Ryan is a member of the first cohort of the EPSRC-SFI funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technology at the UCL School of Pharmacy. During his initial year within the PhD program, Ryan has undertaken two research projects. The first, conducted within the UCL Chemistry Department, focused on the synthesis of novel tumour responsive materials using self-assembling peptide nanogels for cancer imaging and therapy, the second at AstraZeneca developing an in silico model for the prediction of lymphatic absorbance of novel drugs. Ryan’s current research focuses on designing biocompatible organic semiconductors for nerve regeneration, and is co-supervised by Dr James Phillips and and Prof. Alethea Tabor.
Prior to joining the PhD program, Ryan graduated with Distinction from the UCL School of Pharmacy with an MSc in Drug Discovery and Development developing a 3D cell culture model for prediction of drug induced liver injury. Ryan completed his undergraduate degree at the Royal Veterinary College, in Biological Science, graduating with a 2:1.
Zach received his MChem from Greenwich University where he completed his dissertation on the synthesis and spectroscopic study of diketopiperazine nanocrystals for drug delivery systems. His current research, co-supervised by Dr Giorgio Volpe, focuses on the self-assembly of organic semiconductors for printable electronics using a droplet manipulation technique.
Yasmin received an MChem in chemistry from the University of Manchester where she completed her dissertation on the direct functionalisation of C-nucleophiles using FLP activated CO2 under the supervision of Dr Alex Pulis within the group of Prof. David Procter and carried on with the research during her summer of 2018. She also spent her summer of 2017 at KAUST working on perovskite solar cells under the supervision of Prof. Iain Mcculloch and summer of 2016 at Koç University in Istanbul working on the stability of doped oxides. Her current research focuses on designing and synthesising biocompatible organic semiconductors for photoacoustic imaging.
Zilu is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. She received her B. Sc. (2012) from the Anhui Normal University and M. Sc. (2016) from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Her current research focuses on the design and synthesis of novel organo-metallic coordination materials for thermoelectric applications. Zilu is the recipient of a scholarship from the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC).
Lewis received an MChem in chemistry from the University of Huddersfield where he completed his dissertation on the synthesis of novel sulfonic ester-containing heterocycles under the supervision of Dr Mark Heron. He also spent a year working in the NMR department of the Intertek Pharmaceutical Services analytical laboratory in Manchester.
Lewis joined the Schroeder group as a PhD student in September 2016. Current research interests are centred around the development of high-performing pi-conjugated polymers with an emphasis on materials which can be used as the n-type semiconducting component in thermoelectric devices and especially species which employ an intrinsic doping strategy.