The Chilton Group

Magnetism, Spectroscopy, Theory

Dr Nicholas F. Chilton - Senior Lecturer and Royal Society University Research Fellow

Dr Chilton completed his undergraduate degree (BSc Adv Hons) at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia in 2011, and his PhD at The University of Manchester in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Richard Winpenny and Prof. Eric McInnes. In 2015 he was awarded the Dalton Young Researchers award by the Royal Society of Chemistry, from 2016-2018 he held a Ramsay Memorial Research Fellowship, and in 2018 he became a UoM Presidential Fellow. In 2019 he won the 7th Olivier Kahn Internation Award (European Institute for Molecular Magnetism) and became a Royal Society University Research Fellow. From 2020 he will hold an ERC Starting Grant. Download Dr Chilton's CV

Dr Daniel Reta - Post Doctoral Research Associate (EPSRC, 2016 - )

Dr Reta completed his undergraduate degree at Universidad de Navarra, Spain in 2011, and his PhD at the Universidad de Barcelona in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Francesc Illas and Prof. Iberio de P. R. Moreira. His research interests centre on the theoretical and computational study of the electronic structure of highly correlated systems. In the past, he has dealt with the problem of accurately describing magnetic interactions in 3d coordination compounds and with the design of purely organic polyradicals showing interesting magnetic properties (namely high-spin ground state and large ferromagnetic exchange coupling constants). After a post-doctoral stay with Prof. Nik Kaltsoyannis working on the electronic and structural properties of uranium-based molecules, he started a new project under the supervison of Dr Chilton in collaboration with Profs. Winpenny, McInnes, Liddle and Dr Mills. His work focusses on the investigation and theoretical modelling of highly axial single molecule magnets.

Marcus Giansiracusa - PDRA (ERC, 2019 - )

Marcus' first exposure to research began with an undergraduate research project as part of the Robson/Abrahams group at The University of Melbourne. He went on to completed his MSc in Chemistry with a joint project between the Boskovic and Soncini research groups, involving the experimental and computational investigation of polyoxometalate supported single-molecule magnets. Marcus completed his PhD as a President's Doctoral Scholar at the University of Manchester under Prof. Richard Winpenny and Dr Nicholas Chilton, focussing on the examination of the magnetic interactions between 4f ions in polymetallic complexes and magnetic relaxation mechanism of single-molecule magnets. He has continued on in Manchester as a PDRA with Dr David Mills and Dr Nicholas Chilton, managing the EPR and SQUID magnetometry measurements of 3d, 4f and 5f molecular systems made by the Mills group.

Jon Kragskow - PhD student (EPSRC, 2018 - )

Jon is a PhD student in the Chilton group, who just can't seem to get away. After undertaking a 3rd year summer research project and his 4th year MChem project in the Chilton group, where he studied the electronic structure of near-linear transition metal complexes and created a new tool for extracting the crystal field Hamiltonian from CASSCF calculations, he wanted more. He is now a PhD student in the group, exploring the role of vibrations in the magnetic relaxation of single-molecule magnets.

Letitia Birnoschi - PhD student (STFC, 2018 - )

Letitia completed her undergraduate studies (BA/MSc) at The University of Cambridge, where she studied Natural Sciences. During the 4th year of her degree, she worked on developing a stochastic implementation of coupled cluster under the supervision of Dr Alex Thom. Letitia’s PhD project involves designing a computational tool for examining magnetic resonance properties to help understand covalency in actinide compounds.

Felix Hall - MChem student (2019/2020)

Felix is an MChem student undertaking his 4th year research project in the Chilton Group. Following his first 2 years as an undergraduate at Manchester, Felix spent his 3rd year on an industrial placement at GlaxoSmithKline. Whilst there, he worked in an automation-focused product development team, where his research project was the development of a bespoke automated workflow to assess the viability of amorphous solid dispersions as a means of drug delivery for poorly water soluble drugs. His final year MChem project focusses on the development of a new error function for fitting EPR spectra.


PDRA: Dr Michele Vonci (2016-2019)

PhD: Dr Marcus Giansiracusa (2016-2019)

MSc: Vlachou-Portari (2018/2019)

MChem: Nyamedo Addae-Dapaah (2018/2019), Jon Kragskow (2017/2018), Ismaeel Ramzan (2016/2017), Michael Godsall (2016/2017), Carys Williams (2015/2016)