The European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (Erasmus) programme is a European student exchange programme established in 1987. It forms a major part of the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme 2007–2013. The Department of Chemistry, Imperial College have specific Erasmus exchange agreements with a select group of European Partner Chemistry Departments in Germany, Spain, France, Italy and The Netherlands, as well as equivalent bilateral student exchange agreements with the ETH Zuerich and EPFL, Lausanne (Switzerland), Emory University (USA) and NTU (Singapore).

The Imperial College Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) was established in 1981 and provides an opportunity for students who have yet to graduate from their masters degree to participate in real research, typically during 8-10 week periods over the Summer vacation period. Funding for UROP projects in the Spivey Group have come from AstraZeneca, Pfizer, The Nuffield Foundation, The Wellcome Trust and from Imperial College UROP Bursaries.

The Spivey Group have also hosted a series of Summer Exchange Students from the University of Salamanca, Spain, funded by that University, mainly from the group of Prof. David Diez.

Kirana Veeranna

Kirana Veeranna

Dates:  Jun 2019 - Sept 2019 (IMPERIAL)
Background: PhD student at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
Project: Synthesis of asymmetric pyridine-N-oxides for kinetic resolution
Sponsor: British Council, Newton-Bhabha Scholarship
Whereabouts: Finishing PhD at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras


Daniel Castellano Garrido

Daniel Castellano Garrido

Dates:  July 2019 - Sept 2019 (IMPERIAL)
Background: BSc student in Biochemistry at University College, London
Project: Synthesis of diazirine-based photoaffinity labels for chemical proteomics
Sponsor: UROP student
Whereabouts: Finishing BSc at University College, London


Zuzanna Mackiewicz

Zuzanna Mackiewicz

Dates:  Aug 2018 - Oct 2018 (IMPERIAL)
Background: BSc student at Warsaw University of Technology, Poland 
Project: Synthesis of aryl sulfonyl chlorides for use in kinetic resolution
Sponsor: UROP student
Whereabouts: MSc student at Warsaw University of Technology, Poland


Sarah Patterson

Sarah Patterson

Dates:  July 2017 - Sept 2017 (IMPERIAL)
Background: MSci student in Chemistry with Industrial Experience (GSK) at IMPERIAL
Project: Towards the synthesis of hydroxy-evoninic acid
Sponsor: UROP student (RSC Nuffield)
Whereabouts: Finishing MSci at IMPERIAL


Malcolm Choo

Malcolm Choo

Dates:  May 2017 - July 2017 (IMPERIAL)
Background: BSc student in Chemistry with Specialisation in Medicinal Chemistry at NUS, Singapore
Project: Identifying the fungal protein target of the antifungal natural product cordigol using a chemical proteomics approach
Sponsor: UROP student
Whereabouts: Research Assistant at NUS, Singapore


Pol Hernández

Pol

Dates:  Feb 2017 - June 2017 (IMPERIAL)
Background: BSc student at the University of Barcelona
Project: Asymmetric phosphorylation via atropisomeric pyridine-N-oxide catalysis
Sponsor: The Erasmus+ Mobility Programme
Whereabouts: One year placement at GSK (Stevenage)


Adrian Gheata 

Adrian

Dates:  Jan 2017 - May 2017 (IMPERIAL)
Background: Bsc student at EPFL, Lausanne
Project: The asymmetric desymmetrisation of meso-diols
Sponsor: Erasmus exchange programme
Whereabouts: Finishing his BSc degree at EPFL


Lukas Laetsch

Lukas

Dates:  Jan 2017 - March 2017 (IMPERIAL)
Background: BSc student at ETH Zurich
Project: The total synthesis of Cordigol
Sponsor: The Swiss-European Mobility Programme
Whereabouts: Finishing his BSc degree at ETH


Onur Guzel

onur

Dates:  Aug 2016 - Sept 2016 (IMPERIAL)
Background: MSci student at IMPERIAL
Project: Synthesis of 1,2-diketone precursors for Benzylic Ester Rearrngements (BERs) – Towards hydroxy-evoninic acid
Sponsor: EPSRC sponsored Erasmus student
Whereabouts: Placement at GSK Stevenage, then MSci project in the group


Shijia Liu

Shijia Liu

Dates:  June 2016 - Aug 2016 (IMPERIAL)
Background: BSc student at IMPERIAL 
Project: Step by step catalytic cycles 
Sponsor: Imperial College UROP student
Whereabouts: Finishing her BSc degree


Richard Surginor 

Richard

Dates:  Jan 2016 - Sept 2016 (IMPERIAL)
Background: MSci student at Queens University Belfast
Project: Towards the development of a blood-filter device for the removal of damaging products of haemolysis
Sponsor: Imperial College Strategic Research Funds
Whereabouts: Studying for a PhD in Oxford University


Thomas Frossard

thomas

Dates:  November 2015 -  April 2016 (IMPERIAL)
Background: MSc at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Project: Total synthesis of (-)-Lycorine
Sponsor: Erasmus student
Whereabouts: PhD at ETH Zurich


Adriano Bauer

bauer

Dates:  March 2015 - Aug 2015 (IMPERIAL)
Background: Masters student at University of Bologna
Project: Kinetic resolution of Amines
Sponsor: Erasmus student
Whereabouts: Unknown


Lucy Harwood

harwood

Dates:  June 2015 - Aug 2015 (IMPERIAL)
Background: MSci Queens University, Belfast
Project: Asymmetric synthesis of phosphorothioate-nucleosides using atropisometic pyridine-N-oxide catalysis
Sponsor: Imperial College 
Whereabouts: PhD University of Oxford


Lisa Barbaro

barbaro

Dates:  Oct 2013 - Feb 2015 (IMPERIAL)
Background: Bsc (Hons) degree at Monash University, Australia
Project: Towards the development of a blood-filter device for the removal of damaging products of haemolysis
Sponsor: Imperial College Strategic Research Funds
Whereabouts: PhD student at Monash University


Daniel Dunkelmann

dunkelmann

Dates: Feb 2014 - June 2014 (IMPERIAL)
Background: Masters student at ETH, Zurich
Project: Catalytic asymmetric sulfonylation methodology for amines
Sponsor: Erasmus student
WhereaboutsMIT, Cambridge


Mathias Mamboury

mamboury

Dates: Sep 2013 - March 2014 (IMPERIAL)
Background: Masters student at EPFL, Switzerland
Project: Total synthesis of Lophirone H via an oxonium-Prins cyclisation
Sponsor: Erasmus student
WhereaboutsEPFL, Switzerland


Zhennan Liu

zhennan

Dates: Aug 2013 - Dec 2013 (IMPERIAL)
Background: Masters student at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Project: Development of a new catalytic asymmetric sulfonylation procedure for amines
Sponsor: NTU Exchange programme
WhereaboutsNanyang Technological University, Singapore


Savan Chandaria

savan

Dates: Oct 2013 - Dec 2013 (IMPERIAL)
Background: BSc student at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, USA
Project: Stereoselective rearrangements via alpha-lactone intermediates.
Sponsor: Emory-IC Exchange programme
WhereaboutsEmory University in Atlanta, GA, USA


Claire Jarvis

clairejarvis

Dates: Aug 2012 – Dec 2012 (IMPERIAL)
Background: MChem Student at Edinburgh University, UK
Project: Towards the Total Synthesis of hydroxyevoninic acid via a benzilic ester rearrangement (BER)
Sponsor: Self-funded student
WhereaboutsPhD Student in Rutgers University, NJ, USA


Eduardo Izquierdo Garcia

eduardo

Dates: July 2012 – Sep 2012 (IMPERIAL)
Background: BSc (Pharmacy) Student at University of Barcelona, Spain
Project: Towards the Total Synthesis of Lophirone H
Sp onsor: Self-funded student
WhereaboutsUniversity of Barcelona, Spain


Jonas Hühn

jonashuhn

Dates: April 2012 – Aug 2012 (IMPERIAL)
Background: Masters Student at Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
Project: Towards a Catalytic Asymmetric BER
Sponsor: Erasmus student
WhereaboutsPhilipps-University Marburg, Germany


Kerti Ausmees

ausmees

Dates: Sept. 2010 – Feb 2011 & Aug 2011 – Nov 2011 (IMPERIAL)
Background: 4th Year PhD student in the group of Professor Tonis Kanger in the Department of Chemistry, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Project: development of atropisomeric nucleophilic organocatalysts for the acylative kinetic resolution of amines
Spo nsor: Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Whereabouts: Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia


Renske Raaphorst

renske

Dates:  Mar 2011 – Sept 2011 (IMPERIAL)
Background: 2nd Year MSc Student (Drug Innovation) atUtrecht University
Project:  Development of cold precursors for 18F labelled epidermal growth factor receptor imaging agents for Positron Emission Tomography
Sponsor: Utrecht Graduate Scholarship Fund
Whereabouts: PhD student in VUmc Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Zsofia Heckenast

zsofia

Dates: July 2011 – Sep 2011 (IMPERIAL)
Background: 3rd Year Msci Student at Bristol University
Project: Towards Decalin Sulfenic Acids
Sponsor: Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship
Whereabouts: PhD in the Group


Zeqi Yang

zeqiyang

Dates: July 2011 – Sep 2011
Background: 2nd Year Imperial College BSc Student
Project: An experimental and computational investigation into the mechanism of cyanation of aryldiazonium salts – SNAr, benzyne or SN1 mechanism?
Sponsor: Imperial College UROP Scholarship
Whereabouts: Year 3 of BSc degree at Imperial College


Magda Blanco Zuniga

magdablanco

Dates: Feb 2010 – June 2011 (IMPERIAL)
Background: PhD student at the University of Salamanca, Spain
Project: Synthesis of a new nicotinic receptor tracer based on 5-IA using a germanium-based phase tag
Sponsor: University of Salamanca sponsored summer student
Whereabouts: PhD at University of Salamanca, Spain


Amanda Teng

amandateng

Dates: Oct. 2010 – Jan. 2011 (IMPERIAL)
Background: 4th year Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore
Project: development of antagonists of the IgE-FceRI protein protein interaction
Sponsor: UROP/self-fund student
Whereabouts: NTU, Singapore


Wang Hei (Elvis) Ng

wanghei

Dates: Aug. 2010 – Sept. 2010 (IMPERIAL)
Background: 2nd year Imperial College UG
Project: A Sonogashira approach to tetrahydroquinolones
Sponsor: Nuffield Summer Bursary
Whereabouts: Imperial College London, UK


Eugene Chia

eugenechia

Dates: Jun. 2009 – Aug. 2009 (IMPERIAL)
Background: 2nd year Imperial College UG
Project: Synthesis of 5-azaindolines
Sponsor: UROP/self-fund student
Whereabouts: Imperial College London, UK


Cynthia Sheng Hu

cynthiashenghu

Dates: Jun 2008 – Sep. 2008 (IMPERIAL)
Background: Nanjing Universityshenghu, China
Project: Towards the synthesis of hydroxy-iso-evoninic acid
Sponsor: UROP/self-fund student
Whereabouts: Nanjing University, China


Araceli Blanco

araceliblanco

Dates: Jul. 2008 - Sep. 2008 (IMPERIAL)
Background: PhD student at the University of Salamanca, Spain
Project: New approaches to cis-cyclohexadiene-diols and derivatives
Sponsor: University of Salamanca sponsored summer student
Whereabouts: PhD at University of Salamanca, Spain


Almudena Conde

almudenaconde

Dates: Jul. 2007 – Sep. 2007 (IMPERIAL)
Background:  University of Salamanca, Spain
Project: New approaches to cis-cyclohexadiene-diols and derivatives
Sponsor: University of Salamanca sponsored summer student
Whereabouts: PhD at University of Salamanca, Spain


Mungyuen Li

mungyuenli

Dates: Jun. 2007 – Aug. 2007 (IMPERIAL)
Background: 2nd year Imperial College UG
Project: Towards the synthesis of a protein sulfenic acid model
Sponsor: UROP/Nuffield Foundation student
Whereabouts: Imperial College London, UK. PhD with Prof. Ian Patterson, University of Cambridge, UK


Markus Wolf

markuswolf

Dates: Oct. 2006 – Jun. 2007 (IMPERIAL)
Background: Ludwigs Maximillian University (LMU) Munich, Germany
Project: DMAP catalysed asymmetric amination
Sponsor: Erasmus student
Whereabouts: PhD, Ludwigs Maximillian University (LMU) Munich, Germany


Olga Bodero Bahillo

olgabodero

Dates: Jun. 2006 - Sep. 2006 (IMPERIAL)
Background: University of Salamanca, Spain
Project: DMAP catalysed asymmetric amination
Sponsor: University of Salamanca sponsored summer student
Whereabouts: PhD with Dr Pilar Basabe Barcala, Dr Isido Sanchez Marcos and Prof Julio Gonzalez Urones at theUniversity of Salamanca, Spain


Thomas Hampel

thomashampel

Dates: Mar. 2006 – Jul. 2006 (IMPERIAL)
Background: University of Wurtzburg, Germany
Project: DMAP catalysed asymmetric amination
Sponsor: Erasmus student
Whereabouts: PhD student with Prof. Thorsten Bach, Technical Universit y of Munich, Germany


Marta Garcia

martagarcia

Date s: Jul. 2005 – Sep. 2005 (IMPERIAL)
Background: University of Salamanca, Spain
Project: Synthesis of Chiral N-oxides via Rhenium catalysed deoxygenative kinetic resolution
Sponsor: University of Salamanca sponsored summer student
Whereabouts: PhD student at University of Salamanca, Spain


Jan Nievendick

jannievendick

Dates: Oct. 2005 – Mar. 2006 (IMPERIAL)
Background: Philipps-Universitat Marburg, Germany
Project: Synthesis of 3-Aminopyrimidines using soluble Ge-polymers
Sponsor: Erasmus student
Whereabouts: PhD student at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg in conjunction with Fraunhofer ISE


Luca Anfossi

lucaanfossi

Dates: Feb. 2005.-.Jul. 2005 (IMPERIAL)
Background: University of Bologna, Italy
Project: Synthesis of antagonists of the allergic response
Sponsor: Erasmus student
Whereabouts: Unknown


Gisela Fontaine

giselafontaine

Dates: Jan. 2005 - Mar. 2005 (IMPERIAL)
BackgroundETH Zurich, Switzerland
Project: 3-Aminopyrimidines using soluble Ge-polymers
Sponsor: Erasmus students
Whereabouts: PhD at ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Markus Meise

markusmeise

Dates: Jan 2004-Mar 2004 (IMPERIAL)
Background: Philipps-Universitat Marburg, Germany
Project: 3-Aminopyrimidines using soluble Ge-polymers
Sponsor: Erasmus student
Whereabouts: PhD at Philipps-Universitat Marburg, Germany


Kordi Ijeoma Chigboh

kordi

Dates: Jun. 2003-Jul. 2003 (IMPERIAL)
Background: BSc University of Salford, UK
Project: Towards the synthesis of a protein sulfenic acid model
Sponsor: Pfizer sponsored summer studentship
Whereabouts: PhD with Dr Rob Stockman at University of East An glia, Norwich, UK


Maria Gil Ingelmo

mariagill

Dates: Jul. 2003-Sept. 2003 (IMPERIAL)
Background: University of Salamanca, Spain
Project: Aproaches to 'tropos' chiral DMAP molecules
Sponsor: University of Salamanca sponsored summer student
Whereabouts: Unknown


Ruth de Andres de Prado

ruthdeandres

Dates: Mar. 2000-Aug. 2000 (SHEFFIELD)
Background: University of Madrid, Spain
Project: Towards the synthesis of a protein sulfenic acid model
Sponsor: Erasmus student
Whereabouts: Unknown


Jan-Philip Plog

jan-philip

Dates: Oct. 1999-Apr. 2000 (SHEFFIELD)
Background: University of Hamburg, Germany
Project: Catalyst optimisation of chiral DMAP molecules
Sponsor: Erasmus student
Whereabouts: PhD in the University of Hamburg, Germany


Jörg Ortner

jorgortner

Dates: Oct. 1996-Apr. 1997 (SHEFFIELD)
Background: Technischen Universitat Graz, Austria
Project: Synthetic approaches to (-)-lycorine
Sponsor: Erasmus student
Whereabouts: PhD with Prof. Herfried Gringel, Institut fur Organische Chemie der Technischen Universitat Graz, Austria.Infineon, Villach, Austria