Martyn Coles

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Head of School School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Courses

Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Synthetic inorganic chemistry, main gorup chemistry, coordination chemistry, organometallics chemistry, catalysis, hydrogen bonding, guanidines, super-bases, crystallography.

Research interests

Martyn’s research interests are in synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry, with particular emphasis on the development of main group compounds as catalysts. Among other ongoing projects, he has recently been working on the formation of materials containing extended hydrogen-bonded arrays and the synthesis of metal compounds as sources of novel materials.

Biography

Martyn was born in the village of Winterbourne near Bristol in the South-West of England, where he still has close family ties. He studied for his BSc and PhD at the University of Durham, the latter in the area of olefin polymerization catalysis under the supervision of Prof. Vernon C. Gibson. He was awarded a NATO post-doctoral fellowship which he undertook at the University of Iowa, USA with Prof. Richard F. Jordan. After a second post-doctoral position at the University of California, Berkeley with Prof. T. Don Tilley he joined the faculty at the University of Sussex in 1999, where he stayed until taking up his current position at Victoria in 2011.

Martyn's research covers many aspects of synthetic (inorganic) chemistry and he is always open to exploring new areas of study. He has published over 120 articles in the literature on a broad range of subjects.

In his spare time Martyn likes to collect and photograph minerals.

Courses

Teaching in 2019