Group Members

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Dr. Tom Swift, 2018-
IMG_0762 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.

PhD Students

Marta Duchi, 2016-
  Marta obtained her Undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Perugia. At Perugia, she studied Physical Chemistry with Prof. Casavecchia. In 2014 she was selected to participate in the IREU program, performing research with Prof. Hanna Reisler at the University of Southern California. At USC Marta characterised the formation of hydroxymethyl radicals using resonance enhanced multiphoton ionisation time-of-flight measurements. During her Master’s project with Prof. Orr-Ewing at the University of Bristol she studied the reaction rates of two Criegee intermediates with ammonia and substituted amines. Marta joined the group in September 2016.
Victoria Taylor, 2016-
 victoria 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), that he attended throughout his university career, participating to additional courses, seminars and projects on both specific and multidisciplinary subjects. He is currently working on his Galilean thesis, focusing on the communication of science to public audience. Giordano joined the Oliver group in October 2017. 
Fabiola Cardoso Delgado, 2018-
 Screenshot_2018-05-10-15-26-20-1 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 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.

Group alumni can be found here.