Group Members

Left to right: Olof, Jake, Thomas, Hal, Kyle, Ryan, Iona
Olof Johansson

Olof Johansson

PI

Olof Johansson is a lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this, he held a Royal Society of Edinburgh/BP Trust Research Fellowship (2014 - 2019). He received his MSc in Physics from Gothenburg University in 2007 and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 2011. He was awarded the Fraser and Norma Stoddart PhD Prize in 2013 from the University of Edinburgh. In 2016 Olof became a member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland. Olof is the treasurer for the RSC Photophysics and Photochemistry interest group.

Ryan Phelps group member portrait

Ryan Phelps

Postdoctoral Associate

Ryan joined the group in April 2021. He did his PhD at the University of Bristol investigating the ultrafast chemical dynamics of reactive intermediates. His research now focuses on the optical control of the magnetic anisotropy in single molecule magnets.

Tom Stonelake

Thomas Stonelake

Postdoctoral Associate

Tom joined the group in February 2021. He did his PhD in physical chemistry at Cardiff University studying light-driven processes in inorganic complexes and photosensitive organic materials. His research now focusses on ultrafast dynamics in Prussian blue analogues.

Hal on a trip to Japan for materials chemistry workshop

Hal Lewis

PhD Student

Hal joined the group in September 2018. He did his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, where he worked with Dr. Adam Kirrander during his final-year project. Hal studies spin dynamics in cyano-bridged molecule-based magnets and photomagnets.

The photograph shows Hal outside the Tokyo Imperial Palace while on a trip to Japan for a materials chemistry workshop.

Jake Sutcliffe

Jake Sutcliffe

PhD Student

Jake has started his Ph.D studentship in September 2019. He will be working on 2D materials.

He did his undergraduate studies in Physics from the University of Nottingham. 

Kyle Barlow

Kyle Barlow

PhD Student

Kyle joined the group as a PhD student in September 2020 after he completed his undergraduate degree in Chemical Physics at the University of Edinburgh. In his final year he did his project in the group looking at the ultrafast dynamics in Prussian blue analogues. Kyle is now studying the ultrafast dynamics in transition metal complexes particularly looking at single molecule magnets. 

Inês

Inês Prates

Final-year project student

Inês is a final year BSc Hons student joining Dr Johansson’s research group on Ultrafast dynamics of Prussian blue analogues. In her downtime, she enjoys mastering foreign cuisines, horse riding and pole dance. Pandemic permitted she finds any excuse to travel whenever possible.

Iona

Iona Ivalo

Final-year project student

Iona is a final year MChem student and will be studying ultrafast dynamics of Jahn-Teller distortion in monomers. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, baking sourdough bread, and film photography.

Join Us

Two house doors in Edinburgh

We are always looking for motivated people to join our group. Interested candidates should initially contact Dr Olof Johansson (olof.johansson@ed.ac.uk) for informal enquiries.

Edinburgh is a great place to do research and it's a wonderful city to live in.