Academic staff

Chemical Biology & Medicinal Chemistry

Chemical Biology & Medicinal Chemistry

Richard Hartley

Professor Richard Hartley

Professor of Chemical Biology (Chemistry)

Research interests: Synthetic organic chemistry. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and calcium ions in homeostasis and aging (ageing); Intracellular targeting; Molecular probes and functional molecules; Clean synthesis and array synthesis; Titanium carbenoids

Alistair Boyer

Dr Alistair Boyer

Royal Society TATA University Research Fellow (School of Chemistry)

Stephen Clark

Professor Stephen Clark

Chair in Organic Chemistry (Chemistry)

Research interests: Synthetic organic chemistry and the development of new synthetic methodology and total synthesis of natural products.

David France

Dr David France

Lecturer (Chemistry)

Research interests: The Chemistry we study has lots of different applications, which can be classified into three major themes: Synthetic Strategy, Analytics, and Medicinal Chemistry.

Andrew Jamieson

Dr Andrew Jamieson

Senior Lecturer (School of Chemistry)

Research interests: The design and synthesis of peptides and peptidomimetics for application in chemical biology and precision medicine.

Robert Liskamp

Professor Robert Liskamp

Chair of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry (School of Chemistry)

Research interests: The creation of molecules which can be used for obtaining insights in diseases like infections and cancer, which may also lead to new approaches for their treatment. Protein mimics for synthetic vaccine (HIV, Influenza) or synthetic antibody applications.

Joelle Prunet

Dr Joelle Prunet

Senior Lecturer (Chemistry)

Research interests: The synthesis of biologically active natural products, such as taxol, a powerful antitumor agent, or dolabelide C and hexacyclinic acid, molecules with cytotoxic activity.

Andrew Sutherland

Dr Andrew Sutherland

Reader (Chemistry)

Research interests: Design of novel PET and SPECT tracers for imaging neurological disease and cancer; development of one-pot multi-reaction, metal catalysed processes for the synthesis of drug-like scaffolds; new amino acid based fluorescent probes for cell imaging.

Drew Thomson

Dr Drew Thomson

Lecturer (School of Chemistry)


Complex Chemistry

Complex Chemistry

Lee Cronin

Professor Lee Cronin

Regius Chair of Chemistry (Chemistry)

Research interests: Complex chemical systems derived from non biological building blocks. Molecular Fundamentals, Inorganic Biology, Synthetic Systems and Hybrid Devices. Self-assembly of polyoxometalate systems

Geoff Cooper

Dr Geoff Cooper

Research Fellow (Chemistry)

Research interests: Complex Chemical Systems and Networks, Complexity, Origin of Life, Inorganic Microtubes, Chemical Gardens, Self-Growing Systems, Hybrid Membranes, Inorganic Biology

Deliang Long

Dr Deliang Long

Senior Research Fellow (Chemistry)

Research interests: Synthetic inorganic chemistry; Cluster materials; Polyoxometalates; Ligand design and metal complexes; Cluster synthesis and properties; Chemical topology; Chemical crystallography

Haralampos Moiras

Dr Haralampos Moiras

Senior Lecturer (Chemistry)

Research interests: The investigation and development of metal oxide/chalcogenide based surfaces for energy applications; mesoporous polyoxometalate-based composite materials for oxidative catalysis; the self-assembly of supramolecular compounds with modular functionalities.

Dr Soichiro Tsuda

Research Fellow (Chemistry)


Dynamics and Structure

Dynamics and Structure

Malcolm Kadodwala

Professor Malcolm Kadodwala

Gardiner Chair (Chemistry)

Research interests: Spectroscopic investigations of the electronic properties of nanostructured materials on surfaces; the development of new electron-based chirally sensitive spectroscopic techniques; the develop-ment of novel chiroptical spectroscopic probes.

Goetz Bucher

Dr Goetz Bucher

Lecturer (Chemistry)

Research interests: Physical organic chemistry; Time-resolved spectroscopy of reactive intermediates and excited states; Matrix isolation spectroscopy; Computational studies of reactive and unusual molecules; Synthesis of unusual molecules

Adrian Lapthorn

Dr Adrian Lapthorn

Senior Lecturer (Chemistry)

Research interests: My research interests are in using the technique of protein crystallography to elucidate protein structure with an aim to answering important questions on protein function and mechanism. I also have a specific interest in protein-protein interactions.

Hans Senn

Dr Hans Senn

Lecturer in Theoretical & Computational Chemistry (Chemistry)

Research interests: Computational studies of enzymatic reactions using combined quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM); transition-metal and organometallic chemistry; QM/MM molecular dynamics; Sampling techniques and free-energy calculations; Modelling of solvation effects

Stephen Sproules

Dr Stephen Sproules

Lecturer in inorganic Chemistry (School of Chemistry)

Research interests: The design and synthesis of coordination compounds with radical ligands for application in spintronic devices, magnetic materials, conductivity, and quantum computing. Magnetometry, electron paramagnetic resonance, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, theoretical calculations.

Klaas Wynne

Professor Klaas Wynne

Chair in Chemical Physics (Chemistry)

Research interests: The physical chemistry of liquids, mixtures, solutions, peptides, and proteins. Phase transitions and nucleation phenomena. Phenomena at equilibrium or very far from it. Femtosecond and terahertz spectroscopy, fluorescence lifetime imaging, and confocal Raman microscopy.


Heterogeneous Catalysis

Heterogeneous Catalysis

David Lennon

Professor David Lennon

Professor of Physical Chemistry (Chemistry)

Research interests: Surface chemistry and in particular applying a variety of spectroscopic techniques to probe the interaction of atoms and molecules on well-defined metal surfaces.

David Jackson

Professor David Jackson

Professor (Chemistry)

Research interests: My research interests lie in six overlapping areas: metal catalysed hydrogenation; syn-gas production and use; catalyst activation and catalyst deactivation; dehydrogenation; heterogeneous catalysis in fine chemicals synthesis; base catalysis.

Justin Hargreaves

Professor Justin Hargreaves

Professor of Catalytic Materials Chemistry (Chemistry)

Research interests: My research interests are primarily centred around heterogeneous catalysis and, in particular, the elucidation of structure-activity relationships in oxidation reactions catalysed by metal oxide catalysts. Heterogeneous catalysis, materials chemistry, environmental chemistry.


Nanoscience and Materials Chemistry

Nanoscience and Materials Chemistry

Mark Murrie

Professor Mark Murrie

Professor (Chemistry)

Research interests: Magnetic properties, molecular magnets, coordination chemistry, high pressure science, molecular materials, nanoparticles, nanostructures. Our research involves the synthesis and characterisation of new molecular magnetic and nanomagnetic materials.

Dave Adams

Professor Dave Adams

Chair in Chemistry (School of Chemistry)

Research interests: We are interested in understanding and controlling the self-assembly of small molecules to form a range of different structures. A specific area of interest is self-assembled low molecular weight gelators (LMWG).

Christoph Busche

Dr Christoph Busche

Research Fellow (Chemistry)

Graeme Cooke

Professor Graeme Cooke

Head of School / Professor of Physical Organic Chemistry (Chemistry)

Research interests: The design, synthesis and characterisation of functional molecules, macromolecules and nanoparticles and their assemblies. Organic solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells; Supramolecular polymers and micelles; Biomimetic chemistry and synthetic biology

Serena Corr

Dr Serena Corr

Reader (School of Chemistry)

Research interests: The design, synthesis and full characterisation of functional nanomaterials whose applications include insertion electrodes for energy storage, biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics and electronically responsive materials.

Joy Farnaby

Dr Joy Farnaby

Lecturer (School of Chemistry)

Research interests: Actinide chemistry for application in low-carbon energy sciences. The design and synthesis of multi-metallic lanthanide and actinide molecules and materials from organometallic building-blocks.

Ross Forgan

Dr Ross Forgan

Reader (School of Chemistry)

Research interests: Self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry: metal-organic frameworks and other porous materials as selective storage agents; reactivity of guests bound in porous solids; ordered arrays of solid-state nanoreactors; reversible chemical systems in functional porous materials.

Alexey Ganin

Dr Alexey Ganin

Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry (School of Chemistry)

Research interests: Chalcogenides for energy applications Large scale production of 2D electronic materials CO2 capture, storage and conversion Solution-based processing into 2D- and 3D functional materials

Duncan Gregory

Professor Duncan Gregory

Chair in Inorganic Materials (Chemistry)

Research interests: Non-oxide materials, hydrogen storage and sustainable energy materials, inorganic nanomaterials and sustainable materials processing.

Steven Magennis

Dr Steven Magennis

Reader in Physical Chemistry (School of Chemistry)

Research interests: The use of single-molecule fluorescence techniques to probe the structure, dynamics and reactivity of biomolecules.

Mark Symes

Dr Mark Symes

Royal Society University Research Fellow (School of Chemistry)

Research interests: Energy conversion in chemical systems; electrical, photochemical and sonochemical inputs to drive chemical reactions; using renewable (or potentially renewable) energy sources to drive unfavourable or slow chemical reactions to deliver fuels and other high-commodity substances.


Teaching and Scholarship

Teaching and Scholarship

Smita Odedra

Dr Smita Odedra

Lecturer in Physical Chemistry (School of Chemistry)

Beth Paschke

Dr Beth Paschke

Senior Lecturer (Chemistry)

Daniel Price

Dr Daniel Price

Lecturer (Chemistry)

Research interests: We are interested in the complex behaviour of many body systems having different types of interactions. Cooperativity, phase structures and phase behaviour, we are interested in symmetry, structure, patterns, textures, order and disorder, phase transitions and order parameters.

Linnea Soler

Dr Linnea Soler

Lecturer (Chemistry)

Ciorsdaidh Watts

Dr Ciorsdaidh Watts

Lecturer (School of Chemistry)


Emeritus, honorary, and other

Emeritus, honorary, and other

Laurence Barron

Professor Laurence Barron

Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Chemistry)

Professor Paul Braterman

Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Chemistry)

Joseph Connolly

Professor Joseph Connolly

Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Chemistry)

Alan Cooper

Professor Alan Cooper

Honorary Senior Research Fellow (School of Chemistry)

Andrew Freer

Dr Andrew Freer

Honorary Senior Research Fellow (School of Chemistry)

Research interests: My current research focus is in the field of biomineralisation. This work stems from a lifetime in crystallography, latterly in protein crystallography where my focus lay in the structure elucidation of membrane and membrane associated proteins.

Chris Gilmore

Professor Chris Gilmore

Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Chemistry)

Research interests: Emeritus Professor Chris Gilmore has research interests in crystallography especially data mining, pattern matching, the use of mathematical methods and the development of new computer software especially in the area of powder diffraction and electron crystallography.

Dr Richard Horobin

Honorary Research Fellow (Chemistry)

Research interests: QSAR-based ‘design manual’ for guided synthesis of organelle selective agents. Intracellular aggregation of dyes and drugs. Cellular internalisation mechanisms of hydrophilic probes. Pitfalls of current sensors for mitochondrial processes and contents.

Michael Jarvis

Dr Michael Jarvis

Honorary Research Fellow (School of Chemistry)

Research interests: Biological materials like wood and on their constituent polymers like cellulose and lignin; how these structures are assembled and how they determine the remarkable mechanical performance of wood, textile fibres and biopolymer films. Novel spectroscopic and scattering methods.

Ian Pulford

Dr Ian Pulford

Honorary Research Fellow (Chemistry)

Research interests: Heavy metal dispersal in the environment; Peat and organic soils Phytoremediation of heavy metals; Adsorption of heavy metals from contaminated soil and water; Remediation methods for soil and water


Staff administrative roles

Staff administrative roles

  • Adams, Professor Dave
  • Boyer, Dr Alistair
  • Bucher, Dr Goetz (Examination Officer, School Erasmus Coordinator)
  • Busche, Dr Christoph (Coordinator for Level 3 MSci Essays)
  • Clark, Professor Stephen
  • Cooke, Professor Graeme (Head of School)
  • Corr, Dr Serena (Head of Internationalisation)
  • Cronin, Professor Lee (Head of Complex Chemistry Section)
  • Farnaby, Dr Joy (Coordinator Level 3 MSci Inorganic Presentations)
  • Forgan, Dr Ross (Joint Head of Level 3 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory)
  • France, Dr David (Organic Section Safety Officer)
  • Ganin, Dr Alexey (Web News and Information Organiser, Organiser of Materials and Nanoscience Colloquia)
  • Gregory, Professor Duncan (Head of Inorganic Teaching)
  • Hargreaves, Dr Justin (Project Coordinator Level 4, Industrial Liaison Officer)
  • Hartley, Professor Richard (Head of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry Section)
  • Jackson, Professor David (School Disability Officer, School Complaints Investigation Officer, Head of Level 2 Quantitative Laboratory)
  • Jamieson, Dr Andrew (Head of Placements)
  • Kadodwala, Professor Malcolm (Head of Dynamics and Structure Section)
  • Lapthorn, Dr Adrian (Head of Physical Teaching, Biological Safety and Genetic Modification Adviser)
  • Lennon, Professor David (Head of Heterogeneous Catalysis Section, Physical Section Safety Officer, School Impact Champion)
  • Liskamp, Professor Robert
  • Long, Dr Deliang (Inorganic Section Safety Officer)
  • Magennis, Dr Steven (Head of Level 3 Physical Laboratory)
  • Moiras, Dr Haralampos (Class Head for Chemical Studies, School Co-ordinator IAESTE Student Exchange Programme)
  • Murrie, Professor Mark (Head of Nanosciences and Material Section)
  • Odedra, Dr Smita (Head of Level 1 Quantitative Laboratory, Demonstrator Training Coordinator)
  • Paschke, Dr Beth (Head of Teaching, Class Head for Third Year, Senior Advisor of Studies)
  • Price, Dr Daniel (Class Head for Second Year, Chair of Staff-Student Liaison Committee, Head of Level 2 Synthesis Laboratory, Outreach Champion)
  • Prunet, Dr Joelle (Head of Organic Teaching, School Welfare Officer, Chair of School Athena SWAN Committee)
  • Senn, Dr Hans (Class Head for First Year, School Seminar Organiser)
  • Soler, Dr Linnea (Class Head for Final Year, Chair of the Teaching Committee, Head of Synthesis 1 Laboratory, School Quality Assurance Officer)
  • Sproules, Dr Stephen (PGT Coordinator and MSc Programme Convener)
  • Stradomska-Szymczak, Dr Anna (Class Head for Chemical Physics and for Chemistry & Mathematics)
  • Sutherland, Dr Andrew (Head of Graduate School)
  • Symes, Dr Mark (Joint Head of Level 3 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory)
  • Thomson, Dr Drew (Organic Seminar Coordinator)
  • Tsuda, Dr Soichiro
  • Watts, Dr Ciorsdaidh (Head of Level 3 Organic Chemistry Laboratory)
  • Wynne, Professor Klaas (Director of Research)