Professor Ian Manners FRS
Ian Manners is an inorganic chemist whose work focuses on developing new synthetic procedures for creating metallopolymers and inorganic ring structures. He is particularly interested in using catalysis and self-assembly to achieve this aim, and his work has a number of commercial applications.
Through his research, Ian pioneered the use of anionic, thermal and photochemical methods for the ring-opening polymerisation of strained metallocenophane precursor molecules. This work introduced a new class of metallopolymers with unusual properties such as semiconductivity, photoconductivity and etch resistance when exposed to plasmas and ionising radiation.
Ian has received numerous accolades in recognition of his work, including the Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences in 2000 and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 2011. In addition to being a Fellow of the Royal Society, he has also been elected to the membership of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chemical Institute of Canada.
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