Meet our new Chemistry Advisory Board.

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As part of Royal Society Open Science’s collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry, we have appointed a Chemistry Advisory Board, consisting of a number of prominent researchers from the chemical sciences. This Board will sit alongside the Chemistry Editors, and will take an active role in ensuring that the journal continues to publish high-quality original research from the field of chemistry. 

Professor Judith K A Howard FRS

Judith is a crystallographer specialising in structure-property relationships over a range of environments. She has worked in most areas of structural chemistry for more than 50 years, and her research has led to her becoming the first female President of the British Crystallographic Association, and the first Director of the Biophysical Science Institute. She currently serves as a Trustee for the Ramsay Memorial Fellowship Board and as a non-executive Director on the Board of Centre for Process Innovation. When not working, she enjoys hiking, cooking, gardening, concerts/opera/ballet and collecting contemporary art.

Professor Geoff Cloke FRS

Between 2009 and 2016, Geoff was Head of Chemistry at the University of Sussex. His interests lie in metal vapour synthesis and sandwich complexes, and his current research focuses on the reductive coupling of CO, and activation of CO2 by uranium (III) complexes. He is a past recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship (1988), Corday-Morgan Medal (1990), Tilden Lectureship (1998), and Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award (2012). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007.

Professor Eleanor Campbell FRS

Eleanor holds the Chair of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, and her research interests include investigating the properties of excited electronic states of hydrocarbons using laser spectroscopy. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (Physics class) in 2014, and in 2010 as a Fellow of the Royal Society. She was awarded the RSC Tilden medal in 2013.

Professor Anthony Legon FRS

Anthony’s career began at University College London, but he is currently Professor Emeritus and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. His main research interest is the understanding of non-covalent interactions of small molecules in the gas phase. His contributions to this field have been recognised by his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2000 and the awards of the Tilden (1989) and Liversidge (2012) Lectureships and Medals of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Goverdhan Mehta FRS

As a University Distinguished Professor and Dr. Kallam Anji Reddy Chair at the University of Hyderabad, Goverdhan is a researcher in the area of chemical Sciences. Previously, he has held a number of prestigious positions such as Vice Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad, Director of the Indian Institute of Science and Lilly-Jubilant Chair Professor. He has published over five hundred research papers, and received over one hundred medals, awards and honorary Doctorate degrees. These include being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and of the Third World Academy of Sciences. In addition to this, Goverdhan is also a recipient of the Padma Shri award, has been made ‘Chevalier de la Legion d”Honneur’ by the President of France, and been awarded ‘Cross of the Order of Merit’ by the President of Germany.

Dr. Wen-Hua Sun

Wen-Hua is Professor of Chemistry and Polymer Science at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has made important scientific contributions in developing metal complex precatalysts with the aim of producing high-performance metals, and subsequently has ownership of 60 granted patents. His work has been recognised by his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professor E. James Petersson

James has been working in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania since 2008, and in 2015 was promoted to Associate Professor. Here, his research focuses on the development of new methods for protein labelling with synthetic amino acids, and their application to studying protein folding and stability. He has received several awards, including a Sloan Fellowship, an NSF CAREER award, the Award for Early Excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry and a Thieme Chemistry Journal Award.

Professor Andrew Hector

Andrew is based at the University of Southampton, where he took up a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to study precursor routes to new metal nitride compositions. Andrew’s research, which is mainly at the interface between inorganic materials and electrochemistry, led to his promotion to senior lecturer in 2011 and then a chair in 2015. Currently, he is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and serves on the Royal Society Research Grants panel.

Professor Tobias Hertel

Tobias is a professor in the Department of Physics and Chemistry and Pharmacy at Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg. Tobias’s research is based in physical chemistry and focuses on the properties and molecular dynamics of nanomaterials, specifically carbon nanotubes. Tobias currently sits on the Steering Committee of Nanotube Conferences.

As the journal continues to grow, Royal Society Open Science may, in future, expand this Advisory Board in order to ensure that we have the relevant editorial expertise to continue to publish high-quality science. We will keep you up to date of the board’s progress, you can also submit your article to Royal Society Open Science.


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