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Current Members
Current group members are shown below. We have also established a network of collaborators, friends of the group and industrial partners who can be found here.

Prof. Dr. Gregory G. Wildgoose
MChem (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), FRSC

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Greg obtained his MChem and DPhil from Oxford University in 2003 and 2006 respectively, studying under Prof. Richard G. Compton. In 2006 he was elected as a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College, Oxford, and in 2009 he was awarded a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship, and moved to establish his research group within the School of Chemistry at UEA in October of that year. In 2012 he was awarded a €1.3m ERC Starting Grant and promoted to Reader in Chemistry. Greg was elected as FRSC in 2014 and promoted to Professor in 2015.
Outside of work Greg masquerades as a Bond villain, plotting to take over the world.

Senior Research Assistant
Dr Robin Blagg,
PhD, MChem, MRSC (England)

Robin Blagg
Robin obtained his MChem degree for the University of York, and completed his doctoral training under Prof. Neil Connelly at the University of Bristol; he subsequently completed postdoctoral research with Prof. Geoff Cloke at the University of Sussex, and Prof Eric McInnes in the Molecular Magnetism Group at the University of Manchester, moving to join the Wildgoose Group at UEA in the summer of 2013. Robin will be working on the synthesis and electrochemistry of boron-based frustrated Lewis acids and their uses for small molecule activation, funded by the ERC PiHOMER Starting Grant. Outside of work Robin also enjoys swimming, cycling, fell walking, real ale and board games.

Senior Research Assistant
Dr Elliot Lawrence, PhD,
MChem (England)

Elliot completed his MChem and PhD at UEA in 2011 and 2014 respectively, working in the Wildgoose group. Elliot’s PhD project concerned the pioneering development of electrochemical-frustrated Lewis pair systems for the catalytic activation of small molecules. His post-doctoral studies continue this line of research to develop next-generation energy storage and generation technologies using electrocatalytic frustrated Lewis pairs funded by the ERC PiHOMER Starting Grant. Away from the lab, Elliot is a keen cyclist.

Senior Research Assistant
Dr Elliot Leon Bennet (Ellion), PhD,
MChem, AMRSC (England)

Elliot Bennet
Elliot obtained his MChem and PhD degrees from Bangor University working across organic, inorganic and organometallic synthetic projects relating to various catalysts under Dr. M.A. Beckett and Dr. P.J. Murphy. Elliot has also performed inelastic neutron scattering experiments at the ISIS neutron and muon source (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) in collaboration with Dr. S. Parker and Dr. G. Chass. Elliot is working on the development of electrocatalytic Lewis acids for use in frustrated pair chemistry for small molecule activation with energy applications, funded by the ERC PiHOMER Starting Grant. Outside of science Elliot competes regularly at squash and enjoys cooking.

Senior Research Assistant
Dr James Courtney, PhD,
MChem (England)

James Courtney
James focuses his research on alternative mechanisms for energy production, in particular the reactions used within Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells. Currently he is looking at using the theory behind frustrated Lewis acids to reduce the reliance on platinum group metals, funded initially by the ERC Proof-of-Concept grant FLPower and then the ERC PiHOMER Starting Grant.

Doctoral Student

Third Year PhD
Mr James Buttress,
MChem (England)

James completed his MChem at UEA in 2012 working for his final year project in the Page Group. James is working on developing calixarene and resorcinarene modified electrodes for achiral electrosynthetic applications funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

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