Dr Hugh Ryan

Hugh was born in England and grew up in rural Sussex. He studied Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, during which time he worked on the surface adsorption and solubility of polyaromatic species under the supervision of Professor Stuart Clarke. In 2021, he completed his PhD in Professor Jonathan Nitschke’s group, having conducted projects on the surface adsorption of coordination cages and coordination cages as neat liquid phases, and he is now undertaking a short postdoctoral position in the same group in order to conclude some collaborative projects. Outside of research, Hugh is a keen amateur Latin dancer and pianist.



  1. Kaimaki D.-M., Haire B., Ryan H., et al., “Multiscale Approach Linking Self-Aggregation and Surface Interactions of Synthesized Foulants to Fouling Mitigation Strategies”, Energy & Fuels, 2019, 33(8), 7216 – 7224.

  2. Ryan H., Haynes C., Smith A., Grommet A., Nitschke J., “Guest Encapsulation with Surface-Adsorbed Self-Assembled Cages”, Advanced Materials, 2021, 2004192, 33(1).

  3. Jie K., Zhou Y., Ryan H., Dai S., Nitschke J., “Engineering Permanent Porosity into Liquids”, Advanced Materials, 2021, 2005745, 33(18).

  4. Nguyen B., Thoburn J., Grommet A., Howe D., Ronson T., Ryan H., Bolliger J., Nitschke J., “Coordination Cages Selectively Transport Molecular Cargoes Across Liquid Membranes”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2021, 143(31), 12175 – 12180.