Supramolecular Chemistry Award 2016 Winner


Professor Michael Ward
Professor Michael Ward
The University of Sheffield

 

Awarded for his leading contributions to the synthesis, characterisation, host-guest chemistry and functional properties of self-assembled coordination cages


About the Winner


Mike Ward did his BA at Cambridge, studying Natural Sciences (1983-1986). He remained in Cambridge for his PhD (1986-1989) with Ed Constable, studying some of the first examples of helicate complexes of transition-metal ions with polydentate ligands.  After a post-doctoral year with Jean-Pierre Sauvage in Strasbourg playing with catenates, he started his independent academic career as a lecturer at Bristol in 1990 where he developed a long and productive collaboration with Jon McCleverty.  He was promoted to Reader in 1998 and to a Chair in 2001, and then moved to Sheffield in 2003 where he is currently in his second term as Head of Department.

Mike's interests are all based around the coordination chemistry of transition metal and lanthanide ions and their multinuclear assemblies; in particular, current emphases in his research are on (i) self-assembly and host-guest chemistry of hollow metal/ligand cage complexes, and (ii) photophysical properties of polynuclear complexes and supramolecular assemblies, including applications in imaging and sensing.  Previous awards for his research include the RSC Corday Morgan medal for 1999, Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship for 2000-2001, and the 'Chemistry of the Transition Metals' award for 2005.

Outside Sheffield, Mike has been involved with the RSC in various capacities including two stints on Dalton Council and one on the editorial board of Dalton Transactions; he is currently Chair of the Editorial Board of 'RSC Advances'. 


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