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Department of Chemistry

Research Fellows

The Chemistry Department has a long tradition of hosting independent research fellows (Royal Society URFs and Newton Fellowships, Leverhulme Fellowships, Addison Wheeler Fellowships, Ramsay Fellowships, 1851 Fellowships, Marie Curie Fellowships, Commonwealth Fellowships, etc.), many of whom have gone on to independent academic careers either in Durham or elsewhere.

We provide a supportive environment for fellows and a strong mentoring programme from established research leaders. Informal enquiries about research fellowships should be made with individual members of academic staff or the Head of Department.

Some of our current international research fellows are featured below.


Dr. Gyöngyi Pergerné Klupp (Newton International Fellow)

Dr.Gyöngyi Pergerné Klupp from the Wigner Research Centre for Physics in Budapest, Hungary is a holder of the Royal Society's Newton International Fellowship.

Gyöngyi's research area is an interdisciplinary field where the study and understanding of magnetic and electronic properties of novel carbon-based materials benefits from the chemical understanding of molecular solids. The main tools she uses to gain a deeper knowledge of the structure-property relationships in materials are optical spectroscopy and diffraction.

You can read the full interview with Gyöngyi here.


Dr. Martin Dracinsky (Marie Curie Research Fellow)

Dr. Martin Dracinsky is an incoming Marie Curie Research Fellow from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Czech Republic. 

His research interests are in dynamics of molecules in solids studied by solid-state NMR spectroscopy and computational chemistry with amino acids, nucleic acid bases and nucleotides being the model systems. He also develops theoretical methods for understanding the relation between molecular vibrations and NMR spectroscopy. Martin is working in the Durham solid state NMR group led by Dr. Paul Hodgkinson

In addition to NMR and computational chemistry, Martin enjoys rowing on the river Wear. You can read an interview with Martin here.


Dr. Sayonara Eliziario Nunes (Science without Borders Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Dr. Sayonara Eliziario Nunes is an incoming Science without Borders postdoctoral research fellow from the Department of Materials Engineering, Federal University of São Carlos , São Carlos, Brazil.

Sayonara's general research interests are in synthesis and characterisation of multifunctional inorganic solid state materials and study of relationships between structure and physical properties. Her Science without Borders research project in the group of Dr. Ivana Evans focusses on the development and characterisaiton of photocatalytic materials for energy-related and environmetal applications.

You can read an interview with Sayonara here.