Markus is currently in his final year pursuing an MSci in Chemistry. His MSci project in Dr. Davies’ group focuses on gadolinium-based magnetic contrast agents for MRI. Markus also currently works part-time for a start-up called Interface Polymers, where he is using HSPiP (Hansen Solubility Parameters in Practice) software to make predictions about the compatibility and adhesion between different polymers.
Markus’s research involves investigating the structure-activity relationships in mesoporous silica nanostructures which have been modified to be active positive MRI contrast agents. Insights into the way in which water interacts with Gadolinium centres in these MSNs will then be exploited to produce activatable MRI contrast agents, for non-invasive diagnostics.
Presentations and Prizes
Markus was awarded a 2017 EPSRC Vacation Bursary for an 8 week project with Prof N.T.K. Thanh’s group based at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Here, Markus worked on the synthesis of Co@Au core-shell nanoparticles by inert-atmosphere solvothermal methods under the direct supervision of Dr. Stefanos Mourdikoudis.