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Research Fellow in Chemistry, University of Birmingham

My research focus is the creation of functional nanomaterials from renewable resources. In particular, I am interested in using biomass to produce sustainable catalysts for various applications, such as energy generation and transfer.

I am passionate about green chemistry, both in my research and the potential for changing negative public perceptions of chemistry. With diverse interests in nanotechnology, catalysis and materials from biomass, I lead a growing group in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham, UK. Prior to my Birmingham Fellowship, I held Postdoctoral Fellowships at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan and the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces in Germany. I received my PhD from the University of Bristol, during which time I also worked for 1 year at Dupont in the US.

Research themes include:
Green nanochemistry
Biopolymers as a flexible resource for nanochemistry
Catalysts from abundant elements
Functional carbon from renewable resources


  • –present
    Research Fellow in Chemistry, University of Birmingham


  • 2009 
    PhD, Chemistry