Frankland Award 2012 Winner
University of Oxford
For his seminal work on metal-ligand multiple bonding of the early transition elements and applications to the design of new polymerisation catalysts and to novel chemistry of main group and lanthanide compounds.
About the Winner
Philip Mountford gained a D.Phil degree at the University of Oxford (1990) under the supervision of Professor MLH Green FRS. He remained in Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow, and in 1992 accepted a lectureship at the University of Nottingham.
In 1998 he returned to Oxford where he was subsequently named as Professor of Chemistry in 2006 and is a Fellow of St Edmund Hall. His current research interests centre around the synthesis, structure, bonding and stoichiometric and catalytic reactivity of organometallic compounds of the early transition and lanthanide metals, and, more recently, the alkaline earth metals. This research has a particular emphasis on compounds with metal-nitrogen multiple bonds (imido, hydrazido and related), homogeneous olefin polymerisation and ring-opening polymerisation. He is an author of ca 230 articles and patents, and has presented his group's research at ca 100 international and national conferences, meetings and university seminars.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), Philip Mountford is a past recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship (1998-1999), awarded for his early work in organometallic and coordination chemistry. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, the University of Bordeaux and the University of Heidelberg, has also served as Acting Head / Deputy Head of the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory in Oxford since 2008.
He was appointed as Chairman of the Editorial Board of the RSC journal Dalton Transactions in 2012 and is currently an external examiner for the undergraduate chemistry course at the University of East Anglia, and a consultant to LANXESS Elastomers BV.
The Mountford Group
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