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Professor John Evans BSc, ARCS, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

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John Evans is Emeritus Professor within Chemistry at the University of Southampton



John Evans joined the Chemistry Department in October 1976, initially with a Royal Society Pickering Research Fellowship, before taking up a lectureship in 1978. He was appointed to the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry in 1990, and since then has served as Head of School and Dean of Science.

He was Science Program Advisor at the Diamond Light Source from 2002-2007, and a visiting scientist at Diamond and a research associate at the Research Complex at Harwell from 2001-2017; the latter role was with the UK Catalysis hub and Dynamic Structural Science consortium, both EPSRC funded.

His research has been involved in developing the understanding of catalytic reactions, particularly in designing new in situ methods to probe catalyst structure, often with simultaneous characterisation by X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS), vibrational and electronic spectroscopies. This concentrated on laser pump X-ray probe methods to study structures during catalytic reaction steps lasting from pico- to micro-seconds.





Research interests

John’s activity is now primarily on the topic of ‘Elements of a Sustainable World.’ This he developed within an undergraduate module on Sustainable Chemistry. Presently he is writing a new textbook in which the chemistry of the elements is relayed in the context of our resource-pressured world.  


Research group

Functional Inorganic, Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry

Research project(s)

Evans: In situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy for materials and catalyst characterisation

Evans: Heterogeneous Catalysis and Surface Organometallic Chemistry

Evans: High throughput in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy for materials characterisation

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    Professor John Evans
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