Photoactive Polymers

Collaborative Paper Published

Collaborative work between the Barker group at Heriot-Watt and the VilelaLab has been published in Chemistry - A European Journal, discussing lithiation-substitution reactions of 1,3,4-oxadiazoles under flow conditions.

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Visit to Lincoln

Mary, Manos and Cathryn visit collaborator Dr. Gareth Lloyd at the University of Lincoln. While there, they attended the Macrocycle and Supramolecular Chemistry (MASC) early research careers meeting, where they all presented posters on their research.




Mary Learns All About Neutron Scattering

Mary Jones visits the ISIS Neutron source to learn how to perform neutron scattering experiments. Whilst there, she presented her poster on supramolecular gels and won an award for best soft matter poster.


Congratulations Dr. Tobin

Congratulations to John Tobin who graduated with his PhD. in chemistry. The newly minted Dr. Tobin has spent 5 years as part of the VilelaLab and will shortly be joining the group of Prof. Neil McKeown at the University of Edinburgh as a postdoc. Good Luck!!!

Final Year PhD. Talks

Cathryn Shepherd presents her work on 1,3,4,2-dioxazaboroles for her final year PhD. talk (17th June 2019).


RSC Dalton Meeting

Filipe Vilela discusses photoactive polymers at the RSC Dalton meeting, 10th July 2019.


Jon Weaver PhD. Prize

Congratulations to Dr. John Tobin, who was jointly awarded the Jon Weaver PhD. prize for 2018, awarded to the top PhD. students in the field of polymer science throughout the UK.


SCI Competition Winner

RSC Scottish Organic Division Meeting

Chris Thomson presenting his poster at the University of Strathclyde

Beam On

SANS2D @ ISIS Neutron and Muon Source with Dr Valeria Arrighi and Mary Jones

PhD Success

Congratulations John Tobin for a successful PhD

Welcoming our latest PhD student, Mary Jones

supramolecular and polymeric gel materials enabled by, and enabling, chemical transformations

palette of photocatalysts

A Palette of Catalysts

polystyrene blues

BTZ Beads