Group members

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

Students are encouraged to discuss PhD opportunities with Dr. Peeters or apply for funding for postdoctoral fellowships.


Dr Jake McClements (start October 2020)

Dr Patrick Seumo (expected October 2020), Newcastle University

Dr Francesco Mecozzi (start September 2018) – based at Manchester Metropolitan University, joint supervision with Prof Slevin and Dr Fang

PhD students

Jack Reeder, EPSRC CDT funded studentship to start 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.

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

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

MEng students:

Brandon Clark – Development of fluorescent Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for detection of antibiotics

Henry Ostler – Selective extraction of micropollutants from wastewater using polymer-based systems

Summer students & visiting students

Felipe Sousa de Vieira – Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil


Postdoctoral researchers:

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

PhD students:

Dr Kai Betlem, obtained his PhD in September 2019. Currently postdoctoral researcher at ULB (Brussels, Belgium).

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

MChem students Manchester Metropolitan University: 

2018/2019: Vincent Cullen

2017/2018: William Battell (undertaking PhD at University of Bath) and Oliver Jamieson (PhD student Peeters group)

Erasmus students

Timothy Goris, Hogeschool Utrecht (2016), Simone Casadio, University of Bologna (April until July 2016), Sacha Hoksbergen Hogeschool Utrecht (September 2017 – February 2018)

Students from University Paris: Francois Nguyen and Taejun Lim (2017) and 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)

Summer students : 

RSC Analytical Trust: Ella-Louise Handley (2019), Dean Roberts (2018), Jessica Pimlott (2017)

Summer students: Aqib Asghar in 2018 (funded by Manchester Metropolitan University) and Joe Lowdon in 2016 (currently PhD student at Maastricht University)