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Research Project Grants 2018

Sciences

Professor Dave Adams
University of Glasgow
Gel-based photoelectrodes for clean fuels
£174,952

Professor Simon Aldridge
University of Oxford
Turning aluminium chemistry on its head: aluminyl nucleophiles 
£277,661

Dr Alessio Alexiadis
University of Birmingham
Martian geopolymers: from building materials to water-recycling membranes
£76,450

Dr Andrew Armour
University of Nottingham
Circuit quantum electrodynamics through the looking glass
£155,870

Professor Emilio Artacho
University of Cambridge
The non-equilibrium electronic steady state for nuclei shooting through solids
£185,069

Dr Maria Arantzazu Barrios Lafuente
University College London
The influence of sex on learned odour preferences
£191,813

Dr Cedric Beaume
University of Leeds
Melt fracture: a finite amplitude instability
£149,625

Dr James Bendle
University of Birmingham
Unlocking the toolbox of soil bacterial biomarkers
£283,946

Dr Martin Birkett
Northumbria University
Super hard biocompatible coatings of beta Ti3Au
£224,630

Dr Anthony Bishopp
University of Nottingham
To root or not to root: an investigation into structural reduction in duckweeds
£172,041

Dr Bela Bode
University of St Andrews
Understanding sensitivity gains in pulse EPR on multimeric membrane proteins
£131,468

Professor Christopher Bowen
University of Bath
Pyroelectric water splitting and water treatment using ferroelectric materials
£124,367

Professor Ross Boyle
University of Hull
Photo-activated surface coatings to combat bacterial contamination
£249,057

Professor Lee Brammer
University of Glasgow
Stellated molecular clusters: porous materials by designed packing inefficiency
£174,952

Professor Fernando Bresme
Imperial College London
Active nano-heaters: new approaches to rectify hyperthermia
£219,111

Dr Heidi Burdett
Heriot-Watt University
Elucidating the light harvesting strategy of the deepest living marine algae
£244,049

Professor Glenn Burley
University of Strathclyde
Macromolecular construction of DNA networks directed by the fluorous effect
£334,937

Professor Tracey Chapman
University of East Anglia
MicroRNAs as agents of sexual conflict and cooperation
£198,124

Dr Ewan Clark
University of Kent
Phosphenium cations: phospha-Friedel-Crafts intermediates for modern synthesis
£85,346

Professor Simon J Clarke
University of Oxford
Chemical tuning of topological materials
£86,140

Dr Marco Conte
University of Sheffield
Valorisation of recycled glass: from waste to a catalytic resource
£181,438

Dr Kokou Dadzie
Heriot-Watt University
New continuum paradigm for fluid flows in micro- and nano-scale structures 
£255,418

Dr Johnathan Dalzell
Queen’s University Belfast
Understanding the molecular basis of aggression in nematodes
£195,819

Professor Anuj Dawar
University of Cambridge
Logical fractals
£198,918

Dr Urška Demšar
University of St Andrews
Uncovering the mechanisms of migratory bird navigation with big data analytics
£247,672

Dr Antony Dodd
University of Bristol
The adaptive significance of circadian gating
£210,195

Professor Maurice Elphick
Queen Mary, University of London
Stomach turning: neural mechanisms of extra-oral feeding
£213,916

Professor Neil Wyn Evans
University of Cambridge
Dark matter astrophysics with the Gaia satellite
£150,285

Professor Susan Evans
University College London
The early history and evolution of salamanders
£334,236

Dr Tijmen Euser
University of Cambridge
Optofluidic microreactors for advanced photocatalysis
£249,555

Professor Michael Farber
Queen Mary, University of London
Probabilistic and deterministic topology
£257,621

Dr João Faria Martins
University of Leeds
Emergent physics from lattice models of higher gauge theory
£110,665

Dr Marc Fivaz
University of Greenwich
Bioelectric signalling in stem cell models of human cortical development
£242,024

Dr William Fletcher
University of Manchester
Holocene glacier dynamics and environmental change in the High Atlas, Morocco
£293,357

Professor Tom Freeman
Cardiff University
Active audiovisual perception: listening and looking while moving
£239,204

Dr Matthew Fuchter
Imperial College London
Absolute symmetric synthesis using spin polarised electronchemistry
£371,863

Dr Matteo Fumagalli
Imperial College London
A deep learning approach to quantify natural selection in Latin Americans
£179,899

Professor Beverley Glover
University of Cambridge
TTG1, a multifunctional plant protein, has a novel role in circadian regulation
£186,662

Professor David Glover
University of Cambridge
The necessity of centrosomes and mechanism for centriole loss during invertebrate oogenesis 
£214,676

Professor David Grainger
University of Birmingham
Prokaryotic transcription: a new direction?
£170,739

Dr John Griffin
Lancaster University
Development of solid-state solar thermal fuels
£149,748

Professor Gregory Gutin
Royal Holloway, University of London
Analysing security-aware workflows 
£209,740

Dr Lydia Hallis
University of Glasgow
Martian fluid compositions: the habitability of two ancient environments
£76,243

Dr Mick Hanley
University of Plymouth
Geographical patterns in seedling defence and herbivore interactions
£171,046

Professor Kevin Graham Hardwick
University of Edinburgh
Quantitating and manipulating aneuploidy in Cryptococcus neoformans
£172,113

Dr Jill Harrison
University of Bristol
The innovation of branching in plants
£192,806

Professor Miles R C Hewstone
University of Oxford
Antagonistic secondary transfer effects of intergroup contact
£149,826

Professor Atsushi Higuchi
University of York
Euclidean and in-in formalisms in static spacetimes with Killing horizons
£133,096

Dr Richard Hill
University of Nottingham
Inflation and collapse of drops and bubbles levitated by a superconducting coil
£218,699

Dr Paul Hodgkinson
Durham University
Making sense of disorder in molecular solids
£280,620

Professor Michael Holdsworth
University of Nottingham
Discovering the molecular mechanism of plant adaptation to altitude
£172,132

Professor Neil Hunt
University of York
Sharpening the ‘[NiFe]’: revealing the secrets of biological H2 conversion
£207,750

Professor Gáspár Jékely
University of Exeter
Reconstruction of the pre-bilaterian ancestry of neuropeptide signalling
£441,196

Dr Kim Jelfs
Imperial College London
Computational prediction of large organic polyhedra
£110,524

Professor Joseph Keddie
University of Surrey
BioCoatings: painting bacteria on surfaces for sustainable processes
£229,774

Dr Stefan Kepinski
University of Leeds
Towards the formulation of a general theory of root gravitropism
£320,387

Professor Rebecca Kilner
University of Cambridge
Stimulation of female fecundity by males: causes and evolutionary consequences
£281,958 

Professor Peter Knowles
Cardiff University
Reaction orbitals: a new paradigm for chemical reaction mechanisms
£100,858

Dr Igor Krasovsky
Imperial College London
Gaps in the spectrum of random and quasiperiodic matrices
£251,761

Dr Jessica Kwok
University of Leeds 
Biopolymer physics defines perineuronal net morphology and synapse formation
£298,273

Dr Eli Lazarus
University of Southampton
Unnatural dynamics of flood deposits in built environments
£281,028

Professor Martin Lee
University of Glasgow
Were hypervelocity impact structures cradles of life?
£187,509

Professor Graham J Leggett
University of Sheffield
Synthetic biological control of quantum optics
£354,796

Professor Tim Lenton
University of Exeter
Quantifying the changing resilience of the climate system and ecosystems
£276,340

Professor Igor Lesanovsky
University of Nottingham
Open quantum cellular automata
£193,920

Professor Philip Lightfoot
University of St Andrews
A new family of layered perovskite materials with diverse functionality
£118,374

Dr Derek MacMillan
University College London
A combined activation/tethering strategy to lariat peptides
£185,286

Dr Patrick Mahoney
University of Kent
Biorhythm of childhood growth 
£294,391

Professor John Maltby
University of Leicester
Resilience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning
£147,717

Professor Sanjay Manohar
University of Oxford
Predicting neural activity during working memory and attention
£102,941

Professor Anna Marmodoro
Durham University
Part-whole relations within the fundamental potentialities in nature
£297,361

Professor Alfonso Martinez Arias
University of Cambridge
An in vitro study of mechanochemical signalling during mammalian gastrulation
£293,278

Dr Armando Martino
University of Southampton
The Lipschitz metric and the conjugacy problem for automorphisms of free groups
£190,455

Professor Stephen Matthews
Imperial College London
Inspiration for a new phosphatidic acid imaging probe from Apicomplexans
£199,438

Professor Sven Mattys
University of York
Cognitive listening: speech perception in noise within a cognitive framework
£267,823

Professor Angelos Michaelides
University College London
New paradigms in catalyst design: efficient CH4 conversion by single atom alloys
£183,167

Dr Emad Moeendarbary
University College London
The mechanobiology of ageing neurons, memory formation and cognitive resilience
£280,982

Dr Nicola Morley
University of Sheffield
High entropy alloy thin films: the next big thing in soft magnetic materials?
£207,952

Professor Otto Muskens
University of Southampton
Extraordinary nonlinearities of light in complex systems
£319,291

Professor Anatoly Neishtadt
Loughborough University
Adiabatic invariance in two-frequency dynamical systems with separatrix crossing
£141,243

Professor Adam Nelson
University of Leeds
Phenotype-directed emergence of unnatural products
£319,815

Dr David Nelson
University of Strathclyde
Defining, quantifying, and understanding selectivity paradigms in iridium-catalysed C–H activation reaction
£177,327

Dr Darren Obbard
University of Edinburgh
A laboratory model for antiviral immunity in molluscs
£201,732

Dr Emanuele Paci
University of Leeds
Rational design of dynamic molecules for enhanced multivalent binding
£248,699

Professor Mauro Paternostro
Queen's University Belfast
Ultracold quantum thermo-machine
£346,426

Dr Alessandro Patti
University of Manchester
Macromolecular diffusion in crowded colloidal suspensions
£231,771

Dr Robert Phipps
University of Cambridge
Catalytic enantioselective radical chemistry
£114,468

Professor Martin Pickering
University of Edinburgh
Prediction during comprehension: do people predict from their own perspective? 
£131,322

Professor Oleg Pikhurko
University of Warwick
Measurable combinatorics
£279,935

Dr Marco Polin
University of Warwick
Unravelling phototaxis-photosynthesis connections in a model microalga
£294,096

Dr Steve Portugal
Royal Holloway, University of London
Spots, stars or stripes? The evolution of eggshell surface topography
£113,799

Dr Filippo Prischi
University of Essex
Flipping the switch; regulating protein synthesis in response to stress
£238,348

Dr Christopher Richards
University of East Anglia
Stereochemical evolution for catalyst discovery
£117,456

Dr Stylianos Rigopoulos
Imperial College London
Towards a theory for population balance in turbulent flow
£154,166

Dr Maxie Magdalena Roessler
Queen Mary, University of London
Film-electrochemical EPR: a new method to investigate redox-based catalysis
£274,302

Dr James Rosindell
Imperial College London
Predicting global biodiversity with mechanistic simulation models
£261,180

Dr Katherine Roucoux
University of St Andrews
Valuing intact tropical peatlands: an interdisciplinary challenge
£398,932

Professor Alexander Ruban
Queen Mary, University of London
The role of the minor light harvesting antenna in photoprotection
£212,606

Dr Ben Russell
University of Edinburgh
Earthen empire: earth and turf building in the Roman North-West
£492,048

Dr Christian Saemann
Heriot-Watt University
The mathematics of M5-branes
£223,795

Dr Abhishek Saha
Queen Mary, University of London
New investigations in automorphic forms: analytic and arithmetic interfaces
£293,685

Dr Paul Saines
University of Kent
Low dimensional order in magnetic metal-organic frameworks and their analogues
£219,792

Dr Karuna Sampath
University of Warwick
Understanding the basis of sex bias
£282,992

Professor Guido Sanguinetti
University of Edinburgh
Stochastic reactions in crowded cells: theories, inference and implications
£167,924

Professor Erin Saupe
University of Oxford
Constraining the frequency and tempo of niche evolution on long time scale
£160,781

Dr Andreas Schmitt
University of Southampton
Dense nuclear and quark matter in neutron stars from holography
£92,587

Dr Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb
University of Cambridge
Unveiling the invisible: mathematics for conservation in arts and humanities
£297,184

Professor Mark Sephton
Imperial College London
What lies beneath? Using plume chemistry to reveal nature of solar system bodies
£198,457

Dr Alexey Sergeev
University of Liverpool
Arene functionalisations through metal-mediated scission of aromatic rings
£121,770

Professor Neal Skipper
University College London
Uncovering hidden phases of metal-amine solutions: glasses to superconductors
£191,579

Dr Valeriy Slastikov
University of Bristol
Nonlocality and topological structures in magnetic materials
£224,806

Professor Chris Soulsby
University of Aberdeen
Isotopes in ecohydrological models to manage land use change impacts (ISO-LAND)
£336,540

Professor Peter Swain
University of Edinburgh
Quantifying and modelling cellular decision making at the single-cell level
£200,264

Professor Nicholas Talbot
The Sainsbury Laboratory
Determining the molecular basis of the lichen symbiosis
£270,556

Professor Maximilian Telford
University College London
Deep homology of spiral cleavage in lophotrochozoan embryology
£189,684

Dr Colin Torney
University of Glasgow
Multiscale inference for understanding collective animal movement
£242,278

Dr Amaury Triaud
University of Birmingham
Empirical evidence and theoretical investigations on circumbinary planets
£378,244

Professor Sergei Turitsyn
Aston University
Riemann-Hilbert problem and geometrical approach in optical communications
£419,311

Dr Pedro Vale
University of Edinburgh
Mitochondrial genetic effects on innate immunity in Drosophila
£276,776

Dr Mario Vallejo-Marin
University of Stirling
Buzz pollination: integrating bee behaviour and floral evolution
£368,635
Professor Jasper van Thor
Imperial College London
Molecular movies: accessing electronic dynamics of photosynthesis
£316,223

Professor Richard Walker
University of Oxford
Neotectonics, earthquakes, palaeoseismology and tsunami in the Eastern Mediterranean
£214,933

Professor Richard Walker
University of Oxford
The earthquake ruptures of Iran and Central Asia
£359,347

Dr Sam Wass
University of East London
New insights into how the infant brain subserves dynamic social interactions
£327,093

Dr Allan Watson
University of St Andrews
Must reductive elimination be the product-determining event?
£144,421

Dr Edze Westra
University of Exeter
Sexual selection: studying the evolution of female choosiness in bacteria
£273,749

Professor Philip Woodman
University of Manchester
Environmental control of membrane expansion: from yeast to nervous systems
£207,635

Professor Simon Woodward
University of Nottingham
Viable cycloacenes via a designed approach
£138,264

Professor Klaas Wynne
University of Glasgow
Delocalised phonon-like modes in organic and bio-molecules
£341,450

Professor Martin Richard Yeomans
University of Sussex
Why some foods smell sweet: the neural basis of odour-taste associations
£371,770

Dr Yulia Yuzenkova
Newcastle University
Non-canonical capping of RNA in bacteria and mitochondria
£277,059

Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz
University of Cambridge
The timing mechanism of the early mammalian embryo
£182,177

Humanities

Dr Patti Adank
University College London
Mechanisms governing imitation of speech
£177,789

Dr Theodora Alexopoulou
University of Cambridge
Linguistic typology and learnability in second language
£134,664

Dr Richard Breheny
University College London
Alternatives in the foundations of a theory of implicit meaning
£185,016

Professor Jagjit Chadha
National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Sticky prices and interwar economic fluctuations
£104,409

Ms Isobel Clouter
British Library
True Echoes: reconnecting cultures with recordings from the beginning of sound
£448,900

Dr Chantal Conneller
Newcastle University
Unmasking Masks: rethinking concepts of personhood in Europe 40,000–4,000 BCE
£108,685

Dr Jacob Copeman
University of Edinburgh
Gurus, anti-gurus, and media in north India 
£259,256

Dr Ian Cunnings
University of Reading
Similarity-based interference in native and non-native sentence comprehension
£201,984

Dr Aidan Feeney
Queen’s University Belfast
The nature and function of relief
£221,978

Professor Ralph Fyfe
University of Plymouth
Long term biodiversity and human land-use change
£263,127

Dr Hajnalka Herold
University of Exeter
Glass networks: tracing early medieval long-distance trade, c. 800–1000 CE
£85,056

Professor Julia Hillner
University of Sheffield
Women, conflict and peace: gendered networks in early medieval narratives
£166,025

Dr Emma Hunter
University of Edinburgh
Another world? East Africa and the Global 1960s
£371,177

Dr Helen Jacobsen
The Wallace Collection
Royal French furniture: Jean-Henri Riesener and his legacy 
£75,992

Professor Colin Kidd
University of St Andrews
After the Enlightenment: Scottish intellectual life, 1790–1843
£470,556

Professor Clark Lawlor
Northumbria University
Writing doctors: representation and medical personality, c. 1660–¬¬¬1832 ¬
£295,430

Dr John Lowe
University of Oxford
Uncovering Sanskrit syntax
£338,094

Professor Jessica Malay
University of Huddersfield
Autobiographical acts in seventeenth-century England, Scotland, Wales and New England
£335,595

Professor Chloë Marshall
University College London
Breaking into sign language: the role of input and individual differences
£383,007

Professor Andrew Mason
University of Warwick
Appearance, discrimination and disadvantage
£200,002

Professor Sonia Massai
King's College London
Wartime Shakespeare: the fashioning of public opinion through performance
£180,437

Dr Jérôme Micheletta
University of Portsmouth
Rethinking complexity in facial communication systems
£304,714

Professor Andrew Nevins
University College London
Agreement mismatches in experimental syntax: from Slavic to Bantu
£328,018

Dr Michael Niblett
University of Warwick
World literature and commodity frontiers: the ecology of the ‘long’ twentieth century
£278,994

Professor Stephen Parker
Cardiff University
Double agent: Heinrich Simon’s constitutional mission in neoabsolutist Prussia
£354,525

Professor Ad Putter
University of Bristol
The literary heritage of Anglo-Dutch relations, c. 1050–1550
£363,449

Professor David Saad
Aston University
The futility of being selfish
£190,876

Dr Alexandra Sapoznik
King’s College London
Bees in the medieval world: economic, environmental and cultural perspectives
£387,679

Dr James Smith
Durham University
The Political Warfare Executive, covert propaganda and British culture
£328,378

Professor Robbie Sutton
University of Kent
Moral memory bias about the sentience of animals
£192,118

Dr Stephanie Wynne-Jones
University of York
Urban ecology and transitions in the Zanzibar Archipelago
£318,344

Social Sciences

Dr Paolo Campana
University of Cambridge
Organised crime and illegal governance in local communities in Britain
£119,604

Dr Glenys Caswell
University of Nottingham
Exploring the social management of lone deaths
£108,609

Professor Sarah Louise Holloway
Loughborough University
Tutored childhoods: parenting cultures, youth transitions and social mobility
£194,312

Dr Andrew Robert Holmes
Queen’s University Belfast
Fundamentalism as an Ulster phenomenon? Popular Protestantism, 1859–1939
£95,082

Dr Kelly Kollman
University of Glasgow
Responsible lobbyists? Corporate social responsibility and public policy
£108,609

Dr Rebecca Larkin
Nottingham Trent University
Orthographic awareness and spelling strategies in children with SLI
£118,155

Dr Covadonga Meseguer
London School of Economics and Political Science
Agents of change? Emigrants and the state in contemporary Mexico
£187,788 

Dr Lauge Poulsen
University College London
Left behind: protecting British capital abroad, 1945–1989
£154,725

Professor John Turner
Queen’s University Belfast
The rise of corporate titans: CEOs in the UK, 1900–2016
£93,797

Professor Vron Ware
Kingston University
The military in our midst: war preparation and community on Salisbury Plain
£186,260

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