Council Members



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Professor Claire Vallance MRSC

President

Claire Vallance is a University Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, and Tutorial Fellow in Physical Chemistry at Hertford College, Oxford.  She holds B.Sc.(hons) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, NZ).  Since moving to Oxford, she has held a Glasstone Research Fellowship and a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, and in 2005 was appointed to a University Lectureship.  Her current research interests include reaction dynamics, applications of velocity-map and spatial-map imaging to mass spectrometry, and the development of laser spectroscopy techniques for microfluidics and chemical sensing applications.


Ordinary Members



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Dr Carmen Domene MRSC

Elected Member

Carmen Domene is a Reader in the Department of Chemistry at King’s College London.  She holds MSc (hons) from the University of Seville (Spain) and Ph.D. from the University of Exeter (UK).  She was a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory in Oxford from 2003-2011. Carmen has held visiting appointments at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland (USA), ETH Zurich (Switzerland), the University of Uppsala (Sweden), AIST in Tsukuba (Japan), and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai (India). Carmen’s research is in theoretical and computational biophysics, with a strong interest in the application of the theoretical techniques of statistical thermodynamics and quantum mechanics to the study of biomolecular systems.




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Dr Ashleigh Lyons MRSC

Elected Member

Ash Lyons is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include fire chemistry, polymer chemistry, and environmental analysis. She has a background in forensic science, and was awarded her PhD by the University of Central Lancashire in 2016, for research into the flammability and fire toxicity of novel polymer composites. When she isn’t working, she can often be found behind a camera, hanging from a trapeze, or feeding wild deer in the Scottish Highlands. 

Ash Lyons is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include fire chemistry, polymer chemistry, and environmental analysis. She has a background in forensic science, and was awarded her PhD by the University of Central Lancashire in 2016, for research into the flammability and fire toxicity of novel polymer composites. When she isn’t working, she can often be found behind a camera, hanging from a trapeze, or feeding wild deer in the Scottish Highlands. 




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Dr Nick Walker

Elected Member

After B.Sc and D.Phil studies at the University of Sussex, Nick Walker completed postdoctoral appointments at the University of British Columbia and the University of Georgia before a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the University of Bristol. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Newcastle University. Nick’s research exploits broadband microwave spectroscopy for the study of molecules and interactions significant in catalysis, biochemistry and astrochemistry. He is currently Chair of the Newcastle upon Tyne and North East Coast Local Section.




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Professor Robert Dryfe

Elected Member

Robert Dryfe is a Professor of Physical Chemistry within the School of Chemistry at the University of Manchester. He is also associated with the National Graphene Institute and the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, the hub of the latter is situated on the Manchester campus.  He holds BSc and DPhil degrees from the Universities of Edinburgh and Oxford, respectively. He was held post-doctoral fellowships in Lausanne and Oxford, before being appointed to a lectureship at UMIST (now University of Manchester) in 1997. His research interests include fundamental and applied aspects of the electrochemistry of graphene and other 2D materials, (electro-)wetting phenomena, electrochemical properties of oil/water interfaces and integration of spectroscopic techniques with electrochemical cells.




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Dr Nicholle Bell

Elected Member

Nicholle Bell completed her PhD in 2015 as a University of Edinburgh Principal’s Career Development Scholar. In 2016, she was awarded a NERC Soil Security Fellow at the University of Edinburgh to apply high resolution analytical techniques to develop new molecular metrics to assess the health of UK peatland soils. Earlier this year, she was awarded a NERC 5 year Independent Research Fellowship to combine molecular, microbial and enzyme analysis to unravel the synergies and relationships between the drivers of carbon cycling in peatlands across the UK, Canada and Sweden.    
 
Nicholle has a passion for outreach and during her postgraduate studies, she set up the RSC Spectrometry in a Suitcase scheme across Scotland in a novel way. For her outreach work with high schools she was awarded the 2014 Principal’s Medal for Service to the Community and the 2017 RSC Joseph Black Award. As a NERC Soil Security Programme fellow, she has continued to take part in soil-themed outreach events across the country including NERC UnEarthed 2017, International Science Festival 2018, Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2018 and Nature Live 2018 at the Natural History Museum in London.




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Dr Terry Dillon

Appointed Member

Terry Dillon received his PhD from the University of Leeds (2001, supervised by Profs. D.E. Heard & M.J. Pilling), and then held post-doctoral positions at the Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie before joining the University of York as a Lecturer in physical chemistry in 2013. Terry’s research is directed towards a detailed understanding of atmospheric free-radical chemistry. Radicals initiate the oxidative removal of atmospheric organics, a vast quantity and variety of which is emitted by vegetation and human activity. Understanding radical chemistry is crucial to assess the impact of emissions on air quality, chemistry and climate, and to confidently predict future trends.




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Professor Eric McInnes

Appointed Member

Eric McInnes received both his BSc (1992) and PhD (1995, supervised by Dr L.J. Yellowlees) at Edinburgh University. Eric then held post-doctoral positions with Drs F.E. Mabbs and D. Collison (Manchester, 1995-98) and with Profs. A.J. Thomson FRS and A.K. Powell (University of East Anglia, 1999) before returning to Manchester in 2000. He was promoted to a Chair of Inorganic Chemistry in 2007. Eric is Co-Director (with Prof David Collison) of the EPSRC-funded UK National EPR Facility and Service. His research interests encompass synthetic coordination chemistry through to hard-core physical measurements on molecular magnetic materials. In particular, the group studies d- and f-block coordination compounds where the paramagnetism gives rise to fascinating and potentially useful physical properties.




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David Ormrod Morley

Appointed Member

David Ormrod Morley is a PhD student in the Department of Theoretical Chemistry at Oxford University, having obtained his MChem and MSc at the same institution. His research centres on designing and writing code to computationally generate 2D random networks (such as amorphous graphene), and investigate their properties. In addition to his PhD, David tutors mathematics to undergraduate chemists at Corpus Christi and Hertford Colleges. He also has a key focus on communication and wider engagement using methods including podcasting, 3D printing and graphic design.




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Dr Scott Habershon

Appointed Member

Scott Habershon is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Warwick. He received an MNatSc. and PhD from the University of Birmingham, before undertaking post-doctoral research at the California Institute of Technology (2004-2005) and the University of Oxford (2005-2010). Following an appointment as a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the University of Bristol (2010-2012), he joined the Department of Chemistry at Warwick.

His research interests lie in the field of computational chemistry, focusing on development of methods for modelling quantum chemical dynamics in condensed-phase systems, non-adiabatic dynamics, and automated reaction discovery. He also currently serves as treasurer and secretary of the RSC Theoretical Chemistry Group.




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Dr Christophe Blanford

Appointed Member

Dr Blanford studies and engineers the interface between conductors and biomacromolecules. He received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities under the joint supervision of Profs Andreas Stein and C. Barry Carter. In 2008, he was awarded a Career Acceleration Fellowship from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He joined the University of Manchester’s School of Materials in 2011. His research group, based in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, aims to engineer and exploit enzymes for materials science applications, including polymers and energy conversion. He also has long-standing interests in porous materials, interface engineering and enzyme electrochemistry.




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Dr Robert Lindsay

Appointed Member

Rob is a Reader in the Department of Materials at the University of Manchester.  His research is concerned with mechanistic understanding of interface properties underpinning corrosion, and other technologically important phenomena, e.g. superhydrophilicity.  He employs a range of experimental approaches, including state of the art surface probes, e.g. surface X-ray diffraction).




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Dr Daniel T. W. Toolan

Early Career Member

Dan Toolan is a postdoctoral research associate based at The University of Sheffield’s Chemistry Department. Dan completed his PhD and a postdoctoral position within Chemical and Biological Engineering at The University of Sheffield and undertook a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science short-term fellowship as the Osaka Institute of Technology in Japan. His expertise lie in developing new, often hybrid, in situ experimental techniques [based upon microscopy, scattering and reflectivity (x-ray/neutron)] that deliver new insights into the complexities of self-assembly phenomena that occur during material processing (polymeric, small-molecule, quantum dot), motivated by applications in renewable energy. 
    Daniel has endeavored to engage the public with his research through “Scale, Structure, Synthesis”, an art installation that turned random molecular motions into music and “Chaotic Chemical Waves”, which turned 80 meter university building into art installation using computer-controlled lighting to display simulations of complex chemical reactions, in collaboration with Mark Fell and Dr Jonathan Howse.  An image from his research was used as the artwork for a CD compilation for an event entitled “20130511”, at Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, which was given to all ticket holders. 




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Professor Tanja van Mourik

EuCheMS Computational Chemistry Division Representative

Tanja van Mourik is a Reader at the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. She obtained her PhD at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) in 1994, after which she held postdoctoral positions at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (USA) and University College London. She held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship from 2000-2008 (at University College London from 2000-2006 then   at the University of St Andrews until 2008). Her research focusses on electronic structure calculations on molecules of biological interest. She is currently the Secretary & Treasurer of the RSC Theoretical Chemistry Group and the RSC representative on the EuCheMS Division of Computational Chemistry




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Professor John M. Seddon CChem FRSC FInstP

Chair of the Faraday Standing Committee on Conferences (FSCC)

John Seddon is Professor of Chemical Physics and Deputy Head of the Chemistry Department at Imperial College London.  His research interests lie in the areas of lipid physical chemistry, membrane biophysics and soft matter self-assembly. Since 2013 he has been Secretary of the European Biophysical Societies’ Association, which represents 31 national Biophysics Societies spanning Europe and the Middle East. He was Chair of the 2012 Faraday Discussion 161 on ‘Lipids and Membrane Biophysics’, and from 2012 - 2017 was a member of the PCCP Ownership Board.

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