Present KKH Group Members

We can be found (mostly) in the Barton Lab (307, RCS1 building).

Lab phone number: +44-(20)7594-5708.

Postdoctoral researchers:

PhD students:

MSci & MRes student(s), 2014-5:

Daniel Kirkwood (MSci)

Felicity Roberts

Felicity graduated with First Class MChem degree from the University of Bristol.

During her time here at Imperial, Felicity will be working on the catalytic flow chemistry project, to develop the synthesis of amides from alcohols. The project is funded jointly by EPSRC and the Pharmacat Consortium (industrial lead: Syngenta).


Dr. Changkun Xia

John undertook his undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge where he stayed to complete his PhD under the supervision of Dr Jonathan Goodman.  Following postdoctoral studies in Cardiff with Dr Nick Tomkinson (mechanisms of organocatalysis) and in Edinburgh with Dr Scott Cockroft (measuring pi-pi stacking interactions) he joined the KKH group in March 2011 to work on the ELSEP project.

He is currently working on an EPSRC funded project on aerobic oxidation reactions.



Luka Tallon

Luka graduated with a First Class MSci degree in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham.

Her postgraduate work at Imperial involves the development and investigation of heterogeneous gold catalysts for flow chemistry. Her project is funded by a industrial DTG award from Johnson Matthey plc.


Benedict Barron

Ben graduated with a First Class MChem degree in Chemistry from the University of Bristol. He spent his 3rd year abroad at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he conducted research work† in Prof. Laurel Schafer's laboratory. This was followed by a final year project back at Bristol, under Prof. Ian Manner's supervision.

Ben's work at Imperial involves the further development of the enantioselective aza-Michael reactions. He is supported by a joint Imperial-HKU scholarship, and will be conducting† the second half of his research work at Hong Kong University, under the supervision of Prof. Pauline Chiu.


Chris undertook his undergraduate training at the University of Manchester, where he graduated with a First Class MChem degree.

Follow this, he spent a year in industry conducting environmental fate studies by the utilization of 14C radiolabelled agrochemicals.

Chrisí research at imperial is supported by an AstraZeneca-sponsored EPSRC CASE studentship award, under the joint supervision of Mimi Hii and Jeremy Parker (AZ). He is conducting research into oxidative palladium catalysis with a particular emphasis on delineating the roles of ligand and oxidant in these processes.



Changkun Xia obtained his BS degree in Hubei University, MS degree in Wuhan University. He graduated from Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, and obtained his PhD degree (2006). From 2010, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Wake Forest University on the synthesis of organic ligands and their use for the preparation of metal organic frameworks for selective gases adsorption. He joined the KKH lab in Jan 2014. He is working on Pd-catalysed C-H activation reactions.



Christopher Mulligan

Kane graduated with a First Class MChem degree from the University of Southampton; completing his final year project on the synthesis of Luminacins under the supervision of Dr. Bruno Linclau. He also worked with Dr. Ramon Rios-Torres in Organocatalytic methodology during his third year.


At Imperial, Kane is jointly supervised by Dr. Mimi Hii & Prof. Klaus Hellgardt (Chemical Engineering). Working on the Catalytic Flow Chemistry project, his project focusses on the synthesis of amides from alcohols. The project is supported by an EPRSC CASE award sponsored by GSK (industrial supervisor: Dr. Robin Atrill).




Kane Hands

Dr. John Brazier

Samuel Scott (MSci)

-Working on elaborating the MBI scaffold for asymmetric catalysis.

-Working on Oxidation projects.

Ilia Dorokhov

(MRes, Catalysis)

Chris Fadel

(MRes, Green Chemistry)