• 1.24 Chemistry

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

The group do not currently have any PhD studentships available, but are willing to support students who wish to apply for their own funding. Please contact Dr Rianne Lord for more details and to discuss suitable support.

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Personal profile


After gaining a 1st class (hon) MChem degree from the University of Leeds, U.K. (2006-2010), Rianne continued her studies at Leeds and gained a PhD in “Synthesis of novel functionalised β-ketoiminate and β-diketonate metal complexes for their use in anti-cancer treatment” (2010-2014) under the supervision of Professor Patrick McGowan.

Rianne then spent just over a year as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Edinburgh, U.K., working with Professor Polly Arnold on the synthesis of low-valent uranium complexes supported by macrocyclic “Pacman” type ligands, and studied their abilities to activate small molecules.

In August 2016, Rianne was awarded he first independent lectureship at the University of Bradford, where she delivered lectures and research projects in bioinorganic chemistry. During this time (2018 and 2019), Rianne was awarded an August-Wilhelm Scheer visitng professorship at the Technical University of Munch (TUM), where she worked with Professor Fritz Kühn on the synthesis of vanadium N-heteocyclic complexes for applications in catalysis and as potential anticancer compounds.

In August 2019, Rianne was employed as Lecturer of Inorganic Chemistry at UEA, and as of February 2021 she was awarded a prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship on “Chemical and biological investigations of new vanadium compounds: determining their potential in the treatment of cancer”, which will be conducted between 2021-2025. 

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Selected Publications

Bis(N-picolinamido)cobalt(II) Complexes Display Antifungal Activity toward Candida albicans and Aspergillus fumigatus L. H. D. Ghandhi, S. Bidula, C. M. Pask, R. M. Lord* and P. C. McGowan* ChemMedChem 2021, doi: 10.1002/cmdc.202100159 (just accepted) (Special issue: Metals in Medicine)

Understanding the Potential In Vitro Modes of Action of Bis(β-diketonato) Oxovanadium(IV) Complexes B. Sergi, I. Bulut, Y. Xia, Z. A. E. Waller, Y. Yildizhan, C. Acilan* and R. M. Lord* ChemMedChem 2021, 16(15), 2402-2410 (Special issue: Metals in Medicine)

Rhodium(III) Dihalido Complexes: The Effect of Ligand Substitution and Halido Coordination on Increasing Cancer Cell PotencyR. M. Lord,* M. Zegke, A. M. Basri, C. M. Pask, P. C. McGowan, Inorg. Chem. 2021, 60(3), 2076–2086

Bis(bipyridine)ruthenium(II) Ferrocenyl β‐Diketonate Complexes: Exhibiting Nanomolar Potency against Human Cancer Cell Lines, M. Allison, P. Caramés‐Méndez, C. M. Pask, R. M. Phillips, R. M. Lord,* P. C. McGowan* Chem. Eur. J. 2021, 27(11), 3737-3744

Teaching Interests

  • CHE-4301Y: Bonding, Structure and Periodicity - tutorials

  • CHE-5301B: Inorganic Chemistry - tutorials

  • CHE-6001Y: Research Projects

  • CHE-6003Y: Advanced Laboratory

  • CHE-7001Y: Research Projects

  • CHE-7301Y: Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry

  • BIO-7017A: Frontiers in Molecular Medicine

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Leeds

Oct 2010Apr 2014

Award Date: 24 Apr 2014

Master of Chemistry, University of Leeds

Sep 2006Jul 2010

Award Date: 16 Jul 2010

External positions

Lecturer in Bioinorganic Chemistry, University of Bradford

Aug 2016Sep 2019

Research Associate, University of Leeds

Sep 2015Apr 2016

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Edinburgh

Apr 2014May 2015


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