Professor Richard Layfield is from Leeds and graduated with an MChem in Chemistry from the city’s university. He did his PhD in main group organometallic chemistry at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Dominic Wright. Following academic appointments in Cambridge and Manchester, Richard was appointed as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Sussex in 2018.
Research in the Layfield group is concerned with the synthesis, magnetic properties and electronic structure of lanthanide and actinide organometallic compounds. Notable achievements include the discovery and development of the first organometallic single-molecule magnets (SMMs) and the first SMM to function above liquid nitrogen temperatures. He has supervised over 35 graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows, with generous financial support from a variety of sources, including the EU, EPSRC, the Royal Society and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. When not working, Richard 'enjoys' distance running across the South Downs and doing his best to haul his bike up the Ditching Beacon as often as his legs can take it.