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Head of Department

Dr John McKendrick

Academic staff

Name and position Research and other interests
Professor Matthew Almond
Professor of Chemistry Education
Professor in Inorganic Chemistry
National Teaching Fellow

Infrared Spectroscopy, Archaeometry, Environmental Analysis, Forensic Analysis, Analytical Chemistry.

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
Associate Professor 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.
Professor Ann Chippindale
Professor of Structural Chemistry
Department Director of Outreach
Microporous materials, synthesis of solids with interesting chemical and physical properties, transition-metal cyanides, open-framework metal phosphates, single-crystal X-ray diffraction.
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
Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry
Programme Director of Science Foundation Year
University Teaching Fellow

Synthesis, catalysis, natural products, synthetic methodology, flow chemistry, anion transport

Dr Fred Davis
Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry
Examinations Officer

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 Jenny Eyley
Teaching Fellow in Physical & Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr Ricardo Grau-Crespo
Associate Professor of Materials Theory
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 Harwood
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
Professor 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 Kevin Lovelock 
Royal Society University Research Fellow
X-ray spectroscopy, electronic properties and chemistry of liquids, Lewis acids and bases, ionic liquids, synchrotron science 
Dr John McKendrick
Head of Department
Associate Professor in Bio-Organic Chemistry
Deputy Departmental Director of Academic Tutoring
Deputy Exams Officer
Bio-compatible polymers, Organic synthesis, Natural products, Olefin metathesis, Cationic rearrangements

Dr Elizabeth Munday               Teaching Fellow in Organic Chemistry


Dr David Nutt
Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry
Department Director of Teaching & Learning
University Teaching Fellow

Molecular modelling, molecular dynamics simulations, biophysics, quantummechanics, ice, water, biomineralisation, surface recognition, proteins
Professor Anthony Powell
Research Division Lead for Chemistry
Solid-State Chemistry, Functional Materials, Thermoelectric Materials, Structure-Directed Synthesis, Neutron Diffraction, Magnetism, Transport Properties.

Dr Andrew Russell
Lecturer in Organic Chemistry  School Director of Academic Tutoring
Deputy Dept Director of Teaching & Learning

Synthesis, Natural Products, Photochemistry, Cycloaddition Reactions, Synthetic Methodology.

Dr Chris Smith
Lecturer in Organic Chemistry
Erasmus and Study Abroad Coordinator
Industrial Placements Officer

Synthetic Methodology, Catalysis, Fluorination, Flow Chemistry, Continuous Processing. 
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
Dr Silvia Baldanza  International Foundation Year Tutor 
Dr Shehla Minhas Outreach Facilitator: Chemistry for All
Mrs Sally Wade Part 1 Tutor and Sessional Lecturer
Mrs Gail Lydford  Sessional Lecturer

Administrative staff

Name Role
Helen Longworth Executive Support to:
Head of Department and Chemistry
Mrs Barbara Parr
Executive Support and Administrator to:
Chemistry Research Committee
School Research Division Leads and IMPACT leads
School Ethics Committee
School Health, Safety & Wellbeing Committee
Isaac Wilks  Postgraduate Administrator

Emeritus staff

Name Email
Professor David Cardin

Professor Howard Colquhoun
Professor Mike Drew
Professor H. Monty Frey
Professor Ian Mills FRS
Dr Philip Mitchell
Professor Elizabeth Page
Professor David Rice
Professor Robin Walsh

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