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 awarded an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship, which commenced in December 2017 and was promoted to Reader in 2019. 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

Dr Samantha Lau

Sam graduated from Imperial College London in 2014. Undeterred by the London slog she decided to continue and pursue a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Mark Crimmin. In 2018, she joined Dr. Adrian Chaplin’s group at University of Warwick for her first PDRA position working with rhodium pincer complexes. When Sam is not in the lab she enjoys amateur photoshopping, a spot of gardening and failing at pub quizzes.

Favourite words: Not suitable for public broadcast

Blue Roll Challenge: tbc

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).

Adam Barrett

Adam graduated from the University of York in 2018 with an MChem in Chemistry. Adam’s hobbies include playing the guitar, tennis, supporting Swansea City AFC and writing about himself in the third person.

Favourite words: TBC

Blue Roll Challenge: 13 seconds.

Thomas Linford-Wood

Tom was awarded his MChem from the University of Nottingham in 2018, before joining the CDT in Catalysis. Having conducted one of his MRes projects within the group, a return for the remainder of his PhD was inevitable, starting in 2019. Further interests include travels, reading, hiking, parkrun, Sunday league football and taking photos outside the lab.


Favourite phrase: “My reaction’s being bookey”

Blue Roll Challenge: 12 seconds.

Emily Pocock

Emily graduated from the University of York in 2020 with an MChem, following an industrial placement year at Eli Lilly. Emily’s interests include playing the ukulele, going to the gym and playing cooperative board games (as she is too competitive to play against anyone!).


Favourite phrase: tbc

Blue Roll Challenge:  xx seconds.

Mirela Johnson

Mirela graduated from Cardiff University in 2020 with a Master's in Chemistry, with an industrial placement at AstraZeneca. She is now undertaking her PhD at Bath (in collaboration with Monash University) as a member of the CSCT '20 cohort. Outside of academia, Mirela enjoys keeping fit with monthly jogs and walks up hills in search of painted rocks, (does not apply to the Uni hill).


Favourite phrase: tbc

Blue Roll Challenge:  xx seconds.

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

Former Group members


Dr. Maialen Espinal-Viguri (April 2015 - October 2016)

PhD Students

Cei Provis-Evans (PhD defence April 2020)

Nathan Coles (PhD defence July 2019)

Kim Gallagher (PhD defence June 2019)

Andrew King (PhD defence July 2018)

MChem, MRes and Summer Students

Ali Najmi (19/20 MChem project student)

Jonny Nevett (19/20 MChem project student)

Hugh Sanderson (19/20 MChem project student)

Stephen Andrews (18/19 MChem project student)

Alex James (18/19 MChem project student)

David Pilley (18/19 MChem project student)

Thomas Linford-Wood (2019, Catalysis CDT MRes student)

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)

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)

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