Ruth - The Boss


Following my MSci degree at the University of Strathclyde, I carried out my PhD under the supervision of Professor Robin Bedford at the University of Bristol. This research focussed on the use of Rh and Pd for directing group mediated C-H functionalisation chemistry, principally for the selective formation of aryl-aryl and aryl-halide bonds. This research was supported by GSK.

In 2011 I was awarded a Government of Canada Commonwealth Research Fellowship to undertake postdoctoral research with Professor Laurel Schafer at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. This research involved the use of early transition metal, primarily Ti complexes for the synthesis of biopolymers.

In 2012 I was awarded a Bath Prize Fellowship to commence independent research in the field of catalysis with subsequent appointment to Lecturer in 2014. I was recently awarded an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship, which commences in September 2017. My research continues to span the fields of organic, organometallic and coordination chemistry with a specific focus on Fe catalysed main group element bond transformations.












Dr Danila Gasperini


Danila graduated at the University of Bologna in 2014, spending a year of her Masters at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie - UPMC - in Paris. She completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of St Andrews under the supervision of Professor Steve Nolan and Professor Andy Smith. A voracious reader, she enjoys a run when the sun shines and playing volleyball.

Favourite words: “I do believe... for real”

Blue Roll Challenge: 7 seconds











Kim Gallagher


Kim graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2012, where she undertook a year in industry at the Argonne National Laboratory. In her spare time, Kim enjoys cooking, drawing and updating her blog.

Favourite words: “oh dear... oh my God... OK”

Blue Roll Challenge: 5 seconds










Andrew King


Andrew graduated from the University of Warwick in 2014 with an MChem in Chemistry, during which he undertook a placement at Monash University. Andrew likes going to festivals such as Sonisphere and he also enjoys watching football (but only when Newcastle win…).

Favourite words: “interestingly” and “potentially”

Blue Roll Challenge: 2 minutes 47 seconds (independent adjudication needed).











Nathan Coles


Nathan graduated from the University of Warwick in 2015 with an MChem in Chemistry with Medicinal chemistry. In his spare time, Nathan practices Judo and is currently a 3rd Kyu (green belt), and enjoys reading and playing card games.

Favourite words: "come on Nathan!"

Blue Roll Challenge: 8 seconds











Cei Provis-Evans


Cei graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc in Chemistry in 2007. Since then he has worked in industry, firstly for the Laboratory of the Government Chemist, then for GlaxoSmithKline. Cei then decided to return to academia in order to cut the shackles on his imagination. Besides research, Cei’s interests include playing badminton and the violin.

Favourite phrase: "I approach teaching like a conversation"

Blue Roll Challenge: 14 seconds












Callum Woof


Callum graduated from the University of Bath in 2016 with a MChem with Industrial Training. Having done his final-year project in the group, he returned for his postgraduate studies as part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Catalysis. In his free time, Callum enjoys hiking, struggling through half marathons and (regrettably) supporting Watford FC.

Favourite phrase: "quick question..."

Blue Roll Challenge: 1 minute 45 seconds (Callum had expended most of his energy running between the glovebox and the NMR room, exhaustion was imminent).












Gary the Groundsnake


Gary is an honorary group member who blends in seamlessly to his natural environment. A natural joker, he lifts the group's spirits especially when more phenylphosphine needs synthesised. In his spare time Gary enjoys trying to come up with chemistry based puns.

Favourite words: “health and sssssafety firsssst” and "phossssphinessss"

Blue Roll Challenge: Gary doesn't have arms and the weight of a blue roll >>> weight of Gary





Group photos:


Drinks in Graze (Amber, Ruth, Jade, Maia, Andrew, Kim)



Ruth, Maia and 2 for 1 cocktails!



2015 MChem project students leaving (Faye, Sarah, Kim, Jonathan, Ruth, Andrrew, Maia)



Christmas party 2015 - the beginning...



Christmas party 2015 - the end (plus the waiter)...



Summer 2016: the Webster group, sitting cross-legged, discover that they aren't particularly flexible...



... but, man alive, they are good at karaoke!



Most of the the group in Summer 2016, L-R, Ruth, Nathan, Kim, Maya, Connor, Eni, Kirsty



Ruth at the RSC's New Frontiers in Inorganic Chemistry: UK-China Perspectives meeting at Fudan University, Shanghai.



The University of Bath at SERMACS 2016 as Eni and Connor present their summer research projects



Sad times as Maia leaves the group! But we welcome Cei and Oli at the same time (and an advanced welcome to Jacob)! (Cei, Andrew, Ruth, Jacob, Nathan, Kim, Oli, Maia)



Webster group et al. as they claim victory in the 2016 Christmas quiz. We excel in our knowledge of geography, dead folk, chemistry and the parking situation in Washington DC.


Official group photo, April 2018. Ruth, Dani, Callum, Nathan, Cei, Andrew.



Former Group members:

George Simmonds (17/18, MChem project student)

Dmitry Gorbachev (2017, summer student)

Jacob Boswell (2017, CSCT MRes student)

Oli Driscoll (16/17, MChem project student)

Dr. Maialen Espinal-Viguri (PDRA, April 2015 - October 2016). Next position: Marie Curie Fellowship with Professor Mike Whittlesey at the University of Bath.

Kirsty Milne (Catalysis CDT)

Eni Minerali (Summer 2016, NSF REU student, University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

Connor Huntwork (Summer 2016, NSF REU student, Guildford College, NC)

Callum Woof (15/16, MChem project student)

Amber Kozak (Summer 2015, NSF REU student, University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

Jade Izaguirre (Summer 2015, NSF REU student, Berry College, Georgia)

Faye Wix (14/15, MChem project student)

Jonathan Hall (14/15, MChem project student)

Sarah Bent (14/15, MChem project student & RSC summer student)

Leighton Holyfield (2014, CSCT MRes student)

Madison Davidson (Summer 2014, NSF REU student, University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

Caleb Brown (Summer 2014, NSF REU student, Guildford College, NC)

Vikki Evans (13/14, BSc Nat Sci project student)

Sam Dyer (13/14, MChem project student)

Tom Jukes-Longford (12/13, MChem project student)