Group Members


Draper Group November 2019: Left to right. Sam, Rebecca, Tom, Becky, Jakki, Emily and Juan Antonio.

Current Members: 


Dr. Tom Welsh, (Nov 2019 – Nov 2021) PDRA. Tom is from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada where he did his undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. He joined the research group of Dr. Kevin Smith and conducted research on single-electron transfer reactions of chromium complexes, graduating with an honours BSc degree in 2014. He then moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada for graduate school joining the group of Dr. Thomas Baumgartner to work on synthesizing phosphaalkene-based pincer ligands. After Dr. Baumgartner transitioned to York University in June 2017, Tom joined Dr. Greg Welch’s research group to remain in Calgary and complete his PhD with his thesis now on direct (hetero)arylation synthesis of organic non-fullerene acceptors based on N-annulated perylene diimides. Tom completed his PhD in August 2019 and joined Dr. Emily Draper’s research group at the University of Glasgow in November 2019 as a post doctoral research associate. In the Draper group, Tom is working on the synthesis and properties of new types of electrochromic organic materials based on naphthalene diimides.



Sam O’Nion, (Oct 2017-Sept 2020) EPSRC National Productivity Investment studentship with Hyaltech Ltd. Upon graduating in 2016 with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with Professional Experience from the University of Strathclyde, Sam worked in industry for six months before returning to academia to undertake a PhD at the University of Glasgow. During his undergraduate studies, Sam spent a year in industrial placement working as an R&D assistant at Biogelx, focusing on the development process and analysis of peptide-based supramolecular hydrogels. Following this, he undertook his final year research project in the Nanometrology department under the supervision of Professor Karen Faulds where he utilised surface enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS) for the detection of reactive oxygen species in prostate cancer cells.  After graduating, Sam worked a fixed-term position at Hyaltech Ltd. within the R&D team on process improvement projects for the production of viscoelastic polymeric solutions. Sam joined the group in 2017 under the supervision of Dr Emily Draper and in partnership with Hyaltech Ltd.  His research currently involves the functionalisation of viscoelastic polymeric solutions with a view to be used as medical devices.


Becky Randle, (Oct 2018 – Sept 2021) DTP studentship. Becky graduated with an 1st class MChem (hons) degree in Chemistry with a Year Abroad in 2018 from Cardiff University. During her undergraduate studies Becky spent a year under the supervision of Professor Brad Easton at UOIT in Oshawa focusing research upon the effect of contaminants upon electronic properties and efficiency of glassy carbon electrodes. Following this, she undertook a final year research project under supervision of Professor Simon Pope in Cardiff, looking at the synthesis and photophysical properties of novel naphthalimide ligands. Becky joined the group in 2018 with a DTP studentship. Her research currently involves the synthesis and self assembly of electrochromic materials that reversibly change colour upon application of external stimuli such as voltage, light or heat.


Jacquelyn Egan, (Oct 2019 – Sept 2022) Her BSc (hons) was carried out in Chemistry at Ontario Tech University in 2017. In her undergraduate studies she joined Dr. Olena Zenkina group in the winter of 2015, during this time she designed sensors for the detection of iron down to the ppm level. In 2016/2017 she then continued on in the Zenkina group for my 4th year honours thesis where she developed electrochromic devices as well as organic-metal complexes using gold nanoparticles that were able to form assemblies. In the summer of 2017, she worked for Prof Brad Easton where she  synthesised efficient platinum catalyst for fuel cells. In 2018 she returned to the Zenkina group to complete her MSc; her thesis focused on the development on magnetic nanoparticles for the detection and removal of mercury. During her MSc she went on exchange as a QEScholar, at the University of Glasgow for Dr. Emily Draper Group. Whilst in Glasgow her work focused on the development of gels for use as bio-electronics. She received her MSc in Material Science in from Ontario Tech University in 2019.

David Morrison, (Dec 2019 – Jan 2023) David completed a Masters Degree in Physics at the University of Glasgow, and has now started a PhD at the University of Strathclyde with Prof. Lunn, Dr. Pedrotti in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in collaboration with Dr. Draper. His PhD is funded by SRPE in collaboration with Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) working on injectable silica gels.

aminaAmina Rezig, (Feb 2020-Feb 2024) Self-funded. Amina completed her undergraduate studies in Chemistry and Forensic Sciences at Kuwait University in winter 2017. Following this, she moved to Glasgow and got a PGDip in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (2017-2018) and a Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences (2018-2019) from the University of Glasgow. During her Masters, Amina investigated the post-translational modifications of the cAMP effector POPDC1 protein and its interaction with the cAMP regulator PDE4A5 protein in HEK293 cells under the supervision of Prof. George Baillie. Amina is currently working on a joint PhD project between Chemistry (Draper group) and Cell Engineering (Riehle group) to develop new conducting gel materials that are able to support nerve regeneration. Her work is based on synthesizing cell-friendly Perylenebisimide-based hydrogels, and the most promising materials are to be incorporated into in vitro and in vivo examinations.


Rebecca Ginesi – (Oct 2020 – Sept 2024) PhD student. Rebecca completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. As part of her degree, she spent a year on placement at the University of Barcelona under the supervision of Professor Anna Grandas. During her placement she focused on the double derivatisation of oligonucleotides using copper-free “click” chemistry. Her MChem work with Dr Draper focused on how counter ions effects perylene gels and their electrochemical properties. She is now looking at how the aggregation of perylene directly effects their conductive properties.


Jun Han – (Sept 2020 – Dec 2020) Working on using SANS to look at the aggregation and self-assembly of NDIs.

Past Members:


Dr. Glen Brodie(June 2020 – August 2020) – Now has a PDRA position in Prof. Conway’s group at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Giovanni Rossi, (March 2018- March 2019) EPSRC IAA collaboration with Hyaltech Ltd.


Rebecca Ginesi, (Sept 2019 – June 2020) M.Sci Student. Now studying for a PhD in the group.

Victoria Adams, (Sept 2018-June 2019) M.Sci Student.

Ilze Lace (Sept 2017-May 2018). Currently studying for a Ph.D.

Lewis Archibald (Sept 2016-May 2017). Currently studying for a Ph.D with Dr. Jamieson (Uni. of Glasgow)

Ben Greeves (Jan-Sept 2016) –  Currently doing a Ph.D with Dr. Cowan (Uni. of Liverpool). Also carried out an EPSRC summer vacation bursary.

Boxiong Zhao (Oct 2015-Sept 2016). Joint with Dr. Akhtar (School of Biological Engineering, Uni. of Liverpool).


Alistair Imlay, (Sept 2018-June 2019) B.Sc student.

William Thompson (Sept 2017 – May 2018). Went on to obtain a Masters Degree at Bath.

Placement Students:

Juan Mena, (June – Dec 2019) Erasmus placement student from University of Granada, Spain.

Jacquelyn Egan, (Jan-April 2019) Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholar.

Alexis Jimenez, (June-July 2018) Arcardia placement student. Currently training to be a Medical Doctor in the US.

Laura Gonzalez (June-Dec 2017) Erasmus placement student from University of Granada, Spain.

Sarah Guinane (July-Aug 2017) EPSRC summer vacation student. Currently finishing her M.Sc at the Uni. of Glasgow.

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