Mr Reece Bristow

Research project: Hydrogel-nanoparticle composites for environmental & biomedical applications


Nano-composite materials are gaining prominence in a multitude of scientific areas including medicine, catalysis, optics, photonics and energy, to name a few, as nanotechnology continues to play a critical role in shaping the future of scientific and technological developments in the 21st century. This PhD project will look at integrating nanomaterials into hydrogel matrices for both environmental and bioremedial purposes. Material synthesis will focus on developing methods that are low-cost, energy-efficient and with potential for scale-up. Modes of delivery will explore pathways that are sustainable, robust and with minimal environmental impact for the water purification application; and non-invasive, biocompatible and safe for the drug delivery application.   

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Hydrogel-nanoparticle composites for environmental & biomedical applications
  • Research supervisor: Dr Ayomi Perera
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Rosa Busquets


I completed my undergraduate studies at Kingston university London (MChem in Chemistry) in 2019 with a 2:1. I completed my master's dissertation under Dr Ayomi Perera, in which I developed magnetic cryogel composite materials for thermally triggered drug delivery. I also participated in a summer research internship scheme under the supervision of Dr Stephen Wren(summer of 2018), developing squaric acid building blocks that enable bioisosteric replacement of carboxylic acids.

My research focuses on the development of nanocomposite materials for use in environmental and medical uses, with specific attention on the development of titanosilicate materials for organic water pollutant degradation and continuing to create and optimize iron oxide cryogel composites for use in drug delivery.

Areas of research interest

  • Nanotechnology
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry


  • MChem (Hons) Chemistry, Kingston University London

Funding or awards received

  • PhD Starter Bursary (2020)
  • Runner-up in the Kingston University Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition (2022)