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Dr Caroline E. Knapp, British Ramsay Fellow 2015 – 2017

Caroline Knapp

‘My fellowship was hosted in the Chemistry Department at UCL and as such I became an active member of the Inorganic and Materials section which I very much enjoyed. My research centres around the design, synthesis and characterisation of small molecules for application in the inkjet printing of functional materials; these printed electronics find application in OLEDs, RFID tags and photovoltaics. Using simple decomposition analysis, I have been able to study the effect of ligand design on potential precursors. During these 2 years I have used these precursors to deposit a range of materials, from transparent conducting oxides to metal interconnects. This work has led to a large number of collaborations, which has been an invaluable experience.’

‘I completed my PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Claire J. Carmalt and Prof. Paul F. McMillan in 2010. I then undertook post-doctoral positions with Prof. Phil P. Power FRS, at the University of California, Davis; Dr. Joachim Steinke at Imperial College London; followed by Prof. Ivan Parkin back at UCL. During my Ramsay fellowship, I was also awarded an intermobility grant, funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. This financed a residential trip to Luxembourg yielding exciting results including the patterning of silver and copper using atmospheric plasma.’

‘In a time when opportunities for early-career researchers are competitive I am very grateful to have been awarded a Ramsay Memorial Fellowship. Becoming a fellow doesn’t just bring the expected challenges, like starting my own research group or writing grant proposals for example. It also gives you the opportunity to become a member of an academic team: to give lecture courses, write exam papers, get involved with outreach and see your undergraduates succeed! Other highlights have included meeting the descendants of Sir William Ramsay at the centenary dinner last year, and also being part of a brilliant team which won a Provosts teaching award. Finally, this fellowship has truly proved to be a springboard to my career, as I have recently been appointed lecturer in molecular inorganic chemistry at UCL.’

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