Kieran Richards


Kieran joined the group as a PhD student in October 2018. Originally from South Wales,

He graduated in 2017 with a First Class MSc in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham. Outside of the lab Kieran enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking and watching old movies

Current Research

Kieran’s research is currently centred around the development of novel light responsive Pickering emulsions. His work involves the modification of particles with photoswitches to impart light-responsive behaviour. He hopes that such technologies can be employed in a number of applications, including drug delivery, biphasic catalysis storage and separation.

Kieran has also carried out extensive work on the analysis of Pickering emulsions, with novel implementations of surface energy analysis and optical microscopy techniques. He also has an interest in Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SAXS) and Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) and has contributed to several experiments using these techniques.


Post-Synthetic Modification of a Metal–Organic Framework Glass, Alice M Bumstead, Ignas Pakamorė, Kieran D Richards, Michael F Thorne, Sophia S Boyadjieva, Celia Castillo-Blas, Lauren N McHugh, Adam F Sapnik, Dean S Keeble, David A Keen, Rachel C Evans, Ross S Forgan, Thomas D Bennett*, Chemistry of Materials, 2022,  34, 2187-2196

3D Printing of Liquid Crystalline Hydroxypropyl Cellulose—toward Tunable and Sustainable Volumetric Photonic Structures, Chun Lam Clement Chan,Iek Man Lei,Gea T. van de Kerkhof,Richard M. Parker,Kieran D. Richards,Rachel C. Evans,Yan Yan Shery Huang,Silvia Vignolini*, Advanced Functional Materials, 2022, 2108566 (Early View)

Synthesis and Characterisation of Biocompatible Organic-Inorganic Core-Shell Nanocomposite Particles based on Ureasils, Ilaria Meazzini, Steve Comby, Kieran D. Richards, Aimee M. Withers, François-Xavier Turquet, Judith E. Houston, Róisín M. Owens and Rachel C. Evans*, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2020, 8, 4908-491


2021: Prize winner at Armourers and Brasiers Forum

2020: Prize winner at UK Colloids 2020 online flash presentation


2020-2021: Tutor on The Scholars Programme run by The Brilliant Club.

2019: University of Cambridge Physics at work programme