Dr Mark William Kelly
Senior Chemistry Teacher, Akademeia High School
After achieving his undergraduate degree Mark was offered a graduate job at Sasol Technologies Ltd where he was involved in the research of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis. Mark left this position to complete a PhD in Bristol, where he specialised in gas phase plasma diagnostics and modelling for the chemical vapour deposition of diamond. During his PhD, Mark attended several conferences to present his work and is first author of two publications, as well as being second author of several others. Following a one-year post-doctoral research position in Bristol, Mark completed a PGCE to teach secondary science with a specialisation in Chemistry at the University of the West of England. Mark is moving to Warsaw having completed two years as Head of Chemistry at a British international school in Nairobi.
Dr Nataliya Marchyk
Chemistry Teacher, Akademeia High School
After achieving BSc from one of the best universities in Belarus, Nataliya followed master program on Chemistry from the Institute of Research Training combining it with the research work in the Institute of New Materials of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Nataliya’s research interest was focused on preparation and analysis of polymer-based composite film as models of lipid bilayers. After that she moved to France to follow doctoral program in Compiègne University of Technology. Herein she worked in international team collaborating with the research group from University of Applied Sciences Jena (Germany) and the research group from University of Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, France). Nataliya’s research interest was based on synthesis of molecularly imprinted polymers specific to a certain target molecule and their application in biomonitoring and diagnostics. From here comes her huge interest in interdisciplinary approach. She is fascinated how different disciplines can collaborate, e.g. chemistry-biology-physics-engineering-etc., to give answers on challenging questions and result in appearance of new technologies, approaches and strategies. Thus, she wants to show students that nowadays the science is multi- and interdisciplinary and relies on the whole spectrum of knowledge not limited by one particular subject. And that answers can be found everywhere.