Council Members


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Professor Mark Weller


Mark Weller current holds the Chair of Energy Materials at the University of Bath. He completed his MA and PhD at the University of Oxford before moving to a lectureship at the University of Southampton in 1985. His research group’s interests have covered superconductors, inorganic pigments, optical materials, mixed anion phases, zeolite chemistry and battery materials.

He was awarded the Meldola Medal (1990) and Hugo Müller Prize (2008) by the RSC. He has published widely on solid state and materials chemistry and also on structural methods in inorganic chemistry. He is currently Chairman of the RSC Solid State Group.

Elected Members

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Professor Andrew Cammidge

Elected Member

Andrew Cammidge gained a PhD in 1990 working with Mike Cook at UEA, investigating some novel phthalocyanine liquid crystals and then spent just over a year at the University of Toledo working with Alan Morgan on the synthesis of novel organic chromophores for the photodynamic treatment of cancer. In 1991 he returned to the UK to a postdoctoral position at the University of Leeds, spending three years working with Neville Boden and Richard Bushby working on the development of novel syntheses and applications of discotic liquid crystals, before returning to UEA in 1995. He has been a Professor in Chemistry since 2011.

Research in Andrew’s group fits broadly into two themes Organic Materials and Catalysis. Indeed, many projects combine these themes as the novel materials that we target for specific applications require invention or development of new synthetic chemistry for their efficient preparation. The group has pioneered several areas including the invention of the asymmetric intermolecular Suzuki reaction, the first application of molecular imprinting to realise efficient heterogeneous palladium catalysed cross-coupling, first examples of macrodiscotic triphenylenophthalocyanines and perylenophthalocyanines, the first room-temperature stable helical mesophase, the first examples of end-capped phthalocyanine siloxane oligomers and numerous unusual examples of multichromophore arrays based on novel porphyrins.

Dr Sandie Dann

Elected Member

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Dr Sarah Staniland

Elected Member

Sarah Staniland is a lecturer in Bionanoscience in the School of Physics and Astronomy at University of Leeds. Her multidisciplinary research interest centres around the biomimetic synthesis of nanomaterials, particularly nanomagnetic particles and how they are produced within magnetic bacteria.

She held an EPSRC Physical-Science/Life-Science Interface Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship (Edinburgh 2005-2008 which included living and working in South Africa and Japan as a visiting research fellow), following an MChem and PhD in magnetic materials both at the University of Edinburgh.  From a basis of magnetic materials chemistry, Sarah has moved into a multidisciplinary approach of using biology to control materials synthesis. Because of this she is very keen to promote as much interdisciplinary cross divisions, as well as cross societies e.g. RSC / IoP communication and involvement as possible.

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Professor Graeme Cooke FRSC

Elected Member

Graeme Cooke is Head of Nanoscience and Materials Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow.  His research interests at the present time are focused on supramolecular polymers and the synthesis of small molecules and polymers for bulk heterojunction solar cells and dyes and hole transporting materials for dye sensitized solar cells. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles. He is an Editorial Advisory Board Member for the Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

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Dr Ivana Radosavljevic Evans

Elected Member

Ivana Evans is a Reader in Structural/Materials Chemistry at Durham University. Before moving to the UK, she completed her first degree in Physical Chemistry in Belgrade, Serbia and her PhD in Chemistry at Oregon State University in the USA. Her research activities span solid state chemistry of functional materials across the chemical spectrum, from mixed metal oxides to pharmaceutically-relevant organics, and activities from synthesis to structural characterisation and property measurements. 


She was awarded the 2003 CCDC Chemical Crystallography Prize, served as an elected Committee Member, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Physical Crystallography Group of the British Crystallographic Association and the Structural Condensed Matter Physics Group of the Institute of Physics, and on the diffraction peer-review panels for ISIS and Diamond Light Source. 

Appointed Members

Professor David Amabilino

Appointed Member

David Amabilino is EPSRC/GSK Professor of Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. Prior to taking up this post in 2014, he was Research Professor at the Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona (CSIC), having stayed for Postdoctoral periods in Strasbourg and Birmingham (UK). Both his BSc and PhD came from the University of London´s Royal Holloway and Bedford New College.

His main research interests are in the synthesis, characterisation and study of molecular materials systems, presently with a focus on the preparation of organic systems for solar cell applications.  He has worked with materials with optical, electronic and magnetic properties, as ordered solids, liquid crystals, gels and as thin films and monolayers.  Expertise in supramolecular chemistry guides the design of the systems that are being prepared in his group, and chirality and stereochemistry in general are an area of particular focus.

Dr Emma Kendrick

Appointed Member

Dr Emma Kendrick is Chief Technologist in Energy Storage at SHARP laboratories of Europe where she leads the energy storage materials team in the research, development and commercialisation of novel battery technologies. 

Emma obtained a obtained an industry led PHD from the University of Keele in solid state chemistry and subsequently undertook two postdoctoral fellowships in the areas of pigments and solid oxide fuel cells at Loughborough Unviersity and University of Surrey respectively. Since moving into industry her main focus has been on commercialising new battery technologies, Previous to SHARP she was the lead scientist for a small start-up company which was looking to commercialise a lithium ion battery technology and she moved to SHARP in 2010 to establish an energy storage research area for SHARP in Europe. She is currently an advisor for UK industry special interest groups and several academic led energy storage projects. She also holds an Honorary Senior Fellow position within Chemistry Department at the University of Birmingham.

Subject Group Representatives (non-voting)

Dr Ajay Luthra CSci CChem FRSC

Biomaterials Chemistry Group Representative

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Professor Jon Preece FRSC

Chemical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Group Representative

Jon Preece is Professor of Nanoscale Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. His research interests are (i) nanostructuring surfaces through the integration of nanolithographic methods (e-beam, AFM, SNP, X-rays) with chemical self-assembly of nanomaterials, (iii) gene delivery using peptides that incorporate chemical functionality that enhance transfection, (iii) microencapsulation of small molecules for storage and delivery, (iv) fabrication of bioresponsive and bioswitchable surfaces, and (v) liquid crystals. Jon is the current chair of the RSC Chemical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Interest Group, he sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for Chem Soc Rev, and is the European Editor of the Journal of Experimental Nanoscience.

Ex-officio (non-voting)

Professor Paul Attfield

Representative to EuCheMS Solid State and Materials Chemistry Division

Professor Matt Rosseinsky

Representative to EuCheMS Solid State and Materials Chemistry Division