Prof. Karen Edler
Professor Karen Edler is a leading academic at the University of Bath. The aim of research in her group is to investigate the principles of structure formation in self-organising systems on length scales ranging from tens of Ångstroms to microns. They synthesise materials where different molecular interactions result in hierarchical structure formation. They study the interactions in order to control the spontaneous formation of structures within materials or mixtures of materials.
For more details on her international research, please see the Edler group page.
Professor Edler’s research interests include:
- Hierarchical Structures
- Surfactant-Templated Nanoporous Inorganic Films
- Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Membranes
- Polymer and Block Copolymer Self-Assembly
- Surfactant Solution Structures
Dr. Janet Scott
Janet L. Scott is the lead academic from University of Bath. She has a background in both industry and academia in three countries:
- Lecturer, Dept. Chemistry, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1992-1996;
- R&D Manager Fine Chemicals Corporation Ltd., South Africa, 1996-1998;
- Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre for Green Chemistry, Monash University, Australia, 1999-2006;
- Senior Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Fellow, Unilever, UK, 2006-2008; and
- Director JLS ChemConsult Ltd., UK, 2008-2015.
Since joining the University of Bath in 2010, she has been a Group Leader in the Department of Chemistry and is now a Reader in the Department of Chemistry and the Training Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (since 2004) and a Titular Member of Division III of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).
Research in the group is focused on the use of renewable raw materials, particularly cellulose and related polysaccharides, for the development of functional materials for a range of applications from recyclable electronics through formulation ingredients to tissue engineering scaffolds. Ranging from fundamental studies of physical chemistry through to applications, our work is funded from a range of sources (EPSRC, Innovate UK, British Council, BBSRC and industry) and is always highly collaborative, as we work with tissue engineers, chemical engineers, experts in electrochemistry and enzymes, materials and synthetic chemists and, in many cases, closely with industrial partners.
Marcelo Alves Da Silva
Marcelo completed his PhD in physical chemistry at Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil) in 2006. His PhD project was centred on rheological and spectroscopic studies of solvent-induced globular protein gelation. After that, he undertook a 2-year post-doc position at Universidade de Campinas (Brazil) studying the use of self-assembled surfactants as drag-reducing additives. Later, he was employed in a Leverhulme funded project covering design of enzymatically cross-linked biopolymeric hydrogels for tissue engineering applications. Marcelo moved to King’s College London in 2010-2014 working on a MRC-funded project focused on the use of polymeric micelles, to both improve the delivery of a sleeping sickness drug to the brain and trypanosomes, whilst reducing its side effects. From 2015 to 2016, he took up an ERC funded post-doctoral position at the University of Leeds focusing on rheology of protein hydrogels.
Currently, he works as PDRA at University of Bath on the interpenetrating cellulose/starch hydrogels as part of the Gelenz project.
University profile: http://people.bath.ac.uk/chske/group/marcelo/index.html
Research ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/G-2408-2012
Julien Schmitt is probably the most French person in the ERG. Julien got his PhD on “Self-assembly of mesostructured materials” from the Laboratorie de Physique des Solides, in France. After finishing his PhD he moved to Lund, Sweden, to investigate “Responsive materials of artificial nacre” as a postdoctoral researcher, where he also stretched the links to the ERG.
Out of the lab, Julien enjoys watching films, literature and complaining about non-French cheese. He is also a constant supply of cheese.
Vincenzo started with a Batchelor degree in Food technology at Federico 2° of Naples with a thesis titled “polyphenol oxidation in tea leaves”. Afterwards he moved to the Netherlands for a Masters degree in Physical Chemistry of Food at Wageningen University and carried on a thesis regarding the interactions between whey protein proteins isolates (WPI) and bacterial cellulose (BC) upon gelation. A second project, as part of the master degree, was performed at the research centre of Nestlé in Lausanne (Switzerland). This project focused on the rheological modelling of mixed colloidal systems. Currently Vincenzo is working on a PhD at Bath University focused on cellulose-particle, cellulose-polymer and cellulose-cellulose interactions in water media.
Zakir Hossain completed his PhD in the area of cellulose-based nanocomposite materials at the University of Nottingham (UK) in 2013. After that, he joined as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Nottingham (UK) working with various projects (IKC PoC, EPSRC-IAA and NIHR-i4i) in the area of Materials Processing including composites, nanocomposites, fibres, membranes, microspheres (solid and porous) using cellulose nanocrystals, biopolymers and glass/ceramic materials for tissue engineering and biomedical applications. Currently, he is working as a Research Associate (with Prof. Karen Edler and Prof. Janet Scott) at the University of Bath as a part of the GelEnz project.
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/K_M_Zakir_Hossain
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=8MxardIAAAAJ&hl=en
Saffron Bryant has a bachelor degree in biomedical science and completed her PhD in physical chemistry at The University of Sydney (Australia) in 2017, where her project focused on self-assembled structures in non-aqueous solvents (aka: can life evolve without water?). She recently moved to the UK and joined the ERG as a research associate where she works on interpenetrating starch-cellulose hydrogels.
When not in the lab, Saffron enjoys reading, writing, painting and travelling.