Group Members

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Dr. Daniel Polak, 2019-
download-1 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.

PhD Students

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.
Hilary McCarthy, 2019-
Image-79 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.
Camilla Gajo, 2020-
Camilla2 Camilla joined the Oliver group after completing a year in the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials as an MSc student, subsequent to graduating from Keele University in 2019 (BSc Physics with Mathematics). Camilla’s research will initially focus on the chromophore-environment interactions in bilin pigments using multidimensional ultrafast spectroscopy.
Olivia Hawkins, 2021-

Olivia joined the Oliver group as an MSc by research student investigating the dynamics of diphenylhexatriene in solution. She started her PhD in Autumn 2021 as part of EPSRC programme grant Ultrafast Photochemical Dynamics in Complex Environments. Olivia, graduated from UCL in 2020 (BSc, Chemistry) and performed additional research with Neil Allan studying radiation damage of Li2O.

Rokas Petrenas, 2021-

Rokas graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2021 with a degree in Biochemistry. During his final year, he worked with Dr Chris Wood on the application of deep learning for protein design. In 2021, he joined the SWBio DTP PhD programme and is working on biosensing using α-helical barrels. His project is co-supervised by Dek Woolfson and Tom Oliver.

Undergraduate Project Students

Guilherme Marczak, 2021-2022
Guilherme joined the Oliver group as part of his final year MSci project. His project will examine the photochemistry of diphenyloctatetraene using time resolved spectroscopy.
Rhys Jackson, 2021-2022

Group alumni can be found here.

Old group photos here.