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Continued development in Chemistry

Published: 2 October 2012

We are pleased to announce a further three appointments in Chemistry who will be joining us over the coming months.

Dr Nuria Garcia-Araez (Lecturer), an electrochemist with interests in bottom-up approaches to the development of lithium-air batteries.

Dr Geoff Hyett (Lecturer), a materials chemist with particular interests in the electronic, optical and magnetic properties of mixed anion solids.

Dr Jon Kitchen (Lecturer), an inorganic chemist with interests in spin crossover systems and supramolecular chemistry.


Other recent new members of staff include:

  • Dr Darren Bradshaw (Reader), a materials chemist focusing on metal-organic frameworks.
  • Dr Ramon Rios Torres (Reader), whose interest is in organocatalysis.
  • Dr Graeme Day (Reader), a specialist in structure prediction and lattice dynamics in molecular crystals.
  • Dr Seung Lee (Lecturer), who studies the structure and function of enzymes related to carbohydrates.
  • Dr Jonathan Watts (Lecturer), takes a specialist interest in nucleic acids research.
  • Dr Ilya Kuprov (Principle Research Fellow and EPSRC fellow) works in the field of theoretical and computational methods of quantum theory.
  • Dr Marcel Utz, (Reader) who specialises in ‘NMR on a Chip'.

Key facts

Chemistry at Southampton has been ranked in the top ten of The Times Good University Guide 2013, positioning it as one of the best departments in the UK for undergraduate study.

So far this year, Chemistry has been awarded almost £10 million in grants from research councils and industry. It also hosts the £4million Southampton Diffraction Centre and National Crystallography Service, which attracted funding of £3.5m in 2010 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

We are very proud of our reputation for outstanding innovation and enterprise. Securing this level of grant income reflects our commitment to cutting-edge science, which is transforming our world.

Professor Phil Gale - Head of Chemistry
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