Group members

More information about the current members of the group can be found on the People’s page.

We currently have a PhD position available (start date Spring 2021) for detection of food contaminants. Please contact Dr Peeters for more information.


Dr Jake McClements (October 2020 – current). A short video of Jake’s work can be found here:

Dr Pankaj Singla (April 2021 – current) – Marie Curie fellow in drug delivery

Oliver Jamieson (December 2021 – current).

Saweta Garg (April 2022 – current) – RA in Biosensors

PhD students

Jack Reeder, EPSRC CDT funded studentship started October 2020, with Dr Elizabeth Heidrich and Dr Matt Unthank (Northumbria University)

Oliver Jamieson, PhD student working on fluorescent detection of micro pollutants.  Started in Manchester Metropolitan University September 2018, transferred to Newcastle University in September 2019.

Sarbjeet Kaur, PhD student who will be in Newcastle for one year via the Splitsite Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme

Co-supervisor of George Hurst, with Dr Silvia Tedesco (Manchester Metropolitan University) as PI. Start date: September 2017

Co-supervisor of PhD student (Rachel Lee) together with Prof Mark Geoghegan, started October 2020

Co-supervisor of Callum Johnson (PI Clare Mahon at Durham University), via MosMed CDT, started October 2021

Co-supervisor of Tom Depuydt, (PI Prof Patrick Wagner at KU Leuven), via FWO project, started October 2021

MEng students:

Current: Ellen Kirkup, Chris Robinson

Former: Brandon Clark, Henry Ostler, Thomas McLean

Summer students & visiting students: no current students


Postdoctoral researchers:

Dr Francesco Mecozzi, working on consultancy and KTP associate (2018 – February 2022)

Dr Patrick Seumo, RSC Research Mobility (October 2020 – February 2021)

Dr Alexander Hudson (July 2018 – September 2020)

Dr Robert Crapnell (2018 – 2019, NC3Rs funded project, currently PDRA working under Prof Banks at Manchester Metropolitan University)

Dr Kamrul Islam (2018 – joint supervision with Prof Slevin and Dr Fang)

Masters by Research (1 year research project):

Negar Mansouri (2018) – currently PhD student at the University of Sheffield

Thomas Dunbar (2018) with  Dr. Macia-Ruiz as co-supervisor.

PhD students:

Dr Kai Betlem, obtained his PhD in September 2019.

Dr Pankaj Singla (visiting PhD student Guru Nanak Dev University – September until Dec 2018)

Erasmus students

Timothy Goris, Hogeschool Utrecht (2016), Simone Casadio, University of Bologna (April until July 2016), Sacha Hoksbergen Hogeschool Utrecht (September 2017 – February 2018), Gloria Parokkie (August-December 2021).

Students from University Paris: Francois Nguyen and Taejun Lim (2017), Romain Raimbault and Ismail Sadiki (2018)

Students from Universidade de Sao Paulo: Jorge Ueta Tadashi (2016), Raquel Debroi (2017), Heitor Valarini (2018), Beatriz Andrade de Faria (2018), Thais Soares (2019), Felipe Sousa die Vieira (2020), Leonardo de Faria Figueiredo & Ana Vilalela Strapazon (2021), Milena Schmidt Silva, Luiza Machado Kreti and Henrique Kenichi Noguchi (2022).

Summer students : 

RSC Analytical Trust: Ellen Kirkup (2021 – supervised by Jake McClements), Ella-Louise Handley (2019), Dean Roberts (2018), Jessica Pimlott (2017)

Summer students: Lily Brenann-Jones (2021), Aqib Asghar (2018),  Joe Lowdon (2016)