Contact Chemistry World
The editorial team
Adam Brownsell – Editor
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432247
Email: Adam Brownsell
Philip Robinson – Deputy editor
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432428
Email: Philip Robinson
At Chemistry World, my interest in spectroscopy has broadened to cover the whole ‘spectrum’ of physical chemistry. But much as I love leafing through Phys. Rev. Lett., I’m as interested in the people behind the papers as the science itself, and speaking with scientists about their work is both a pleasure and a privilege. I’m not a cheerleader for science; a good science story is a good story. However, the telling needs some skill, and at least a little knowledge, to do it well. I hope we manage that.
Patrick Walter – News editor
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432400
Email: Patrick Walter
After stints working on science journals, writing for society newsletters and editing and writing jobs with the magazine Chemistry & Industry I joined Chemistry World. Writing for the magazine has given me a wonderful opportunity to meet childhood heroes and some of the best scientists in the world. Telling the world about their work is not only great fun, but also matters. A scientifically literate public and body politic is vital if we expect evidence to play a greater role in policy-making.
Neil Withers – Features editor
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432107
Email: Neil Withers
I commission and edit the features in Chemistry World, and contribute to the other areas of the magazine as need arises. I have a PhD in solid-state inorganic chemistry from the University of Durham, where I also did a four-year chemistry degree.
Phillip Broadwith – Business editor
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432446
Email: Phillip Broadwith
But halfway through my PhD I entered a writing competition run by the Daily Telegraph. I managed to win – somewhat to my own surprise. That changed my perspective and made me think that I should consider writing more seriously as a career. I joined the Royal Society of Chemistry just before submitting my thesis, and luckily a position with Chemistry World came up a few months later. I sometimes miss the thrills (less so the spills) of lab work, but interacting with world-leading researchers and learning new things on a daily basis more than makes up for it.
Chris Chapman – Comment editor
Email: Chris Chapman
After finishing my pharmacy degree at the University of Bradford (including a year working in community and hospital pharmacies), I decided to make the unconventional leap in to science journalism. I cut my teeth on magazines for GPs and pharmacists, before taking over campaigns on the British Medical Association’s website.
From there I headed back to pharmacy, managing all clinical content in The Pharmaceutical Journal and Clinical Pharmacist, before leaping at the chance to join the Chemistry World team. I also occasionally write a bit for the Daily Telegraph and pop up in assorted skeptical podcasts.
Benjamin Valsler – Digital editor
A zoologist by training with an MSc in science communication, I have become something of a jack of all trades. I specialised in astronomy and materials science during my tenure with Cambridge University’s Naked Scientists, before taking on the online and multimedia editor position at Chemistry World. Far from a disadvantage, being a generalist allows me to revel in learning new aspects of science, and has given me a real interest in the boundaries – the edge effects where one specialism meets another, where theory meets application and where science meets engineering.
Sam Tracey – Digital content producer
Email: Sam Tracey
I studied chemistry at Oxford University before seeing the light and moving to Cambridge to do a PhD. My fields of research were catalysis, electrochemistry and surface science, and during this time I learnt that I particularly enjoyed communicating chemical ideas. The next 12 years I spent teaching in schools and as a private tutor, working in diverse environments ranging from a village in Kenya to a film set in Australia. This time was also interspersed working as a self-taught web developer.
A master’s degree in science media production at Imperial College then enabled me to make the switch to my current role at Chemistry World. Here I help produce our podcasts and videos, and I now find myself on a mission to convince the world that if it can’t be said with a five second gif, it isn’t worth saying.
Jennifer Newton – Royal Society of Chemistry content editor
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432444
Email: Jennifer Newton
I studied natural sciences at the University Bath, doing a little bit of everything, mainly chemistry and pharmacology but no physics. My degree included a year-long industrial placement at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, part of the Ministry of Defence – although if I told you what I did there, I’d have to kill you.
I joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in September 2008, collecting over 4 years of experience in journals publishing, before moving to Chemistry World in April of 2013. Cooking and gardening dominate when I'm not at work.
Emma Stoye – Science correspondent
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432409
Email: Emma Stoye
Before joining the Chemistry World team I spent a year at the Royal Society of Chemistry working as a graduate trainee in different departments, including membership, science and communications. My degree was actually in biological sciences, but I now feel like a chemist at heart!
Rebecca Trager – US correspondent
Tel: +1 202 772 4264
Email: Rebecca Trager
Matt Gunther – Science correspondent
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432218
Email: Matt Gunther
During my PhD in Manchester, which focused on the UK’s
nuclear waste inventory, I developed a strong passion for
communicating nuclear science to the wider public. Armed only with
a solitary microphone, my friends and I set up a podcast and blog
tackling the top nuclear issues of the day, the
Hitchhiker’s Guide to Nuclear. No topic was sacred in
our quest to debunk the popular myths surrounding what is such an
incredibly exciting area of science. I even decided to go one step
further and dabble in scientific stand-up comedy with Bright
So, a physicist, by way of materials science, walks in to Chemistry World...
The design team
Emma Sargent – Senior picture editor
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432365
Email: Emma Sargent
The first few years saw me working on chemistry journals; handling submissions, sending papers for peer review, commissioning new articles and launching a new journal. In July 2011, I crossed over to the ‘dark side’ and joined the RSC design team as a picture editor; sourcing pictures, commissioning photographs and illustrations for the organisation. I’ve always enjoyed reading (and writing!) for the esteemed magazine Chemistry World, now I get to source images and help with its design on a daily basis. Scientists should never underestimate the power of imagery when it comes to communicating their interests and research – as they say, a picture paints a thousand words.
Scott Ollington – Production designer
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432662
Email: Scott Ollington
Having worked for the Royal Society of Chemistry since 1993 alongside the editorial team, I currently produce Chemistry World and a range of other magazines such as Education in Chemistry and The Mole.
Lizzy Brown - Picture Editor
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432202
Email: Lizzy Brown
When I graduated, I knew my future wasn’t in a lab, but I still felt reluctant to give up on chemistry. I never thought I would be lucky enough to get a job which combines my passion for both art and science, and which calls on my skills in both subjects on a daily basis. My job involves creating, sourcing and commissioning artwork for Chemistry World and other RSC publications, including books and marketing materials. One aspect of working on Chemistry World which I really enjoy is finding really impactful images which help to engage our readers with chemistry and enhance their understanding.
I am learning lots and gaining loads of valuable experiences at the Royal Society of Chemistry, and I look forward to many more in the future.