I will soon be setting up my new lab in the Department of Chemistry, King’s College London, as I will be joining the department as a Lecturer in June 2019. Prospective PhD students, who are enthusiastic about being at the forefront of industrial biotechnology (and beyond!) are encouraged to get in touch. Together, we will design new ways of manufacturing the products we need from sustainable sources, and develop new pathways to recycle the old products.
I am currently a Research Associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, London. Previously I was a member of the Centre for Organized Matter Chemistry at the University of Bristol, where I also received my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Stephen Mann FRS.
My research is in the development of new protein-based biomaterials for non-aqueous biocatalysis. The main focus of which will enable us to move from an oil-based economy to a bio-based economy. Essentially, nature has many tools for the utilisation of biomass for the various building blocks of life. However, the processes are far too slow to be used in their current form to make the fuels, chemicals, and plastics we require for modern living. The question, which my research aims to answer, can we make biological systems more compatible with synthetic systems, such that we can fully exploit nature’s toolkit to make our own industry more sustainable and more environmentally friendly.
Specifically, my main research interests are:
- Biocatalysis in ionic liquids
- Nonaqueous enzymes
- Biophysics of proteins in unnatural environments
- Functional hybrid materials
- Protein engineering
My Imperial College contact details can be found here.
Alternatively, I can be emailed here.