The Chilton Group

Magnetism, Spectroscopy, Theory

Dr. Nicholas F. Chilton MRSC - Ramsay Memorial Research Fellow

Dr. Chilton completed his undergraduate degree at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia in 2011, and his Ph.D. at The University of Manchester in 2015 under the supervison of Prof. Richard Winpenny and Prof. Eric McInnes. In 2015 he was awarded the Dalton Young Researchers award by the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is currently a Ramsay Memorial Research Fellow at The University of Manchester. Download Dr. Chilton's CV

Dr. Daniel Reta - Post Doctoral Research Associate

Dr. Reta completed his undergraduate degree at Universidad de Navarra, Spain in 2011, and his Ph.D. 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

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 Ph.D. 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 is focused on the comprehensive characterisation (EPR, magnetometry) and computational 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 - Ph.D. student (President's Doctoral Scholarship)

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 M.Sc. 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 Ph.D. 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 - 3rd year summer project student

Jon is a third year undergraduate currently working in the Chilton group funded by a Royal Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Research Bursary. After a brief exposure to the synthetic aspects of single molecule magnets with Dr. David Mills with a Nuffield bursary, Jon decided his interests lie in understanding why such molecules exist, rather than how to make them. To that end, his summer project is centred around the theory and modelling of the magnetic properties of near-linear transition metal complexes, through use of CASSCF calculations and spin Hamiltonian methods.


M.Chem: Ismaeel Ramzan (2016-2017), Michael Godsall (2016-2017), Carys Williams (2015-2016)

Visitors: You-Song Ding (China, 2016), Emil Damgaard-Møller (Denmark, 2016/2017)