Luke graduated in 2011 from The University of the West Indies in Barbados with a chemistry BSc (Hons). He later completed an MPhil in 2013 at the same institution under the supervision of Prof. Avril Williams, investigating mechanically interlocked molecules based on the dibenzylammonium/24-crown-8 recognition motif.
Luke subsequently joined Imperial College London as an MRes student in green chemistry, conducting research on new porous materials with Dr. Rob Davies and Prof. Paul Lickiss, graduating in 2015 with distinction. The award of an Imperial College President’s PhD scholarship allowed him to continue his research on metal-organic and hydrogen-bonded frameworks built from organosilicon carboxylic acids in the same research groups, completing his PhD in 2019.
Luke began his Teaching fellow position in the Chemistry Department in June 2019 and is a co-founder of the Chemical Kitchen project. Luke’s teaching responsibilities include a large focus on undergraduate practical chemistry education, coordinating a programme of training in transferrable and professional skills for UG students, and delivering teaching on various aspects of inorganic chemistry and characterisation methods.
Luke is also responsible for coordinating summer undergraduate research opportunities and the departmental study abroad (exchange) programme.
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et al., 2019, Metal-organic frameworks constructed from group 1 metals (Li, Na) and silicon-centered linkers, Crystal Growth and Design, Vol:19, ISSN:1528-7483, Pages:487-497
et al., 2019, Studies on the structural diversity of MOFs containing octahedral siloxane-backboned connectors, Polyhedron, Vol:157, ISSN:0277-5387, Pages:25-32
et al., 2018, Trisiloxane-centred metal-organic frameworks and hydrogen bonded assemblies, Crystengcomm, Vol:20, ISSN:1466-8033, Pages:4541-4545