• PhD student Katie Littler has moved research groups and joined us in October 2022. We look forward to learning some new aspects of cancer biology!
  • The group are happy to welcome their 2022-23 MChem project students – Luke Caldwell, George Phillippo and Aran Boakye-Smith (Tameryn Stringer). We wish you all the best of luck in your research projects!


  • The group welcome their second PhD student, Enas Aljohani. Enas joins us from Saudi Arabia and is funded by a Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau scholarship. She will be working on new iron-based bimetallic compounds for the treatment of cancer. Good luck for the next 4 years!
  • The group are happy to welcome their 2021-22 BSc and MChem project students – Imogen Turner, Joseph Alli, Harry Chapman, Aran Boakye-Smith (all BSc) and Charles Steele (MChem). We wish you all the best of luck in your research projects!
  • Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW) = the group organised their first UEA event and welcomed researchers from across the Norwich Research Park in a symposium to celebrate the work of our postdoc researchers.
  • The group welcome their first postdoctoral research associate, Dr Benjamin Hofmann. Ben joins us from the group of Prof. Dr. Fritz Kühn (TUM, Germany), and will be working on Rianne’s UKRI FLF grant, designing new redox active pro-drugs for the treatment of cancer.
  • Rianne participated in the Pint of Science 2021, and gave a talk on “Metal-based drugs – are they the future for breast cancer treatment?” as part of the “Let’s talk breast health”.
  • The chemistry team at UEA hold live demonstrations and Q&A on “Explore Studying Chemistry at UEA”


  • Rianne was awarded a prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (£980k), which will allow her to study redox activated pro-drugs for the treatment of cancer.

  • Rianne gave an RSC talk as part of the Joliot-Curie conference

  • The group welcome its first PhD student, Oliver King, who will be working on new vanadium complexes for the treatment of cancer – we hope you have a fantastic 3 years!
  • The group welcome MChem student Katie Littler who will be working on vanadium anticancer complexes, and BSc student Sophia Lacsina who will be working on ferrocene-based anticancer complexes – the best of luck in your projects!
  • UEA celebrate “International Womens Day”


  • Rianne was nominated for a “Mentor of the Year” award from the Northern Power Women (and was long listed in December).
  • Rianne left the University of Bradford and began her new position as a Lecturer of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of East Anglia.
  • Rianne gave a talk on “Multiple pathways to success” to young researchers at the Joliot-Curie Conference (Nottingham), and participated in a discussion panel and grant writing workshop.
  • The group helped the Student Union to deliver a workshop on stereotyping in sports and careers.
  • Alongside the VC and we traveled to Pakistan on “Destination Bradford” delegation. This was to help promote education in both Pakistan and Bradford, whilst meeting with alumni and partners from across the Higher Education sector.


Rianne was awarded a August-Wilhelm Scheer visiting professorship at the Technische Universität München under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Fritz Kühn, and will conduct research on synthetic inorganic chemistry for medicinal chemistry applications.

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PgCHEP Graduation 2018

Three University of Bradford pump-prime research fund awards were awarded to the group, to conduct research on the delivery of new iridium drugs (PI), luminescent Pt complexes (Co/I with Dr Sarah Pike) and air-sensitive equipment (Co/I with Dr Thomas Swift).

Alongside her fellow colleagues from the University of Bradford, Rianne graduated with her Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (distinction) and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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STEM for Britain 2018

Rianne was awarded a place to attended the STEM for Britain 2018 and presented her research at the Houses of Parliament, London.