In an intense six week period leading up to Christmas, 2015, Ivan wrote, revised and completed his PhD thesis. This work was the culmination of just under 3 years of study within the field of experimental and computational approaches to understanding the nanostructure of Fmoc-based dipeptide systems. Ivan’s work considered the fundamental questions of whether gels can really represent a global minimum on the potential energy surface (see publication 76) through the methods for parameterising moieties to enable the atomistic simulation of these systems (see publication 73) all the way through to the application of these computational methods in combination with spectroscopic and microscopic experimental methods to finally determine the structure of the Fmoc-TF nanostructure.
Given both the fundamental and applied natures of Ivan’s research his viva voce examiners were selected in order to thoroughly probe his understanding of all aspects of his research. For this purpose Prof. Oren Scherman (Cambridge) and Dr. David Palmer (Strathclyde) formed the examining committee. Both examiners reported that Ivan performed very well during the viva voce examiner and as such on 28th January, 2016 Ivan passed his PhD viva with flying colours.
Congratulations Ivan! We all wish you every success in your future.