Michael Rowan, Executive Editor
Michael is the Executive Editor for our Physical & Sustainability portfolio, which includes Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP), Green Chemistry and Faraday Discussions. Michael studied chemistry at the University of East Anglia and completed his MChem in 2002. He earned his PhD studying the design and synthesis of transition metal catalysts under the supervision of Prof. Carl Redshaw (now at the University of Hull). He started his publishing career in 2006, working as an Assistant Editor for Chemistry—A European Journal and, after serving as Editor-in-Chief of the catalysis journal ChemCatChem for nearly 10 years (Chemistry Europe), he joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2022.
Vikki Pritchard, Deputy Editor
Vikki joined the RSC in 2016 after completing an MChem at Cardiff University and subsequently a PhD at the University of Leeds. Her research involved the synthesis and investigation of photoluminescent metal-organic coordination cages and assemblies, under the guidance of Prof. Michaele Hardie. Vikki initially joined the RSC as a Publishing Editor working on the Materials & Interfaces journals (Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering and MSDE). She then joined the Supplier Relations Team, working with the RSC’s external editing and proofing suppliers, focusing on training and quality control, before moving to the Physical & Sustainability portfolio in June 2020 as Deputy Editor for PCCP, Green Chemistry and Faraday Discussions and programme manager for the international Faraday Discussion events.
Bee Hockin, Development Editor
Bee joined the RSC in 2022 as Development Editor for PCCP, Green Chemistry and Faraday Discussions. Bee completed their MChem at the University of Durham in 2016 with Prof. AnnMarie C. O'Donoghue, focusing on the development and applications of novel stable Blatter radicals. They completed their PhD at the University of St Andrews in 2022 under joint supervision from Prof. Eli Zysman-Colman (University of St Andrews) and Prof. Neil Robertson (University of Edinburgh). Their doctoral thesis described two- and three-coordinate copper(I) complexes bearing N-heterocyclic carbene ligands as photocatalysts for small-molecule reactions. In their spare time, Bee volunteers as a science communicator and enjoys cooking, hiking and learning new fibre crafts including crochet and needle felting.
Andrea Carolina Ojeda Porras, Development Editor
Carolina joined the RSC in 2022 as a Development Editor for PCCP, Green Chemistry and Faraday Discussions. She received an MSc degree in Chemistry in 2016 from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) working with Dr D. Gamba-Sanchez. Her focus was on the development of new synthetic methodologies for amides and thioamides with high atom economy as well as the study of the Pummerer reaction towards the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds. Carolina then completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) in 2020 under the supervision of Dr J. Prunet. Her research focused on the development of an approach for the formal synthesis of Taxol, utilizing ring-closing metathesis strategies. She then joined the Institute of Organic and Analytical Chemistry (ICOA UMR 7311) at the Université d'Orléans (France) where she was a post-doctoral researcher for two years. During this time, she was working on the synthesis of small molecules (nucleosides analogues) against viral infections in the group of Prof L. Agrofoglio.
Gisela Scott, Editorial Production Manager
Gisela joined the Physical & Inorganic team at the RSC in 1996. She has worked in several teams on a variety of journals and has been involved in the launch of a number of new titles. Gisela completed her PhD at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology where she used 2D NMR to study protein structure and folding. Following this, she held two posts as a postdoctoral research associate. Gisela is currently the Editorial Production Manager in the Physical & Sustainability team.
Robin Brabham, Senior Publishing Editor
Robin joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in January 2020 as a Publishing Editor, working on the journals Materials Horizons, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, Nanoscale and Nanoscale Horizons before moving to his current role. Prior to joining the Royal Society of Chemistry, he completed an MChem degree and a PhD, both at the University of York with Dr Martin Fascione. His doctoral thesis described new methodologies for incorporating reactive carbonyls into proteins for bioconjugation reactions. In his spare time, Robin is often cycling, swimming, or catching up on Twitter.
Catherine Au, Publishing Editor
Catherine joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in October 2021 as a Publishing Editor on the Physical & Sustainability team working on the journals Green Chemistry and PCCP. Catherine had an MSci degree in Environmental Toxicology from Vanderbilt University (U.S.A.) and an MSc degree in Forensic Science from King’s College London. Prior to joining the RSC, she was a research manager studying the mechanistic pathway of ageing using various spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and her pottery class.
Isobel Darlington, Publishing Editor
Isobel joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in January 2022 as a Publishing Editor and currently works on Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Green Chemistry and Faraday Discussions. Before joining the RSC, Isobel obtained an MBioChem degree from the University of York and worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Cambridge. In her spare time, Isobel enjoys reading books, practising yoga and walking her two dogs in the countryside.
Konoya Das, Publishing Editor
Konoya completed her PhD at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune, India in 2021. Her PhD work was focused on studying the properties of water confined in lyotropic liquid crystals using fluorescence spectroscopy. She joined RSC in 2021 after completing her PhD thesis defence. Konoya worked in the General and Frontiers team (on Chemical Communications, Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, Material Chemistry Frontiers and Chemical Society Reviews) till June 2022. She has been a part of the Physical & Sustainability team since then. Outside of work, Konoya likes to travel, read books and tend to her plants.
Alexandre Dumon, Publishing Editor
Alexandre joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in January 2023 as a Publishing Editor, working on the journals Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Green Chemistry and Faraday Discussions.
Before joining the Royal Society of Chemistry, he completed a PhD at the ENS Lyon (France) under Professor Sautet’s guidance. He continued his academic career with two postdoctoral positions at the French Institute for Petroleum and New Energies (Solaize, France) and Imperial College London.
His research was focused on using ab-initio methods for the exploration and determination of catalytic mechanisms.
Hugh Ryan, Publishing Editor
Hugh joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2022 as a Publishing Editor in the Physical & Sustainability team (Green Chemistry, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, and Faraday Discussions). Previously, Hugh completed his PhD and a postdoctoral position with Professor Jonathan Nitschke (University of Cambridge) during which he researched the application of metal–organic coordination cages to solid, fluid, and gel phases.
Now that he has cast off the shackles of studenthood, Hugh enjoys cooking, dancing, video games, playing the piano, and, most recently, embroiling himself in Dungeons & Dragons shenanigans (much to the chagrin of his ever-patient Dungeon Master).
Charlotte Pugsley, Publishing Editor
Charlotte joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2023 as a Publishing Editor in the Physical & Sustainability team (Green Chemistry, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, and Faraday Discussions). Prior to joining the RSC, Charlotte completed a PhD at the University of Leeds with Dr Olivier Cayre and an MSci at the University of Bristol. Her research focused on the synthesis of novel block copolymers for the delivery of double-stranded RNA in insect control. In her spare time, Charlotte will usually be found swimming, cycling or running.
Amy Lucas, Publishing Editor
Amy joined the Royal Society of Chemistry as a Publishing Editor in March of 2023 and currently works on Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Green Chemistry and Faraday Discussions. Prior to joining the RSC, she obtained a MChem Degree from Manchester Metropolitan University and worked as a Technologist for DePuy Synthes managing the Annual Stability trials of various bone cement products. In her spare time, she enjoys watching Football and Ice Hockey, Video Gaming and taking her dog for walks.