Dr Bao Nguyen is an Associate Professor in Physical Organic Chemistry at University of Leeds, where he has been from September 2012. He actively collaborates with colleagues from both the School of Chemistry and School of Chemical and Process Engineering to address current challenges in process chemistry. He is a core member of the Institute of Process Research and Development (iPRD), a flagship institute set up by the Leeds Transformation Fund.
Dr Nguyen did his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Dr John M. Brown FRS. He then moved to Dr Michael C. Willis' group, where he developed the first Pd-catalysed coupling reaction employing sulfur dioxide by suppressing catalyst deactivation. Afterward, he joined Imperial College London, working in Dr King Kuok Hii's group to delineate the nature of the palladium species in different catalytic reactions and developing separation methods for these species. He was awarded his first independent position as a Ramsay Memorial Fellow at Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London.
Katarzyna Maltby joined in April 2021 as a PDRA working on developing organic reactions on water with a particular focus on continuous workup and water recycling. She completed her master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology followed by a PhD at the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies at the University of Bath.
Krishna Sharma joined on January 2020 as a PDRA. His research work focuses on the discovery of organic reactions on water. Krishna completed his Masters by research at University of Oxford prior to which he attended St. Stephen’s College in Delhi for his undergraduate studies in Chemistry. He then moved to the University of Cambridge where he recently completed his PhD in Chemistry.
Aneesa Ahmad joined on January 2022 as a short-term PDRA. Her research interests lie in theoretical chemistry and the applications of machine learning, as well as solid-state DFT. In her spare time she enjoy going for walks and drawing.
James Mottram is a Molecules to Product CDT PhD student who joined BN Group on January 2021. His work aims to demonstrate the application of machine-learning-assisted rapid prototyping to the design of supported catalysts in continuous flow applications. James graduated in 2020 with a first class degree in chemical and energy process engineering from University of Leeds.
George Hodgin is a home grown PhD student who joined BN group on 2020. His project is sponsored by Lhasa. It aims to develop data oriented reaction protocol predict reaction outcomes in organic syntheses.
Alison McCorry joins the group in 2019 as a PhD student sponsored by AstraZeneca. She did her undergraduate study at Loughborough University. Her project will focus on developing a toolkit for application of 'micellar catalysis' to high value chemical manufacture.
Marc Short is a student of the cP3 CDT who joined the group on July 2019. His project is a collaboration with the CCDC to develop ligand/catalyst design tools based on the CCDC database for modern catalysis. He did his undergraduate study in Medicinal Chemistry at University of York.
Rosalie Hamill is a Leeds-grown student who joined BN group on 10/2017. She is sponsored by Syngenta and AstraZeneca to investigate electrochemical flow-reactors as a novel technology for chemical syntheses.
Edgar Frost is an integrated Master’s student who joined the BN group in 2021. His project aims to utilise electrochemically synthesised organozinc reagents to form API-like cyclobutanone derivatives.
William Shaw is an MChem student born in Leeds. His project involves developing a reaction dictionary to translate reagents which are not readable by machine into their machine-readable form, to be used in the prediction of organic reaction outcomes.
Zeshen Wang (MSc, 2020-2021) Edward Chapman (MSc, 2020-2021) James Lloyd (PhD, 2021-2021) Samuel Boobier (PhD, 2017-2021) Joseph Sheppard (PhD, 2016-2020) Katie Beckwith (MChem, 2021) Megan St John-Perry (MChem, 2021) Sannia Farooque (PDRA, 2019-2021) Connor Sherwin (MChem, 2020) Antonia Feilden (MChem, 2020) Robin Adderley (MSc in Chemical Engineering, 2019) Jay Soni (MSc in Chemical Engineering, 2019) Thomas Dent (PhD, 2015-2019) Blanca Ivonne Vergara Arenas (Visiting PhD, UAMM, 2017) Erwin Maters (MChem 2017, Leeds) Sophie Robinson (MChem 2017, Leeds) Rachel Nicholls (PDRA, PhD 2013-2017) Grant Sherborne (PhD 2013-2017) Michael Chapman (PhD 2013-2016) Manuel Cervantes (visting student 2017) Rupert Laslett (MChem 2016, Leeds) Benjamin Kyffin (PhD 2015-2016) William Reynolds (PDRA 2014). Luke Power (MSc in Chemical Engineering 2017) James Miller (MChem 2015, Leeds) Lucas Homar (MChem 2014, Leeds) Ratanang F. Serefentse (MEng 2012, Leeds) Orugbani Solomon Eli (MSc 2014, Leeds) Olamide Shokunbi (MEng 2014) David Hahn (Erasmus 2011, Imperial College) Yarseen Shafi: MSc student in Chemical Engineering at University of Leeds in 2013. Patrick Foley: Clothworkers funded summer student at University of Leeds in 2013. Thomas McDevitt: MChem student at Imperial College London in 2011-2012. Simon Kaufhold (Erasmus/MChem 2011-2012) Filip Šebest: UROP student at Imperial College London in 2012. Clément Mauger Jourdan: UROP student at Imperial College London in 2011. Clément came from Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris. Sammy Chan: UROP student at Imperial College London in 2011. Sammy came from University of Cambridge. Janie Anka-Lufford: UROP student at Imperial College London in 2012.