Dr Adam Michalchuk
Editorial Advisory Board - RSC Mechanochemistry
Associate Editor - Solid State Chemistry, Frontiers in Chemistry
Co-organiser - Germany-Brazilian InSynX Workshop
Awards and Prizes
2019 Springer Thesis Prize (Physical Chemistry)
2020 Sir Fraser and Norma Stoddart Award (University of Edinburgh)
2022 ISIS Neutron and Muon Source Impact Award
2024 Thieme Chemistry Journal Awardee
Dr Subrata Mondal
Originally from India, Subrata joined the team in early 2023 as an Adolf Martens Fellow offered by BAM. Subrata completed his PhD at the University of Hyderabad, India, focused on studying energetic materials and transition metal oxides using Density Functional Theory calculations. Subrata is currently exploring how energetic materials react under friction and mechanical impact.
From Berlin, Germany, Jakob completed his MSc in theoretical chemistry at the Free University Berlin in June 2022. Jakob joined the group for his PhD studies exploring the effects of pressure on the reactivity of energetic materials. While Jakob spends most of his time doing simulations, he occasionally makes measurements at synchrotron facilities to help support theoretical developments.
Outside of science, Jakob is on the regional leadership team for the Scouts.
Jakob is co-supervised by Dr Ana Buzanich (BAM) and Prof Beate Paulus (FU Berlin).
Originally from Leeds, UK, Jake completed his MChem in Chemistry at the University of Bradford in June 2022. After a final year project in sustainable materials synthesis (with Dr D Crawford), Jake joined the group for his PhD on the mechanochemistry of battery materials with a focus on time resolved in situ analysis.
Jake is a member of the joint University of Birmingham - BAM (Berlin, Germany) PhD programme, and is co-supervised by Dr Ana Buzanich (BAM) and Dr Phoebe Allan (Birmingham).
Mateusz, originally from North-East Poland joined the group in 2023 after graduating with an MChem degree from the University of Edinburgh. In his work, he aims to develop new theoretical frameworks to accurately describe phonon scattering in molecular crystals. This involves computational modelling aided by experimental validation through neutron scattering and synchrotron studies.
Tahlia, originally from Northamptonshire completed her MChem at the University of Bath in 2023 with a study year abroad completed at FU Berlin in the third year of her studies. In Berlin, she undertook a project in the Lauster group and on returning to Bath for her final year, her master’s project investigated methanimine analogues in a combined computational and synthetic project in the Webster group.
In her spare time Tahlia enjoys either making banana bread, throwing a frisbee or trying to knit her scarf so she can survive the winter.
Originally from Kent in the UK, Katie joined the team in September 2023 to undertake her Master’s project. She is using solid-state computational modelling to investigate the effects of high pressure on phonon scattering properties in energetic materials.
Originally from London, UK, Peter joined the group in September 2023 to study how the degree of nitration affects the reactivity of high-strain molecular crystals for the final year of his MSci degree at the University of Birmingham.
Former Group Members
Bilal Haider (MSc Student)
Originally from Pakistan, Bilal completed his BSc in mechanical engineering before enrolling in the MSc Nanoscience and Technology programme at University Siegen, Germany. Bilal focused on mechanochemical synthesis of nanoparticle materials. Bilal completed his MSc in summer 2022.