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William Peveler

PhD Title

"Nanomaterials for Security Applications

Research and development on nano-scale materials such as gold colloids, quantum dots with supramolecular functionalisation, for security applications, such as explosives detection. 

Previous Degrees

MRes (UCL, SECReT) - Feasibility Study into the use of SMO Electrochemical Sensors for Detection of Explosives - Prof. I Parkin and Prof. S Hailes

MChem (Christ Church, Oxford) - Masters in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (Porphyrins) under Professor Harry Anderson

Previous Jobs

Research internships at the University of Southampton in Macrocyclic Chemistry

Research Interests

Synthetic Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Chemical Sensing, Energetic Materials, Materials Science

Why I applied to the Security Science DTC

I wanted to move beyond pure chemistry, and tackle a more applied problem whilst learning new skills from beyond my discipline

What I do when I'm not studying

Music: Kew Wind Orchestra (Clarinet), Drum Kit, Saxophone, Orchestral Percussion

Partner Organisations

I have liaised with the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) on aspects of my PhD and MRes projects. 

I have academic collaborations with researchers at Queen Mary (Dr Russell Binions), Southampton (Dr Martin Grossel) and Cambridge Universities (Dr Oren Scherman), as well as internally with UCL Computer Science.

List of Publications

Peveler, W J & Parkin I P. 2013. Rapid synthesis of gold nanostructures with cyclic and linear ketones. RSC Advances, In Press. DOI:10.1039/C3RA44842H

Peveler, W J & Parkin I P. 2013. Room temperature synthesis of monodisperse gold nanoparticles and nano-shards with cyclic and linear diketones. Proceedings of ICANM 2013, 1. 

Peveler, W J, Binions R, Hailes, S M V & Parkin, I P. 2013. Detection of explosive materials using zeolite modified gas sensors. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 1, 2613. DOI:10.1039/C2TA01027E


International Conference on Advanced and Nano Materials 2013 - Quebec City, CA - Poster on "Synthesis of gold nanoparticle and nanostars with cyclic and linear mono- and di-ketones"

International Crime Science Conference 2013 - London, UK - Poster on "Nanomaterials for Security Applications"

Innovative Research Call Showcase 2011 - Westminster, UK