2019-05-21 HW ICS 005From left to right:
Dominic Taylor, Chris Thomson, Cathryn Shepherd, Filipe Vilela, Mary Jones, Manos Broumidis and John Tobin

Dr. Filipe Vilela

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Dr Filipe Vilela under the supervision of Prof. David C. Sherrington FRS completed in 2008 his PhD in the field of polymer chemistry at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. Since then Dr Vilela has worked in organic electronics (Strathclyde), and in heterogeneous photocatalysis at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany. Filipe Vilela is currently an Assistant Professor and postgraduate student coordinator at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, with research interests centred on developing photoactive polymers for photocatalytic and sensing applications.

Cathryn Shepherd

Manos Broumidis

Manos studied at the University of Athens, Greece where he graduated with a BSc in Chemistry. His Diploma capstone research project took place under the supervision of Prof. Gimisis and focused on the organic synthesis of potential inhibitors of glycogen phosphorylase. He participated in the EU-funded Erasmus+ traineeship program as a research intern at the University of Cyprus with Prof. Koutentis, focusing on the organic synthesis of Canthin-4-one alkaloids. His CRITICAT PhD project will focus on the development of hydroxamic acid-based hosted catalysts enabled by mechanochemistry and flow chemistry techniques. In particular, catalysis enhancement will be achieved using supramolecular cage encapsulation, photocatalysis along with computational chemistry guidance. Besides chemistry, Manos enjoys reading science fiction, motorbike trips and trying out new beers.

Mary Jones

Mary, originally from some wee island off the coast of Scotland, graduated from Heriot-Watt university in 2018 with a first class honours in chemistry with a European language as well as the Watt club medal award. In her 4th year, whilst abroad in Spain, she studied the synthesis of copper complexes and their emissive properties while for her final year project she studied thermoelectric materials under the supervision of Dr. Jan-Willem Bos. Remaining at Heriot-Watt, she joined the Vilela group to study supramolecular and polymeric gels enabled by and enabling photochemical transformations. In her spare time, Mary enjoys travelling and dancing.

Dominic Taylor

Dominic completed his MChem in chemistry with materials at Heriot-Watt University in 2018 graduating with first class honours and winning the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) prize. For his final year project he focused on the development of polymer supported photoredox catalysis under the supervision of Dr. Filipe Vilela. He is currently undertaking a PhD as part of the CRITICAT PhD. program, focusing on developing novel supramolecular and polymer supported photocatalysts under the supervision of Dr. Vilela and Dr. Scott Dalgarno. Legends say that if Dominic ever stops workings he enjoys filling this "spare time" by cooking and listening for very loud music.

Chris Thomson

Chris was born in Paisley, Scotland, but grew up near Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales, England. After A-levels and working part time as a Commis Chef, he returned to Scotland and obtained his MChem Chemistry with Biochemistry degree, as well as the William H Perkin Prize for organic chemistry, from Heriot-Watt University. He spent his final year developing heterogeneous organic photoredox catalysts for organic synthesis under the supervision of Dr Filipe Vilela. His PhD will see him return to the VilelaLAB under the joint supervision of Dr Ai-Lan Lee and Dr Vilela, to continue developing photoactive materials for organic synthesis. Besides the PhD, Chris enjoys playing guitar, cooking, travelling and going to gigs.

Dr. John Tobin