Kamer Group Members

Prof Paul Kamer

Paul did his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Utrecht. As a postdoctoral fellow of the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF) he spent 1 year at the California Institute of Technology and 1 year at the University of Leiden, where he worked on the development of phosphorothiate analogues of nucleotides. He subsequently moved to the University of Amsterdam to work in the field of homogeneous with Prof. Piet van Leeuwen, where he was appointed full professor of homogeneous catalysis in January 2005. In 2005 he also received a Marie Curie Excellence Grant to move his activities to the University of St Andrews where he is currently professor of Inorganic Chemistry. His current research interests are (asymmetric) homogeneous catalysis, organometallic chemistry, combinatorial synthesis, and artificial metalloenzymes.

Amanda Jarvis

Amanda obtained her MChem degree from the University of St Andrews in 2007, before moving to the University of York (UK) for her PhD studies on phosphine-alkene ligands and their coordination chemistry in the group of Prof. Ian Fairlamb. After an initial postdoctoral position at the ICSN (Institut de Chemie des Substances Naturelles, Gif-sur-Yvette, France) working on Rh catalysed C-H amination and diamination reactions in the group of Dr Philippe Dauban, Amanda moved back to St Andrews to join the group of Prof. Paul Kamer in 2013. She is working on the development of artificial metalloenzymes for oxidative catalysis. In her free time she enjoys knitting, cooking and reading.

Andrew Ward

Andrew comes from Coventry, England and gained a first class MChem degree from the University of St Andrews, completing his final year degree project with Prof. J Derek Woollins on platinum co-ordination chemistry. He also carried out a placement at GlaxoSmithKline (Worthing) as a process chemist in the manufacture of the antibiotic mupirocin. He is in the 2nd year of his PhD which is concerned with the preparation of artificial metalloenzymes for alkane oxidation catalysis. In his free time he enjoys playing cricket, chess and cooking.


Ciaran Lahive

Ciaran is from Cork, Ireland where he completed his BSc in The Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds at University College Cork. He came to St. Andrews to carry out a PhD in September 2013 working on Lignin valorisation as a Marie Curie Research Fellow within the Subicat Initial Training Network working under the supervision of Prof. Paul Kamer. In his free time he enjoys reading and spending time with friends.

Fransiscus Heutz

Frank was born in the Netherlands in 1989. He received his master’s degree in molecular engineering (cum laude) from the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2012. He did his master’s thesis on the cyclometallation of substituted phosphinines through C-H activation in the group of Prof. Dr. D. Vogt under the supervision of Prof. Dr. C. Müller. Afterwards he accepted a Ph.D. position at the University of St. Andrews under the supervision of Prof. Kamer and started his research, funded by the SusPhos network, in February 2013. His project focuses on combinatorial methodologies for the solid-phase synthesis of bidentate phosphorus ligands. Subsequently, the synthesized ligand libraries will be screened in various asymmetric catalytic reactions in order to find active, selective and recyclable immobilized catalysts. Ultimately the project will hopefully lead to a more sustainable use of phosphorus containing ligands. In his free time he enjoys cooking and hiking.

Giulia Buccolini

Giulia studied at the University of Camerino and graduated with a Masters Degree in chemistry and advanced chemical methodologies. She carried out research placements at the Italian Institute of Technologies in Arnesano (synthesis and development of nanoparticles). . Her PhD project will develop bimetallic catalysts to prepare high value added materials under the supervision of Prof. Paul Kamer (St Andrews) and Prof. Dieter Vogt (Edinburgh). Giulia likes reading and cooking.

Irshad Baig

Lorenzo Piola

Luke Shaw

Luke gained his MChem Chemistry degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in July 2014, completing a masters project on the enantioselective addition of organolithium reagents to carbonyl compounds, under the supervision of Dr. Beatriz Macia-Ruiz. He also received the Society of Chemical Industry, Liverpool and northwest prize for achievement during his undergraduate study. His interests are Homogeneous catalysis, asymmetric synthesis and green/sustainable chemistry. In his free time he enjoys reading, travelling, history and cooking.

Megan Doble

Paola Forero Cortes

Paola was born in Bogota, Colombia. She received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas; she went on to earn her Magister of Science from the National University of Colombia, completing her thesis at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Afterwards, she moved to Mulheim an der Ruhr in Germany for an internship at the Max Planck Institute für Kohlenforschung. Her PhD project project focuses on rational design of Xantphos derivatives for homogeneous catalytic cleavage of lignin, specifically on the Beta-O-4 ether linkage funded by Marie Curie Actions. In her free time she enjoys travelling, painting, meeting new people and dancing.

Robert Konrath

Robert comes from Magdeburg in Germany and studied chemistry at the University of Leipzig. After a semester at the Monash University in Australia he completed his Master’s thesis on “New Accesses to Ferrocene-based, Planar-Chiral Organoborane-Lewis-Acids“ under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins and obtained his Master of Science in 2015. Afterwards he started his PhD in the group of Prof. Paul Kamer at the University of St. Andrews. His research project focuses on solid-phase synthesis of recyclable phosphorus donor ligands for development of immobilized transition metal catalyst libraries. In his free time enjoys travelling, football, cycling and exploring international cuisines.

Yiping Shi

Yiping comes from China and completed an MSci degree in Chemistry with Industrial Experience at the University of Bristol. She carried out the placement at Xention as a medicinal chemist. Her PhD is concerned about homogeneous catalysis for the production of value-added products from waste oil. In her free time she enjoys reading and cooking.

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