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Chemistry Assistant

Jersey City, New Jersey, 07302, United States
August 29, 2017

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*** ***** *********, #*** ● Jersey City, NJ 07302 ● ● Phone: (347)***-****

Chemist with research experience in organic multi-step synthesis, drug discovery, polymer and supramolecular chemistry. Expertise ranges from chromatography (sample isolation, purification), NMR methodologies to multi-step asymmetric synthesis. Worked as part of several cross-functional teams including engineers, chemists & biologists.


University of Birmingham, School of Chemistry Birmingham, UK

PhD in Organic Chemistry February 2009 - July 2012

Sapienza University of Rome, School of Biochemical Sciences Rome, Italy

MS in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry October 2006 - February 2009

Sapienza University of Rome, School of Biochemical Sciences Rome, Italy

BS in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry October 2002 - May 2006


Coty Morris Plains, US

Research Scientist March 2017 – Current

Synthesis of elastomeric, shape recovery, water and oil resistant polymers

●Collaborating with companies and universities to develop new technologies

Merck & Co. Rahway, US

Organic Chemist, Process Chemistry September 2016 - March 2017

●Multi-step synthesis of small organic molecules, medicinal chemistry, process chemistry

●Optimized the synthesis of a key intermediate, increased the yield by 20%

●Investigated possible contaminations and impurities within the process and their influence on product quality

●Peptide synthesis

●Modified multistage purification process to improve purification and minimize the loss of the final product

●Developed methods for GC/MS and LC/MS depending on polarity and size of molecules analyzed

●Used mass spectrometry techniques to confirm or understand molecular structures

●Used mass spectrometry to identify and understand side products

●Daily usage of HPLC to monitor reactions, assays development for quantitative analysis

●Collaborated closely with Analytical and Engineering teams to validate new plant-scale processes

University of Oxford, Department of Engineering Science Oxford, UK

Visiting Researcher February 2014 - March 2016

●Conducted rheology and tensile testing of supramolecular polyurethanes

University of Reading, School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy Reading, UK

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Polymer chemistry November 2012 - March 2016

●Synthesis and characterization of novel self-healable polyurethanes

●Designed and synthesized a body temperature healable polyurethane to be used as artificial skin

●Designed and executed synthesis of dendritic systems

●Used NMR methodologies to understand the level degradation of polymers after exposure to high temperatures

●Used flash chromatographic techniques to purify structurally challenging, unstable carbamates

●Investigated applications of self-immolative materials for the disclosure of chemical warfare agents by conducting multi-step synthesis (collaboration with Defence Science and Technology Laboratory)

University of Birmingham, School of Chemistry Birmingham, UK

PhD Researcher, collaboration with Syngenta February 2009 - July 2012

●Used NMR methodologies to discover new methodologies for asymmetric synthesis of azetidines and pyrrolidines via iodocyclization of homoallyl amines, with ultimate use in drug development applications;

chiral columns were used to separate amino -azetidines enantiomers

●Incorporated 2D NMR techniques (COSY, NOESY, HSQC, HMBC) to determine the structure of heterocycles

●Incorporated chromatographic techniques for low level impurity isolation of structurally challenging azetidines and pyrrolidines (semi- preparative HPLC)

●Found novel procedures to use azetidines palladium and platinum complexes as organometallic catalysts

●Collaborated with agrochemicals company, Syngenta, on testing functionalized amino-azetidines and amino-pyrrolidines. Currently under investigation in higher tier screening with potential for commercialization

East China University of Science and Technology Shanghai, China

PhD Researcher (Placement) Summer 2011

●Conducted asymmetric synthesis of an amino-azetidines which was then used in catalysis, with the final product reaching 90% enantiomeric excess


Asymmetric synthesis Organic chemistry Medicinal Chemistry Protein Conjugation Kilo Lab Organocatalysis Drug Discovery Molecular modelling Purification techniques Formulation NMR spectroscopy Mass spectrometry Solvent purification systems Preparative HPLC Semi-preparative HPLC FTIR spectroscopy GPC Scanning electron microscopy Bruker Agilent One Dionex HPLC system One Dionex Summit HPLC system TopSpin NMR Mnova NMR DSC TGA XRD GC/MS and LC/MS Combi-Flash


University of Reading, School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy Reading, UK

Teaching Assistant November 2012 - July 2016

●Supervised 6 PhD and 8 MS students in research design and laboratory experiments

●Led weekly laboratory and problem-solving sections for a group of 14 PhD and MS students

●Facilitated 8 tutorials for BS and MS students in carbonyl chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry and supramolecular chemistry

●Prepared and presented 2 lectures and 2 workshops in supramolecular chemistry for MS students

●Received excellent student evaluation scores that surpassed course benchmarks for teaching quality

University of Birmingham, School of Chemistry Birmingham, UK

Teaching Assistant January 2010 - July 2012

●Presented weekly tutorial in advanced organic chemistry for a group of 20 undergraduate students

●Supervised MSc and undergraduate students in final projects

●Planned, prepared and executed tutorials in organic chemistry for 8 A-level students


EPSRC PhD Studentship 2009 - 2012

RSC Cat. Sci. Technol. Poster Prize, CASE 2011

Royal Society of Chemistry International Conference Poster Prize, CASE (Shanghai) 2009


A.Feula. "An adhesive elastomeric supramolecular polyurethane film healable at body temperature". RSC Organic Division South-West Regional Conference, 2016, Southampton, UK

A.Feula. "A Thermoreversible Supramolecular Polyurethane Capable of Highly Efficient Healing at 45 ºC".

5th International Conference on Self-Healing Materials, 2015, Durham, NC, USA

A.Feula. "An adhesive elastomeric supramolecular polyurethane film healable at body temperature". E-MRS Conference, 2015, Warsaw University of Technology, 2015, Warsaw, Poland


A. Feula, X. Tang, W. Hayes, et al. . A dynamic supramolecular polyurethane network whose mechanical properties are kinetically controlled. Polymer., 2017

A. Feula, X. Tang, W. Hayes, et al. . A systematic study of the effect of the hard end-group composition on the microphase separation, thermal and mechanical properties of supramolecular polyurethanes. Polymer., 2016

A. Feula, X. Tang, W. Hayes, et al. An adhesive elastomeric supramolecular polyurethane healable at body temperature. Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 4291

A. Feula, W. Hayes, et al.. Effect of temperature and strain rate on the compressive behaviour of supramolecular polyurethane. EPJ Web of Conferences, 2015, 94 (01046)

A. Feula, A. Pethybridge, I. Giannakopoulos, X. Tang. A Thermoreversible Supramolecular Polyurethane with Excellent Healing Ability at 45 C, Macromolecules, 2015, 48,17

A. Feula, J. S. Fossey. Base and solvent dependency of an oxidative retro-alkylation of secondary and tertiary benzylamines, RSC Advances, 2013, 3, 5370

A. Feula, S. S. Dhillon, R. Byravan, M. et al. Synthesis of azetidines and pyrrolidines via iodocyclisation of homoallyl amines and exploration of activity in a zebrafish embryo assay, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2013, 11, 5083

A. Feula, L. Male and J. S. Fossey. Diastereoselective preparation of azetidines and pyrrolidines, Org. Lett., 2010, 12, 5044

A. Feula and J. S. Fossey. Synthesis of azetidines and pyrrolidines: towards medicinal chemistry and organocatalysis applications, 2013

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