Postdoctoral Research Fellows
|Dr. Tom Swift, 2018-|
|Tom received his BSc in Physics in 2011 from the University of Bristol, followed by PhD studies in the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials between 2014-2018. Tom’s PhD (supervised by Dr. Heather Whitney and Prof. Carmen Galan) used nanomaterials to enhance photosynthesis, greatly improving crop productivity.
After completing his PhD, Tom was awarded a BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Award for a secondment to Carbon Gold- a local biochar producer alongside funding from the Bristol Centre for Agricultural Innovation. In November 2019, Tom was awarded a prestigious EPSRC doctoral prize fellowship to work in the Oliver group. His research will investigate the dynamics of photosynthesis in crop species.
|Dr. Daniel Polak, 2019-|
|Daniel graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2015 with a Masters in Imaging Physics, before starting a PhD in the Clark group at the University of Sheffield the same year. During his PhD, Daniel worked with designer maquette proteins containing aggregates of polyenes to study singlet fission. Additionally, during his PhD Daniel worked with microcavity exciton-polaritons to manipulate the photon character of the intermediate states in singlet fission and thereby increase emission efficiency. Daniel is now a research associate in the Oliver group, working on two-dimensional spectroscopy of molecules and biomolecules.|
|Victoria Taylor, 2016-|
|Victoria is a Bristol Centre for Function Nanomaterials (BCFN) PhD student, funded by the EPSRC. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology from Lancaster University in 2015. In her undergraduate degree she worked on a range of projects including an industrial placement with Oxford Instruments and a final project investigating Z0 decay channels with data from the large electron-positron collider at CERN. During her first year as a BCFN CDT student she has worked in several research groups at the University of Bristol before joining the Oliver research group for her PhD project.|
|Giordano Amoruso, 2017-|
Giordano obtained his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Padua, where he worked with Prof. Elisabetta Collini on the characterisation of ultrafast phenomena in a CdSe/ZnS quantum dots sample using multidimensional electronic spectroscopies. In 2012, Giordano was admitted to the Galilean School of Higher Education (SGSS). In 2018 he received his Galilean Diploma, focusing his thesis on effective communication of science in the information age, working with Prof. Renato Bozio and Prof. Dietelmo Pievani.
|Fabiola Cardoso Delgado, 2018-|
|Fabiola joined the Oliver group in 2018, jointly supervised by Tom Oliver and Dr. Heather Whitney, funded by CONACYT. Fabiola’s project aims to understand the enhanced solar light harvesting observed in photonic chloroplasts of Begonias. In 2015 Fabiola received her Bachelor’s degree in Physics with a minor in Industrial Technology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. During her undergraduate degree she performed research that involved inter-breeding of different bean species to generate a new crop line capable of surviving under extreme conditions. Fabiola obtained a summer internship at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in the Neurobiology Institute where she investigated different cell lines of stem cells. After graduation she briefly worked at the CFATA on a project aimed to reinforce polyethylene recipients for industry. As a BCFN student prior to her iridoplast investigations, Fabiola worked on bismuth-based photovoltaics and cell-tracking during zebrafish development.|
|Teo Garcia Millan, 2018-|
|Teo joined the Oliver group in 2018 and is jointly supervised by Prof. Carmen Galan and Tom Oliver in close collaboration with DST Innovations Ltd and funded by CONACYT. Teo is synthesising an array of fluorescent carbon nanodots for potential applications in digital display technologies. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering from Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico in 2016 where he worked in the degradation of organic compounds using electrocatalysis. Also in 2016, Teo participated in different research groups in CIDETEQ on electrochemistry subjects until he joined the BCFN in 2017. Once at Bristol he has worked on soft-matter and single particle experiments before joining Tom’s group.|
|Hilary McCarthy, 2019|
|Hilary is jointly supervised by Drs. Heather Whitney and Tom Oliver, as an EPSRC Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) PhD student. Hilary’s research focusses on how dynamic photonic crystals found in iridescent brown algae (Cystoseira Tamariscafolia) might enhance photosynthetic light capture. She also plans to investigate the impact of carbon dot uptake on algal photosynthesis in collaboration with Prof. Carmen Galan. Hilary was awarded her MSci in Chemistry from the University of Bristol in 2018. During her integrated Masters and the first year of her BCFN CDT, she has worked in numerous groups across different parts of the University before joining the Oliver and Whitney groups in 2019.|
Group alumni can be found here.