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Post-doctoral researchers



Dr Antonis Messinis


After finishing my BSc. in chemistry at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2008, I moved to the University of Durham in UK where I completed a MSc. on phosphorus chemistry followed by a PhD. on metal imido-catalysed dimerization of ethylene and 1-hexene in collaboration with SASOL technology UK. I have been in the Bedford group since 2014 working as a PDRA on the synthesis of an aqueous olefin metathesis system based on Grubbs type catalysts supported on well-defined silica particles. Currently, I am conducting mechanistic studies within the Bedford group on iron-based catalytic systems. Outside academia, I have some experience in Wing Chun Kung Fu, epee fencing, Systema, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, calisthenics, and mainly Huang style Tai Ji.

Postgraduate students

Oscar Hernandez


I graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in June 2012 with a BSc. In Chemistry. I worked for one year as Junior Researcher in Sherwin Williams Mexico. I started my PhD in 2013 in the Bedford group, focussing on the study of the mechanisms of iron-catalysed cross-coupling reactions, the development of new iron-catalysed reactions and the synthesis of new iron organometallic complexes.

In my spare time you can find me listening music, watching films, playing videogames, pubbing, reading, swimming or gyming.

Stephen Luckham


I graduated from the University of Leicester in 2014 with a MChem degree, working in my final year with Dr. Greg Solan on development of iron and cobalt catalysts for homogeneous ethylene polymerisation. I then joined the Catalysis CDT, doing research sabbaticals with Professor Bedford and Professor Murphy (Cardiff). I am now doing my research in the Bedford group, working on further developing the mechanism of iron catalysed coupling processes with extensive use of EPR thanks to co-supervision from Professor Murphy. Outside of chemistry I enjoy sport and going on holiday where possible.

Mattia Manzotti


I carried out my BSc and MSc in Chemistry at Milano University, my thesis research being concerned with the synthesis of substituted aza-bicyclo[5.3.0]decanes as potential propapoptotic agents. I am currently part of the Catalysis CDT based in Cardiff, Bristol and Bath Universities. At present I am working under the supervision of Prof. Robin Bedford at Bristol University, developing new catalytic systems for iron-catalysed C-H functionalisation.

Harry O’Brien

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I completed my undergraduate degree (MChem) at the University of Liverpool in 2014. My final year project which was supervised by Prof. Simon Higgins involved the synthesis of terthiophene moieties and the measurement of their conductance as a single molecular wire using methods based on STM. In 2014 I started my PhD at the University of Bristol in the Bedford group. I look at expanding the scope and methodology of iron-catalysed cross-coupling reactions, whilst also attempting to gain mechanistic insights via the synthesis and isolation of highly air-sensitive iron-containing complexes. In my spare time I skydive and play the drums.

Sanita Tailor


I graduated from the University of Bristol with a MSci degree in Chemistry in June 2016. During my undergraduate degree, I studied abroad at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I worked on copper-catalysed, stereoselective borylation reactions in Professor Meek’s group. In June 2015, I received an EPSRC bursary to carry out a summer project in the field of palladium-catalysed C-H activation. For my final year project, I joined the Bedford group where I synthesised organoiron complexes and investigated the mechanism of iron-catalysed Kumada coupling reactions. My current research focuses on the synthesis of high-valent, low-coordinate organoiron complexes and mechanistic investigations of iron-catalysed reactions.
In my free time I enjoy karaoke and exploring Bristol!

Harry Wilkinson


I carried out my undergraduate studies at Imperial College London, graduating in 2017. My MSci project was supervised by Dr. Andrew Ashley and worked on investigating the catalytic silylation of dinitrogen, and the mechanism of ammonia production, on an Iron catalyst. I started my PhD in the Bedford group in 2017 investigating multinuclear iron clusters and their utility for small molecule activation. Outside of the lab, my interests include playing bass, guitar, and drums, going to live music gigs, bouldering, and going to the gym.


Undergraduate students

Alex Atkins


I am a final year Chemistry MSci student at the University of Bristol. In the summer of 2016 I spent three months in the formulation development team at Patheon, a client development and manufacturing organisation, researching powder flow properties. My current research is on iron catalysed C—H functionalisation. Outside of university I enjoy travelling, live music, athletics, and cycling.

Philip Coatsworth


I am a fourth year Chemistry MSci student at the University of Bristol. During the third year of my degree I completed a 12 month placement at Syngenta in Jealott’s Hill, Bracknell, where my work focused on the characterisation of a new class of non-ionic surfactants, including equilibrium and dynamic surface tension, contact angles, emulsification and stability of oil-in-water emulsions, liquid crystal phases, rheology, critical micelle concentrations, adsorption isotherms and cloud points. My current research is focused on developing iron(0) catalysts for the borylation of arenes. Outside of university my interests including listening to music, going to live gigs, pottery, photography, board games and computer games.


Alistair Goodwin



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