• Prof Richard Winpenny

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    Richard Winpenny obtained both his degrees from Imperial College, London; his PhD studies with Prof David Goodgame involved synthesis of coordination polymers. After a rewarding period at Texas A&M University, working as a Robert A. Welch fellow with Prof John Fackler, Jr, he moved to a lectureship at the University of Edinburgh.

    In 2000, after ten years in the frozen wastes of Northern Britain, he was appointed to the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Manchester. He was the Director of the Photon Science Institute from October 2009 to August 2014 and is currently the Head of The School of Chemistry. Richard holds a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award for his work in molecular magnetism and was awarded the RSC's Tilden Prize 2011 for his major contributions to the synthesis, analysis and physics of magnetic clusters, rings and assemblies.

  • Prof Eric McInnes

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    Prof Eric McInnes is the Head of Inorganic Chemistry at Manchester and Co-Director of the EPSRC funded National Facility for EPR Spectroscopy; his research interests are in coordination chemistry and spectroscopy, focussing on the magnetic properties of molecule-based materials. He was appointed to a lectureship in 2000, was promoted to a personal chair in 2007 and took on the role of Head of Inorganic Chemistry in 2008.

  • Prof David Collison

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    Professor David Collison is the Co-Director of the EPSRC National Service for EPR Spectroscopy and former Chair of the RSC ESR Spectroscopy Group. DC obtained both his degrees from the University of Manchester. His PhD was supervised by Prof Dave Garner and Prof Ian Hillier and he worked in Dr Frank Mabbs' lab.

    After completing a Royal Society University Research Fellowship he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Manchester in 1994, Reader in 1998 and to a Chair in 2007. DC is an expert in the electronic structure of d- and f-block metals in co-ordination chemistry, biology and materials science and is co-author of the authoritative textbook on EPR spectroscopy of transition metals.

  • Dr Floriana Tuna  

    Group lead in Measurements  
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    Floriana Tuna obtained her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 1998 from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Romanian Academy. She worked as a senior researcher at the Institute of Physical Chemistry Ilie Murgulescu and teaching associate at the University of Bucharest before moving to the University of Heidelberg as a DAAD fellow in 2000. She did postdoctoral studies in molecular magnetism at ICMCB Bordeaux and held a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship in supramolecular chemistry at the University of Warwick (2001-2003), before moving to Manchester in 2003. Her interests are in molecular magnetism, EPR spectroscopy and quantum computing.

  • Dr Nicholas Chilton  

    Group lead in Theory  
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    Nick completed his undergraduate degree (BSc. Adv. Hons.) at Monash University in 2011, under the supervision of Prof Keith S. Murray. As a President's Doctoral Scholar, he investigated the magnetic anisotropy of transition metal compounds during a PhD at Manchester, completed in March 2015. He is currently a Research Fellow at The University of Manchester. Chilton group website

  • Dr Grigore Timco  

    Group lead in Synthesis  
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    Grigore completed his PhD with Prof Nicolae Gerbeleu at the Institute of Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chisinau. He was successively Senior Scientific Researcher and then Coordinator of Scientific Research in the same institute. He obtained fellowships from the Royal Society to work with Prof Winpenny, and from the Max-Planck Society and DAAD to pursue research with Prof Karl Wieghardt and Dr Eva Rentschler at the MPI, Mülheim. The Danish Natural Science Research Council funded work with Prof Finn Larsen (Aarhus). He now works in Manchester as a senior researcher (2003-) and as an honorary lecturer (2008-).

  • Dr Antonio Fernandez  

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    Antonio completed successive undergraduate (BSc, 2003) and master's (MSc, 2005) degrees in chemistry at the University of A Coruña in Galicia, Spain, before moving to the University of Santiago de Compostela, also in Galicia, to study chemical engineering (BSc, 2008 and MSc, 2009). He then returned to the University of A Coruña, where he received his PhD in 2010. Antonio has been a member of the group since 2011, where he designs and synthesises complex organics for incorporation into hybrid metal-organic nanoarchitectures.

  • Dr Thomas Pugh   

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    Tom completed his undergraduate master's in chemistry at the University of Bath in 2009, after which he stayed on to do a PhD in Inorganic Materials Chemistry under the supervision of Dr Andrew Johnson and Prof Kieran Molloy, which was completed in 2013. The PhD focused on the synthesis of novel chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and atomic layer deposition (ALD) precursors for the fabrication of thin metallic films of cobalt, nickel and copper. He is currently a PDRA at Manchester working towards the development of new lanthanide single-molecule magnets.

  • Dr Jesús Ferrando Soria  

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    Jesús received his PhD from the University of Valencia in 2012. His project was supervised by Prof Francisco Lloret and involved spending three months at TU Delft (Netherlands) and four months working in our group. He then spent one year working with Prof Hong-Cai Zhou at Texas A&M University, College Station. After many months in the dry desert, Jesús began to have visions of Manchester, and with the help of a Marie Curie fellowship he returned to us in February 2013 to continue his work on linking wheels for quantum information processing.

  • Dr Marie-Emmanuelle Boulon

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    Marie-Emmanuelle completed her first degree at the University of Rouen (Normandy, France) in 2007, obtaining a master's in Materials Physics, followed up in 2011 by a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Rennes 1 (Brittany, France). Her first postdoc position was in Florence (Tuscany, Italy), where she worked in the Laboratory of Molecular Magnetism of Prof Dante Gatteschi and Prof Roberta Sessoli, focusing her work on the anisotropy characterisation of single-molecule magnets. In May 2014, she joined the Molecular Magnetism Group working with Professors Richard Winpenny and Eric McInnes on magnetic rings, and more precisely to study them with EPR and pulsed EPR techniques as well as magnetic characterisations.

  • Dr Wen-ting Liu  

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    Wen-ting obtained her PhD from the Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China in 2012, under the supervisor of Prof. Ming-Liang Tong. Her research centred around multifunctional coordination polymers based on transition metals and nitrogen heterocyclic ligands. Following her PhD, she took a lectureship at the Guangdong University of Education in Guangzhou, investigating the synthesis and spin crossover properties of iron complexes. In March 2015, Wen-ting joined the group as a postdoc with Prof. Richard Winpenny on the design and synthesis of spin crossover complexes linked to spin-frustrated chromium rings.

  • Sara King  

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    Sara studied for her MChem at the University of Manchester, and completed her master's research project in 2011 with Dr Benjamin Coe on the synthesis and characterisation of new ruthenium compounds of trispyrazolylmethane. She went on to enter the NoWNano DTC as part of the 2012 cohort. She currently works as a PhD student for Prof Richard Winpenny and Dr Richard Layfield; her research is on synthesising new lanthanide-containing SMMs, with a focus on alkoxide cages.

  • Karzan H. Zangana  

    +44 161 275-7855

    Karzan obtained his BSc in chemistry from the College of Science at the University of Salahaddin in Erbil City, Iraq in 2005. He then obtained an MSc from the University of Pune, India in 2009. Karzan is currently working towards a PhD in the Molecular Magnetism Group researching 3d/4f phosphonate cages under the supervision of Professors Richard Winpenny and Eric McInnes.

  • Maria Torres Molina  

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    In June 2011 Maria obtained her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Universitat de Barcelona, Spain. Right after that, she enrolled in a master's programme at the same university under the supervision of Prof Albert Escuer, working on synthesis and magnetic studies of polynuclear compounds of Ni with piridyl oximes and azido ligands. In February 2013 she moved to Manchester to become a PhD student as part as the BP-ICAM Project entitled 'Corrosion inhibition for the 21st Century' under the supervision of Prof Winpenny. Her research is focused on the synthesis of iron complexes with ligands that are known to inhibit corrosion.

  • Robert Woolfson  

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    Robert earned his MChem from the University of Manchester in 2012 after a year long placement at the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master's research project under Professor Richard Winpenny on the synthesis and characterisation of frustrated wheels. His PhD research, with funding from the NOWNano DTC, is aimed at developing strategies for attaching frustrated chromium wheels to carbon nanotubes for device-based applications.

  • Simon Ansbro  

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    Simon achieved his MSci degree in Chemical Physics from University College London in early 2013. His master’s research project was supervised by Dr Robert Palgrave which focused on the synthesis of new p-type transparent conducting materials. Simon has recently joined the Molecular Magnetism group to carry out his PhD under Richard Winpenny. He is funded by the ILL and will be using the IN5 time-of-flight spectrometer to probe the spin dynamics of new classes of molecular nanomagnets. These results should allow for a detailed study of the intermolecular entanglement and also allow us to identify a suitable supramolecular complex for the first proof-of-principle quantum simulator.

  • Andreas Kostopoulos  

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    Andreas completed his BSc and MSc studies in inorganic chemistry in June 2014 at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Athens working in the group of Dr Giannis Papaefstathiou on the coordination chemistry of aliphatic dioximes with copper. He joined the group in September 2014 on an EPSRC DTA studentship, working towards a PhD under the supervision of Prof Richard Winpenny and Dr Floriana Tuna. His research involves the synthesis and magnetic studies of supramolecular arrays of {Cr7M} rings with lanthanide ions and preformed metal clusters.

Former group members

  • Dr Sarah Varey completed her PhD in the molecular magnetism group in 2015, focussing on the surface functionalisation of Graphene and other materials with heterometallic rings.

    Mr Zemin Zhang spent a year working in the group on on the synthesis and magnetic properties of 3d-4f compounds, and has now returned to Sun Yat-Sen university to complete his PhD under the supervision of Prof Ming-Liang Tong.

    Dr Nicholas Chilton completed his PhD as a President's Doctoral Scholar at Manchester in March 2015. His project, supervised by Prof Eric McInnes and Prof Richard Winpenny, concerned investigating the magnetic anisotropy of transition metal complexes. He is currently a Research Fellow at The University of Manchester.

    Dr Damien Jeanmaire completed his PhD at Manchester in October 2014. His PhD project was co-supervised by Prof Richard Winpenny and Dr Kaye Williams from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. It involved developing new MRI contrast agents by combining heterometallic wheels from chemistry and polymer nanoparticles from pharmacy.

    Dr Samantha Magee completed her PhD in the group in October 2014 under the supervision of Prof Eric McInnes. Her project involved the synthesis and spectroscopy of mixed metal Ru-3d molecular clusters using carboxylic acid ligands.

    Dr Eufemio Moreno Pineda completed his PhD at Manchester in October 2014. Following his completion, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate with the EPSRC EPR facility based in the Photon Science Institute. Currently, he is working as a postdoc under Prof Mario Ruben at KIT.

    Dr James Walsh completed his PhD in the group in September 2014. He stayed in Manchester for a few months working on new pulsed EPR spectroscopy methods, before moving to Aarhus to work as a postdoc with Jacob Overgaard carrying out charge density studies on monometallic SMMs. He now works in the group of Danna Freedman at Northwestern University.

    Dr Fabrizio Moro was a postdoc in the group from 2012 to 2013. His research focused on electron spin manipulation in ring dimers and single crystals of heterometallic rings by pulsed-ESR methods. He also contributed to the development of a pulsed photo-ESR set-up for the study of switchable interactions in assembled molecular magnets for quantum information processing.

    Dr George Whitehead was a PhD student and resident crystallographer in the group between 2009-2013. Following his PhD, he undertook a PhD Plus fellowship in our group. He is now a crystallographer with Prof Rosseinsky at the University of Liverpool.

    Dr Robin Blagg spent three years in the group as a postdoc, working on symmetrical lanthanoid alkoxide clusters. He produced a number of novel compounds, including the current record holder for the highest Ueff for a polymetallic SMM.

    Dr Thomas Faust completed his PhD in 2012 after having served as the group's resident organic chemist. During his time in Manchester, he published a number of papers on his work linking heterometallic rings, most of which involved international collaborations. He is currently a postdoc at the University of Sydney working with Dr Deanna D’Alessandro and Prof Cameron Kepert.

    Prof Yan-Zhen Zheng was a Marie Curie Incoming International Fellow in the group for two years, after previous very successful positions with Professors Annie Powell and Paul Kogerler. He worked on the use of phosphonates for making 3d-4f cage complexes, and established that this was a route to very beautiful structures, and also to materials that show high magnetocaloric effects. Currently Yan-Zhen is Director of the Molecular Magnetism Laboratory in Xi'an Jiaotong University in Xi'an, China.

    Dr Mike Baker carried out a PhD in Manchester and Grenoble, funded by the ILL to use the remarkable new facility at IN5. His PhD was extremely successful, leading to papers in Nature Physics and PNAS (among others). Mike followed up his PhD by working in Japan with Prof Hiroyuki Nojiri (Tohuku University) and then with Professors Myriam Sarachik and Andy Kent (New York City). He is now working at Stanford University in California in the group of Ed Solomon.

  • Dr Maheswaran Shanmugam did his PhD in Manchester from 2003-2006, making manganese phosphonate cages, many of which proved to be good single-molecule magnets. He also spent six months in the University of Florence, working with Professors Roberta Sessoli and Dante Gatteschi, working on modelling magnetic data. After two post-doctoral positions in California, Eswar obtained an assistant professorship position at IIT Bombay.

    Dr Viswanathan Baskar obtained his PhD at IIT Kanpur with Prof V. Chandrasekhar. He then obtained a Humboldt Fellowship to work with Prof Peter Roesky (Karlsruhe) and a Royal Society Fellowship to join the Manchester team. He stayed in Manchester for two years, developing metal phosphonate chemistry, before returning to India to his present position as a lecturer at the University of Hyderabad.

    Prof Euan Brechin obtained his PhD in the Winpenny group in Edinburgh, and worked in Manchester as a Lloyds of London Tercentenary Fellow, then an EPSRC Advanced Fellow. He returned to Edinburgh in 2005. He was awarded the Corday-Morgan prize of the RSC in 2010 and was promoted to a Chair in 2011. His research is in making high spin cages both as single-molecule magnets and for magnetic cooling.

    Prof Jeremy Rawson was the first post-doctoral fellow in the Winpenny group. He then moved to a temporary lectureship in Durham, followed by a lectureship at Cambridge. He recently moved to a Canada Research Chair at the University of Windsor. His research has concentrated on molecular magnetism based on main group radicals.

    Dr Greg Solan was the second post-doctoral fellow in the Winpenny group. He then moved to a post-doctoral position with Prof Vernon Gibson FRS (Imperial College), followed by a lectureship at the University of Leicester. He is currently a senior lecturer there, pursuing research into homogeneous catalysis, bimetallic transformations and inorganic materials.

    Dr Guillem Aromí joined the team in Manchester from an outstanding post-graduate period with Prof George Christou (Indiana) and a Marie Curie Fellowship with Prof Jan Reedijk (Leiden). He only stayed in Manchester a short period, but made a great contribution to getting the group running. He then returned to Barcelona, where he obtained a Ramón y Cajal fellowship. He is now an Associate Professor in the University of Barcelona, and was recently awarded an ERC Young Investigator Award. His work is in the area of molecular magnetism, particularly designing ligands for making materials with interesting properties.

  • Dr Mark Murrie obtained his PhD in Manchester with David Collison and Prof David Garner FRS. He then moved to Edinburgh as the third post-doctoral fellow to join the Winpenny group. His next move was to Switzerland, as a post-doctoral researcher in the group of Prof Hans-Ulrich Güdel (Bern). He was appointed as lecturer in Glasgow in 2003 and was promoted to a Senior Lectureship in 2009. His research is in the area of molecular nanomagnetism, particularly concentrating on using highly anisotropic ions such as cobalt(II).

    Dr Stergios Piligkos did his PhD in Manchester with Eric McInnes, before moving to a post-doctoral position with Prof Frank Neese (MPI Mülheim). He moved to his present position in Copenhagen with the first of a series of prestigious Danish research council grants. Stergios has developed methods for modeling EPR spectroscopy using spare matrix techniques.

    Dr Paul Milne was the first PhD student in the Winpenny group, and probably the worst poet ever to graduate from the team. He worked with Qinetiq in Worcester for many years and is now a Knowledge Transfer Specialist working for WMG at the University of Warwick.

    Dr Steve Archibald obtained a PhD in the Winpenny group in Edinburgh. After post-doctoral research with Prof Darryl Busch (Ohio) and Prof Paul Walton (York) he moved to Hull, where he is presently a senior lecturer. His research interests are in biological and medicinal inorganic chemistry.

    Dr Gopalan Rajaraman did his PhD in Manchester with Eric McInnes and Richard Winpenny, looking at using DFT methods to model magnetic properties. This obsession has stayed with him. He obtained an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to work with Prof Peter Comba (Heidelberg) and a Marie Curie Fellowship with work with Profs Roberta Sessoli, Dante Gatteschi and Andrea Caneschi (Florence). He was appointed as an Assistant Professor in IIT Bombay in 2009, and continues research in applying theoretical methods in molecular magnetism.

    Dr Leigh Jones did his PhD in Manchester with David Collison. He was awarded a Royal Society Anglo-Australian Fellowship to work with Prof Keith Murray (Monash), and then had post-doctoral periods with Dr Euan Brechin (Edinburgh) and Prof Malcolm Halcrow (Leeds). In 2008 he moved to his present position at NUI Galway.

  • Dr Sumit Khanra did his PhD at the MPI Mülheim with Profs Phalguni Chaudhuri and Karl Wieghardt. He joined the Manchester team as a post-doctoral worker in 2006, before moving on to work with Prof Lee Cronin (Glasgow). In 2009 he obtained his present position of Assistant Professor at the IISER Kolkata.

    Dr E. Carolina Sañudo joined the Manchester team as a post-doctoral worker in 2004 from her PhD studies with Prof George Christou (Indiana then Florida). After a productive spell in Manchester, she returned to the University of Barcelona with a Juan de la Cierva Fellowship. She obtained a Ramón y Cajal fellowship at the Institut de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia in Barcelona in 2008.

    Dr Laurent Lisnard was a post-doctoral worker in Manchester, working with Eric McInnes on the solvothermal synthesis of nickel and cobalt cages. In 2008 he returned to France, to a Chargé de Recherche position at the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie. He is working on supramolecular approaches to molecular magnetism.

    Dr Cyril Cadiou joined the group in 2000 as a post-doctoral fellow funded by a Marie Curie Training Network. He made a terrific contribution setting up the laboratory in Manchester and in developing chemistry with very bulky carboxylates. He is presently an Assistant Professor in Chemistry at the University of Reims.

    Dr Nicolas Louvain was briefly a post-doctoral worker in the group, arriving after completing his PhD in materials chemistry. He left after one year to take up a post in Japan with Prof Kitagawa.

    Dr Ruaraidh McIntosh was a member of the group for a year, pursuing electrochemical studies of cage complexes. He left the group for a post-doctoral position at Heriot-Watt University with Dr Scott Dalgarno.