Ellen Parkes

Ellen Parkes

DPhil Student


Ellen received her integrated MChem degree from University College London. She interrupted her studies to undertake an industrial placement at QinetiQ and work with Dr Emma Newton to design and synthesise a novel bioadhesive. In her master’s year, she focussed on combining functional theory calculations with experimental trials to develop a novel surface functionalisation approach for layered carbon nitrides under the supervision of Dr Adam Clancy, Prof Paul McMillan and Prof Furio Corà. She is now part of the Inorganic Chemistry for Future Manufacturing Centre for Doctoral Training (OxICFM CDT) where her substantial project will be working with Dr Michael Booth and Prof Jason Davis to develop magnetically-activated nucleic acids. Outside the lab, lockdown brought out her inner gardener, but beyond this she adores being outdoors, paddle-boarding and walking, and listening to live jazz.

Research Interests

Ellen is interested in stimuli-responsive nanomaterials and their incorporation in biotechnology.