Group Members

Group Leader

  1. Dr Paul Lusby

    Dr Paul Lusby
    Office Phone: +44(0)131 650 4832
    Lab Phone: +44(0)131 650 7393

    Paul did his undergraduate and PhD studies at the University of York completing his doctorate 2000 under the supervision of Prof. Paul Walton. He then undertook postdoctoral research in the group of Prof. David Leigh first in Warwick and then Edinburgh. In 2003 he took a teaching fellow position at the same university and 2006 he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014. He enjoys a round of golf, growing tomatoes and chillies, and occasionally looking after his young children.

Post-Doctoral Researcher

  1. Dr Helen O'Connor

    Photograph of Helen
    Office Phone: +44(0)131 650 7391
    Lab Phone: +44(0)131 650 7393

    Dr Helen O’Connor joined the Lusby group in October 2017 in order to investigate the magnetic properties and host-guest chemistry of paramagnetic coordination cages and capsules. She completed her PhD in September 2017 under the supervision of Prof. Euan Brechin at The University of Edinburgh where she focused on the synthesis and characterisation of supramolecular magnetic coordination capsules built through the use of paramagnetic metalloligands. She completed her BSc at University College Dublin where she worked with Dr Grace Morgan on spin crossover ionic liquids in her final year. In October 2017 she was awarded fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy through the Edinburgh Teaching Award. In her spare time she enjoys playing/watching sport, going to gigs, and exploring all the hidden pubs and restaurants Edinburgh has to offer.

  2. Dr Vicente Martí Centelles

    Dr Vicente Martí Centelles
    Office Phone: +44(0)131 650 7391
    Lab Phone: +44(0)131 650 7393

    Dr Vicente Martí Centelles joined the Lusby research group in 2015 having previously completed his postdoctoral work in the Oxford University and Universitat Jaume I after being awarded a VALi+d postdoctoral grant. Vicente completed in 2012 his PhD at Universitat Jaume I and he obtained his Bachelor in Chemistry with honours in the same university in 2007.

PhD Student

  1. Aaron Scott

    Photograph of Aaron in mortarboard
    Office Phone: +44(0)131 650 7391
    Lab Phone: +44(0)131 650 7393

    Aaron joined the Lusby group in September 2017. He completed his MChem at the University of Southampton under the supervision of Prof Stephen Goldup. For his final year project he worked on the synthesis and characterisation of novel homo- and heterocircuit [3]rotaxanes and their metal binding. His PhD project is jointly supervised by Prof Euan Brechin and is focussed on the synthesis, characterisation and host-guest chemistry of paramagnetic metallo-supramolecular coordination cages and capsules. Outside of chemistry he enjoys playing and watching football, gaming, binge-watching TV shows and going to the pub.

  2. Jianzhu Wang

    Jianzhu Wang
    Office Phone: +44(0)131 650 7391
    Lab Phone: +44(0)131 650 7393

    Jianzhu Wang joined the Lusby group in Sept 2017 following a BSc at the University of Edinburgh. During her final year she completed a research project in the Lusby group building Raman active bio-imaging capsules. Her PhD project focuses on catalytical applications of supramolecular systems. Outside of chemistry she enjoys travelling and karate.

  3. Patrick Boaler

    Patrick Boaler
    Office Phone: +44(0)131 650 7391
    Lab Phone: +44(0)131 650 7393

    Patrick joined the Lusby group in September 2017 following an MChem from the University of York. He completed his final year research project in the Laboratory for Drug Discovery in Neurodegeneration (LDDN) at Harvard Medical School, optimising the solubilty of small-molecule therapeutics for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) treatment. In the Lusby group Patrick studies the mechanism of catalytic reactions mediated by coordination capsules, jointly supervised by Prof Guy Lloyd-Jones. In his spare time he enjoys playing the euphonium in various brass bands and wind ensembles.

  4. Bec Spicer

    Bec Spicer
    Office Phone: +44(0)131 650 7391
    Lab Phone: +44(0)131 650 7393

    Bec Spicer joined the Lusby group in April 2016 following a six month training period in St Andrews with the CRITICAT CDT. Bec graduated with an MChem in chemistry from the University of St Andrews in 2015. During her fourth year she worked under the supervision of Dr Eli Zysman-Colman. For her final year project she worked in Dr Euan Kay’s lab. Her PhD project focuses on using coordination capsules for catalysis. Outside of chemistry, Bec enjoys baking, seeing friends and painting her nails funky colours.

  5. William Grantham

    William Grantham
    Office Phone: +44(0)131 650 7391
    Lab Phone: +44(0)131 650 7393

    William Grantham joined the group in September 2015 after completing an MChem at the University of Southampton where in his final year he completed a research project in Professor Gill Reid’s group synthesising lead phosphine complexes. He currently works on kinetically stable metallo-supramolecular capsules for biomedical applications. Outside of chemistry he is an active member of the Edinburgh University Conservation society.

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