Ortu Group - Autumn 2019
From left to right: Matthew Stevens, Fabrizio Ortu, Alex Bowles

PhD students
Matthew Stevens (2019-2023)
Matthew was born and bred in the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, part of Greater London. He studied chemistry at the University of York, graduating in 2019. He moved to Leicester for his PhD studies in synergic main group/lanthanide chemistry, which brings things to the present day. 
 
Matthew has a keen interest in all chemical synthesis, and has been known to dabble in hobby chemistry since starting secondary school. Achievements in this regard include preparing crude potassium cuprate(III) and extracting vanadium metal from its ore. Away from the academic front, Matthew enjoys Marvel films and reading sci-fi books, but also hiking on the Yorkshire moors or North Downs.

Undergraduate MChem students
Alex Bowles (2019/2020)
Alex joined the group as an MChem student working on low oxidation state alkaline earth and lanthanide chemistry. Alex's main goal of his project is to maximise his contributions to the group, even if that is just showing the others the best pubs in town.

Alex hails from Baldock in North Hertforshire. Away from the lab, Alex has been a keen rugby player since a young age, formerly playing for the University on a Wednesday and still watching Tigers lose on a Saturday. Alex is also an enthusiastic home-brewer and brings a bit of chemistry into his kitchen at home for his weekend brews, thus making him a very popular addition to the group.
Contact
Fabrizio Ortu, PhD MRSC
Office 2.19, School of Chemistry
University of Leicester
LE1 7RH Leicester
UK
Tel: +44(0)1162944670
E: fabrizio.ortu@leicester.ac.uk
T: @FabOrtu