Viliyana Lewis (née Tsanova)




Viliyana completed her BSc (Hons) Chemistry, achieving a First Class at the University of Reading in 2018. Her research experience includes three research projects based on organic chemistry. She completed a summer placement in 2016 working on innovative synthesis of small organic molecules under the supervision of Dr Bhaven Patel at London Metropolitan University. This led to a publication in the European Journal of Organic Chemistry (EJOC) on Copper‐Catalyzed Amidation of Benzylic Hydrocarbons (DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.201701759). In the summer of 2017, she worked on a project sponsored by DSTL under the supervision of Dr Andrew Russell at the University of Reading. For this work, Viliyana was awarded a bursary by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) at the University of Reading. The project consisted of synthesis and testing of self-immolative systems. This work is currently undergoing an IP protection. For her final year project Viliyana worked in conjugation with Open Source Malaria (OSM) website with the aim to synthesise new triazolopyrazine-based antimalarial candidate. More about this work can be found here and on Viliyana’s online lab book.

Research Interests

Viliyana’s research, which is carried out in collaboration with DSTL, aims to develop new materials and methods of detecting nerve agent adducts.


A. G. Gavriel, F. Leroux, G. S. K., V. G. Lewis, A. M. Chippindale, M. R. Sambrook, W. Hayes, A. T. Russell, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2021, 86, 15, 10263-10279 DOI.

E.-L. Howard, N. Guzzardi, V.G. Tsanova, A. Stika, B. Patel, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2017, 6, 794-797 DOI.


RSC Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Dalton Poster Symposium Prize 2022.

UCL Department of Chemistry 2nd year Inorganic Chemistry PhD student Prize, 2021.


Viliyana’s research is sponsored by the EPSRC-supported Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science at UCL Chemistry.