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Post-doctoral Researchers


Fannie completed her MSc at CPE Lyon and Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in 2017. She did her master project under the supervision of Dr Muriel Lansalot and Dr Franck D'Agosto, investigating RAFT polymerization of vinyl acetate and application to polymerisation-induced self-assembly. She then completed a PhD at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Sébastien Perrier on the synthesis of cationic polymer of complex architectures for the complexation of RNA. She joined the group in April 2021 as a PDRA to look at the environmental fate of bio-derived polymers. In her spare time, Fannie enjoys practising yoga, reading, cooking and going on hikes.

PhD Students

Niamh graduated from the University of Warwick in 2019 with an MChem degree. During her final year project, Niamh worked under the supervision of Professor David Haddleton to produce cobalt(II)-based catalysts for the use as chain transfer agents to control the molecular weights of polymers produced via radical polymerisations. Niamh has always been interested in sustainability and protecting the environment, and joined the CSCT to focus on these principles. During her spare time, Niamh enjoys running, cooking and trying new gins.


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Ella graduated from the University of Bath with a Master’s in Chemistry in 2020. As part of her degree, she completed a year-long industrial placement at Merck researching polymerizable liquid crystals. For her Master’s research project, supervised by Prof. Matthew Davidson, she focussed on using DOSY NMR to gain a deeper understanding of the ring opening polymerisation of lactide. Ella is in her second year of her PhD as part of the CSCT, her research will focus on novel polymers from anhydrosugars. She is co-supervised by Prof. Davidson. In her spare time, Ella enjoys going on hikes with friends, practising yoga and reading.


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James is currently in his first year of his PhD within the CSCT. He graduated from the University of Bath with a Master’s degree in Chemistry in 2020. As part of his degree, James completed a year-long industrial placement at Dutch water treatment technology provider PWNT, working as part of their research and development team. For his final year Master’s research project, under the supervision of Dr Buchard, he investigated the use of sugar-derived polymers for renewable and degradable battery electrolytes, a project he is continuing to explore for this PhD studies, co-supervised by Prof. Frank Marken. Outside of work, James enjoys a variety of sports including football, lacrosse and long-distance running as well as reading and cooking.


Sophie Ellis

Sophie graduated from Northumbria University in 2017 with a BSc degree, before moving on to Imperial College London to complete her MRes in 2018. For her Master’s research project, supervised by Professor Jason Hallett, she studied the IonoSolv pretreatment of biomass for biofuel production, focusing on the recyclability of the ionic liquid. Sophie then went to work for Econic Technologies as part of their polymerisation team where she studied the copolymerization of epoxides and CO2. Sophie is now in her second year of her PhD as part of the Bath-Monash global PhD programme in the CSCT (in Australia now!). Her research will focus on the application of supported catalysts for ring-opening polymerisations in automated flow reactor systems. Sophie is supervised by Professor Tanja Junkers (Monash University) and Dr Antoine Buchard (University of Bath). In her spare time Sophie enjoys cooking, reading, and going to art exhibitions.


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Anita completed her MSci at Imperial College London in 2022, where her Master’s research project focused on finding bio-based plasticisers for regenerated cellulose films under the supervision of Prof Tom Welton. In her first year, she completed a summer internship with Notpla, investigating possible filler components for agar films. Anita is co-supervised by Prof Matthew Davidson and is in her first year of her PhD at the CSCT. Her research focuses on the development of novel polylactic acid (PLA) materials. In her spare time, Anita enjoys sailing (but only if it’s sunny!), hiking and baking. 

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Eleanor graduated from the University of York in 2022 with a Master’s in Chemistry. During her time at York, she completed a computational project under the supervision of Dr Jon Agirre which examined the torsion angles between glycans in glycosidic proteins. Her master’s project, under the supervision of Dr Thomas Farmer, focussed on synthesising novel bio-based and biodegradable ionomers using secondary diols and exploring their properties. Eleanor’s PhD research in the Buchard group will continue to investigate sustainable polymers. Working in partnership with the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (with Prof. P. Lindeque and Dr M. Cole) and funded by the NERC GW4+ DTP, she will investigate the effects of previously synthesised and novel sustainable polymers on the marine environment. In her spare time Eleanor enjoys long walks, reading and drinking tea, sometimes all at the same time. 


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Andrew graduated from Strathclyde University in 2022, with a Master’s Degree in Chemistry. During his studies, he undertook an industrial placement year abroad, working for Allnex in the Netherlands were he investigated several different thiol click reactions for crosslinking and film formation. For his final year project, Andrew researched new methodology to analyse the interactions between polyamides and double-stranded DNA. His project, co-supervised by Prof. Matthew Davidson and Dr Antoine Buchard, investigate the development of new polymers from sustainable furanic feedstocks. Outside of research, Andrew enjoys watching films, going for walks and gaming. 

Visiting Students

Get in touch by email if you would like to come and visit our group.

Undergraduate Project Students

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Jack completed his MSci at the University of Nottingham in 2023, where his Master's project, under the supervision of Prof. Robert Stockman, explored the synthesis of novel, sustainable short-chain polyethers from terpenes and their use as a replacement for squalene as an adjuvant in vaccines. Jack is in his first year of his PhD as part of the Institute for Sustainability, under the supervision of Prof. Antoine Buchard and Dr. Hannah Leese. He will focus on the development of novel polymers and hybrid biomaterials from sugars. In his spare time, Jack enjoys cooking, hiking, and exploring new places and pubs.


Sophie completed her MChem at the University of Southampton in 2023, with her final project looking at the inhibition of glycosyltransferase enzymes in Streptococcus mutans to prevent oral biofilm growth and was supervised by Dr Seung Lee. She is now researching sugar-derived polymers for molecular recognition, sensing and catalysis as part of the Institute for Sustainability and is co-supervised by Prof. Antoine Buchard and Dr Hannah Leese. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys going on hikes, reading and aerial sports.

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Callum is a final year undergraduate Master's student at the University of Bath. Last year he gained industrial experience at Veranova (Cambridge, UK), creating spray-dried amorphous solid dispersions using various polymers, then analysing their dissolution behaviour for drug delivery. He also helped develop a scalable procedure for fractional precipitation of highly polydisperse oligomers. His research project within the Buchard group will focus on sugar-based elastomers that have been toughened by ionomer networking, to develop effective, recyclable rubbers. In his spare time, Callum enjoys crocheting, archery, and visiting cafés (but not all at once!).

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Edmund is in the final year of his MChem degree at the University of Bath. He completed a year-long industrial placement at TE Connectivity using polymeric materials to prevent wildlife-induced electrical outages. Last year, he completed a research project, supervised by Dr Ruth Webster, on the impact of ligand design in Iron Salen catalysts. For his final year MChem project, supervised by Prof Antoine Buchard, he will be investigating the co-polymerisation of lactide with sugars for marine degradable plastics. In his spare time, Edmund chairs the university's debating society and enjoys hiking. 

Past members

  • Dr Georgina Gregory (PhD 2013-2017) (CDT in SCT)

  • Dr Andrew Hall (PhD 2015-2018) (CDT in SCT)

  • Dr Keiko Yakabi-Diosdado (PhD 2015-2018) (CDT in Catalysis)

  • Dr James Beament (PhD 2015-2018)

  • Dr Strachan McCormick (PhD 2016-2019) (CDT in SCT)

  • Dr Thomas McGuire (PhD 2016-2020) (EPSRC DTP)

  • Dr Ioli Howard (PhD 2017-2021) (CDT in Catalysis)

  • Dr Jasmine Lightfoot (PhD 2018-2022) (CDT in SCT)

  • Dr Jamie Boden (PhD 2018-2022) (CDT in SCT)

  • Dr Marco Piccini (PhD 2018-2022) (CDT in SCT)

  • Dr Craig Hardy (PhD 2018-2023) (Royal Society)

  • Dr Emma Daniels (PhD 2019-2023) (CDT in SCT)

  • Dr Jake Hooton (PhD 2019-2023)

  • Dr Matthew Oshinowo (PhD 2019-2023)

  • Dr Eva María López Vidal (2016-2018)

  • Dr Frances Singer (2019-2021)

  • Dr Jack Stewart (2022)

  • Dr Ania Grobelny (2023-2024)


  • Matthew Shaw (spring 2019) (CDT in Catalysis)

  • Theo Gazis (winter 2018) (CDT in Catalysis)

  • Owen Rogers (winter 2017) (CDT in Catalysis)

  • Bethan Charles (summer 2016) (CDT in SCT)

  • Rose King (summer 2016) (CDT in Catalysis)

  • Lewis Bowman (summer 2015) (CDT in Catalysis)

  • Sebastian Morales Feliu (2022/2023)

  • Bethan Davies (2022/2023)

  • Donatella Abba (2021/2022)

  • Emily Parkinson (2021/2022)

  • Lauren Singer (2021/2022)

  • Auryn Merridue (2020/2021)

  • Isobel Munro (2020/2021)

  • James Runge (2019/2020)

  • Richie Drew (2019/2020)

  • James Chapell (2019/2020)

  • Edward Deane (2018/2019)

  • William Brown (2018/2019)

  • Nimai Jivai-Frier (2018/2019)

  • Teresa Faber (2018/2019)

  • Liza (Zhi Rong) Lee (2017/2018)

  • Ross Arthur (2017/2018)

  • Alice Preston (2016/2017) (PGCE)

  • Tanguy Tomes (2016/2017) (Eunomia Ltd)

  • Liz Hierons (2015/2016) (PhD student University of Bath)

  • Charlie Kendall (2015/2016)

  • Lucy Cotton (2014/2015) (PhD student University of Leeds)

  • Felicity Clarke (2014/2015)

  • James Ewen (2013/2014) (PhD student Imperial College)

  • Curtis Bell (2013/2014)


  • Philibert Lenormand (Institute Charles Gerhardt Montpellier, autumn 2023)

  • Giacomo Trapasso (Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy, winter 2023)

  • Khadija Nasser Sanchez (Institut Supérieur de Plasturgie d'Alençon, France, summer 2022)

  • Maude Ximenes (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL), France, summer 2022)

  • Alina Hermann (RWTH Aachen University, Germany, summer 2021)

  • Jessica Bowles (Université de Bordeaux, France, Winter/Spring 2019)

  • Johanna Henkel (RWTH Aachen University, Germany, Winter 2019)

  • Marine Guittot (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL), France, summer 2018)

  • Cécile Pérale (Institut Supérieur de Plasturgie d'Alençon, France, summer 2018)

  • Nadjali Chung (University of North Carolina Greensbor, NSF REU program, summer 2016)

  • Liliana Jenisch (University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, ERASMUS program, winter-spring 2016)

  • Evan Rees (University of North Carolina Greensboro, NSF REU program, summer 2015)

  • Morgan Fleming (Elon University, North Carolina, NSF REU program, summer 2015)

  • Craig Lawley (University of Bath, RSC Undergraduate Bursary, summer 2015)

  • Marion Ullman (Chimie Paris Tech, April-August 2014)

  • Michael Maxwell (University of North Carolina Greensboro, NSF REU program, July-August 2014)

  • Dominic Macias (Nuffield Bursary, July 2013)

  • Philippe Wilson (University of Bath, Alumni Fund Bursary, August 2013)


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