Council Members

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Professor Emma Raven


Emma Raven was born in Northamptonshire and obtained a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Leicester. Her interest in metalloproteins originated during PhD studies at Newcastle University with the late Geoff Sykes. She subsequently moved to the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) to Grant Mauk’s laboratory, where she worked on a number of heme-containing proteins. In 1994, to her everlasting surprise, she was offered a lectureship at the University of Leicester where she is currently Professor of Biological Chemistry. 
She has been involved for many years with the work of the RSC, with a number of the inorganic and biological Discussions Groups and with various committees including, more recently, RSC Council.

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Professor David Cole-Hamilton BSc PhD CChem FRSC FRSE

Past President

David Cole-Hamilton is Irvine Professor of Chemistry at the University of St. Andrews. His research interest centre around homogeneous catalysis, especially the discovery of new or highly selective reactions and developing new methods for catalyst/product separation.

He has recently become involved in the upgrading of waste bio-oils using selective catalytic reactions. He is involved in several European collaborations as well as with a number of home and overseas companies, including Sasol  whose European research base is in St. Andrews.

He is heavily involved in teaching and especially in the design of the new Chemistry courses at all School levels for the new Curriculum of Excellence, which is currently being introduced into Scottish Schools.

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Professor Robert E. Mulvey BSc PhD CChem FRSC FRSE

Elected Member

Robert currently holds the 1919 Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde and has held a Professorship there since 1995. His research is focused primarily on advancing the polar organometallic chemistry of Groups 1, 2 and 13 with emphasis on uncovering the special synergistic effects that can be created by mixing together different metals and different ligands in multicomponent systems. Some of his present research is funded by AstraZeneca. His research was recognised most recently by the GDCh Arfvedson Schlenk Prize for 2013.

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Dr Graeme Hogarth CChem FRSC

Elected Member

Graeme joined the Chemistry Department at King’s College London as Director of Teaching and Learning in early 2014 having spent the previous two decades at UCL. He is originally from the North-East (up the Boro) and carried out his UG and PG studies at Bristol University, followed by post-doctoral work at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) and the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory in Oxford.  His research is focused around the chemistry of the transition elements and catalysis with current themes being biomimetics of the iron-only hydrogenase enzyme and use of metal dithiocarbamates as precursors to nanoscale metal sulfides. Outside of work hours he can be found on a squash court or watching his sons play ice hockey.

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Dr James Wilton-Ely

Elected Member

James Wilton-Ely received his BSc and PhD (with Prof. Tony Hill) in Chemistry from Imperial College and remained there as a Fixed-Term Lecturer for a year. He spent two years as a von Humboldt Fellow with Prof. Hubert Schmidbaur at TU Munich before returning to the UK to work with Prof. David Cole Hamilton at the University of St. Andrews. He started his independent career as a Ramsay Fellow at UCL (2003-5) before moving in 2005 to Oxford University as Fitzjames Fellow in Inorganic Chemistry (Merton College). In 2009 he was appointed to his current position at Imperial College London, where he is currently Senior Lecturer and Director of the MRes in Green Chemistry. His research interests focus on multimetallic complexes and functionalised nanoparticles applied to sensing, imaging and catalysis.

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Dr Scott Dalgarno

Elected Member

Scott obtained his MChem (2001) and PhD (2004) at the University of Leeds working under the supervision of Prof. Colin Raston and Prof. Michaele Hardie. Following this he took up a postdoctoral research position with Prof. Jerry Atwood at the University of Missouri before being appointed as a lecturer at Heriot-Watt University (2007). He is currently a reader and his research interests include supramolecular chemistry, calixarenes, coordination chemistry, polymetallic assemblies and framework materials.

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Dr Anna Peacock

Elected Member

Anna Peacock obtained her MChem from the University of York in 2003, and her PhD with Peter Sadler FRS at the University of Edinburgh for her work on the design of osmium(II) arene anticancer complexes, in 2007. She then moved to a post-doctoral position at the University of Michigan with Vincent Pecoraro to work on the de novo  design of metallopeptides. In 2009 Anna took up a lectureship in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham, where she is currently a Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry. Anna’s research group focuses on bioinorganic chemistry and in particular metallo-peptide and protein design.

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Professor Grace Morgan

Elected Member

1991 BSc (Hons), The Queen's University of Belfast

1995 PhD, The Open University

1996 P.G.C.E. The Queen's University of Belfast

1996-1999 Instructor in Inorganic Chemistry, The Queen's University of Belfast

1999-2000 Post doctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute für Strahlenchemie, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

2000- Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University College Dublin

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Dr Geoffrey Spikes

Appointed Member

Geoff graduated from Leeds University in 2000 before completing a Ph.D. at Sussex University on low-valent titanocene complexes. This was followed by post-doctoral work at the University of California, Davis and the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry, Mülheim an der Ruhr. In 2008 he joined the Johnson Matthey Technology Centre, Sonning Common, specialising in inorganic synthesis and characterisation. Part of the Fuel Cell Research Group since 2010 he works on step-change catalyst design for cathode materials and alcohol oxidation catalysts. Recent research is focussed on metal and metal oxide deposition methods aimed at stable structures under electrochemical conditions.  

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Dr Nigel Pickett

Appointed Member

Nanoco’s technology team is led by Nigel Pickett who is a co–founder of Nanoco and inventor of Nanoco’s key quantum dot scale–up technology.  Nigel graduated from Newcastle University in 1991 and chose to remain at Newcastle to pursue a Ph.D. in the field of main group organo-metallics.  After graduation in 1994 he undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at St. Andrews University, Scotland, in the field of precursor design for MOVPE growth and synthesis of nanoparticles using CVD techniques.  In 1996 he won a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship and spent the following year working at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan.  In 1998 he became a research fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, working on the design and evaluation of precursor used in MOVPE.  Nigel co–founded Nanoco Technologies in 2001.

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Dr Rebecca Melen

Appointed Member

Dr. Rebecca Melen studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge for her undergraduate degrees in Natural Sciences, majoring in Chemistry. She continued at Cambridge, completing her PhD in 2012 in Main Group Chemistry under the guidance of Prof. Dominic Wright. Her research focused on catalytic and stoichiometric dehydrocoupling reactions using main group compounds. She then moved to Canada to work with Prof. Douglas Stephan at the University of Toronto where she explored the synthesis and reactivity of boron Lewis acids. In 2013 she was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to study in Heidelberg with Prof. Dr. Lutz Gade before taking up her current position in 2014 at Cardiff University. Dr Melen's interests lie in diverse aspects of main group chemistry and catalysis. Her work has been recognised through a variety of awards including the RSC Dalton Young Researcher Award (2013) and the European Young Researcher Award (2014). In addition Dr. Melen was highlighted in Scientific American’s “30 under 30” who “represent the future of chemistry”. For more information about Dr. Melen please visit her personal webpage.

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Professor Ian Fairlamb

Appointed Member

Ian Fairlamb began independent academic research at the University of York in 2001, following post-doctoral research in Bristol (2000/01, with Prof. G.C. Lloyd-Jones) and a PhD in Manchester (1996/2000, with Dr Julia Dickinson). He was a Royal Society University Research Fellow (2004-12), promoted to full Professor in Chemistry in 2010 (in York). He was a recipient of the RSC Meldola Medal (2003), Astra-Zeneca research award (2007-10) and RSC corday-Morgan Medal (2016). Their research focuses on the use of transition metal complexes in applied catalysis, chemical synthesis, therapeutic design and nanotechnology. He very much enjoy's helping young scientists realise their full potential (recognised by a University of York award in 2015); assisting them in their development as early career researchers, for both academia and industry, is very dear to him. He has had a warm relationship with the RSC throughout his career and is delighted to be part of Dalton Council

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Miss Emma Sackville

Coopted Member

Emma completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol, graduating with an MSci in Chemistry in 2012. Her final year project was undertaken with Prof. Robin Bedford and concerned boron/zinc transmetallation. She is currently completing her PhD with Dr. Ulrich Hintermair as part of the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath. Her research is focussed on molecular electro-oxidation catalysts for application in energy conversion and CH oxidation. Emma is also heavily involved in public engagement, which forms an integral part of her research and was recently a UK National Finalist for FameLab. 

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Jennifer Garden

Coopted Member

Jennifer Garden obtained her MSci with 1st Class honours (2010) at the University of Strathclyde. As an undergraduate she was awarded the Andersonian Centenary Medal Prize (for most outstanding final year student in the Chemistry Department, 2010), RSC Award for the best analytical chemistry student (2008) and a Carnegie Undergraduate Scholarship (2007). Her PhD (2014) was also obtained from the University of Strathclyde under the direction of Prof. Mulvey in the field of heterobimetallic complexes for C-H bond activation. She started as a postdoctoral researcher in catalyst development and design at Imperial College London in April 2014, in the group of Prof. Williams. Her research interests lie in design and synthesis of novel organometallic compounds and their application towards real world challenges including catalysis and small molecule activation. 

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Professor John Arnold BSc Phd FRSC

Ex-officio (Chair, Dalton Transactions Editorial Board)

B.Sc. Applied Chemistry, Salford University, 1982. Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, University of California, San Diego, 1986 Thesis advisor: T. D. Tilley. Postdoctoral Fellow, Imperial College, London with Professor Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson, FRS, 1987-88. Royal Society Research Fellow, Imperial College, 1988-89. Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 1989-95. Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 1995-2000. Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2000. Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division. Associate Editor for the Americas, Dalton Transactions 2002-present. Director, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry 2009-present

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Professor Michael Hill CChem MRSC

Ex- officio (Chair, Dalton Joint Interest Group Meeting 2018)

Professor Mike Hill received his PhD from the University of Bath in 1994. After postdoctoral research at North Dakota State University with Professor David Atwood and a brief period in industry, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Colin Eaborn FRS and Dr J David Smith at the University of Sussex. He was awarded a Royal Society URF in 2000 before being appointed to a lectureship at Imperial College London in 2002. In 2007 he returned to Bath where he was promoted to Professor in 2011. His interests lie in the organometallic chemistry of the s- and p-block elements applied to homogeneous catalysis and materials fabrication.