Current vacancies

We currently have one vacancy for a 6 month postdoc, which will be posted onto social media and MMU jobs website.

Peeters research group June 2018

From left to right: Dean Roberts (RSC summer student), Robert Crapnell (PDRA), Aqib Afghar (summer student), Ismail Sadikis (French exchange student), Romain Raimbault (French exchange student), Marloes Peeters, Kai Betlem (PhD student).

Other students (not shown): George Hurst (PhD student, PI Silvia Tedesco), Alexander Hudson (PDRA starting July).

Peeters research group December 2016

From left to right: Nikki Mansouri (MRes student), Joe Lowdon (MChem student with Dr. Sutcliffe), Kai Betlem (PhD student), Jorge Tadashi Ueta (exchange student from USP, Brazil), and Dr. Peeters. Jorge has returned to Brazil, but Aneesa Al-Ani (MChem with Dr. Jones) and Thomas Dunbar (MRes student) will join the group in January 2017.

In addition, 6 undergraduate students will start their projects, of which 2 will continue with their MChem in the next year.


Peeters research group April 2016

From left to right: Joe Lowdon (summer student), Timothy Goris (Erasmus student), Simone Casadio (Erasmus student), dr. Marloes Peeters and Kai Betlem (PhD student).

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Current members

Kai Betlem, PhD student, April 2016 start. Supervisory team: Dr. Misha Zubko, Dr. David Sawtell and Prof. Peter Kelly

After my bachelor’s degree in Molecular Life Sciences at Maastricht University (The Netherlands), I graduated from Hasselt University (Belgium) with a degree in Bioelectronics and Nanotechnology. I did my master thesis on the Synthesis and Characterization of Arrays of Metal Oxide Nanowires with Highly Controllable Diameters for Future Sensor Application. My personal scientific interests are small sensors and their biological applications. With this in mind, I found the PhD position in the group of Dr. Peeters on the Evaluation of Enzymatic Reactions and Biocatalysis with the Heat-Transfer Method. I started this PhD position in April 2016 and enjoy the gain of knowledge and experience in further developing my research skills, while providing useful scientific insights where everyone will benefit from.



Negar Mansouri – finished her Masters by Research in October 2017.

Simone Casadio, Erasmus student from the Department of Industrial Chemistry Toso Montanari, University of Bologna (Italy), (stay April-July 2016)


I graduated from University of Bologna (Italy) with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemistry with a curriculum in Materials Chemistry in March 2016. After my degree, I really wanted to have an experience abroad that could give me the possibility to expand my knowledge and to test what I had learnt and the skills developed during university in a different and stimulating work environment. For this reason, I’m currently doing a post degree internship at Manchester Metropolitan University, in the research group of  Dr. Marloes Peeters, working on the Development and Synthesis of Polymeric Receptors (Molecularly Imprinted Polymers) for the Detection of Neurotransmitters.

At the end of this internship, I will start my Master Degree in October 2016.

Favourite science-related quotes:

“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” ― Alan Turing, English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist.

Timothy Goris, Erasmus student from Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (stay Feb-July 2016)


I developed quite an early interest in science (chemistry/physics in specific).  As a young teenager, I would find myself trying to understand what happened around me, resulting in much confusion, but even more curiosity.

My chemistry teacher in high school was always so enthusiastic about chemistry that I decided to do my final high school assignment in chemistry. This resulted in a growing love for experimenting and understanding chemistry. After high school, I decided to do my bachelor in chemistry at Hogeschool Utrecht. Currently, at the time of writing, I am in my third year, doing my internship at Manchester Metropolitan University, with Dr. Marloes Peeters as my supervisor. I am working on the functionalization of enzymes on an electrode surface, later to be used for thermal and electrical detection of enzyme catalysis.

After this internship, I will be making the choice to graduate in Research & Development.

Favourite science-related quotes:

“Chemists do not usually stutter. It would be very awkward if they did, seeing that they have at times to get out such words as methylethylamylophenylium.”

~ Sir William Crookes, British chemist and physicist

“Remember kids, the only thing between screwing around and science, is writing it down.”

~ Adam Savage, ex co-host Mythbusters