Tomislav Friščić is Professor and Leverhulme International Chair in Green and Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. His team is developing the solid state as a medium for safer, environmentally-friendly synthesis and functional materials design (with mechanochemistry and photochemistry playing central roles).
Professor Friščić received a BSc in chemistry with Branko Kaitner, focusing on chemical crystallography (University of Zagreb, 2001). He did his PhD in organic solid-state supramolecular chemistry and photochemistry with Leonard MacGillivray at the University of Iowa (2006). Tomislav then went on to do his postdoctoral research with William Jones at the Pfizer Institute for Pharmaceutical Materials Science, and a Herchel Smith Fellowship at the University of Cambridge (2008).
Until 2022, Tomislav was a Professor and Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in Mechanochemistry and Solid-State Chemistry at McGill University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada, a corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and former Chair of the Canadian National Committee for Crystallography.
Tomislav is a co-founder of two ‘CleanTech’ companies, and has co-authored over 300 research publications, book chapters and patent applications. His group’s work has been recognised by awards, including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s John C Polanyi Award (2022), the Brusina Medal of the Croatian Society of Natural Sciences (2021), the Royal Society of Canada Rutherford Medal (2018), the Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences (2018), and the RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize (2011).