de Gennes Prize 2009 winner

De Gennes Prize winner Matthew Rosseinsky
Matthew Rosseinsky
University of Liverpool

Awarded for his outstanding and diverse contributions to the materials chemistry of solids.

About the winner

Matthew Rosseinsky obtained a degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford and a D. Phil under the supervision of Professor P. Day, FRS. He was a Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff at A.T.&T. Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey where his work with D.W. Murphy led to the discovery of superconductivity in alkali metal fullerides.

In 1992, he was appointed University Lecturer at the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford, where he remained until 1999 when he moved to the University of Liverpool as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008.

Matthew's work has spanned several fields, but is unified by the development of synthesis coupled with detailed characterisation to control the functional behaviour of materials in a chemically understandable manner. 

He has demonstrated the new materials properties that arise from the construction of microporous materials from molecular components, focussing on differences from the highly thermally stable aluminosilicate systems and emphasising flexibility of response to guests and chiral sorption, most recently through the construction of open frameworks from amino acid and peptide components. 

He has developed the metal fullerides into the best model systems for correlated electron high temperature superconductivity. 

He has worked extensively on transition metal oxide chemistry, developing hydride ion reduction to access novel reduced materials with high ionic mobility and recently extending this work to the identification of a new class of interstitial-based oxide ion conductor. To enable a more direct relationship between the design of complex oxide structures and real synthetic procedures, he has used layer-by-layer pulsed laser deposition to access metastable inorganic solids as thin films by sequential assembly of unit cells of the structural components. His work has been characterised by extensive collaboration with many academic and industrial colleagues.

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Department of Chemistry at University of Liverpool

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