Post-doctoral Researchers

Frances received an MChem from the University of York in 2015. Her final year research project looked at the synthesis of tungstoenzyme mimic complexes in the group of Dr John Slattery. She then completed a PhD at the University of Leeds under the supervision of Dr Charlotte Willans. This project encompassed both transfer hydrogenation catalysis using iridium complexes and electrochemical synthesis of NHC-complexes. She joined the Buchard group as a PDRA in June 2019, where she is working on depolymerisation reactions to allow the recycling of polymers. When not in the lab, Frances enjoys spending time outdoors, rock climbing and swimming.


Thom graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, with an MChem in Chemistry in 2015. For his master’s project, supervised by Dr Uwe Schneider, he carried out research into the applications of Bertrand-type carbenes in organocatalysis. Thom completed his PhD in Nobember 2020 at the University of Bath in the Buchard group, on the development of novel bio-derived polymers and the enhancement of their properties through stereochemistry. He is now working on an Impact Acceleration Account project, with an industrial collaborator, on the application of xylose-based polyols for polyurethane synthesis. In his spare time, Thom tinkles the ivories (plays the piano) and strums the guitar. 

PhD Students

Ioli graduated with a MChem from the University of Southampton in 2016. During this time, she undertook a placement at Merck Chemicals Ltd., investigating polymer dispersed liquid crystals. She then worked under the supervision of Professor Robert Raja in her final year project, developing novel hierarchical aluminophosphate catalysts. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and cooking Greek food semi-successfully (she is only half Greek…). Ioli is currently in the third year of her PhD as part of the CDT in Catalysis (co-supervised by Dr Ceri Hammond in Cardiff University), and is developing novel heterogeneous catalysts for the production of biopolymers.

Marco completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Venice, Italy. His research projects were focused on the use of dimethylcarbonate (DMC) as green reagent. In his BSc he studied the reactivity of DMC with sugars (isosorbide) to produce renewable solvents and monomers, while in the MSc he investigated the reactivity of the carbonate analogues of mustard gases. He spent a semester at Queen’s University Belfast within the Erasmus Programme. After his degree, Marco took an internship at Politecnico of Milan (Italy), where he studied the application of biobased molecules to the modification of graphene and carbon nanotubes. He is currently in the third year of his integrated PhD on the CDT in Sustainable Chemical Technologies. His project in the Buchard group involves the developmenf of a xylose-based platform for sustainable polymers. He is also co-supervised by Dr Chris Chuck and Prof David Leak from the CSCT. He likes spending his free time outdoor hiking and cycling, and also cooking.

Craig Hardy

Craig graduated from the University of York, with a MChem in Chemistry in 2018. In his master’s project, Craig investigated the synthesis and characterisation of novel polycatenar liquid crystals based on N-Phenylpyridinium cores, under the supervision of Professor Duncan Bruce. In his spare time Craig enjoys, both watching and playing rugby, as well as, cooking and spending plenty of time outdoors. Currently in the second year of his PhD, his project in the Buchard Group involves the development of novel hybrid polymers from renewable feedstocks, particularly targeting polymer structures that combine natural sugar monomers with hydrocarbon feedstocks. 

Originally from Cardiff, Jasmine has also lived many years in Paris. She graduated with a MChem from the University of Sheffield in 2017. During this time, she undertook a placement at Scott Bader, investigating the applications of bio-derived monomers in polyester-based resins and adhesives. She then worked under the supervision of Dr Rob Dawson in her final year project, developing functionalised microporous organic polymers for carbon dioxide capture. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys playing music, triathlons and has recently taken up ice hockey. Jasmine is currently in the third year of her integrated PhD on the CDT in Sustainable Chemical Technologies. Jasmine is supervised by Prof Steve Parker and co-supervised by Antoine. Her research is looking at the modelling of polymers and their properties for the computer-assisted design of new sustainable materials.

Jamie graduated from Durham University with an MChem in 2017. He has since completed an MRes at the University of Bath, as part of the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies. Jamie’s research focuses on self-healing applications in the oil and gas industry and he is supervised by Professor Matthew Davidson and co-supervised by Dr Antoine Buchard and Professor Chris Bowen. He is industrially sponsored by ARTIS. In his spare time Jamie enjoys running, walking and cooking though he regrets he is only good at one of these

Emma graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2018 with a Masters degree in Chemistry. During her degree, Emma did a summer project with Professor Neil Champness developing a novel [3]-rotaxane and investigating its use in catalysis. In her fourth year, she did computational project under the supervision of Professor Elena Besley, investigating the implantation of metal ions into carbon nanostructures using molecular dynamic simulations. Emma is currently in the second year of her integrated PhD on the CDT in Sustainable Chemical Technologies. She is co-supervised by Dr Hannah Leese in Mechanical Engineering and Prof Steve Parker in Chemistry. Her research is looking at the synthesis and development of sugar-derived polymers for application in healthcare technologies, in particular sensing. In her spare time Emma enjoys being part of the dance society, practising yoga and attempting to learn Spanish.


Matt graduated with an MChem degree from the University of York in 2017. For his final year research project he completed an internship in the Chimie Inorganique Redox (CIRE) research group at the Université Grenoble Alpes in France. His master’s thesis reported the synthesis and study of molecular photocatalytic systems for the production of hydrogen gas as a renewable solar fuel. After graduating, Matt worked as an analytical chemist for Industrial Chemicals Ltd (ICL) where he tested various water treatment chemicals that ICL produce. He then spent 6 months travelling in Asia prior to starting his PhD in the Buchard group as part of the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT). Under the supervision of Dr Buchard, Matt is carrying out the synthesis of novel degradable polymers from sugars and investigating their applications in energy storage/conversion devices such as batteries and organic photovoltaic devices. Besides his passion for chemistry, Matt loves the outdoors, technology and collecting/solving Rubik’s cubes and other twisty puzzles.


Niamh graduated with an MChem from the University of Bath in 2019.  During her degree she conducted a placement at Imerys in Cornwall where she spent a year developing novel methods to improve the opacity of paints. During her Masters project, supervised by Professor Karen Edler, she investigated the synthesis of nanoparticles in deep eutectic solvents.  

The aim of her PhD research is to investigate the application of polysaccharides as sustainable rheology modifiers for use in home and personal care products. Niamh is a member of the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies, co-supervised by Prof. Edler, Dr. Buchard and Prof. Scott with industrial partner Unilever.  In her free time Niamh enjoys singing in the chamber choir, reading and cooking.


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.


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 first 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.


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.


Visiting Students

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

Undergraduate Project Students

Auryn Merridue

Isobel Munro

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 first year of her PhD as part of the Bath-Monash global PhD programme in the CSCT. Her research will focus on the application of supported catalysts for ring-opening polymerisations in automated flow reactor systems. Sophie will be 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.


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 Eva María López Vidal (2016-2018)


  • 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)

  • 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)


  • 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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Buchard Group March 2019