Professor Ian Manners FRS
Professor of Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol
Ian Manners is distinguished for numerous contributions to inorganic and materials chemistry, and in particular for his development of new synthetic procedures leading to metallated polymers and inorganic ring structures, including main group elements. His group discovered and pioneered the ring-opening polymerization of strained metallocenophane precursors by thermal, anionic and photochemical methods. This led to the discovery of a new class of high molecular weight and processible metallopolymers with interesting properties such as etch resistance to plasmas and other radiation, semiconductivity and photoconductivity. Some of these now have commercial applications.