Nello was born in Napoli, Italy on the 16th of December 1978. He obtained a first class
degree with honours (BSc) in 2001
from Queen Mary, University of London. He carried out his final year
project under the supervision of Dr. Jason Eames on the synthesis of
substituted bromophenols using a novel bromination-dehydrobromination
reaction. He joined Prof. S.E.Gibson's group as PhD student in October of
2001.His research is focused on the synthesis of a new class of chiral
macrocycles and their application as ligands in asymmetric catalysis, along
with the development of a new synthetic approach towards the synthesis of
the prostaglandins' cyclopentenone moiety via a catalytic Pauson Khand
reaction. When away from chemistry he enjoys playing and watching football,
basketball, tennis, skiing and discussing physics with his friends.
Matt graduated with first
class honours from King's College London in 2002. He originally joined
Prof. Gibson's group to undertake a final year MSci project.The project
involved the synthesis of amino acid derivatives locked into a
conformationally constrained macrocycle. As a result of this work he won
the Leyton Science Research Award. Matt stayed with Prof Gibson's group and
started his Ph D in October 2002. After completing his first year‚s study
at King's he moved (along with the rest of the group) to Imperial College London.
Matt's research involves the synthesis of planar chiral monophosphine
complexes anchored to an arenetricarbonyl chromium backbone and their
application to asymmetric hydrosilylation reactions. Matt's spare time is
mainly devoted to his love for sports. In particular he is an avid fan of
Arsenal Football Club and Le Tour de France.
Cristina was born in Lecce (Italy) in 1977.
She got her degree in Chemistry from the University of Pisa in 2002
with Doctor Anna Iuliano working on the synthesis of biselector chiral
stationary phases and their use in the resolution of enantiomers by HPLC.
She then worked for a few months on an INFM-NEST-Scuola Normale Superiore
of Pisa joint project for the synthesis of fluorescent probes and their use
in multicolor imaging of TAT protein. She joined Professor Susan Gibson‚s
Group at King‚s College London in 2002 as a PhD student working on the
synthesis and reactivity of chiral para-cyclophanes and their chromium
complexes. She likes travelling, enjoying good films at cinema, listening
to music and going around London looking for nice restaurants and
affordable music concerts.
Paola comes from Bari
in southern Italy. She studied Pharmaceutical Chemistry at University of
Padova and graduated in July 2002. During her graduation she did a one year
Erasmus exchange project with Professor M. North at King's College London,
working on the synthesis of
monomeric block polymers which exhibit biocompatible and
biodegradable properties. In November 2002 she went on to work within
Professor Sue E. Gibson's group. Currently she is working in the area of
desymmetrisation of h6-tricarbonyl chromium(0)
complexes using chiral amide bases.
Aaron is a Londoner and
is a first year Ph. D. student in Prof. Gibson's group. He graduated in
chemistry from King's College London in 2003, and did his 4th
year MSci project under the supervision of Prof. Gibson. He is currently
working towards the synthesis of planar chiral phosphine complexes anchored
to an arene tricarbonyl chromium(0) backbone and their applications to
various asymmetric reactions. He is also a keen Arsenal F.C. supporter and
enjoys watching various sports in his spare time.
Karina graduated in
chemistry from King's College London in 2002. After a brief experience as a
school teacher, she joined Prof. Sue Gibson's group in October 2003 as a
Ph. D. student. She is currently working in the area of Pauson-Khand
Post Doctorate Associate
worked for Prof. Bob Crabtree at Yale University for her Ph.D. She joined the
group in Aug 2002 and is currently looking at how substrates and axially
chiral ligands, such as BINAP, coordinate to dicobaltcarbonyl complexes
during Pauson-Khand catalysis.