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Dr Ai-Lan Lee

Ai-Lan graduated with an MSci (Hons) in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge (Selwyn) and the University Emeleus Prize for Distinction in Inorganic Chemistry (2000). She remained at Cambridge for her PhD studies, working under the supervision of Prof. Steven V. Ley CBE FRS FMedSci from 2000-2003. She was subsequently awarded a Lindemann Trust Fellowship in 2004 to work at Boston College, USA, with Prof. Amir H. Hoveyda and Prof. Richard R. Schrock (MIT). In 2006, Ai-Lan was appointed as a fixed-term Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, carrying out research with Prof. David A. Leigh FRS FRSE. She was appointed as a lecturer at Heriot-Watt University in October 2007 and was promoted to Reader (Associate Professor) in 2013.

Chris Thomson

Chris obtained his MChem degree from Heriot-Watt University in 2018. He is currently a third year CRITICAT CDT PhD student under the joint supervision of Dr Filipe Vilela and Dr Ai-Lan Lee, to develop photoactive materials for organic photocatalysis. Besides the PhD, Chris enjoys playing guitar, cooking, travelling and going to gigs.

David Mooney

David graduated with an MSci (Hons) in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Glasgow in 2020. During his MSci degree, David completed an industrial placement year at AstraZeneca (Macclesfield) as well as completing a masters project in the France group. He is currently a first year PhD student funded by AstraZeneca/EPSRC, working on decarboxylative C-H functionalisation of heterocycles. Besides chemistry, David enjoys hiking, going to the gym as well as watching and playing football.

David Kitcatt

David graduated from the University of Bath in 2020 with MChem Chemistry for Drug Discovery, which included an industrial placement at the Francis Crick Institute. He is currently a first year PhD student working on the EPSRC iCASE programme in partnership with GSK, researching metal-, catalyst-, light- and electrolysis-free decarboxylative radical reactions. When not doing chemistry, David enjoys writing music, watching films, playing board/video games and reading.

Julie Macleod

Julie is in her final year of the MChem with Industrial Experience degree programme. She carried out her placement at Johnson Matthey and is now doing a short final year research project in the Lee Group on C-H functionalisations.

Katie Scott

Katie is a final year MChem project student working on photoredox catalysis.

Nathalie Oliveira

Nathalie is an Erasmus exchange project student from University of Marburg working on developing gold-catalysed reactions.