The Group

The Skabara group is a friendly, ever-growing group of enthusiastic scientists who have joined the university from around the world. Click the links below to find out more information about our group members.


Dr Oleksandr (Alex) Kanibolotskyy

Oleksandr Kanibolotskyy photoI obtained a Masters degree in Biochemistry from Donetsk State University (USSR) and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Institute of Physical Organic and Coal Chemistry (IPOCC) at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Donetsk). While working in IPOCC in the field of physical organic chemistry, I had a visiting position in the Laboratory of Molecular Engineering and Organic Materials, Angers, France, and I have also worked in Prof Peter Skabara’s Group for over a decade across various time intervals. I’ve been involved in a series of projects on organic electronics and photonics while working on the design and synthesis of organic conductors and semiconductors for applications in photovoltaics, field effect transistors, distributed feedback lasers and down-converters for ultra-parallel visible light communications. Being a synthetic chemist, I have a passion for materials science, which stems from an understanding of the fundamental structure-property relationship in π-functional materials. Out of working hours I enjoy cycling and spending time with my family.


Dr Joseph Cameron

JoeI have been working in the Skabara group since 2011. I first completed my EPSRC/Merck funded PhD in the group studying materials based on novel electron-deficient acceptor units and their application in organic solar cells and organic field-effect transistors. Since 2015, I have worked as a research associate on a diverse range of projects including developing novel hole transport materials, synthesis, characterisation and application of photocross-linkable materials, modification of PDMS for selective adhesion and I am now working on the synthesis of novel materials for molecular wires. I look after the glovebox facility and I am interested in the fabrication and characterisation of organic photovoltaics (OPVs), organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). I mainly enjoy spending my spare time with my family as the father of two young children, but I also have a keen interest in many sports, especially football.


Dr Lyudmyla Kanibolotska

LyudaI am from Donetsk, Ukraine where I studied Chemistry at the Donetsk State University. I obtained my PhD in Physical Chemistry from the same university where I worked as a Senior Researcher and afterwards as a Senior Lecturer for many years. I am currently a Research Associate in the group of Professor Pete Skabara. I’m interested in research which relates to materials science: the chemistry of conjugated polymers and oligomers; advanced materials based on conjugated polymers and oligomers for electronics and optoelectronics (particularly, poly- and oligofluorenes for light-emitting devices), and also oxidation of organic compounds by molecular oxygen, particularly the mechanism of one electron transfer.



Dr Neil Findlay

Neil newMy background is in synthetic chemistry and I obtained both my undergraduate and PhD degrees at the University of Strathclyde, working with Professor John Murphy on organic electron transfer reagents. I really wanted to work on more applied research after my PhD, and have worked with Pete since 2010 on a variety of projects related to organic electronics. These have included molecular materials as down-converting layers with blue LEDs to produce white light, red-green-blue materials for OLED devices, and conductive molecular wires compatible with DNA scaffolds, while I am also the group manager. Most recently, I’ve left lab research behind to act as the part-time Project Manager for Hetero-Print – an EPSRC funded programme grant on manufacturing, as well as working part-time with colleagues in the Research Development Team in the College of Science and Engineering. Away from work, I play the occasional game of football and golf, as well as spending time with my wife and young family.


Dr Anastasiia Klimash

Photograph of Anastasia KlimashI completed a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at the Ukrainian State University of Chemical Technology in Dnipro (Ukraine) followed by a Master's degree in Fine Chemistry from the University of Le Mans (France). I got my PhD degree in 2019 here in the group of Prof Pete Skabara where I was developing new thermally-activated delayed fluorescence materials for organic light-emitting diodes. After this, I did a one-year postdoc in the group of Dr Hugo Bronstein at the University of Cambridge working on the synthesis of singlet fission materials for photovoltaic applications. Now I am back in Glasgow and will be working as a postdoc in the Skabara group designing novel organic conjugated electroactive materials. In my spare time, I like drawing and watching seagulls going on a rampage through the city. I am also a big fan of capybaras.

PhD Students

Valentin Fell

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I am from Cologne, Germany. I completed both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science at the RWTH Aachen. Already during my Master studies, I spend three months in Glasgow in the group of Prof. Skabara for a visiting research trip working with truxene derivatives. My current PhD topic is the synthesis of fused dithienothiophene derivatives for application in transistors or solar cells. In my spare time, I like cooking, meeting my friends, and dancing Salsa.



Eman Hussien


Eman Hussein photoI completed a BSc in Applied Chemistry from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2007. After that, I worked as a school science teacher for two years. In 2017, I started an internship to study the self-assembly of peptides and peptoids under the supervision of Dr. Aaron Lau at the University of Strathclyde followed by a short internship in Prof Peter Skabara group at the University of Glasgow. Currently, I am studying as a PhD student in the Skabara research group working on the electrochemical evaluation of organic semiconductors for device applications. Outside of work I am a mother of two children, who I spend most of my time with. 


Hao Yang

Hao smallI did my BSc in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield, followed by a MSc in Nanoscience at the University of Strathclyde. During my master’s final project, I was working on the synthesis of a donor material for organic solar cells in the Skabara group. It was then that I realised my passion for continuing with research in chemistry. Now I am a PhD student in the Skabara group and I am working on the Hetero-Print Programme. My personal interests outside of the lab are music (Joy Division, Slowdive and New Order), movies (Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson and Lars Von Trier) and basketball (Boston Celtics).



Minming Yan

Minming smallThe largest part of my previous education took place in China. I started my academic journey in Optical Information Science and Technology at North University of China (NUC), and then decided to focus on Microelectronics and Solid-State Electronics at South China Normal University (SCNU) in the field of organic-inorganic hybrid optoelectronics. After optimizing devices using physical methods for 3 years, I realized it would also be fascinating to improve device performance using chemical methods. This led to me continuing my journey as a PhD student at the University of Glasgow, aiming to be a chemist with a physics background. The main goal of my PhD is the synthesis of carbon nanodots, graphene quantum dots, or, we can say, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and their applications in optoelectronics. In my spare time I like listening to music.


Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson photoOriginally from the Scottish Highlands, I completed my masters degree at Glasgow University, with a year's academic placement in Germany. Over the course of my placement I synthesised functionalised monomers from aromatic compounds at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. My role in the Skabara group is to synthesise monomers for incorporation into semiconducting polymers, and to investigate their behaviours as hole transport materials for OLED and photovoltaic cells. In my spare time I enjoy introducing school and community groups to chemistry as part of our outreach activities, and playing my keyboard.







Peter Martin

Peter Martin photoI am from Ardrossan in the south west of Scotland. I completed my BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at the University of the West of Scotland, receiving the UWS Court Medal for 3 out of the 4 years of my studies. My dissertation was based on the synthesis of a DPP based MOF, which sparked an interest in organic synthesis, and working with organic semiconductors. For my PhD project with the Skabara group, I will be exploring the synthesis of a new Sulphur-based Fullerene. My personal interests are playing musical instruments (the bagpipes and guitar). I play for a successful, local football team, and enjoy going to the gym. 





Wendy Onabule

Wendy Onabule photoI was born in Nigeria but grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. I completed my undergraduate masters degree with a year's academic placement in the Netherlands at the University of Glasgow. I then decided to pursue a PhD here too with the Skabara group. My project is based on the synthesis of star shaped Oligofluorene truxenes. In my spare time I help out with outreach programs within the university and enjoy watching movies. 




Christopher Riggs

I completed my BSc (Hons) at the University of Aberdeen in 2013 where my honours project investigated the synthesis of novel hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites of alkali metal halides trapping organic molecules in the A cation interstitial sites, under the supervision of Professor Bill Harrison. This was followed by a MSc in Analytical Chemistry where I investigated the presence of heavy metal contaminants in cetaceans from UK waters with Dr Eva Krupp, as well as assisting with the development of an open source software for dereplication in novel natural product discovery with Dr Rainer Ebel. For the past 3 years I have been a teacher of Chemistry at Alness Academy in the Highlands. My current work in the Skabara group involves the design and synthesis of novel molecules with the goal of achieving thermally activated delayed fluorescence for use in OLED devices. 


Olena Avramchenko

Undergraduate Students

The Skabara group regularly takes on undergraduate students for final year projects, in addition to summer students wishing to enhance their lab experience. Contact Pete if you are interested in joining the group as an undergraduate student.


Previous students

  • Ailsa McMillan (final year project): Novel sulfur-based organic materials for electronic devices
  • Ashmi Mishra (BSc project): Gel-based organic electronic materials
  • Daksesh Patel (final year project)
  • Noah Upton (final year project)
  • David Mitchell (BSc project)
  • Cameron East (BSc project)

Visiting Researchers

Dr Melek Gul

Melek Gul photoI graduated from Yıldız Technical University in 2005 with an MSc in Organic Chemistry. Then, I did my PhD with Prof. Nuket Ocal at Yıldız Technical University, Turkey. The idea behind my PhD thesis was to further develop new tricyclic compounds generation of Pd catalysed Heck reaction, and to evaluate nitrile oxide addition. During my Erasmus project, I investigated Ene reactions with Prof. Dr. Yiannis Elemes as a research asistant at Ioannina University, Greece for seven months. In 2010 I became an Assistant Professor at Amasya University and started to focus on small molecule synthesis. In October 2019, I joined the Skabara group where my research is concerned with the synthesis of novel compounds for application in OLEDs.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ferda Hacıvelioğlu

Ferda Hacıvelioğlu photo 1I obtained my undergraduate degree from 19 May University, Samsun, Turkey in 1999 and then MSc and PhD degrees from Gebze Institute of Technology, Turkey working with Professor Adem KILIC on the synthetic chemistry of cyclophosphazenes. In 2009 I was awarded funding from both TUBITAK and the Turkish Higher Education Council to conduct research at the University of Southampton with Professor Simon COLES at the National Crystallography Centre. In 2010 I became an Assistant Professor at Gebze Technical University (formerly known as Gebze Institute of Technology) and started to perform research on polymers, especially polyphosphazenes. My current research focuses on both electrically and ionically conducting polymers including polyelectrolytes for fuel cells, polymer battery electrolytes, conjugated materials and their combination with polymeric dopants for solution processing. I first met Pete at the 14th International Heterocylic Chemistry Congress, Glasgow and in 2018 we were awarded funding from the Royal Society under the Newton Advanced Fellowships (NAF-R2-180625) programme. Our current project is entitled "Development of Novel Conducting Polymer Composite Materials and Investigation of Optoelectronic Device Applications", which aims to develop solution processable novel materials and their applications to OLEDs, Solar Cells and Electrochromic Devices etc. In my spare time I usually spend time with my daughter and son and, if time remains, I play baglama (a Turkish Folk Music Instrument) and sing some songs.


Previous visiting researchers

  • Arthur Rallon - MSc student, University of Nantes, France
  • Coraline Cochard - MSc student, University of Nantes, France
  • Luis Lozano - PhD student, University of Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Wendy Han - MSc student, Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Ahmet Battal - Postdoctoral researcher, Mus Al Parslan University, Turkey
  • Clement Brouillac - MSc student, University of Nantes, France


Dr Holly Yu

HollyI joined the Skabara group in 2019, having previously worked as a teaching technician in the undergraduate chemistry teaching labs at the University of Glasgow. My role is to ensure smooth-running of the labs and to maintain all of the group's instrumentation. I also undertake a variety of research within the group.