Mike did his BA at Cambridge, studying Natural Sciences (1983-1986). He remained in Cambridge for his PhD (1986-1989) with Ed Constable, studying early examples of helicate complexes. After a post-doc with Jean-Pierre Sauvage in Strasbourg playing with catenates, he started his independent academic career in Bristol in 1990. After 13 years there he moved to Sheffield in 2003, and after 14 years in Sheffield, he moved to the University of Warwick in 2017 where he is currently Head of Department.
Mike's interests are all based around the coordination chemistry of transition metal and lanthanide ions and their multinuclear assemblies; in particular, current emphases in his research are (i) self-assembly and host-guest chemistry of hollow metal/ligand cage complexes, and (ii) photophysical properties of polynuclear complexes and supramolecular assemblies, including applications in imaging and sensing. Awards from the RSC for his research include the Corday Morgan medal for 1999, the 'Chemistry of the Transition Metals' award for 2005, and Supramolecular Chemistry award for 2016.
Mike has been involved with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in various capacities including two stints on Dalton Council, one on the editorial board of Dalton Transactions, and was Editor-in-Chief of the journal ‘RSC Advances’ from 2011-17. He is currently (2022 – 2025) President of the RSC’s ‘Dalton Community’ inorganic chemistry division, and Chair of Dalton Council.
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- 1986, BA from Cambridge
- 1989, PhD from Cambridge (with Ed Constable)
- 1989-1990, Post-doctoral research in Strasbourg (with Jean-Pierre Sauvage)
- 1990-2003, Lecturer / Reader / Professor at University of Bristol
- 2003-2017, Professor of Chemistry at University of Sheffield
- 2017-current, Professor of Chemistry and Head of Department, University of Warwick