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 am a recent graduate of Kingston University with a Integrated masters degree in Chemistry (classified as a upper second class with honours). I have also worked as a research intern at Kingston University, researching squaric acid building blocks that enable bioisosteric replacement of carboxylic acids.

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)