Staff list

Head of Department

Professor Anthony Powell

 Academic staff

Name and position Research and other interests
Professor Matthew Almond
Professor of Chemistry Education
Professor in
Inorganic Chemistry
National Teaching Fellow
Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Infrared Spectroscopy, Archaeometry, Environmental Analysis, Forensic Analysis, Analytical Chemistry.
Dr Livia Bartok-Partay

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow 

Computer simulation and modelling, materials science, phase diagrams. 
Dr Roger Bennett
Associate Professor in Nanostructured  Surfaces
Part 3 Year Tutor
Surface science, ultra-thin films, transition metal oxides, heterogeneous catalysis, nanoparticles, clusters, synchrotron science.
Dr Geoff Brown
Lecturer in NMR Spectroscopy
Part 2 Year Tutor
NMR spectroscopy, Natural products, Biosynthesis, Origin of life.

Professor Christine Cardin
Professor of Crystallography
Athena SWAN Rep

Crystallography and structure determination, DNA, nucleic acids, cancer, macromolecular structure, polymorphism.
Dr Ann Chippindale
Associate Professor in Solid-State Chemistry
Microporous materials, synthesis of solids with interesting chemical and physical properties, transition-metal cyanides, open-framework metal phosphates, single-crystal X-ray diffraction.
Professor Howard Colquhoun
Professor of Materials Chemistry
Head of the Materials Chemistry Group
Materials, Polymers, Membranes, Supramolecular, Nanoscience.
Professor Rainer Cramer
Professor of Mass Spectrometry & Bioanalytical Sciences
Head of Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics
Mass spectrometry, proteomics, clinical diagnostics, MALDI, analytical chemistry, protein analysis, systems biology.

Dr Philippa Cranwell
Teaching Fellow
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Synthesis, catalysis, natural products, synthetic methodology, flow chemistry, anion transport
Dr Fred Davis
Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry
The synthesis of polymeric materials with unusual properties. Spectral filters, their degradation and stability. Novel supercapacitors.

Dr Joanne Elliott
Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry
Industrial Placements, Careers and Employability Officer
SCFP Athena SWAN officer

Lyotropic liquid crystals, Liquid crystal templating, Hydrodynamic modulation voltammetry.
Dr Ricardo Grau-Crespo
Lecturer in Physical Chemistry
 Computational materials science.
Professor Ian Hamley
Diamond Professor of Physical Chemistry
Head of Chemistry for Life & Environment
Soft Matter, Self-Assembly, Nanotechnology, Copolymers, Peptides.
Professor Frantisek Hartl
Professor of Inorganic Chemistry
Head of Molecular Chemistry

Spectroelectrochemistry - application and development of new cells. Unusual oxidation states of organometallic compounds. Photoinduced electron and energy transfer. Molecular wires. Photo- and redox catalysis. Activation of carbon dioxide via proton coupled electron transfer

Professor Laurence

Professor of Organic Chemistry
Director of Chemical Analysis Facility

Total synthesis, Natural products, Synthetic methodology, pericyclic reactions, chiral morpholinones, peptides, minor actinide selective ligands.
Professor Wayne Hayes
Professor of Polymer Chemistry
Self-assembled Polymers, Dendrimers and Hyperbranched Polymers, Polymer Synthesis.

Prof Georg Held
Professor of Surface Chemistry
Diamond Fellow

Structures, electronic properties and chemistry of solid surfaces. Chiral Surface Systems. Metal-water interfaces. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy (NEXAFS), LEED.

Dr Peiyi Li
International Support Tutor 


Dr John Mckendrick
Associate Professor in Bio-Organic Chemistry
Department Director of Teaching & Learning
Deputy Senior Tutor
Deputy Exams Officer

Bio-compatible polymers, Organic synthesis, Natural products, Olefin metathesis, Cationic rearrangements.
Dr David Nutt
Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry
Molecular modelling, molecular dynamics simulations, biophysics, quantummechanics, ice, water, biomineralisation, surface recognition, proteins.

Professor Elizabeth Page
Professor in Chemistry Education, Deputy Head of Department, Part 1 Year Tutor, School Director of Outreach and Internationalisation, University Teaching Fellow

Electron diffraction, Gas-phase molecular structure, Education in Chemistry.
Dr Christian Pfrang
Lecturer in Physical Chemistry
Erasmus and Study-Abroad Co-ordinator
Athena SWAN Representative
Academic Lead CAF Molecular Spectroscopy
Examinations Officer
Atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric aerosol, levitation techniques, gas-phase and heterogeneous reaction kinetics.

Professor Anthony Powell
Head of Department
Research Division Lead for Chemistry

Solid-State Chemistry, Functional Materials, Thermoelectric Materials, Structure-Directed Synthesis, Neutron Diffraction, Magnetism, Transport Properties.
Dr Andrew Russell
Senior Tutor
Lecturer in Organic Chemistry
Deputy Dept Director of Teaching & Learning
Synthesis, Natural Products, Photochemistry, Cycloaddition Reactions, Synthetic Methodology.
Dr Chris Smith
Lecturer in Organic Chemistry
Synthetic Methodology, Catalysis, Fluorination, Flow Chemistry, Continuous Processing. 

Dr Mark Spillman
Teaching Fellow

Crystal structure determination from powder diffraction data, Structure of molecular organic materials in the solid state, Quantitative phase analysis using the Rietveld method, Cloud computing 
Dr Adam Squires
Associate Professor in Biophysics and Materials, Part 4 Year Tutor
Biophysical Chemistry and X-ray scattering.
Dr Paz Vaqueiro
Associate Professor in Materials Chemistry 
Director of Postgraduate Studies
Materials, Solid State Chemistry, Thermoelectric Materials, Microporous Solids

Academic Teaching Staff

Name and Position Teaching role
Mrs Penny Bagshaw Teaching Fellow and Sessional Tutor
Dr Sandy Briden  IFP Tutor 
Jenny Eyley  Outreach Facilitator: Chemistry for All 
Mrs Susan Mayes Principle Investigator: Chemistry For All
Mrs Katie Nuttall Royal Society of Chemistry Education Co-ordinator 
Mrs Sally Wade Part 1 Tutor and Sessional Lecturer

Administrative staff

Name Role
Heather Ferris

Executive Support to:
Head of Department and Chemistry

Catherine O'Hare
Postgraduate Administrator
Mrs Barbara Parr

Executive Support to: 
Chemistry Research
SCFP Ethics
SCFP Safety Committee
Chemistry Outreach

Emeritus Staff

Name Email
Professor David Cardin
Professor Mike Drew
Professor H. Monty Frey
Professor Ian Mills FRS
Dr Philip Mitchell
Professor David Rice
Professor Robin Walsh


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