Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff


Sir Martyn Poliakoff CBE FRS is the Foreign Secretary and Vice-president of the Royal Society. He is also a green chemist, working on gaining insights into fundamental chemistry and on developing environmentally acceptable chemical processes and materials.

Martyn Poliakoff began his academic career as at King's College, Cambridge, obtaining his B.A (1969) and Ph.D. (1973) under the supervision of J. J. Turner FRS on the Matrix Isolation of Large Molecules. From 1972-79 he worked in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne as a Research Officer.

In 1979, he was appointed to a Lectureship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham where he is now a Research Professor in Chemistry, Sir Martyn is also an Honorary Professor of Chemistry at Moscow State University and was elected foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2011.

He was elected Fellow (2002), and Fellow of the RSC (2002) and of the IChemE (2004) and served on the IChemE Council (2009-13). He was awarded CBE for “Services to Sciences” in the 2007/8 New Year Honours. In 2008, he was elected an Honorary member of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia and Associate Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (2014).

Current research interests involve chemical applications of supercritical fluids, with particular emphasis on Green Chemistry; (MP was Chair of the Editorial Board – 2006-12 of the RSC journal Green Chemistry He is also one of the presenters of the highly successful YouTube chemistry channel, The Periodic Table of videos,

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