Crests Low-Dimensional Chemistry

Towards biologically inspired design

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Who We Are

Investigators

Graham Leggett, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield.

 

 

 

 

Steve Armes, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield. E-mail: s.p.armes@sheffield.ac.uk.

Neil Hunter FRS, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield. E-mail: C.N.Hunter@sheffield.ac.uk.

Steve Evans, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds. E-mail: s.d.evans@leeds.ac.uk.

Mark Geoghegan, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield. E-mail: mark.geoghegan@sheffield.ac.uk.

Jamie Hobbs, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield. E-mail: jamie.hobbs@sheffield.ac.uk.

PhD Students

Abdullah Alswieleh, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield.

 

 

Anita Blakeston, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds.

 

 

Paul Chapman, Departments of Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield.

 

 

Chris Clarkson, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffieldy.

 

 

Katie Grayson, Departmeny of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield.

 

 

Alexander Johnson, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield.

 

 

Omed Al-Jaf, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield.

 

 

 

Johannes Roth, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds.

 

 

Jessie Xia, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield.

 

 

 

Hang Xu, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield.

 

Postdoctoral Researchers

Peng Bao, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds.

 

 

Michael Cartron, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield.

 

 

Nan Cheng, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield.

 

 

 

Robert Ducker, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield.

 

 

 

Osama El-Zubir, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield.

 

 

 

Nic Mullin, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield.

Anna Tsargorodska, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield.

Who We Are

Abdullah Alswieleh

E-mail: chp10ama@sheffield.ac.uk.

Abdullah Alswieleh is a PhD student. He is from Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. His project is based on the synthesis of polymer brushes, which can be used to support lipid bilayers. He likes to spend his free time reading history books.

Anita Blakeston

E-mail: pyacb@leeds.ac.uk.

Anita Blakeston is a PhD student in the Leeds Molecular and Nanoscale Physics group working on growing cell membranes on layers of polymers. She is also looking at putting membrane proteins into this assembly. Out of the lab she is very involved in live music and is a sound engineer for concerts and events as well as playing four instruments (not all at once!) in a country rock band.

Paul Chapman

E-mail: pmchapman2@sheffield.ac.uk.

I am working in both the departments of chemistry and physics. I grow polymer molecules from surfaces and try to measure their properties such as height and stiffness. I am attempting to change these properties by chemical reactions and the addition of proteins from bacteria. When not in the lab, I enjoy running and reading fiction novels.

Chris Clarkson

E-mail: phb07cc@sheffield.ac.uk.

Hi, I'm Chris and I measure how molecules move on interestingly patterned surfaces.  When not doing that I listen to rock music and play golf, though not usually at the same time.

Katie Grayson

E-mail: mba06kg@sheffield.ac.uk.

When in the lab, I work with photosynthetic bacteria to gain a better understanding of how photosynthesis works. I alter the existing photosynthetic energy-transfer pathways by putting foreign and synthetic proteins into them. In my spare time I scamper around the countryside, write, and travel to places with interesting history.

Alexander Johnson

E-mail: alexander.johnson@sheffield.ac.uk.

My research involves the patterning of surfaces using photolithographic techniques such as interferometric lithography and scanning near-field photolithography to organise biomolecules on surfaces such as proteins and lipid bilayers. Outside of science I am a keen photographer and enjoy playing guitar and piano. I also enjoy playing around with Rubiks cubes and on a good day can solve one is less than a minute.

Omed Al-Jaf

E-mail: chp12oqa@sheffield.ac.uk.

Omed Al-Jaf is a chemistry PhD student interested in the study of surface chemistry, with a special interest in the study of molecular interactions on the nanoscale. When he is not at work he enjoys playing football and swimming.

Johannes Roth

E-mail: pyjsr@leeds.ac.uk.

Despite being from Germany, I don't have an obsession for Lederhosen and Brezeln. I do like a good pint of beer though and am slightly obsessed with being on time. When it comes to science, I tend to cross the border between physics, chemistry and biology quite often. My main research interest lies in the work with biological membranes. I aim to understand more about processes and components in these membranes.

Jessie Xia

E-mail: chp11sx@sheffield.ac.uk.

My name is Sijing Xia or Jessie, which is my English nickname. I come from Wuhan, China. I'm a third year PhD student in Prof. Graham Leggett's group. In the LDC project, I make different protein patterns through photolithography methods. In my spare time, I would like to do travelling. Various European cities are really nice places to visit. 

Hang Xu

E-mail: chp12hx@sheffield.ac.uk.

Hang Xu is a second year PhD student from the group of Prof. Graham J. Leggett. She is currently working on biomaterials patterning on self-assembled monolayers and imaging by AFM. She is a big fan of Japanese culture, language, dramas, animations, comics and games and she is now enjoying the process of learning to become a good cooker for Chinese cuisines.

Peng Bao

E-mail: P.Bao@leeds.ac.uk.

Dr Peng Bao is a Research Associate in the NMP group, University of Leeds, under the supervision of Prof. Steve Evans. His research interests include: fundamental physical properties of lipid bilayers, lipid bilayer formation and patterning, electrophoresis in lipid bilayer, membrane proteins, and formation of giant unilamellar vesicles. He is also experienced in semiconductor devices and physics, dielectric materials for microwave devices applications, and ferroelectric materials. In his leisure time, he enjoys cooking, playing badminton and studying Chinese traditional medicine.

Michael Cartron

E-mail: m.l.cartron@sheffield.ac.uk.

Nan Cheng

E-mail: n.cheng@sheffield.ac.uk.

Rob Ducker

E-mail: r.e.ducker@sheffield.ac.uk.

Osama El Zubir

E-mail: chp07oe@sheffield.ac.uk.

Osama El-Zubir did his BSc from the University of Sebha (Libya) in 1997. This was followed by an MSc in Chemistry from University of Garyounis (Libya) in 2003, and a PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2012. He is a Research Associate interested in nanolithography, with a special interest in patterning of proteins on different materials by different techniques of interference lithography.

Graham Leggett

E-mail: Graham.Leggett@shef.ac.uk.

Graham Leggett is a professor of chemistry interested in the study of molecular interactions at surfaces, with a special interest in the interfaces between synthetic and biological materials. When he's not at work he enjoys playing the guitar and Mexican cookery.

Acknowledgements

Photography by Ali Johnson.