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Magdalene College Cambridge

Dr Peter Bolgar

Dr Peter Bolgar is Director of Studies in Chemistry at Magdalene.

I am an organic chemist with a special interest in physical organic chemistry and supramolecular chemistry. After completing my PhD degree at the University of Cambridge, I now focus on teaching chemistry in higher education.

I was born in rural Hungary in 1994. My early education was at the local primary and secondary state schools. I came to the UK in 2013 to pursue my undergraduate studies in Natural Sciences at St Catharine’s College at the University of Cambridge. I continued with my PhD studies at the same place in the field of supramolecular chemistry, under the supervision of Professor Christopher Hunter. After graduating, I took on an Associate Lecturer (Teaching) position at University College London. Besides my position at Magdalene College, I am also a Bye-Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. I teach students for the International Chemistry Olympiad both nationally and internationally. I am an avid amateur meteorologist (feel free to talk about the weather with me any time) and I find great pleasure in outdoor sports, gardening and exploring nature’s wonders.

Research Interest

  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Supramolecular Chemistry


  • PhD, University of Cambridge
  • MSci, University of Cambridge
  • BA, University of Cambridge

Selected Publications

High-Fidelity Sequence-Selective Duplex Formation by Recognition-Encoded Melamine Oligomers
Bolgar P, Troselj P, Ballester P and Hunter CA
J Am Chem Soc, 2021, 143, 8669
(DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c02275)