The Chilton Group

Magnetism, Spectroscopy, Theory

Dr Nicholas F. Chilton - Presidential 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 and from 2016-2018 he held a Ramsay Memorial Research Fellow. Since 2018 he is a Presidential Fellow at The University of Manchester. Download Dr Chilton's CV

Dr Daniel Reta - Post Doctoral Research Associate (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.

Dr Michele Vonci - Post Doctoral Research Associate (2016 - )

Dr Vonci studied at the University of Florence where he obtained his Laurea in Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Roberta Sessoli and Prof. Andrea Caneschi with a thesis – largely carried out in the laboratory of Prof. Richard Winpenny at the University of Manchester – on the synthesis and theoretical modelling of the magnetic properties of polynuclear nickel(II) and cobalt(II) complexes. In 2013 he started a PhD with Assoc. Prof. Colette Boskovic the University of Melbourne on the spectroscopic and theoretical investigation of the electronic properties of lanthanide-polyoxometalate single molecule magnets, using in particular inelastic neutron scattering and ab-initio CASSCF approaches. At the moment his research, in collaboration with Prof. Eric McInnes, is focused on the comprehensive characterisation (EPR, magnetometry) and description of the electronic structure of families of lanthanide complexes that do not follow Bleaney's pseudo-contact NMR shift theory, attempting to identify the origin of these discrepancies.

Marcus Giansiracusa - PhD student (President's Doctoral Scholarship, 2017 - )

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. As a President's Doctoral Scholar, his PhD project concerns examination of the magnetic interactions between 4f and 5f ions in polymetallic complexes, using SQUID magnetometry, EPR spectroscopy and computational methods.

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 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.

Christina Vlachou-Portari - MSc student (2018/2019)

Christina completed her first two years of a BSc in Chemistry at The University of Strasbourg, and then she attended The University of Manchester for her final year as an Erasmus+ exchange student. She is currently studying an MSc by research under the supervision of Dr Chilton. Christina's research project is examining how chemical substitution affects the vibrational modes of cyclopentadienyl rings.

Nyamedo Addae-Dapaah - MChem student (2018/2019)

Nyamedo is a 4th year MChem student who grew up in Singapore. She has spent the past 3 years adjusting to life at the University of Manchester, where she has juggled her Chemistry degree with her love for rugby. In her 3rd year, she undertook a project in MOFs synthesis under the supervision of Dr Sihai Yang. The last year of her undergraduate degree will be spent working with the Chilton Group to investigate the electronic structure and magnetic properties of helical polyradicals.


MChem: Jon Kragskow (2017/2018), Ismaeel Ramzan (2016/2017), Michael Godsall (2016/2017), Carys Williams (2015/2016)