Autumn and Winter 2019/2020

  • 20/03: Our lab is shut for now. Stay well and keep safe!

  • 13/03: Congratulations Marco for his new publication in Polymer Chemistry (open access), on the synthesis of new polymers from sugars and unsaturated fatty acids using metathesis polymerisation.

  • 06/03: Congratulations Emma for winning a poster prize at the Women in Chemistry Conference and Career events in Nottingham. Well done!

  • 12/02: Antoine gives an invited lecture at the annual general assembly of the RSC Bristol and District section.

  • 10/01: Antoine gives a talk at the 12th Chemistry New Year Symposium in RWTH Aachen University.

  • 04/12: Antoine gives a talk in the Department of Materials at the University of Manchester.

  • 22/10: Congratulations to Ioli for her first first author publication in Polymer Chemistry (open access), on reusable heterogeneous catalysts for polymerisation. Another collaboration with Dr Ceri Hammond, now at Imperial College.

  • 28/09: Welcome to Matt and Emma (welcome back!) who join the lab for their PhD within the CSCT.

  • 21/08: Congratulations  to Thom and Cécile for their new article in JACS, about a new cyclic carbonate/olefin monomer and the divergent catalytic polymerization strategies used to direct the resulting material properties. Well done!

Spring and Summer 2019

  • 26/06: Jasmine and Marco will be at Glastonbury festival this week, sharing their research into bioplastics! Go and Find them in the Green Fields.

  • 12/06: Strachan and Ioli are in Crete for the European Polymer Federation Conference, check out their posters!

  • 10/06: Antoine speaks at the symposium "Towards Sustainable Plastics" in York.

  • 10/06: Thom is off to Japan for his JSPS placement with Prof Kamigaito.

  • 3/06: Antoine gives seminars in France at Chimie Paris-Tech and at the CEA-Saclay.

  • 31/05: Welcome to Frances, who joins the group as a PDRA funded by the Uk Catalysis Hub, for a project in collaboration with Oxford and Prof Charlotte Williams.

  • 22/10: Congratulations to Ioli for her first first author publication in Polymer Chemistry (open access), on reusable heterogeneous catalysts for polymerisation. Another collaboration with Dr Ceri Hammond, now at Imperial College.

  • 28/09: Welcome to Matt and Emma (welcome back!) who joins the lab for their PhD!

  • 21/08: Congratulations  to Thom and Cécile for their new article in JACS, about a new cyclic carbonate/olefin monomer and the divergent catalytic polymerization strategies used to direct the resulting material properties. Well done!

Autumn 2018 and Winter 2019

  • 28/02: Congratulations to Thom  who has been awarded a JSPS fellowship to spend some time at Nagoya University over the summer in the group of Prof Kamigaito, working on renewable polymers.​

  • 25/02: Congratulations Andy for successfully passing your PhD and becoming Dr Andrew Hall! The group will miss you!

  • 4/02: Welcome to Jessica and Johanna who visits our lab for a couple of months from Bordeaux and Aachen.

  • 31/01: New article in Macromolecules on copolymers of lactide and phosphonates, in collaboration with the Wurm group in Mainz. Well-done James!

  • 17/12: Antoine gives a talk at the Frontiers in Green Materials meeting in London. Ioli, Strachan and Thom present their poster!

  • 26/11: New collaborative article on  polyesters from limonene out in Green Chemistry, led by the Howdle and Stockman groups in Nottingham. Well-done Megan and Jon!

  • 1/11: New collaborative article from the CDT in Catalysis, out in ACS Sustainable. Chem. Eng., led by the Hammond and Roldan groups in Cardiff Congrats Keiko!

  • 11/10: Antoine participates to the public lecture "Combating pollution through new biodegradable plastics", as part of the Minerva Series of Lectures of the University of Bath.

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Spring and Summer 2018

  • 27/08: Antoine gives a talk at the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Boston.

  • 15/08: New article in the Journal of CO2 Utilization, on the synthesis of 5- to 8-membered cyclic carbonates from CO2. Congratulations Thom on your first article!

  • 19/06: New article published in Dalton Transactions, on lanthanide alkoxide complexes and their use to make PLA. Well done (again) James!

  • 17/06: Meanwhile Antoine is at Buckingham Palace for a Royal Society event organised by the Duke of York, patron of the Royal Society... 

  • 17/06: James wins the prize for best oral presentation in Inorganic Chemistry at the post-graduate Bolland Symposium of the department of chemistry. Well done James!

  • 28/05: Antoine gives a talk at the Bordeaux Polymer Conference.

  • 01/03: New article in Organometallics in collaboration with Dr M. D. Jones from Bath, on Al half-salan complexes, and their use to make poly(lactic acid).

  • 7/04: New article in Electroanalysis, a collaboration led by Prof Frank Marken from Bath.

  • 05/04: Antoine gives an invited lecture and visit ISPA in Alencon (France), a specialised institute of plastics and composites.


Winter 2018

  • 16/03: Antoine and Jasmine participates in the Science festival Bath Taps into Science

  • 01/03: New article on polymers from sugars and CS2 published in the emerging investigator issue of Polymer Chemistry. Well done Eva and George!

  • 06/02: Welcome to Theo and Liza!

  • 05/02: Antoine features in the Impact magazine of the University.

  • 31/01: Antoine gives a research seminar at Lancaster University.

  • 23/01: Antoine talks at the SUSPOL meeting in Warwick.

  • 17/01: Antoine presents the group's research at the Vice-Chancellor's research afternoon.

  • 03/01: Antoine is a keynote speaker at the UK Catalysis conference in Loughborough.

Autumn 2017

  • 18/12: Group Christmas party in a Tibetan restaurant! Merry Christmas!
  • 12/12: New group photo!
  • 11/12: Antoine attends the meeting Frontiers in Green Materials in London.
  • 01/11: Antoine joins the Editorial Board of Green Materials.
  • 11/10: We welcome Ross in the group for his UG final year project.

  • 05/10: Jasmine joins the group as part of her first MRes project at the CDT in SCT.

  • 02/10: Welcome to Ioli who joins us for her PhD within the CDT in Catalysis.

Summer 2017

April /May 2017

  • 18/05: Antoine talked to Year 10 and 6th formers about the group's research at St Augustine's College in Trowbridge.

  • 21/04: George has just passed her PhD viva! Congratulations!

March 2017

January/February 2017

  • 13/02: George's article on CO2/thymidine polycarbonate has been accepted in Polymer Chemistry!

  • 06/02: James' article is now out in the New Journal of Chemistry!

  • 27/01: Our Feature Article in Chemical Communications "Polymers from sugars" is on line

November/December 2016

September/October 2016

  • 18/10: We welcome Tanguy in the group for his final-year research project.

  • 3/10: Welcome (back) to Thom and Strachan who start their PhD in th group!

  • 23/09: New paper published in Macromolecules on a new sugar-based polymer. Congratulations George, Lilly and Beth!

  • 16/09: New paper published in ChemCatChem, from a project led by Dr Ceri Hammond at Cardiff, on zeolite catalysed Baeyer-Villager oxidations. Congratulations Keiko and Kirstie from the CDT in Catalysis!

  • 14/09: Antoine presents the group's research on CO2 utilisation at the ICCDU in Sheffield.

  • 5/09: We are organising MICRA2016!

Summer 2016

  • We are organising MICRA 2016 (Meeting of Inorganic Chemists Recently Appointed) at the University of Bath on 5-7 September 2016. Honorary Degrees will be awarded on this occasion to Prof Philip Power (UC Davis) and Prof Robert Crabtree (Yale) on 7 September. Award lectures are public.

  • 12/08: A new group photo was taken at our summer barbecue!

  • 04/08: New paper published in Dalton Transactions, from a project led by Dr Matthew Jones at Bath.

  • 1/07: Welcome to Eva, who joins the group as our new EPSRC-funded PDRA.

  • 09/06: We welcome Rose, Beth and Strachan in the lab for their second CDT MRes project!

Spring 2016


  • 29/04: An EPSRC supported Post-Doctoral Research Associate position, starting June-July 2016, is available for up to 18 months in our group. See advert and apply directly online

  • 02/04: New paper accepted in Electroanalysis, a collaborative work led by Prof Frank Marken from Bath. Out now (updated 5/05/2016)

  • 25/03: Antoine is awarded a EPSRC First Grant. Post-Doctoral Research Assistant position will be advertised in April 2016.

  • 15/03: New article published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society with Prof C. K. Williams (ICL). In Open Access.

  • 03/03: Antoine is awarded a research grant from The Royal Society.

Winter 2016


  • 24/02: Fully funded PhD studenship available starting october 2016.

  • 11/02: We welcome Lilly in the group for her Erasmus term at the University of Bath.

  • 02/02: New group photo!

  • 15/01: As this year competition is about to kick off, read about and watch George's Three Minute Thesis competition entry from last year here.

  • 01/01: Happy New Year!

  • 09/12: Congratulations to Andy on his MRes graduation!

  • 02/12: Chrismas party selfie!

October 2015


  • 30/10: Read Andrew's account of the Small Molecule NMR Conference 2015 on the CSCT blog.

  • 19/10: We welcome Liz and Charlie in the group for their final year research projects.

  • 12/10: New paper published in Electrocatalysis, a collaborative work led by Prof Frank Marken from Bath. Out now here.

  • 1/10: James Beament joins the group for his PhD, in co-supervision with Dr Matthew Jones.

September 2015


  • 22/09: New paper accepted in Electrocatalysis, a collaborative work led by Prof Frank Marken from Bath. Out soon.

  • 14/09/2015: New paper accepted in Chemistry, a European Journal, a collaborative work led by Dr Ruth Webster from Bath. read more about the Facile, Catalytic Dehydrocoupling of Phosphines Using β-Diketiminate Iron(II) Complexes.

  • 7-9/09/2015; Faraday Discussions on CO2 Utilisation at the University of Sheffield. Congratulations to George for winning the best poster prize! Read her account of the conference on the CSCT blog.

  • 1/09/2015: Symposium “Inventing New Reactions” in honour of the 60th birthday of Prof Sam Zard, Antoine’s organic chemistry mentor at the Ecole Polytechnique. Happy Birthday!

Summer 2015


  • 14/08/2015: Morgan and Evan completed their 8 week project in the group by presenting their work to the Chemistry Department. We wish them a safe trip back to the US and all the best for their remaining studies.

  • 13/07/2015: Check out our photos of the CSCT summer showcase.

  • 2/07/2015: Congratulations to Lucy (Nat Sci. BSc) and Felicity (MChem) on their graduation, alongside Prof George Whitesides (recipient of an honorary degree from Bath)! 

  • 1/07/2015: We welcome Craig, Morgan and Evan to the lab for the summer! Craig is a 3rd year MChem student at Bath who was awarded a RSC UG research bursary for the summer. Morgan and Evan come from the US and are funded by the NSF and the Research Experience for Undergraduate program grant led by Dr Terry Nile.

  • 17/06/2015: New article in collaboration with Dr Matthew D. Jones just accepted in Chemical Science and already on open-access on-line! Congratulations Paul (CSCT) and Lauren (Bath UG) for your work! Discover the metal influence on the selectivity of salan derived catalysts for the polymerisation of lactide. It is on open-access.

  • 08-11/06/2015: Antoine attends the Royal Society Discussion meetings Catalysis improving society in London and Catalysis to make the world a better place at Chicheley Hall.

Spring 2015


  • 14/05/2015: Craig, currently in his 3rd at Bath, was awarded a RSC Undegraduate Bursary to work with us over the summer. Congratulations!

  • 01/05/2015:  George's first paper has just been published in RSC Advances. Congratulations! Read about our novel mild method to make polymerisable cyclic carbonates directly from 1,3-diols and low CO2 pressure. It is open-access.

  • 07/04/2015:  George is talking at the CSCT symposium " Renewable Feedstocks: A Fantasy or Reality?" (4.05 pm, 3 West North 2.1). Details can be found on the CSCT blog.

  • 02/04/2015: Antoine is giving a seminar at the University of Rouen in Normandy, France (10.30 am, Amphitheater Poirier). Details can be found on the University of Rouen website.
    He will also spend a couple of days in the Cobra Lab, with Dr Vincent Tognetti.

  • 20/03/2015: Andrew and the 2014 CSCT CDT cohort are at the Bath Taps into Science festival, today at in the University Founder's hall, and tomorrow in Victoria Park. Come and let them engage you with sustainable chemical technologiesCheck out their video here.

  • 18/03/2015: Congratulations to George for winning the Faculty of Science 3 minute thesis competition with her presentation: "What if we could make plastic from waste sugar?".

Winter 2015


  • 26/02/2015: Antoine stepped in for Dr Krista Bondy and spoke at the free public lecture on Sustainability, part of the University of Bath MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) ‘Make an Impact: Sustainability for Professionals’ which started on 12 January and was led by Dr Emma Emanuelsson from the department of Chemical Engineering. The video can be seen here.

  • 25/02/2015: A photo of the group as it stands today as been added to the GROUP page.

  • 18/02/2015: Antoine is an invited speaker at the EPSRC UK National Service for Computational Chemistry Software (NSCCS) user meeting 2015 at Imperial College London. He will talk about our "Joint experimental/computational approach to the development of new catalytic systems for renewable polymers"  (at 2.40 pm, Electrical Engineering Building, Room 509 A&B). The rest of the meeting programme is available here or here as a pdf.

  • 21/01/2015: Antoine will be giving a research seminar at University College London and present the group latest work on sustainable polymers (Ramsay Lecture Theatre, 4 pm).

  • 13/01/2015: Paragon and Prior Park College students presented at the University in front of CSCT staff and students, the results of our Royal Society Partnership Grant project "Green Plastics vs Water". Well done everyone!
    Read more about it here and here.

  • 13/01/2015: Website is live! Welcome to Felicity, who joins the group for her final year MChem research project.

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