Professor Chris Hunter FRS
Chris Hunter was born in New Zealand in 1965. He grew up in Northern Ireland and was educated at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a PhD in 1989. He was a lecturer at the University of Otago from 1989 till 1991, when he moved to the University of Sheffield. He was promoted to a personal chair in 1997, and he is currently Professor of Chemistry at Sheffield. In 2008, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
He has research interests in various aspects of molecular recognition: design, synthesis, measurement and theory. The aim of his research is to unravel and dissect the fundamental forces governing the complex process of intermolecular interaction in chemistry, materials science and biology. The approach is to use simple models to the design and study new experimental systems that directly probe the validity of theory. He has built a quantitative understanding of some key aspects of molecular recognition in solution and applied the general principles derived from chemical systems to understand the behaviour and functional properties of more complex biological systems.