Adam Chopdat

Adam Chopdat


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0131 650 7748

Adam completed his MChem at the University of Leicester in 2016. He spent his third year as an Erasmus exchange student at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. During this time he worked in the carbohydrate chemistry group at the Centre for Research in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Materials (CiQUS) under the supervision of Prof. Ramón Estévez. His research project involved transforming D-glucose into polyhydroxylated carbocyclic β amino acids. When he returned to Leicester, he joined the chemical biology group for his master's research project under the supervision of Dr Sandeep Handa. The project involved studying the catalytic opening of an epibatidine analogue ring with the fluorinating agent Selectfluor.

After graduating he started a PhD in supramolecular chemistry under the supervision of Dr Jack Chen at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in Auckland, New Zealand. The work was aimed at the post-synthetic functionalisation of gold nanoparticles using self-assembly in water. Unfortunately a few months after starting his PhD, Adam fell ill with chronic pain in his legs and was no longer able to continue working in the lab. With no diagnosis at the time, he decided to withdraw from his PhD scholarship to allow another student to take his place, as he was the first and only PhD student in the group which meant the research progress ground to a halt due to his absence.

He spent the next year and half mostly bedridden and housebound due to his disability. In December 2018 he finally received a diagnosis of hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, after researching his symptoms online. Over the next year visiting health specialists and with the help of physical aids and medication, he eventually felt like he would be able to return to research, but decided to change field due to the difficulty of working in the laboratory with his disability.

In January 2019, he joined the Campbell group at the University of Edinburgh with the aim of becoming proficient in computational chemistry. His current work involves studying the multi-state switching mechanism observed in the endohedral fullerene Li@C60 using density functional theory (DFT). He is co-supervised by Prof. Carole Morrison at the University of Edinburgh, Dr Renald Schaub at the University of St Andrews and will be spending time in Singapore at the A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) under the supervision of Dr Amy Khoo.

In his spare time, Adam likes to build his own computers and then play video games on them. He supports Manchester United and spends a lot of time managing his fantasy football team.