Main Group Chemistry Award 2016 Winner


Professor Michael Hill
Professor Michael Hill
University of Bath

 

Awarded for his outstanding contributions to the chemistry of s-block metals particularly regarding their applications in homogeneous catalysis


About the Winner


Mike Hill is an ordinary boy from St Helens, Lancashire, who completed both his BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees at The University of Bath, the latter under the supervision of Professor Kieran Molloy. After initial postdoctoral work with Professor David Atwood in Fargo, North Dakota, he spent a brief period in industry with Pilkington plc before returning to academia as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Professor Colin Eaborn FRS and Dr David Smith at The University of Sussex. He was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the same institution in 2000 and was appointed to a lectureship at Imperial College London in 2002. After 10 years living with his family in a small village on the South Downs, he returned to a Readership in Bath in 2007 where he is now Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. He still misses the South Downs but equally appreciates the Somerset countryside, particularly during his daily commute by bike from his home in Frome.  

Described in about 160 publications, his research interests are rooted in synthetic inorganic chemistry with a particular emphasis on the use of main group compounds for small molecule activation, catalysis and as materials precursors. 


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