Dr Jennifer Garden received her MSci (1st Class Honours, 2010) and PhD (2014) from the University of Strathclyde, the latter under the direction of Professor Robert Mulvey. Her PhD research dealt with the design, synthesis, characterisation and reaction chemistry of new zinc and zincate complexes. This was followed by two years as a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Charlotte Williams' group at Imperial College London, where she developed heterometallic catalysts for carbon dioxide/epoxide copolymerisation.
In 2016, Jennifer moved to the University of Edinburgh as the first recipient of the Christina Miller Research Fellowship, which was followed by a Ramsay Memorial Trust Fellowship and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. Her research combines different fields of chemistry including organometallic synthesis, catalyst development and sustainable polymer materials.
The Garden Group's research focuses on the design of synergic heterometallic catalysts that display enhanced activities and selectivities compared to the homometallic analogues, and the application of these systems to the polymerisation of renewable monomers. Jennifer’s work has been recognised by the L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowship (2019), the Macro Group UK Young Researchers Medal (2019), and the L’Oréal-UNESCO International Rising Talents Award (2020). She currently sits on the editorial advisory board of Macromolecules (ACS).