Ben S Pilgrim is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Proleptic Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham. Ben was born in Hertfordshire and his love for chemistry was fostered at Parmiter’s School in Watford. He studied for his MChem at St John's College, Oxford University, from 2005–2009 and then remained there to complete his doctoral studies in organic chemistry with Timothy Donohoe. In 2013 he moved to the University of Cambridge on a Herchel Smith Research Fellowship with Jonathan Nitschke on metal–organic cages. In 2016, Ben was awarded a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship, and in 2019 moved to Nottingham to start his own lab in supramolecular chemistry.
His current research interests include supramolecular catalysis, developing responsive supramolecular systems, and designing new synthetic routes to interlocked molecules. Ben is a leading advocate for public engagement and outreach in chemistry, particularly at the school-university interface.
Ben is a key member of the UK Chemistry Olympiad Working Group of the RSC, writing and coordinating all aspects of the national rounds of the Chemistry Olympiad competition. Ben has been Head Mentor of the UK team at the International Final since 2011 and currently serves on the International Steering Committee for this competition. Ben was a key founding member of the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge (C₃L₆) for lower sixth students, helped develop the Isaac Chemistry website, and has made appearances on BBC Radio's The Naked Scientists.