Research Group @Bath

Dr Luling (Frank) Wu

Dr Luling Wu
Position: EPSRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Education: PhD at University of Bath funded by China Scholarship Council and University of Bath
Project: EPRSC Project on Non-Benzenoid Fluorophores to Enable New Imaging Modalities (with Simon Lewis (PI), Dan Pantos (CoI)

Xue Tian

Education: MRes Chemistry, University of Bath
Project: Molecular systems for cancer diagnosis and therapy
Co-supervisor(s): Steven Bull
Funding: Self-funded

Kai-Cheng Yan

Education: MSc in Pharmaceutical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology
Project: Fluorescent Probes for Bacteria
Co-supervisor(s): Prof. Toby Jenkins
Funding: Self-funded

Simon Wikeley

Education: MChem with a year abroad, University of York.
Project: Synthetic Electrochemical Sensors for Non-communicable Diseases
Co-supervisor(s): Prof. Frank Marken
Funding: 50:50 Studentship EPSRC and Integrated Graphene (

Francesca Belardinelli

Education: Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technologies, University of Perugia
Project: Innovative modular synthetic approaches for the synthesis of γ-arylamines, and also to develop theranostic systems, applyng photochemistry and flow chemistry as enabling techniques. 
Co-supervisor(s): Dr Alex Cresswell
Funding: EPSRC DTP

Ben Kersch-Hunt

Ben Kersch-Hunt
Education: MSci in Chemistry with a year in industry, University of Birmingham.
Project:  Supramolecular systems for biological sensing 
Co-supervisor(s): Dr Dan Pantos
Funding: 50:50 Studentship EPSRC and Lifecare

Mehmet Kaplan

Education: BSc – Marmara University. The undergraduate education was completed within the scope of the YOK-TEBIP (The Council of Higher Education Basic Sciences Programme for High-Achievers).
MSc – Istanbul Technical University. Thesis Topic: Development of a New Quinoline-Modified Naphtoquinone Based Cu Sensor: A Real Example, Paper Tape, and Smart Phone Applications
Project: Analytical Methods for the Fluorescence Detection of Disease Markers
Co-supervisor(s): Prof Simon Lewis, Dr Dan Pantos
Funding: YLSY International Graduate Education Scholarship – Republic of Türkiye Ministry of National Education


Associate Professor Yaqi Wang

Position: Visiting Professor from Inner Mongolia University of Technology funded by China Scholarship Council.
Education: Master's degree in Organic Chemistry, Inner Mongolia University . PhD in Organometallic Chemistry, Inner Mongolia University of Technology .
Project: Room-temperature phosphorescent probes for ATP sensing.

Yuantao Mao

Position: Visiting Postgraduate Scholar from Shandong Normal University

Education: Master’s degree in Organic chemistry, Shandong Normal University

Project: Fluorescent probes for metabolically active molecules associated with resistance to immune checkpoint blocking therapy in hepatocellular carcinoma.

Lifecare Chemistry UK:

Dr Jordan Gardiner

Education: MChem in chemistry with a year abroad at Cardiff University. PhD at University of Bath on Fluorescence probes for the detection of biologically relevant species.
Project: Collaboration with Lifecare (

Dr Jeannie Hütges 

Education: Diplom and PhD in Chemistry at University of Cologne and collaboration with UC Davis.
Project: Collaboration with Lifecare (


Recent Visitors:

Professor Zhuo Wang

Position: Visiting Professor from Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT)
Project: Newton Advanced Fellowhip - The Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Yuya Egawa

Position: Visiting Professor from Josai University
Education: Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tohoku University. PhD at Tohoku University on Functionalities of cyclodextrins immobilized in imprinted polymers or on the solid surfaces
Project: Synthesis of boron compounds for glucose responsive insulin delivery systems

Dr Kai Wang

Professor Kai Wang
Position: Visiting Researcher from Shandong First Medical University
Education:Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Jinan. PhD at University of Nankai on the spectroscopic probes and sensing analysis for glucose bioimaging.
Project: Synthesis of boronic acid-based near-infrared probes for reversible glucose sensing and their application in in vivo imaging.