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Martin Schroder

Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Science

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Martin Schröder was born near London of Estonian parents. He gained his BSc in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield (1975), PhD and DIC from Imperial College, University of London (1978) under the supervision of Professor W.P. Griffith, and after postdoctoral fellowships at the ETH (Professor A. Eschenmoser) on a Royal Society Swiss National Foundation Fellowship and the University of Cambridge (Professor J. Lewis), he was appointed in 1982 to a Senior Demonstratorship at the University of Edinburgh. He was subsequently promoted to Lecturer (1983), Reader (1991) and Professor (1994), and in 1995 moved to his present position as Head and Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. He was Head of the School of Chemistry at Nottingham from 1999-2005. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada (1990), the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand (1995) and the Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France (2004). He has published 450 publications and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). His awards include the Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1991, a Royal Society of Edinburgh Support Research Fellowship in 1991-2, Tilden Lecturer of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2001, the Royal Society of Chemistry award for the Chemistry of Transition Metals in 2003, a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award in 2005, a Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship for 2005/06, and the Royal Society of Chemistry award for Chemistry of the Noble Metals and their Compounds in 2008. In 2005 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Tallinn Technical University, Estonia, in 2009 an ERC Advanced Investigator's Grant, and in 2012 an ERC Proof of Concept Grant. In 2011 he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science.



Research Summary

Macrocyclic Chemistry: Co-ordination, organometallic and supramolecular chemistry of metal complexes. The binding of metal cations and anions to complex macrocyclic ionophores. The comprehensive… read more

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Current Research

Macrocyclic Chemistry: Co-ordination, organometallic and supramolecular chemistry of metal complexes. The binding of metal cations and anions to complex macrocyclic ionophores. The comprehensive study of the chemistry thioether macrocycles to afford complexes of unique stereochemistry and electronic properties, and the first examples of stable mononuclear radical complexes incorporating hitherto unknown metal oxidation states. Stabilisation of unusual metal oxidation state [eg mononuclear complexes of Ni(I), Ni(III), Pd(III), Pt(III), Pd(I), Pt(I), Ag(II), Au(II)]. Development of selective extractants for precious and toxic metals.

Catalytic and photocatalytic hydrogen production: Structural and functional models of NiFe hydrogenase. Structural and electronic studies of Ni(III)/(II)/(I)-thiolate complexes and ligand redox non-innocence. Catalysis and redox interconversion of hydrogen and protons.

Nanochemistry: Synthesis of functional nanomaterials and assembly of nanoscale superstructures: synthesis and characterisation of co-ordination framework polymers and networks.The supramolecular chemistry of iodine and polyiodides, and their second sphere coordination. Highly-connected metal-ligand frameworks and nanospheres.

Metal-Organic Framework Materials: New materials showing permanent porosity and novel structures. Micro and meso-porous materials for the storage and separations of gases such as H2, CO2, CH4, SO2, fuel gases and volatile organic compounds. In situ studies of gas-loaded metal-organic framework materials by X-ray and neutron diffraction and scattering.

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