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Dr Mark Isaacs
Research Complex at Harwell
Rutherford Appleton Labs
OX11 0FA
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  • Research Fellow
  • Dept of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Undergraduate (MChem) Cardiff University 2006 - 2010

Masters project: N-heterocycling carbene N15 spin mapping by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy

Postgraduate (PhD): Cardiff University 2011 - 2014
Supervisors: Prof. Karen Wilson and Prof. Adam Lee
Thesis title: Nanoengineered polymer architectures for antimicrobial medical applications: Novel additives

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Aston University (2014 - 2018)
Supervisors: Prof. Karen Wilson and Prof. Adam Lee
  1. Spatially segregated porous catalyst architectures for controlled step cascade chemistry
  2. Ag-based nanocomposites for antibacterial applications
  3. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
  4. Operando experiment design and procedure (XRD, XPS, XAS, FT-IR)
  5. One step synthesis of novel base catalysts for TAG transesterifcation

Postdoctoral Research Associate: UCL (2018- present)
Supervisor: Prof. Robert Palgrave
  1. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (EPSRC National Facility)
  2. XPS/ISS/UPS for structural analysis of nanocomposites
  3. Novel synthesis of multifunctional catalysts

Research Themes
Research Summary

Research focused on novel porous nanocomposite structures, primarily for catalysis and antibacterial applications and using photoelectron spectroscopy and related techniques for structural and chemical characterisation.

Teaching Summary

Mathematics for first year chemical engineers (Aston University): 2016-2017

4th year Nanomaterials (Aston University): 2017

Casa XPS for undergraduates (online only): 2020

CHEM0027: 2022/23

CHEM0006: 2022/23

Academic Background
2018   PGCert Aston University
2014   Doctorat Cardiff University
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