Group Members


 PhD Students:


Elsa Martínez Arce (Spain)
Elsa was born in Barcelona, where she completed her masters degree in the University Autonoma of Barcelona. She undertook her major research project in the Research Unit of Asymmetric Synthesis under the supervision of Prof. Antoni Riera Escale, investigating new bidentate phosphine ligands for the catalytic asymmetric Pauson-Khand reaction. In her spare time, Elsa enjoys playing volleyball and painting.



Matthew Ball (UK)
Matt completed an MChem degree at the University of Reading, and graduated at the top of the year group. His final year project, with supervisor Dr Andy Russell, involved the synthesis of substituted phenols and the analysis of their ability to undergo a meta-photocycloaddition reaction. In his spare time, Matt enjoys playing the piano, and cooking.




Onyeka Obumselu (Nigeria)
Onyeka joined the group in April 2013. He obtained his Bachelors degree at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He also completed his Masters degree in Organic Chemistry from the same university in 2010. Onyeka enjoys short races and listening to music.




Miguel Garzón Sanz (Spain)
Miguel was born in Madrid (Spain). He studied Chemistry in the University Complutense of Madrid where he undertook his final year project under the supervision of Prof. Maria Josefa Ortiz Garcia on the design and synthesis of new fluorescent dyes (BODIPY) with optical and biomedical applications. In his spare time Miguel enjoys playing squash and reading.




Joshua Priest (UK)
Josh did his MChem at Loughborough University. His major research project, under the supervision of Dr Marc Kimber, concerned the asymmetric synthesis of γ-butyrolactones. For this work Josh was awarded 1st prize at the Midlands SCI undergraduate conference and the Loughborough MChem prize. Outside of the lab Josh plays the guitar and generally beats the rest of the group at pool.




Andrew Gillie (UK)
Andy completed his MSci at the University of Birmingham in 2011 where he undertook his final year project under the supervision of Prof. Mike Hannon on the synthesis of rhenium complexes for use as luminescent probes for steroid receptors. Upon graduating Andy received the Alfred Bader prize for the best student going on to undertake research in organic chemistry. Andy enjoys running and plays with a local brass band.




Matthew Barrett (UK)
Matt is undertaking a joint project between the Davies and Grainger groups at the University of Birmingham. He completed his Master of Chemistry degree in 2011 at the University of Southampton which included a 6 month 4th year placement at Key Organics in Cornwall carrying out synthetic organic chemistry. In his spare time Matt enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking and hiking as well as caving and loves to explore new places.



MSc Student:


Fatima Khan (UK)
Fatima completed a BSc in Chemistry at the University of Birmingham where she undertook a final year literature project with Paul analysing the contribution to chemistry of Prof. RB Woodward. She is currently undertaking a joint MSc project with the Davies and Grainger groups investigating gold catalysed reactions of alkynylsulfoxides. She enjoys painting, baking, carpentry and the company of cats.


Previous Members:

PhD Students

Dr Elli Chatzopoulou

Dr Holly Adcock

Dr Michel Franck Boissonet

Dr Tom Baker

Dr Parmjit Heer

 Dr Alex Cremonesi

Dr Christelle Detty-Mambo

 Dr Nicholas Martin


Post Docs

Dr Raju Jannapureddy

Dr Fernando Sanchez-Cantalejo

Dr Mickael Dos Santos

Dr Sebastian Albrecht

Dr Estelle Banaszak


Visiting Scientists  

Dr Lidia Dumitrescu

Ana Sanjuan


MSci Students

Josh Farndon

Jay Wright

Tzu Hui

Matthew Gray

Kim Koell-Keith

Matthew Crane

Graziella Dragomir

Harry Shrives

Glenn Ward

Bill Spencer

Jon Kedge

Lee Beasmore

Visiting Undergraduates

Denise Meyer

Thomas Mietke

Giulio Assanelli