Old group members

Associate Members

Dr. Jong Hyeon Lee joined the group in March 2007, working on surface modification and morphology control of Layered Double Hydroxides, and left in February 2008. Jong Hyeon received his BS, MS and Ph. D degree from the SungKyunKwan University, Suwon, Korea.  His thesis was focused on the microcontact printing and thin films of layered double hydroxides. He then worked on the synthesis of melanin biopolymer using porous AAO templates by electrochemical deposition, and DNA-AuNP hybrid systems with Professor Duk-Young Jung as a postdoctoral researcher.
Ye Zhang
Ye Zhang was a visiting researcher in the group from 2004 to 2005.
Past Postdocs.
Qiang Qiang Wang joined the group as a post-doc in June 2011. He received his BSc (2003) and MSc (2005) from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in China, and his PhD (2009) from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in South Korea. Before joining Oxford, he had worked in the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES) under A*STAR, Singapore for two years. He worked on the synthesis of polymer/LDHs nanocomposites. He left the group in August 2012 for Beijing Forestry University.
Ian Ian Casely graduated from Imperial College London in 2005 after completing an MSci with a Year in Industry, which he spent working for Boehringer Ingelheim in Germany. For his PhD he worked on metal N-heterocyclic carbene chemistry with Prof. Polly Arnold, initially at Nottingham, and finishing in 2009 at Edinburgh. Following this, he got married and moved with his wife to Irvine, California, where he was a postdoc with Prof. Bill Evans working on f-element and bismuth chemistry. He joined the group in June 2011 and worked on the synthesis of organometallic early metal complexes for olefin polymerization in collaboration with SCG Chemicals. He left the group in July 2012.
Dr A. Ashley Andy Ashley, a graduate of Christ Church, joined the group in 2001 for his Part II on the study of the dechlorination of PCBs. After a brief period with the Green Group, he rejoined the group in 2003 as a second year D. Phil. Initally working on PCBs, he moved on to the synthesis of permethylpentalene, a synthesis eventually being devised 18 months later. Many aspects of the chemistry of permethylpentalene have since been examined, either by him or those he has supervised. Following on from this he moved onto the synthesis and reactivity of frustrated lewis pairs. He now holds a post and Imperial College London.
Dr. Gareth Williams Gareth Williams was Part II, D. Phil and Postdoc. in this group before leaving in 2006. He was a student at St. Hugh's College. During his time with the group he investigated practical uses of Layered Double Hydroxides (LDH's). He now holds a post at London Metropolitan University, pharmacology dept.
Dr. Deborah Kays

Dr. Deborah L. Kays obtained her MChem (2000) and Ph. D (2003) degrees from Cardiff University, working with Dr Simon Aldridge on the synthesis of low-coordinate transition metal complexes of boron. This was followed by a further two years of postdoctoral study at Cardiff University investigating the synthesis and reactivity of low-coordinate complexes involving the heavier group 13 congeners and also the use of perfluoroaryl substituents in boron-containing complexes and their implication in C–H activation chemistry, before taking up her present post as Junior Research Fellow at Merton College in October 2005 and left in August 2007.
Her main research interest lies with synthetic organometallic and coordination chemistry; in particular the stabilization of low-coordinate main group and transition metal complexes. This work is focussed on the development of new synthetic methodologies and the use of sterically demanding ligand systems to support novel unsaturated and/or highly reactive compounds. These low-coordinate species are of interest both from a fundamental structure/bonding viewpoint and also with a potential for exploitation as reaction catalysts. More information can be found here.

Dr. Kang Min Ok
Dr. Kang Min Ok joined the group in April, 2006 and left in August 2007. He worked on the kinetics of solid-state reactions with in situ diffraction and synthesis of new actinide materials. Kang Min received his BS and MS in chemistry in 1996 and 1998, respectively, from Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, where he worked on the synthesis of iridium-alkynyl organometallic compounds. In 2003, he received his Ph. D degree from the University of Houston. His thesis was focused on the new second-harmonic generating (SHG) mixed metal oxide materials. He then worked on the synthesis and characterization of new non-centrosymmetric materials with Professor P. Shiv Halasyamani as a postdoctoral research associate at Houston. His personal website can be found here.
   
Dr. Peter Heines

Peter Heines joined the group in 2004 and left in 2006.

Past D. Phils

Mark Chadwick joined the group in October 2008 as a part II under the supervision of Coops. He was at New College and studied the redox properties of permethylpentalene sandwich compounds. After this he stayed on as a D.phil investigating organouranium chemistry. He has subsequently taken up a postdoc. position with the Weller Group.

Saul Moorhouse started his D.Phil in the group in October 2009. His work involved the study of solid state reactions using time-resolved in situ X-ray diffraction. Much of his work was carried out at Diamond Light Source. He was a member of Somerville College during his D.Phil.

Anchalee Wongariyakawee was a member of Balliol College and started her D.Phil in October 2009. She graduated from Kasetsart University, Thailand, with a B.Sc. in 2006. She then worked as a researcher in a cement manufacturing company for two years. Her research focussed on the applications of layered double hydroxides in building materials.

Hasna Zaher was a member of New College and joined the group in October 2008. She worked on synthesising novel Frustrated Lewis Pairs for use in the catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to methanol and hydrogenation of aldehydes. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh in June 2008 with a MChem with Industrial Experience.
Joyce Chengle Wang joined the group as a D.Phil in October 2008 and is called Joyce in the group. She is graduate from the University of Science and Technology of China with a BSc. She is a member of Teddy Hall now and works on layered double hydroxides. She has a lot of interests, such as travelling and playing football. She is also a super fan of AC Milan. She finished in June 2012.
Charles Markland Charles Markland joined the group in October 2006 as a Part II student from Christ Church studying intercalation into LDHs under the supervision of Yi Du and Kang Min Ok. He the continued as a D. Phil in 2007 at Balliol College. He finished in November 2011.
Paul Ransom Paul Ransom was an undergraduate at Jesus College, and after spending his Part II year in the O’Hare group in 2004 he stayed on as a graduate. His areas of research included the synthesis and reactions of organometallic bisdiazene complexes and ansa-bridged indenyl compounds. Originally from Saddleworth, he likes mountain biking and the outdoors. He left the group in 2009 to work in lubricants.
Xiaorui Gao entered the Southeast University of China as a Master in 2004, and started her D.Phil in the same university in 2006. She has done research about layered double hydroxides for three years in China. Currently,and her work in this group involved the intercalation of layered double hydroxide. Xiaorui likes playing sports and travelling. She has now returned to China.
Paulina Aguirre Paulina Aguirre is a member of Balliol College and joined the group in 2003 as a D. Phil student. She was born in Chile, where she obtained her B. Sc. and a Professional Title in Industrial Chemistry in 2003 from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Her area of research includes the synthesis and study of homobimetallic organometallic complexes. She left the group in 2008.
Yi Du Yi Du was a member of Balliol College. Yi obtained her BSc from University of Science & Technology of China in 2005, and has worked as a D. Phil student in the O’Hare group until the end of 2008. Her D. Phil project was concerned with a new LDH like material, cobalt hydroxides, and its phase transformation under time-resolved in situ powder X ray diffraction. Outside of the laboratory, Yi enjoys playing sport and hanging out with her friends. She loves Oxford! She was now moved to MIT.
Yang Fu joined the O’Hare group in October 2007. Yang was a visiting D. Phil student from Prof. Jingui Qin's group, Wuhan University China, under the sponsor of C.S.C and left in September 2008. His work was to investigate some new types of intercalated materials based on novel LDHs, and to study the mechanism of their formations by time-resolved in situ X-ray diffraction techniques. After work, he enjoys racing and photography, but cooking is also one of his favorites!
Andrew Fletcher
Andrew Fletcher joined the group in 2004, having completed his Part II in the Beer group. H was a member of New College and originally comes from Doncaster in South Yorkshire. His research interests concern the catalytic dechlorination of PCBs, a class of chlorinated organic compounds which have been highlighted as needing international attention. He left the group in 2008.
James Moss
James Moss was a student at University College, originally from Bracknell, Berkshire, and joined the group in 2003 as a Part II spending the year working on the catalytic dechlorination of PCBs. Starting a D. Phil in 2004, he developed the synthesis of the novel permethylfluorene ligand, and examined the organometallic chemistry of this highly methylated fluorene. He left the group in 2007.
Andrew Scott
Andrew Scott gained his MChem degree at St. Hugh’s College, completing his Part II in the O’Hare group. He subsequently rejoined the group as a DPhil student at Balliol College, working with substituted pentalene ligands with a view to synthesising asymmetric organometallic molecules. He left the group in summer 2007.
Originally from Petersfield in Hampshire, Scotty still retains a fondness for the South Coast as manifested in his obsession with Portsmouth F.C.
Sarah Gowrie Sarah Gowrie, originally from Glasgow is a student at Balliol College and joined the group in 2005 for her Part II year. She worked on alkane complexes of rhenium and bridged indenyl systems. She rejoined the group in October 2006 to start her D. Phil, but then transferred to the Hancock group in the PTCL in April 2007.
Gang Hu
Gang Hu graduated from Dalian University of Technology, China in 2000 with a B.E. degree in Chemical Engineering. He carried out a research project on the study of novel porous catalytic materials with Prof. Xinhe Bao at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and got his M.Sc. degree in 2003. Funded by Hong Kong K.C. Wong Education Foundation, he joined the group in 2003 doing a project on the novel synthetic methods of LDHs and the development of LDH/polymer nanocomposites. He was a member of Balliol College. He is a fanatic collector of books, CDs, vinyl records and DVDs. He completed his D. Phil in 2007.
Paul Thomas
Paul Thomas was a student at Christ Church. He finished his D. Phil in 2006.
Anusha Ragavan finished her D. Phil in 2006. She was a student at Balliol College.
Dr. Mike Doran

Mike Doran was a student at St. Hugh's College. He finished his D. Phil in 2005.

Past Part II Students

Chloe Ryan Felton from Pembroke College was a part II in 2013. He worked on silica-LDH nanoparticles as catalyst supports under the supervision of Chunping Chen.
Chloe Olivia McDermott from Hertford College was a part II in 2013. She worked on layered double hydroxides under the supervision of Michelle Yang.
Chloe John "Little Jack" Coward from Merton College was a part II in 2013. He worked on Lactide Polymerisation initiators.
Chloe Jack Hostick from Balliol College was a part II in 2013 and worked on Group IV pentalene complexes and their use in polymerisation.
Chloe Chloe Wildman from Balliol College was a part II in 2012 and worked on Layered Double Hydroxides.
Ella Ella Cameron from Worcester College was a part II in 2012 and looked into the synthesis of chromium and cobalt Pn* complexes.
Dan Daniel Clement from  Pembroke College was a part II in 2011 and looked into the synthesis of Group III and lanthanide Pn* complexes.
George George Harris from Balliol College was a Part II in 2011. George looked ubti te utilization of EBI* ligand for the polymerisation of ethylene.
Ali Ali Travis from Balliol College was a Part II in 2011. He looked at the synthesis of frustrated lew pairs.
Jamie Jamie Undrell from Balliol college was a part II in 2011. He studied the application of Layered Double Hydroxides in the creation of heat resistant polymers.
Emily Emily Taylor from Balliol College was a part II in 2010. She studied the industrial applications of layered double hydroxides.
Chio Kou Chio Kou from Jesus College was a part II in 2009 he studied organometallic ring opening polymerisation.
Tom Tom Herrington from Balliol College was a part II in 2009. He studied the catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to methanol via frustrated lewis pairs. He is now doing a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Ashley at Imperial College London.
Richard Bull Richard Bull from Balliol College was a part II in 2009. He studied the industrial applications of layered double hydroxides.
Simon Randall, from Merton College, was a part II looking into uranium permethylpentalene compounds.
Andrew Rose, from Merton College, did his Part II in 2008-2009 and studied cyclopentadienial centred, permethylated metallocenes.
Aran Samra, from Keble College, did his Part II in 2008-2009 and studied uranium metal organic frameworks.
Luke Bennett Luke Bennett, from Corpus Christi College, was a member of the group from 2007-2008 and studied organometallic complexes of pentalene under the supervision of Robert Cooper.
Jonathan Hurst Jonathan Hurst was a member of Jesus College and did his Part II in 2007-2008 studying multi-dentate arene complexes, under the supervision of Paul Ransom.
Mark O'Brien Mark O'Brien, from Balliol College, was a member of the group from 2007-2008 and studied intercalation into LDHs, under the supervision of Charles Markland. His hobbies include rugby and squash.
Nicola Russell Nicola Russell, a former member of Lincoln College, was a member of the group from 2007-2008 and studied the synthesis of micro-porous solids, under the supervision of Yi Du. She is a keen sailor and sails for Team GB.
Ryan West, formerly of Jesus College, was a member of the group from 2007-2008 and studied organometallic compounds of pentalene. In his spare time he enjoys playing football, despite being injury prone.
Jonathan Hyatt
Hailing from the Coast of Dreams, Jonathan Hyatt was a member of the group from 2006-2007 studying the catalytic dechlorination of PCBs, supervised by Andrew Fletcher. He was a student at St. Anne's College. He likes rugby and the beach.
David Johnston joined the Kays group in October 2006 under the supervision of Deborah Kays and as such was an associate member of the O'Hare group. He was a student at Exeter College. He left the group in 2007 to start his Ph.D in the Cloke group. He likes rugby and weightlifting.
Louis Rooney was a member of Magdalen College and studied organometallic Tp compounds under the supervision of Paulina Aguirre from 2006-2007. He likes rowing. Too much!
Jemima Thomas
Jemima Thomas was a member of the group from 2005-2006 under the supervision of James Moss. She worked on the organometallic compounds of permethylfluorene and was a member of University College.
Mathias Kramer
Mathias Kramer, originally from Sinn in Germany and a student at Balliol College, joined the group in 2005 as a Part II student. He studied pentalene chemistry and now works for Professor Jun Okuda in Aachen in Germany.