Prof. Rachel O'Reilly
Rachel was born in Holywood, Northern Ireland and then got her first degree from the University of Cambridge, working with Professor Brian Johnson FRS for her Masters project. She then went on to complete her PhD at Imperial College, London in 2003, working with Professor Vernon C. Gibson. Her PhD was in collaboration with BP and focused on organometallic catalysts for radical polymerisation. She then moved to the US to under the joint direction of Professors Craig J. Hawker (IBM Almaden) and Karen L. Wooley (Washington University in Saint Louis). In 2004 was awarded a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 research fellowship which she held in the US for 1 year before returning to the UK in 2005. She then started her independent career in 2005 at the University of Cambridge as a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship. Then in 2008 she moved to the University of Warwick and in 2012 was promoted to full Professor. In 2017 she took up a position of chair at the Chemistry Department in Birmingham.
Positions and grants
January 2009-September 2009
University of Warwick, Department of Chemistry, Gibbet Hill Road, CV4 7AL
Project: Preparation of uniquely derivatised block copolymers, their modification and assembly into novel nanostructured materials.
Thesis title : Novel catalyst design for utilisation in controlled radical polymerisations.