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.

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Pol Hernandez

  • 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 

  • 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

  • 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

Shijia Liu

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

Richard Surginor 

  • 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

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

Adriano Bauer

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

Lucy 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


Savan Chandaria

  • 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

  • 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

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

Jonas Hühn


Kerti 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.
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Amanda Teng

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


Olga Bodero Bahillo

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


Luca Anfossi

  • 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

  • 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


Kordi Ijeoma Chigboh

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.
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