Mike D Ward, Editor-in-chief
University of Sheffield, UK
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 early examples of self-assembled helicate complexes. After a post-doct with Jean-Pierre Sauvage in Strasbourg playing with catenates, he was appointed to a lectureship at Bristol in 1990. 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; current research emphasises (i) self-assembly and host-guest chemistry of hollow metal/ligand cage complexes, and (ii) photophysical properties of polynuclear complexes and supramolecular assemblies. 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 terms on Dalton Council and one on the editorial board of Dalton Transactions; he has been Chair of the Editorial Board of ‘RSC Advances’ since it started in 2011.