Martin C Grossel

BSc (Lon), MA (Oxon), PhD (Lon)

Primary position:
Emeritus Fellow in Organic Chemistry


The University of Southampton
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Martin Grossel was an undergraduate at King’s College, London and graduated with a first class honours degree in 1970. He remained at King’s to read for a PhD in physical organic chemistry under the supervision of Professor M J Perkins. In 1973 he was appointed to a Departmental Assistantship in the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Oxford coupled with a Teaching Lectureship at Christ Church. He joined the research group of Dr G H Whitham. In 1975 he was awarded an ICI Fellowship in the Dyson Perrins Lab to work on aspects of alicyclic chemistry. At the same time he was elected to a Research Lectureship (Junior Research Fellowship) at Christ Church.

In 1979 he was appointed Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at Bedford College, University of London (which subsequently became Royal Holloway and Bedford New College) and in 1991 moved to Southampton where he is now Reader in Organic Chemistry. Since 1979 he has continued to hold a Lectureship at Christ Church, Oxford, and in 1993 he was elected to a College Studentship (= Fellowship).

His current interests range from supramolecular chemistry to materials science and optoelectronics including: (i) the behaviour of organic molecules in the solid state; (ii) functional supramolecular assemblies for optical sensing and improving solar cell performance; and (iii) novel applications of biodegradable and thermoresponsive polymers in medicine. He has a number of successful national and international collaborations, working with Prof Peter Smith (Optoelectronics), Prof Donna Davies (School of Medicine), and Prof Tom Markvart (Engineering) in Southampton University, Dr Richard Curry (University of Surrey), Prof Brynn Hibbert (Chemistry School, University of New South Wales, Australia), Dr Dirk Aarts (Physical Chemistry) and Prof David Roberts (Medical Sciences) in the University of Oxford, and Prof. Tony Cheetham (Materials Department, University of Cambridge).

Research Keywords

Supramolecular chemistry, organic molecular and opto- electronics, crystal engineering, functional polymeric delivery systems


Research Interests

Research Funding

2005-2008 “Integrated microsphere planar lightwave circuits”, BBSRC/MOD, £208k. Collaborative grant with Dr. Jan Shute, Pharmacy Department, University of Portsmouth

2005-2009 “Cryogenic Magic Angle Spinning NMR” Basic Technology Grant. Collaborative grant with Prof Malcolm Levitt (principal applicant) + others, £2.8M

Primary research group:  Organic Chemistry: Synthesis, Catalysis and Flow

Research projects

Grossel: New Crystal Engineering Synthons

Innovative Synthesis, Culture and Entrepreneurship in Chemistry (ISCE-Chem)

Grossel: Supramolecular Approaches to Cryogenic NMR Relaxation Agents

Grossel: Biological applications of polymers

Grossel: New materials for Optoelectronics Applications


Dr Martin C Grossel
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 30/2047

Telephone: (023) 8059 3153
Facsimile: (023) 8059 3781