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Devis Di Tommaso


Devis was born and raised in Friuli, Italy. He studied Chemistry at the Universita' degli Studi di Trieste and graduated summa cum laude in 2002. He carried out his doctoral studies in the Theoretical Chemistry group headed by Professor Piero Decleva and, in 2006, he successfully defended the Ph.D. thesis with a work on the application and development of density functional theory methods for the study of molecular photoionization processes.

In 2006, Devis conducted postdoctoral research at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in the group of Professor Richard Catlow , where his work focused on theoretical catalysis. As part of a Marie-Curie research and training network, in 2007 he moved to University College London in the group of Professor Nora de Leeuw to work on the development and application of computer simulation methods to investigate the nucleation and growth of metal carbonates from solution. In January 2012 he was awarded a Royal Society Industry Fellowship.

Devis joined the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary in September 2013.

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Curriculum Vitae

Etienne Gaines


Etienne was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1988. He studied Chemoinformatics in the University of Strasbourg and graduated cum laude in 2014, after his internship in Vancouver. He has just started a PhD under the supervision of Devis titled "Computer Modeling of Nucleation and Growth of Organic Crystals". After that, he intends to gain some experiences through postdoc positions in the US, in Asia and/or Switzerland, before joining an exciting R&D group.

Xiangwen Wang


Xiangwen received her BSc in Chemistry with an Honours Year Exchange in the UK from Hunan University, China, spending her year abroad at University of Dundee, Scotland, supported by the China Scholarship Council Excellent Undergraduate Scholarship. Before joining QMUL, she received her MSc degree by research in Chemical biology at Imperial College London with Professor Ian Gould on a project "Modelling the Membrane Mechanics of MscL". Xiangwen got a QMUL Principal's Postgraduate Research Studentship to support her PhD research under the supervision of Devis and Prof Simon Clegg (UEA) on a project entitled "Bridging Molecular and Macroscopic Models of Solution Thermodynamics".

Amira Uddin


Amira is currently working towards her MSci in Chemistry and is due to graduate in 2020. She has been awarded the RSC Undergraduate Bursary to work under the supervision of Dr Di Tommaso to work on a project related with mineral carbonation reactions.


Yasemin Mustafa


Yasemin was born in London, she graduated with a BSc in Chemistry at QMUL in 2017. She undertook a Chemical Research MSc on Gallium Phosphate Glasses. Under the supervision of Dr. Isaac Abrahams, ci-supervised by Devis. Yasemin used molecular dynamic simulations to characterise the neutron diffraction data obtained during the experimental part of her research project.

M S Kaur


As part of her joint MSc research project, M.Kaur researched the interactions of polyacrylic acids with the surfaces of Glass Ionomer Glasses. She graduated in September 2017 with a MSc in Chemical Research.

David Jackson


David, from London, graduated in 2017 with a research project based on ab initio and classical molecular dynamics simulations of aqueous electrolyte solutions.

Clayton Bevas


Clayton was born and raised in London. He graduated with an MSci in Chemistry in 2017 and conducted a research project on the development of software tools to simulate the growth of organic molecules from solution.

Farhana Aktar


Farhana was born in London, 1995, and she graduated in Chemistry in 2016. During her studies she was also a breast cancer ambassador for Cancerkin, organising and delivering presentations. She undertook a research project in computational chemistry, investigating the solvation of organic molecules.

Nada Kurdi


Nada Kurdi undertook a joint computational Masters project investigating intramolecular hydride transfer onto arynes. She is now a PhD student at Oxford.

Megan Elizabeth Davies


Megan was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Her project was about the accuracy of density functional theory methods to compute the association of organic molecules. She is now at UCL doing a Master in Molecular Modelling & Materials Sciences.

Ken Leo Watson


Ken was born in Huntingdon, England. He started an MSci at Queen Mary in 2010 and finished in 2014. Ken is now a PhD student at Imperial College London.


Said was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and gained a BSc in Chemistry from Queen Mary University of London in 2015. In summer 2014 he gained some experience in the field of Computational Chemistry with Devis. He is now a PhD student at Imperial College London

Masroor Hasan

Masroor did a research project involving the use of molecular dynamics simulations to study complex aqueous electrolyte solutions

Afifa Moosa

Afifa was born in London, England. She did a BSc in Chemistry at Queen Mary finishing in 2014. In the summer of 2014 she did a internship with Devis with a project aimed at the development of interatomic potential methods for the simulation of Zn-phosphate materials.

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