Group Members


The GroupThe O'Hare group in 2014



Professor Dermot O'Hare was born in Newry, Co Down and studied at Balliol College, Oxford University, where he obtained his B.Sc. in 1982 and his D. Phil in 1985, under the direction of Professor M.L.H Green. Subsequently, he was awarded a Royal Commission of 1851 Research Fellowship. He was a visiting research fellow at CR&D E.I. du Pont deNemours in Wilmington, Delaware in 1986/7 were he worked in the group lead by Prof J.S. Miller on molecular-based magnetic materials. In 1987 he returned to Oxford to a short term lectureship and in 1990 he was appointed to a permanent University position and a Septcentenary Tutorial Fellowship at Balliol College. In 1996 he was honoured by the Institüt de France, Académie des Sciences as one of the top 50 leading scientists in Europe under 40 yrs. He was the Royal Society of Chemistry Sir Edward Frankland Fellow in 1996/97. In 1997 he was awarded the Exxon European Chemical and Engineering Prize. In 1998 he became Professor. His interests are wide ranging, and include exploratory synthetic organometallic chemistry, intercalation chemistry, time-resolved, in situ diffraction studies and the synthesis of meso- and microporous solids. In 2010 he won the Royal Society of Chemistry's Ludwig Mond award for outstanding research in Inorganic chemistry.

Dermot is also interested in modifications to his Lotus Esprit. His personal webpage can be found here.



Jean-Charles “JC” Buffet joined the group in June 2011. In 2005, he obtained an MSc from UPMC (Paris) working with Prof. Bernadette Charleux on polymers synthesis via RAFT agents. In 2009, he graduated for Edinburgh University with a PhD on biodegradable polymers synthesis via homochiral complexes under the supervision of Prof. Polly Arnold. Following this, he moved to Aachen (Germany) to work for Prof. Jun Okuda on meso-lactide polymerisation. In Oxford, he will study olefin polymerization in collaboration with SCG Chemicals. Since September 2014, JC became SCG Programme Manager overseeing SCG Chemicals research projects and team members. In his spare time, he likes pretending to go for a run while drinking beers watching sports.

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Andrew Jupe joined the group in August 2011, and works on the rheology of cement. He enjoys playing classical guitar and maintaining an air of mystery.




Zoë Turner joined the group in August 2012. In 2010, she obtained her PhD from Edinburgh University working on small molecule activation by electropositive metal N-heterocyclic carbene complexes under the supervision of Prof. Polly Arnold. Following this, she travelled to the US as the Astra Zeneca Fulbright Scholar to work in the group of Prof Paul Chirik at Princeton University. Here, she studied dinitrogen activation using transition metals supported by redox-active ligands. In Oxford, she will work on new catalysts for olefin polymerisation in collaboration with SCG Chemicals. Away from the lab, Zoë enjoys watching sport of all kinds, travelling and hiking.



Michelle Miaosen Yang obtained her PhD degree from Beijing University of Chemical Technology in 2012. After working for six months at Tsinghua University, she joined the O‘Hare Group in April 2013 as a postdoc. Her study is mainly focused on the synthesis and properties of layered double hydroxides.



Chunping Chen joined in the group in June 2013. She received her PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) in 2013, where she studied the functionalization of LDHs under supervison of Assoc. Prof. Rong Xu. In Oxford, she is working on LDH catalysts in collaboration with SCG Chemicals. When not in the lab, she loves travelling and snorkeling, enjoys designing video slideshows, and making Chinese knotting and cross-stitch.




Yue Wu joined the group in January 2014, finally returning from the antipodes after being transported to New Zealand as a child. He obtained a PhD at the University of Sydney in 2013, where he worked on negative thermal expansion in framework materials with Prof. Cameron Kepert. He has now inherited an in-situ diffraction cell, and is supported by an EU project to study the formation of nanoparticles (and other things). In his spare time, you might find him at the nearest archery range or dojo.



Sandy Kilpatrick joined the group in February 2015. He graduated with an MChem from the University of Oxford in 2009, which included a Part II project with Prof. Philip Mountford working on chromium complexes for selective ethylene oligomerisation. In 2014, he obtained his PhD from the University of Sussex working on bimetallic complexes of d and f-block metals with pentalene ligands under the supervision of Prof. Geoff Cloke FRS. Now back in Oxford, Sandy is working on solid supports for olefin polymerisation in collaboration with SCG Chemicals. When not doing chemistry, he enjoys camping, cycling and making music.



Haohong Duan joined the group in January, 2015. He received his BS degree from Peking University in 2009, and his PhD degree from Tsinghua University in 2014, with Acad. Yadong Li, where he worked on the synthesis and catalytic studies of rhodium-based nanomaterials. Currently he is working on the fabrication of novel heterogeneous catalysts for the hydrodeoxygenation of bio-oil in collaboration with Prof. S. C. Edman Tsang and SCG Chemicals and Papers. Away from the lab, Haohong enjoys watching musical and drama. You might find him at the theater in West End of London every weekend.



Zhenyu Sun obtained his PhD degree in Physical Chemistry at Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. Following this, he did two-year postdoctoral research at Trinity college, Univ. of Dublin Ireland. He completed an Alexander Humboldt research fellowship at Ruhr Univ. Bochum, Germany in 2013 working on "fancy carbon-materials". In Oxford, he is currently exploring the metathesis reaction using heterogeneous catalysts. He is fond of playing volleyball, badminton, squash and table-tennis.


D. Phil Students


Henry Fisher is at Hertford College and joined the group as a part II in 2009 under the supervision of Gareth Williams, looking into the structure and properties of alum vaccine adjuvants. He has since worked as a research visitor investigating drug delivery and biomedical applications of LDHs, starting a DPhil in the same area in February 2011. When not in the lab, he can usually be found wearing lycra and sparkles at any available ballroom, or at Hertford College boathouse shouting at people twice his size.


Sam Binding is at Worcester College and joined the group as a Part II student in 2010. Under the supervision of Hasna she worked on the synthesis of novel frustrated lewis pairs for the catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to methanol. Returning as a DPhil in 2011, she will be making organometallic complounds for use in polymerisation. When not doing chemistry she likes baking, cocktails, dancing in the kitchen and holidays!

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Dave Xing joined the group in 2012 from Imperial College London. He is working on frustrated lewis pairs. When not in the lab, he can be found wearing short-suits and looking suave.



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Chris Wright is at Wadham College and joined the group in 2012 as a Part II student working on synthesising indium indenyl complexes for ethylene and lactide polymerisation under the supervision of Tom Arnold. He started his D.Phil. in October 2013 and is working on supported olefin methathesis catalysts. When not in the lab, he enjoys playing football and watching sport and films on TV.


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Phakpoom Angpanitcharoen is at St John's College and joined the group in 2012 as a Part II student working on synthesising supported zirconocene catalysts for ethylene polymerisation under the supervision of Jean-Charles “JC” Buffet. He's since stayed on to do a DPhil working with JC and Tom on the synthesis of supported indenyl-based metallocene catalysts for olefin polymerisation. When not in the lab, his life mainly consists of football and gaming.



Duncan Fraser is at Balliol College and joined the group in 2014, where he will be working on the synthesis of permethylpentalene transition metal complexes for olefin oligomerisation and polymerisation. He graduated from Imperial College London in 2014 working with Dr Andrew Ashley on the selective reduction of carbon dioxide to fuels and chemically useful carbon-containing compounds. When not in the lab he can be found with cheap red wine.


MSc Students



Kanittika Ruengkajorn is a SCG Paper Scholar and is working on LDH-Paper composites under the supervision of Chunping Chen. She is at Balliol College and when not in the lab, she enjoys travelling, dancing, and cooking with friends.


Part II Students



George Hay is at New College and is working on synthesising supported zirconocene catalysts for ethylene polymerisation. In his free time he enjoys rowing, watching Formula 1, and watching Manchester United.




Coral Byles is at Lincoln College and is working on Zeolite-LDH hybrids as catalyst supports under the supervision of Chunping Chen.





Joshua Matley is from Balliol College. He is working on Zirconium complexes and their use as lactide polymerisation initiators. In his free time he enjoys football, cricket, running and cycling. He is also a keen Manchester United fan.




Emma Tuckley is from Trinity College and is working on layered double hydroxides under the supervision of Michelle Yang.




Visiting Students


The O'Hare group has a long standing tradition of welcoming visiting students for varying periods of time.

We're hoping to be joined by a new visiting student in the next few months.