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.

Maike Birkner

Maike Birkner

Dates:  Oct 2019 - Mar 2020 (IMPERIAL)
Background: MSc student at Leibniz Universität Hannover
Project: Small molecule α-helix mimetics for simulating a protein-protein interaction in androgen receptors
Sponsor: Erasmus student
Whereabouts: Finishing MSc at Leibniz Universität Hannover

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


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

Onur Guzel


Dates:  Aug 2016 - Sept 2016 (IMPERIAL)
Background: MSci student at IMPERIAL
Project: Synthesis of 1,2-diketone precursors for Benzilic Ester Rearrangements (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 


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)
Background: MSc 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: Unknown

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


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


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 Synthesis of Lophirone H
Sp onsor: Self-funded student
WhereaboutsUniversity of Barcelona, Spain

Jonas Hühn


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


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 Raaphorst

Dates:  Mar 2011 – Sept 2011 (IMPERIAL)
Background: 2nd Year MSc Student (Drug Innovation) at Utrecht 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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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 Anglia, 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