Steve Liddle is Professor and Head of Inorganic Chemistry and co-Director of the Centre for Radiochemistry Research at The University of Manchester. He was born in Sunderland in the North East of England and obtained his BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees from Newcastle University. After postdoctoral stints at Edinburgh, Newcastle, and Nottingham Universities, he took up a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2007–2015) with a proleptic Lectureship and was promoted to Associate Professor and Reader in 2010 and Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in 2013. He moved to The University of Manchester in 2015.
Professor Liddle was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2011 and Vice President to the Executive Committee of the European Rare Earth and Actinide Society in 2012 and continues to serve in this role. He was Chairman of COST Action CM1006, a 22-country network for f-block chemistry (2011–2015). He was awarded the RSC Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship and Radiochemistry Group Bill Newton Awards in 2011, and in 2014 he was a recipient of a Rising Star Award at the 41st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry. He was awarded the RSC Corday-Morgan prize in 2015 and an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award in 2019.
Professor Liddle has been a recipient of European Research Council Starter and Consolidator Grants, and he currently holds an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship. His research interests focus on early metal coordination and organometallic chemistry, with a particular emphasis on the actinide, and he has published around 200 research articles, reviews and book chapters.