD at the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom, and worked on dendrimers based on the POSS core for homogeneous catalysis with Prof. Russell Morris.  The coherent thread throughout my research career to date is that I stick metals on polymers and see what happens.