Jia Min originally hails from the sunny island of Singapore. For her PhD studies, she trained under the supervision of 2005 Nobel Laureate Professor Richard R. Schrock at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she studied N2 activation by Mo and W complexes.
After her studies, she returned to Singapore to serve at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, IMRE where she helped to start the institute’s research on coordination polymers. In 2013, she set up and headed the Laboratory of Advanced Porous Materials at IMRE.
Her lab focused on the development of new porous materials such as coordination polymers or MOFs, understanding the self-assembly mechanisms of porous films, as well as studying new applications for soft porous materials such as dry liquids. In recognition of her research work, Jia Min was awarded the 2013 L’Oréal Singapore For Women In Science National Fellowship.
Jia Min joined the University of Hull’s Chemistry Department towards the end of October 2014. Her current research interests are bio-inspired materials exhibiting special properties such as structural colour, high strength and toughness as well as self-healing capabilities
Michael Reithofer studied Chemistry at the University of Vienna where he graduated with Mag.rer.nat.; (equivalent to MChem) in 2005. Michael stayed in Vienna to carry out his post graduate studies with Prof. Dr. Dr. Bernhard Keppler where he worked on novel platinum(IV) anticancer compounds. Following his graduation Michael received the prestigious Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) which enabled him to work together with the Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Richard Schrock at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on dinitrogen activation and the development of novel metathesis catalysts. Subsequently, Michael joined the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, A*STAR, Singapore where he worked on carbon dioxide activation and on self-assembling ultrashort peptides for drug delivery. Michael then established his independent academic and research career when he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hull in November 2014 and built up a multidisciplinary group in the field of molecular and nanoparticle self-assembly. In 2017 Michael accepted an offer to return to Vienna and his research group is currently in the process of relocating.
Students & Post-Docs
Dr. Fei Cheng
I obtained my PhD in Waseda University (Japan), then moved to Southampton University for a post-doctoral stint. I am currently a PDRA at the University of Hull working on the synthesis and alignment of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) microrods and 3D printing bio-inspired MOFs microrods reinforced materials.
I received my BSc in Chemistry in 2005 and MSc in Analytical Chemistry in 2011 both from the Department of Chemistry of the University of Babylon, Iraq. Since 2011 I joined the University of Babylon as an Assistant Lecturer. I started my PhD project at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Hull in October 2015 with Prof. Gillian Greenway and Dr. Jia Min Chin as supervisors. Currently I work on renewable materials for environmental remediation.
My PhD research project focuses on the synthesis and formulation of novel composite materials that can be utilised for the 3D printing industry. The project is chemistry based with some aspects of engineering. I am currently developing a purpose-built 3D printer and have access to many types of 3D printers to be utilised throughout the project.
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Hull where I achieved a 1st Class honours degree in chemistry (MChem) and received the John Chipperfield memorial prize for outstanding achievement in inorganic chemistry. I started my PhD project in the Chin-Reithofer Research Group at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Hull in October 2016.
My research is focussed on developing amino acid/peptide systems that can be used as a surfactant in the synthesis of chiral NPs. Using a peptide system facilitates the potential for self-assembly of such NPs, and such systems could be exploited for their potential as metamaterials.
In conjunction with this work I also work on MOFs for a variety of different applications; synthesis, dynamic alignment, templating and anisotropic response.
Areas of interest: organic chemistry, organometallic, nanoparticles, MOFs.
I am completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Hull, and joining the Chin-Reithofer group in September 2017 on a PhD studentship. My research experience has included working over the past two summers within the university; with my most recent work focusing on the novel synthesis of solid state materials. In addition to this, I will be collaborating with my sponsors; Graphitene Ltd and Green Port Hull to deliver key research in the renewables sector.
My research will focus on the design and fabrication of functionalised graphene nanocomposites, which can be applied specifically to the wind energy industry.
Guilherme M.D.M. Rúbio
I joined Técnico Lisboa in 2008 where I completed my BSc in Chemical Engineering and my MSc in Chemistry. During that period I have synthesized and characterized, under the supervision of Prof. Armando Pombeiro and Dr. Anirban Karmakar, MOFs with catalytic and sensing properties.
I joined the group in October 2017 to start my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Michael Reithofer
Gypsy the Lab Mascot
Born in Australia, Gypsy moved to Singapore where she lived for 4 years. Subsequently, she moved to the United Kingdom where she enjoys the temperate climate and long walks in the open spaces of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Besides being the lab mascot, she is also a massive diva princess and expects lots of worship, cushions (only soft ones, mind you), and chicken (although she really would prefer filet mignon).