2019 Longstaff Prize Winner

Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff

Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff
Image courtesy of Lisa Gilligan-Lee

University of Nottingham


Awarded for outstanding contributions to green chemistry and for participating centrally in the creation of the Periodic Table Videos.





About the Winner

Sir Martyn Poliakoff CBE FRS FREng studied at King's College, Cambridge, B.A (1969) and Ph.D. (1973) under the supervision of J. J. Turner FRS on the Matrix Isolation of Large Molecules. In 1972, he was appointed Research/Senior Research Officer in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1979, he moved to a Lectureship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. Promotion to Reader in Inorganic Chemistry and then to Professor of Chemistry followed in 1985 and 1991 respectively. In addition, he is Honorary Professor of Chemistry at Moscow State University. From 1994-99, he held an EPSRC/Royal Academy of Engineering Clean Technology Fellowship at Nottingham. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (2002), of the RSC (2002) and of the IChemE (2004). He was awarded CBE (2008) for "Services to Sciences", and knighted in 2015 for "Services to the Chemical Sciences". He was made Honorary Member of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia (2008) and Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2011) and Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society (2015). In 2012, He was elected a Fellow of the Academia Europaea and, in 2013, Associate Fellow of TWAS, the World Academy of Science and Associate Member of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (2014), Honorary Fellow of the RSC (2015), and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2017). He was a Council Member of the IChemE (2009-13) and Foreign Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society (2011-16).  His research interests are focussed on supercritical fluids, continuous reactions and their applications to Green Chemistry.  In recent years, he has been fortunate to work with his colleague Professor Mike George, whose generous support is enabling Martyn to continue his research career longer than usual.  Since 2008, Martyn and colleagues have collaborated with video-maker Brady Haran to make highly popular chemistry videos for YouTube.