Research Associates

Cristina Stere photoChristina Stere; cristina.stere@manchester.ac.uk
Dr Christina completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2012 from the Queen’s University Belfast under the supervision of Prof Alex Goguet and Prof Chris Hardacre on the development and application of a spatially resolved technique for the investigation of structured catalysts under real reaction conditions. She then continued as a PDRA at the same university working on plasma assisted reactions for automotive emission control coupled with developing state of the art spatially resolved techniques and DRIFT-MS system to allow in-situ studies of heterogeneous catalysts in the presence of plasma. She is currently working at the University of Manchester in the group of Prof. Chris Hardacre. Her current project looks at scalable production of high purity hydrogen through Water Gas Shift using a hybrid non-thermal plasma process and further development of in-situ DRIFTS technique for plasma reactions.

Hasliza Bahruji

Hasliza Bahruji; BahrujiH@cardiff.ac.uk
H. Bahruji received BSc (2002) and MSc (2005) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and PhD (2011) from Cardiff University. She was a lecturer in Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia (2005 – 2008) before appointed as research associate in School of Chemistry, Cardiff University in 2012. She is currently a researcher for Cardiff Catalysis Institute and Catalysis Hub UK. Her research interest in heterogeneous catalysis for carbon dioxide utilisation and photocatalytic water splitting for hydrogen production.

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Santhosh Matam; s.matam@ucl.ac.uk
Santhosh Kumar Matam received his doctorate from Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and subsequently moved as a scientist to Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology (Empa). Santhosh joined Prof. C. Richard A. Catlow’s group at the University College London and UK Catalysis Hub, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in September 2016 as a research associate. Santhosh’s research activities are primarily centred on in situ/operando spectroscopy for deriving catalyst structure-activity relationships. This knowledge can be used as a rational guide to develop inorganic solid materials for energy and environmental applications which include carbon neutral renewable energy and exhaust after-treatment technologies. He is also interested in operando reactors that allow real operation of chemical processes without intrinsic limitations. Santhosh designed and taught lab courses for graduate and postgraduates.

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Sumesh K Raman; sumesh.kureppadathuraman@chem.ox.ac.uk
Dr. Sumesh K Raman completed his PhD in 2014 from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP- Chimie ParisTech) under the supervision of Prof. Christophe Thomas, studying the development of new catalytic systems which enables the Ring Opening Copolymerisation of carbon monoxide and heterocyclic monomers to produce new biodegradable polyesters. After one year as a postdoc in the same group, Dr Raman joined as a PDRA in the group of Prof. Charlotte Williams at University of Oxford in 2016. At present he is working on a Catalysis Hub funded project -Comparing Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysts for Selective Polymerization- which is simultaneously involves the catalyst design as well as chemical transformation sub-themes. The current project deals with the discovery of new catalysts, novel ring opening polymerization strategies to make new biodegradable polymers through the selective polymerization of reactive heterocyclic monomers. This is a collaborative project mainly among Prof. Robert Raja (Southampton), Prof. Polly Arnold (Edinburgh), Prof. Matthew Davidson (Bath), Dr. Peter Wells (Harwell), and Dr. Emma Gibson (Harwell).

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Yaroslav Odarchenko; yaroslav.odarchenko@rc-harwell.ac.uk
Yaroslav received his PhD in 2012 from Strasbourg University where he studied materials under nanoconfinment using synchrotron radiation facilities (ESRF, DESY and BNL). After 3 years of research at the French National Center for Scientific Research and Royal Holloway University of London where he designed, built and tested new experimental platforms for the advanced characterisation of functional materials and biomolecular systems, he joined the AMB group at the UCL in 2016 to work on the EPSRC project focused on the developing of novel catalysts for the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. He is using grazing incidence X-ray scattering and spectroscopy (XAS/XPS) techniques to probe the supported metallic nanoparticles in real-time under reaction conditions.

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Yibo Zeng; ZengY14@cardiff.ac.uk
Dr. Yibo Zeng completed her PhD (2009) from Department of Chemistry, the University of Hong Kong on the projects: 1) The histidine- and glutamine-rich Hpn-like protein in Helicobacter pylori; 2). The mechanism of inhibiting urease activities by bismuth compounds. Then she joined Prof. Chi-Ming Che’s group in the same department as a research associate, studying the attenuation of Wnt-β catenin pathway in human cancer cells by ruthenium compounds. In 2012, she changed her research area from biological chemistry to immunology, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Johns Hopkins University (USA) in Prof. Thomas J. August’s group. The focus of her research included the construction of novel HIV-DNA vaccines, and with the help of lysosome-associated membrane proteins (LAMP), the antigenic peptide epitopes of proteins could be delivered to helper (CD4) T-cells to enhance the humoral and cellular immune responses. At present, she is now a postdoctoral research associate of Cardiff University, UK Catalysis Hub and University of Oxford, under the supervision of Prof. Graham Hutchings (Cardiff) and Prof. Benjamin Davis (Oxford), on the project ‘Exploring model systems for applying catalysis inside living systems with a view to medical application’.

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