Paul McGonigal is Associate Professor and an EPSRC Early Career Fellow at Durham University where his group develops functional organic materials that take advantage of unusual interactions and reactivity of dynamic small-molecule motifs. His recent investigations have focused on the supramolecular chemistry of shapeshifting molecules, aromatic cations, aggregation-induced emitters, and low-friction surface assemblies. His awards include a US–UK Fulbright Scholarship (2012) and the Molecules Young Investigator Award (2018). He is a committee member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry interest group and Associate Editor of the journal Aggregate.
Before joining Durham University, Paul obtained his undergraduate and PhD degrees from the University of Edinburgh, completing his PhD thesis under the supervision of Professor David Leigh on the topic of ‘The Active Metal Template Synthesis of Rotaxanes, Catenanes, and Knots’. He undertook postdoctoral research in gold catalysis with Professor Antonio Echavarren at The Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Spain, before developing molecular machines as a US–UK Fulbright Scholar in the group of Professor Fraser Stoddart at Northwestern University, USA.