Professor Duncan Bruce
BSc PhD DSc CChem FRSC
Duncan Bruce took a BSc and PhD from the University of Liverpool, the latter under the supervision of David Cole-Hamilton, studying phosphine complexes of PtII and RhI as photocatalysts in water decomposition. He then took up a Temporary Lectureship in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Sheffield after which he was awarded a Royal Society Warren Research Fellowship.
Subsequently he was appointed Lecturer in Chemistry and then promoted Senior Lecturer, before succeeding Eddie Abel as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Exeter, where he served a five-year period as Head of School. He took up his present position as Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of York in 2005.
Duncan's scientific interests are in the area of materials chemistry, mostly involving liquid crystals and transition metals. This work has been recognised by the British Liquid Crystal Society's Young Scientist Prize, the RSC's Tilden Prize, Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize and Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship, and the Potts Medal of the Student Chemical Society at the University of Liverpool.
Recent RSC activities have centred around the Materials Chemistry Division, on whose Council he sat from 2005-2011. He was its President from 2006-2009 and served also on the Science Policy Board and the Awards Committee.