New Whorrod Research Fellow appointed: Dr Alexander O’Malley
We are pleased to welcome our new Whorrod Research Fellow, Dr Alexander O’Malley, who joined us on 01 September 2018. This is the sixth post funded by an endowment to the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) from Roger and Sue Whorrod.
Dr Alex commented: “I’m hugely excited to join the CSCT, a uniquely impressive centre in terms of its multidisciplinarity and how it develops students to become future leaders. It’s a real honour to be awarded position of Whorrod Fellow, especially given those who have held it before me, which has shown itself to be a special opportunity for early career researchers to thrive. My work studying how molecules behave in porous materials for use in catalysis all the way through to medicine has found the perfect home in the CSCT at University of Bath, and I really hope I can add a fresh skillset and outlook to this vibrant research environment.”
Alex received his PhD from University College London in 2016 under the supervision of Professor Richard Catlow, based at the UK Catalysis Hub and ISIS neutron source on Harwell Science and Innovation campus studying diffusion in microporous catalysts. He then undertook a post-doc position under Professor Nora De Leeuw at Cardiff University studying the zeolite catalysed conversion of biomass using molecular modelling. He was then awarded the Ramsay Memorial Fellowship at Cardiff to study diffusion of sorbates in zeotype materials for catalysis, drug delivery and water purification applications.
Professor Matthew Davidson, Director of CSCT, said: “We are extremely pleased that Alex has joined us in Bath. He already has an outstanding track record in research and he brings a whole new set of skills, collaborators and ideas to the Centre. I look forward to watching him to flourish over the next few years in the same way as other Whorrod Fellows have done.”