Benjamin Research Group

Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry in the Benjamin Group at Nottingham Trent University

People

Current Group Members

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Dr. Sophie Benjamin

Sophie is a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at Nottingham Trent University. Her main research focuses on the synthesis of new molecules containing heavy p-block elements, but she likes to cover as much of the periodic table as possible, whenever possible! Her favourite element is antimony.

Prior to joining NTU, Sophie completed a PhD and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Southampton, working with Prof. W. Levason and Prof. G. Reid, having graduated with an MSci from the University of Cambridge. Sophie is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and sits on the RSC Coordination and Organometallic Discussion Group committee.

 

omarOmar Coughlin

Omar  left University College Dublin in 2017 with a BSc(Chemistry), graduating with a first class honours. His final year project was titled ‘Late First Row Transition Metal(II) Ammine Oxalate: Structure and Magnetism’, carried out under the supervision of Dr. Tony Keene. He joined the Benjamin group in Nottingham Trent University in October 2017 as a PhD student. Omar’s research is focused on the use of cationic organoantimony reagents for catalytic applications.

Group Alumni

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Dr. Ben Lake

Ben (pictured left) joined the Benjamin group as a PDRA from March 2018 – June 2019 to work on the synthesis and reactivity of organo-fluoro-stibonium and -bismuthonium Lewis acids. Before that he was a PDRA at the University of Edinburgh under Professor Michael Shaver, where he was developing ‘greener’ iron and titanium-based mediators of controlled radical polymerisation. Prior to that, Ben obtained his PhD at the University of Leeds under Dr Charlotte Willans, where he researched all aspects of copper-NHCs.

 

 

emilyEmily Killoran

Emily is a Bsc Chemistry student at Nottingham Trent University with a passion for research. She joined the group for a productive research internship in Summer 2018, studying the development of main group catalysts, focusing mainly on group 15 elements, e.g. Bismuth.

 

 

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Matthew Marples

Matt completed his BSc and MRes in Chemistry at NTU (2013-2018). During his time in the group he completed his masters project on the development of single molecular magnets using transition and lanthanide metals.

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