Group Members


The GroupThe O'Hare group in 2013



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. 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.


Robert Cooper (Coops)

Robert Cooper joined the group in October 2006 under the supervision of Andrew Ashley as a Part II student. He is from Lincoln College and researched organometallic compounds of pentalene. He stayed on in October 2007 to study for a Dphil which was awarded in 2012. He likes eating and playing football.




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.


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.


Tom Arnold is at Balliol College and joined the group in 2010 as a Part II student working on synthesising uranium metal organic frameworks (MOFs) under the supervision of Mark Chadwick. He started his D.Phil. in October 2011 and is working with JC on indenyl complexes and olefin polymerisation. When not is the lab, he can usually be found with a Gin and Tonic in hand sampling the latest gastronomy or travelling in uncharted lands.


Hannah Buckley joined the group in 2010 as a part II student under the supervision of Saul Moorhouse, and has stayed on to do a Dphil starting in 2011 working on applications of LDHs. She is at New college and her life outside of chemistry consists of G&Ts, life drawing and travelling.



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.


Part II students



Ryan Felton is at  Pembroke College and is working on Silica-LDH nanoparticles as catalyst supports under the supervision of Chunping Chen. Outside the lab he enjoys rowing, photography and playing vast amounts of FIFA.




Olivia McDermott is from Hertford College and is working on layered double hydroxides under the supervision of Michelle Yang. Outside of the lab, she enjoys playing cello in various orchestras around Oxford and consuming vast quantities of cake.




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John "Little Jack" Coward is at Merton College. He is working on Lactide Polymerisation initiators. In his time outside the lab, he enjoys writing music and DJing.



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Jack Hostick is at Balliol College. He is working on Group IV pentalene complexes and their use in polymerisation. Outside of the lab work, he is a big sports fan, being a keen football player and Hull City fan. He also enjoys a game of pool and some quizzing.




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.