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Departmental Seminar Programme

All via MS Teams unless otherwise stated.


12.05.22 Prof Sheena RadfordLink opens in a new window Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular BiologyLink opens in a new window, University of Leeds TBC TBC
06.06.22 Prof. Helma WennemersLink opens in a new window Laboratory of Organic Chemistry and Chemical BiologyLink opens in a new window, ETH Zurich TBC TBC


25.11.21 Dr Kirsten M. Ø. Jensen Department of Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, University of CopenhagenLink opens in a new window Materials on the nanoscale: Total scattering analysis for nanoparticle chemistryLink opens in a new window 13:00
11.11.21 Dr Adam KirranderLink opens in a new window University of EdinburghLink opens in a new window Molecular structure and dynamics from ultrafast x-ray scattering 13:00
28.10.21 Dr Hanna BoströmLink opens in a new window Max Planck Institute for Solid State ResearchLink opens in a new window, Germany Octahedral tilting in Prussian blue analogues 12:00

Dr Matthew JennerLink opens in a new window

University of Warwick

Capturing Fungal Siderophore Biosynthesis by Mass Spectrometry



All lectures held via Microsoft Teams, unless otherwise stated. The series is paused for Term 3 and due to restart from October 2021.

Date Speaker Institute Seminar Title Time


Week 1 - 8 Oct

Dr Mark Greenhalgh

Dr Livia Bartok-Partay

University of Warwick

Harnessing Unconventional Interactions for Catalysis
High-throughput Computational ThermodynamicsLink opens in a new window


Week 2 - 15 Oct

Professor Bhavik Patel   Breaking Barriers - The Quest to Monitor the Neurochemical of HappinessLink opens in a new window 12:00
Week 3 - 22 Oct Dr Mark Greenhalgh University of Warwick Harnessing Unconventional Interactions for CatalysisLink opens in a new window 12:00
Week 4 - 29 Oct

Tosin Abiola
Maria Kariuki

Segun Wahab

University of Warwick Celebrating Warwick Chemistry in Black History MonthLink opens in a new window 14:00
Week 5 - 5 Nov Professor Robert Mokoya University of Nottingham Valorisation routes to porous carbons as sustainable energy materialsLink opens in a new window 12:00
Week 6 - 12 Nov Dr Giles Gasser Universite Paris

Metal Complexes as Diagnostics and TherapeuticsLink opens in a new window

Week 7 - 19 Nov Dr Amit Kummar University of St Andrews Catalytic (De) hydrogenation for Applications in Hydrogen Storage and Plastic Recycling.Link opens in a new window 13:00
Week 8 - 26 Nov Dr Robert Hoye Imperial College London

Lead-free Perovskite-Inspired Materials for Indoor Photovoltaics

Week 9 - 3 Dec Professor May Nyman Oregon State University Building materials and understanding the periodic table from molecular clusters: advances in tetravalent metal polyoxocationsLink opens in a new window 16:00
Week 10 - 10 Dec Professor Abbie Mclaughlin University of Aberdeen Oxide Ion and Protonic Conductivity in Hexagonal Perovskites 12:00


Week 15 - 14 Jan TBC TBC TBC  
Week 16 - 21 Jan Dr Rachel Evans University of Cambridge How Can We Design Integrated Spectral Conversion Materials to Power Smart Sustainable Cities? 14:00
Week 17 - 28 Jan TBC TBC TBC  
Week 18 - 4 Feb Professor Jan Van Hest Eindhoven University of Technology 2021 Annual Warwick Polymer Chemistry International Lectureship - Polymer-Based Artificial Cells and Organelles 14:00
Week 19 - 11 Feb TBC TBC TBC  
Week 20 - 18 Feb TBC TBC TBC  
Week 20 - 25 Feb TBC TBC TBC  
Week 21 - 4 Mar TBC TBC TBC  
Week 22 - 11 Mar Professor Melanie Sanford University of Michigan Development of Metal-Catalyzed Reactions for Introducing Flourine Into Organic MoleculesLink opens in a new window 14:00
Week 23 - 18Mar TBC TBC TBC  

2020 / 2021 academic year

All lectures held at 4.00 pm in Physics Lecture Theatre, Science Concourse, unless otherwise stated.

Date Speaker Institute Seminar Title


Week 1 - 3 Oct Dr Marcio Dias University of Warwick Presidential Lecture - ChemSoc - 'Using structural biology in drug discovery approaches and enzyme mechanisms'Link opens in a new window

Week 2 - 10 Oct

Prof Joost ReekLink opens in a new window University of AmsterdamLink opens in a new window 'Supramolecular approaches in Transition Metal Catalysis’Link opens in a new window
Week 3 - 17 Oct Dr Caroline Dessent University of York 'Laser Interfaced Mass Spectrometry as a New Tool for Photochemistry'Link opens in a new window
Week 4 - 24 Oct Dr Sam Stranks University of Cambridge 'Understanding Charge-Carrier Recombination in Halide Perovskites for Photovoltaic and Light-Emission Applications&rsquo'
Week 5 - 31 Oct Prof Nazira Karodia University of Wolverhampton 'The Laboratory and Beyond; Personal and Professional Journeys'Link opens in a new window
Week 6 - 7 Nov Prof Wybren Jan BumaLink opens in a new window University of AmsterdamLink opens in a new window 'Light On The Dark Side of The Force'Link opens in a new window
Week 7 - 14 Nov Dr Marc Reid University of Strathclyde A Tale of Two Technologies: Alternative Approaches to Reaction Kinetics and Safety Training
Week 8 - 21 Nov Prof Perdita Barran University of Manchester 'Adventures with Dynamic and Disordered Systems and Joy'Link opens in a new window
Week 9 - 28 Nov

Dr Katharina BrinkertLink opens in a new window and

Dr Seb Pike

University of Warwick

Sustainable Semiconductor-Electrocatalyst Systems for (Photo-) Electrocatalytic Nitrogen ReductionLink opens in a new window


Photoredox Reactivity of Titanium Oxo ClustersLink opens in a new window

Week 10 - 5 Dec Dr Jessica Boland University of Manchester  


Week 15 - 9 Jan Kathryn Murray and Cameron Bentley University of Warwick

The Warwick Chemistry Research Fellows Lecture:

Kathryn's Murray "Mammalian cell cryopreservation using bio-inspired polyampholytes"

Cameron's Bentley "Fast and Direct Electrochemical Flux Mapping at the Nanoscale with a Mobile Meniscus Cell"

Week 16 - 16 Jan Dr Karen Johnston Durham University 'Probing Ion Mobility Mechanisms in Solid Electrolytes using Solid-State NMR'
Week 17 - 23 Jan Prof Uli Schubert University of Jena 'Engineering Functional Macromolecules for the 21st Century: Tailor-made Polymers and Nanoparticles for Applications in Nanomedicine'
Week 18 - 30 Jan Dr Kathryn Toghill Lancaster University 'Metal coordination compounds in electrochemical energy storage'Link opens in a new window
Week 19 - 6 Feb Prof Nigel Scrutton University of Manchester 'Making light work of biological catalysis:supporting and sustaining life on planet Earth'
Week 20 - 11 Feb Prof Tom Welton Imperial College London

'Riding on a magic carpet to success'

1200 in L3 (discussion session with lunch 1330-1430 in IAS, Zeeman – please sign up for this:

Week 20 - 13 Feb Prof Andy Cooper University of Liverpool 'Autonomous Mobile Robot Chemists for the Discovery of Polymer Photocatalysts'
Week 21 - 20 Feb Prof Aron Walsh Imperial College London 'New Adventures in Computational Chemistry'
Week 22 - 27 Feb Dr David Nelson University of Strathclyde Unexpected Complex Speciation in the Reactions of Alkyl Halides with Nickel(0) Complexes
Week 23 - 5 Mar

Christopher Mussell

Rebecca Stacey

British Museum 'Scientific Research at The British Museum'
Week 24 - 12 Mar Prof Helma Wennemers ETH Zurich 'Warwick Chemical Biology Lecture: Synthetic Collagen – From Structural Insights to Function


Week 30 - 21 Apr Prof Tanja Junkers Monash University TBC - 1200-1300 in H0.51
Week 33 - 15 May Prof Bhavik Patel University of Brighton TBC - 1200-1300 in PLT
Week 37 - 09 June Prof David Smith University of York

TBC - 1500-1600 PLT (discussion forum with lunch, discussing caring responsibilities and academia 1230-1330)

2018 / 2019 academic year

All lectures held at 4.00 pm in Physics Lecture Theatre, Science Concourse, unless otherwise stated.

Date Speaker Institute Seminar Title


Week 1 - 4 Oct Dr Remzi Becer University of Warwick

Presidential lecture (ChemSoc)

"Sustainable Polymer Chemistry: from new synthetic mechanisms to applications"

Week 2 - 11 Oct Dr Ismael Diez Perez Kings College London "The Art of Wiring Single Molecules: from the Synthetic simplicity to the Biological complexity"
Week 3 - 18 Oct

Prof Steven Tait


Prof Nian Lin

Indiana University



“Molecular Building Block Design to Steer Supramolecular Ordering in Dynamic Environments”


“Metal-organic coordination on surfaces:
towards complexity and functionality”

Week 4 - 25 Oct Prof Nick Westwood University of St Andrews "From biomass to natural products via aromatic monomers"
Week 5 - 1 Nov Prof Roberto Berlinck Instituto de Quimica de Sao Carlos "A multi-strategy approach for the discovery of bioactive natural products"
Week 6 - 8 Nov Prof Eufrânio N. da Silva Júnior UMFG Brazil

"Metal-catalyzed C‒H Bond Activation and Oxidation Reactions towards Bioactive Quinoidal Systems: The Special Case of A-ring Functionalization"

Week 7 - 15 Nov Assoc Prof Filippo Mancia Columbia University "Structural Insights on Catalysis at the Membrane-Water Interface"
Week 8 - 22 Nov Dr Theoni Georgiou Imperial College London "Methodical Investigation of Well-Defined
Polymeric Materials"
Week 9 - 29 Nov Prof Charlotte Williams University of Oxford "Switchable Catalysis: From Monomer Mixtures to
Multi-Block Polymers"
Week 10 - 6 Dec Prof Bo Iversen Aarhus University "Chemical bonding in layered thermoelectric materials"


Week 15 - 10 Jan

Dr Matthew R. Gyton


Dr Nat das-Neves-Rodrigues-Lopes

University of Warwick

"Rhodium(III) and Iridium(III) Complexes of a NHC-Based Macrocycle: Persistent Weak Agostic Interactions and Reactions with Dihydrogen"

"Wavepacket insights into the photoprotection mechanism of the UV filter methyl anthranilate"

Week 16 - 17 Jan Dr William Unsworth University of York

Winner of the 2018 RSC Higginbottom award

“New approaches for the synthesis of spirocycles and macrocycles”

Week 17 - 24 Jan Dr David Mills University of Manchester

RSC prize winner

"Building precise molecular architectures to maximise f-element properties"

Week 18 - 31 Jan Dr Reinhard Maurer and Dr Gabriele Sosso University of Warwick

"Computational insights into light- and electron-driven chemistry at surfaces" and "Machine Learning: Navigating the Hype"

Week 19 - 7 Feb Prof Stuart Mackenzie University of Oxford 'Infrared and velocity map imaging studies of reactive entrance-channel complexes'
Week 20 - 14 Feb Dr Kim Jelfs Imperial College London 'Computational discovery of molecular materials' Link opens in a new window
Week 21 - 21 Feb Dr Tom PenfoldLink opens in a new window University of Newcastle

‘Probing Structure and Dynamics using Time-resolved X-ray Spectroscopy’Link opens in a new window

Week 22 - 28 Feb Prof Paolo SamoriLink opens in a new window University of StrasburgLink opens in a new window

‘Internet of functions in chemically tailored low-dimensional nanostructures: from high-performance sensors to multiresponsive hybrids'Link opens in a new window

Week 23 - 7 Mar Dr Josh Makepeace University of Oxford

‘Hydrogen-based energy storage: metal amide/imide catalysts for ammonia decomposition’Link opens in a new window

Week 24 - 14 Mar Prof. Dr. Joost N. H. ReekLink opens in a new window University of Amsterdam

‘Supramolecular approaches in Transition Metal Catalysis’Link opens in a new window

*CANCELLED* Moved to Thursday 10 October 2019

Week 27 - 4 April Prof Lorena BetancorLink opens in a new window Universidad ORT Uruguay

'Fit for purpose: design of stable biocatalysts through enzyme immobilization'Link opens in a new window



Week 31 - 02 May Dist Prof Margaret BrimbleLink opens in a new window University of Auckland, New Zealand 'Nature’s Medicine Chest: Opportunities for Synthesis and Drug Discovery'Link opens in a new window



5 Oct

Dr Russ Kitson

University of Warwick

And Now for Something Completely Different': A story of a switch from lab-based to chemistry education research

12 Oct

Prof Jasper van Thor

Imperial College London

Ultrafast Structural Dynamics and Coherence in Protein Crystals  

19 Oct

Prof Helen Hailes

University College London

The use of enzymes for C-C bond formation and amine analysis

Helen received her Ph.D in 1991 at Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Jim Staunton. She pursued post-doctoral work at Cambridge, and then at Imperial College London with Professor Steve Ley and subsequently with Dr David Widdowson. She joined the Department of Chemistry, University College London as a Lecturer in 1994, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2002, a Reader in 2005, and Professor of Chemical Biology in 2010.

26 Oct

Prof Michael Shaver University of Edinburgh New Monomers in Ring Opening and Radical Polymerisations

2 Nov

Eugenio Vázquez Universidade de Santiago de Compostela DNA recognition with designed peptides &

9 Nov


16 Nov

Prof Pavel Jungwirth Academy of Sciences CR

‘The Warwick Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry’

Exploring Hydrated Electrons in Non-Conventional and
Conventional Ways: From Alkali Metal Explosions to Non-Explosive Ways  

- 23 Nov

Associate Prof Martin Schmeing

McGill University

Structures and functions of nonribosomal peptide synthethases, macromolecular antibiotic factories  

Martin did his PhD studies with Tom Steitz at Yale and postdoctoral studies with Venki Ramikrishnan at MRC LMB, in both cases on the structure of the ribosome. He thus has the unusual distinction of having worked with two Nobel Prize Winners. Since starting his independent career at McGill University in Montreal he has focused on structural studies of nonribosomal peptide synthetases, resulting in several high profile papers, including one in Nature in 2016. Martin will be with us for a day or two before/after his seminar lectures, so there will be plenty of opportunity for faculty, postdocs and PhD students to meet with him.

30 Nov

Prof Paul Topham Aston University

X-ray scattering in polymer science  

7 Dec

Dr James W Walton Durham University

Ruthenium π-Arene Complexes in Catalysis and as Therapeutic Agents

11 Jan

'UG Winter Prizegiving' event followed by:

Dr Gavin Bell, Physics Department

University of Warwick

'Adventures in Epitaxy'

Discussing what epitaxy is (growth of one crystal on another) and some examples: semiconductors and nanostructures, graphene, etc.

18 Jan

Prof Saiful Islam University of Bath

RSC Prizewinner: Peter Day Award

'Atomic-Scale Insights into Energy Materials (Batteries Included)'

For the next generation of clean energy technologies, the fundamental understanding and development of new materials
are crucial. This talk highlights (with the aid of 3D specs) the use of advanced modelling methods in synergy with experiment to gain new insights into the materials chemistry of lithium batteries and perovskite solar cells.

25 Jan

Prof Ed Tate

Imperial College London Proteins, lipids and drug disovery: from malaria to the common cold  

1 Feb

Prof Clare Grey FRS

University of Cambridge

Recent Developments in the Application of In- and Ex-situ NMR Spectroscopy to Batteries and Supercapacitors

This talk will focus on our work on the development of methods that allow devices to be probed while they are operating (i.e., in-situ). This allows, for example, the transformations of the various cell components to be followed under realistic conditions without having to disassemble and take apart the cell. To this end, the application of new in and ex-situ Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-ray diffraction approaches to correlate structure and dynamics with function in lithium- and sodium-ion batteries and supercapacitors will be described.

8 Feb

Dr Aidan McDonald

Trinity College Dublin

Winner of the RSC Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship.

'Tuning the reactivity of high-valent nickel oxidants for hydrocarbon oxidation'

15 Feb

Prof Dudley Shallcross

University of Bristol

Nyholm Prize lecture.

The myriad impacts of public engagement on tertiary education; including smoothing the transition from secondary to tertiary education  

22 Feb

Prof Evan Williams


The Warwick Lecture in Analytical Chemistry: 'Fast Reactions in Aqueous Nanodrops  

**in LIB2**

1 Mar

Prof Yi Tang


The Warwick Chemical Biology Lecture:

'Chemistry and Biology of Fungal Natural Products'  

Yi did his PhD at Caltech with David Tirrell and postdoctoral work with Chaitan Khosla at Stanford. He has more than 150 publications (H-index 46), including numerous recent articles in JACS, Angewandte Chemie and Nat. Chem. Biol. His primary area of current research interest is fungal natural product biosynthesis and he recently published the textbook “Natural Product Biosynthesis: Chemical Logic and Enzymatic Machinery” with Chris Walsh (Tim Bugg’s postdoctoral supervisor). Yi will be with us for a day or two before/after his seminar, so there will be plenty of opportunity for faculty, postdocs and PhD students to meet with him.

7 Mar

Michelle Hill

Monash University

Skills? What skills? Do undergraduates studying chemistry recognise or value skills development?  

8 Mar

Prof David Leigh and

Prof Craig Hawker

University of Manchester

UC Santa Barbara

Warwick Chemistry Polymer Chemistry lecture  

15 Mar

Dr Diana Catalina Lozano


Dr Luís Perdigão

The Warwick Chemistry Research Fellows Lecture

‘Pushing the analytical limits: Combining mass spectral stitching and variable transient length to enhance the performance of Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry'

'High intensity electrospray source for UHV deposition of large functional molecules for in-situ STM studies'

12 April

Prof Graham Leggett

University of Sheffield

‘Biological quantum optical systems’

In room: C521