Ai-Lan Lee <A.Lee@hw.ac.uk>
Ai-Lan graduated with an MSci (Hons) in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge (Selwyn) and the University Emeleus Prize for Distinction in Inorganic Chemistry (2000). She remained at Cambridge for her PhD studies, working under the supervision of Prof. Steven V. Ley CBE FRS FMedSci from 2000-2003. She was subsequently awarded a Lindemann Trust Fellowship in 2004 to work at Boston College, USA, with Prof. Amir H. Hoveyda and Prof. Richard R. Schrock (MIT). In 2006, Ai-Lan was appointed as a fixed-term Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, carrying out research with Prof. David A. Leigh FRS FRSE. She was appointed as a lecturer at Heriot-Watt University in October 2007 and was promoted to Reader (Associate Professor) in 2013. In her spare time, Ai-Lan enjoys photography, wildlife, gardening and hiking/cycling outdoors with her husband, Michael, who is a medical physicist.
Marcos Veguillas <m.veguillas"at"hw.ac.uk>
Marcos was born and raised in Madrid where he got his Ph.D. from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid working with Professor Carmen Carreño. He moved to Manchester to carry out his post-doctoral studies working on asymmetric catalysis with Dr. Beatriz Maciá at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is currently a Leverhulme Trust funded research associate at Heriot Watt University working on gold catalysis.
Dan Sutherland <drs4"at"hw.ac.uk>
Dan grew up in the north-east of Scotland near Forres before coming to Edinburgh to do his MChem at Heriot-Watt. After taking a year out to travel he has returned to Heriot-Watt as part of the Lee group and is currently a second year PhD student working on both gold catalysis and palladium catalysed coupling. He enjoys hiking, going to the gym and travelling.
<cjl2 "at" hw.ac.uk>
Claire graduated from Heriot-Watt with an MChem degree in Chemistry in 2014, completing her masters project within the Lee group. She took a year out to work as an analytical research scientist before returning to do a PhD through the CRITICAT CDT programme. She is currently a second year PhD student working on palladium-catalysed desymmetrisation reactions. Claire enjoys playing field hockey, hiking, photography and baking cakes.
Euan McLean <em221 "at" hw.ac.uk>
Euan graduated from Heriot-Watt with an MChem degree in Chemistry in 2016, completing his masters project within the Lee group. He is currently a first year PhD student on the CRITICAT CDT programme.
Wiebke is an Erasmus exchange student from Wurzburg.
Bryan is a final year MChem project student working on Pd catalysis.
Previous Group Members
Jamie Jordan-Hore (2010-2012) Jamie joined the Lee Group after an MSci (Hons) from University of Birmingham and a PhD from University of Cambridge. At Heriot-Watt, he worked on developing Pd(II) catalysed reactions using ligandless, cationic Pd(II) catalysts. Jamie's work.
Graeme Barker (2013-2016) Graeme grew up in Kirkcaldy, graduating with MChem (Hons) with Medicinal Chemistry and Industrial placement from the University of St Andrews in 2007. He then moved to the University of York to complete PhD studies working with Prof. Peter O'Brien from 2007-2011. Subsequently, he carried out research as an RA at the University of Sheffield with Prof. Iain Coldham from 2011-2013 before joining the Lee Group to work on developing gold-catalysed reactions. Graeme is now an Assistant Professor at Heriot-Watt University. Graeme's work.
Vincent Gauchot (2015-2017) Vincent was born in France and graduated with a M.Sc. from the Université-de-Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in 2009. He then moved to Montreal, QC, to carry out his Ph.D. studies with Prof. Andreea R. Schmitzer from 2009-2014. Moving back to Europe, he worked as a RA at the University of Edinburgh with Dr Mike Shaver from 2014-2015, and was a Leverhulme Trust funded post-doctoral research associate working on gold and photoredox catalysis in the Lee Group. Vincent now works at Almac. Vincen't work.
Max Hadfield (2007-2010) Max worked on developing gold(I)-catalysed reactions with cyclopropenes and allenes throughout his PhD and is working for Analytix Ltd. Max's work.
Pauline Glen (2008-2012) Pauline worked on synthesis of a C1-symmetric Box macrocycle and studies toward active template synthesis of mechanically planar chiral rotaxanes. Upon graduation, she joined Johnson Matthey. Pauline's work.
James O'Neill (2008-2012) James worked on the rotaxane project as well as the synthesis of gold(III) oxo complexes. James now works at Charles River Laboratories. James' work.
Paul Young (2010-2014) Paul worked on the development of gold-catalysed reactions and mechanisms of gold-catalysed reactions. He is currently working at MacFarlan Smith (Johnson Matthey). Paul's work.
Sarah Walker (2011-2015) Sarah worked on developing Pd(II)-catalysed reactions. Upon graduating, Sarah joined the University of Edinburgh as a postdoctoral research associate. Sarah's work.
Stacey Webster (2013-2016) Stacey worked on the development of gold and indium catalysed reactions. Stacey works at the REACH centre. Stacey's work.
Jürgen Bauer (2008) Juergen was an Erasmus exchange student from Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg. Michael Mathieson (2008-2009) Michael completed his MChem final year project in the group and graduated in 2009. Kristina MacLeod (2008-2009) After a year in industry (Pfizer), Kristina carried out a short MChem mini-project with us and graduated in 2009.Antti Rautio (2008-2009), Ian Jarvie (2008-2009) and Ashley Watson (2008-2009, joint supervision with Prof. Stuart Macgregor) completed their BSc (Hons) projects and graduated in 2009. Ross McLaren (2009-2010) Ross completed his MChem final year project in the group on gold catalysis and graduated in 2010. Mark Lauchlan (2009-2010) carried out a BSc(Hons) project within the group. Ursula Paul (2010) Ursula was an Erasmus exchange student from Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg. Amelie Heuer-Jungemann (2010) was a summer project student on a Nuffield Undergraduate Bursary. She graduated in 2011.. Arthur Hawkins and Gordon Lister (2010-2011) carried out BSc(Hons) projects within the group. Lynn Arrowsmith (2010-2011) Lynn completed her MChem final year project in the group and graduated in 2011. James Sanderson (2011) was a summer project student on a Nuffield Undergraduate Bursary and graduated in 2014. Richard Mudd (2011-2012) Richard completed his MChem final year project in the group on gold catalysis and graduated in 2012. Steven Levey (2011-2012) Steven completed his MChem final year project in the group on palladium catalysis and graduated in 2012. Nina Schopf (2012) Nina was an Erasmus exchange student from Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg.Lisa Patrick (2012) Lisa was a summer project student on a Nuffield Undergraduate Bursary. Riccardo Serreli (2012) carried out a short summer project with us in 2012 and graduated in 2013. Julian Böhnke (2012-2013) Julian was an Erasmus exchange student from Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg on a 6 month internship. He worked on Pd(II) catalysis. Paul Nikodemiak (2013) Paul was an Erasmus exchange student from University of Marburg on a short BSc research project. Sam Green (2012-2013) Sam completed her MChem final year project in the group on gold catalysis and graduated in 2013 with a William H. Perkin Prize. Eloi Coutant (2013) Eloi is from Paris and studied Chemistry in the National Graduate School of Engineering Chemistry of Lille (ENSCL, French "Grande école"), finishing his Masters degree with a full-time 6 month Erasmus exchange placement in the Lee Group. Lorena Herkert (2013) Lorena was an Erasmus exchange student from Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, working on a gold-catalysis project for 4 months. Nick Beattie (2013) Nick carried out a short summer research project in the Lee Group working on developing Pd(II)-catalysed reactions. Rachel Curley (2013-2014) Rachel carried out a short MChem mini-project in the group after returning from her placement at Johnson Matthey and graduated in 2014 with a William H. Perkin Prize. Claire Lamb (2013-2014) Claire carried out her MChem final year project in the group on Pd(II)-catalysis and baked a lot of cakes. Matthew Andrews (2014) Matt carried out a summer project in the group on an RSC Undergraduate Bursary. Louise Schaefer (2014-2015) Louise carried out her MChem final year project in the group on Au and In catalysis. Kathryn MacIntosh (2015) Kathryn was a summer project student in the group, funded by the RSC Undergraduate Bursary. She worked on palladium catalysis. Ivanda Bicane (2015) Ivanda was a summer project student in the group on an ICS Travelling Bursary. She worked on gold catalysis. Conor Fletcher (2015-2016) Conor was a BSc project student in the group working on gold-catalysed iododeboronations. Reda Ghezzal (2015-2016) Reda carried out his final year MChem Chemistry with Pharmaceutical Chemistry project in the Lee Group, working on palladium catalysis. He joined Heriot-Watt from a partner institution in France (IUT Chemistry in Grenoble) as a direct entry student into Year 3. Euan McLean (2015-2016) carried out his final year MChem Chemistry with Pharmaceutical Chemistry project in the Lee Group, working on gold catalysis and graduated in 2016 with the Isobel Inglis Prize. Gemma McMurdo (2016) Gemma carried out a summer research project on Pd catalysis. Bryan Nderitu (2016-2017) carried outy his fina lyear MChem Chemistry with Pharmaceutical Chemistry project in the Lee Group, working on palladium auto tandem catalysis. Luke Kinsman (2016-2017) Luke carried out a short MChem mini-project on asymmetric gold catalysis in the group after returning from his placement at Johnson Matthey. Ben Jones (2016-2017) Ben carried out a short MChem mini-project on dual gold and photoredox catalysis in the group after returning from his placement at Roche. Bryan Nderitu (2016-2017) Bryan carried out his final year MChem Chemistry with Pharmaceutical Chemistry project in the Lee Group, working on one-pot palladium catalysis and graduated in 2017.
Old Group Photos
Nov 2016; Summer 2016; Sept 2015; March 2016;Summer 2015; October 2014; September 2013;April 2013; Pizza 2013; October 2012; Group Dinner 2012; Summer 2012 farewell drinks for Jamie; Halloween 2011; September 2011; Summer 2011; September 2010; Summer 2010; Group Dinner 2009; September 2009; September 2008; Group Cartoon