Martyn Poliakoff is our keynote speaker for our 2015 conference. His talk “Jumping in the Deep end” will describe some of Martyn’s efforts at doing science while at School and, with the help of hindsight, how he could have done much better. It will also show how, quite surprisingly, some of the work he did then is reflected in his research as a professional scientist. Here’s a quick bio on this renowned professor and science communicator.
Professor Martyn Poliakoff studied at King’s College, Cambridge,B.A (1969) and Ph.D. (1973) under the supervision of J. J. Turner FRS on the Matrix Isolation of Large Molecules. In 1972, he was appointed Research/Senior Research Officer in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1979, he moved to a Lectureship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. Promotion to Reader in Inorganic Chemistry and then to Professor of Chemistry followed in 1985 and 1991 respectively. In addition, he is Honorary Professor of Chemistry at Moscow State University. From 1994-99, he held an EPSRC/Royal Academy of Engineering Clean Technology Fellowship at Nottingham. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (2002), of the RSC (2002) and of the IChemE (2004). He was awarded CBE (2008) for “Services to Sciences”, and knighted in 2015 for “Services to the Chemical Sciences”. He was made Honorary Member of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia (2008) and Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2011). In 2012, He was elected a Fellow of the Academia Europiaea and, in 2013, Associate Fellow of TWAS, the World Academy of Science and Associate Member of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (2014). He was a Council Member of the IChemE (2009-13) and Foreign Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society (2011-16) His research interests are focussed on supercritical fluids, continuous reactions and their applications to Green Chemistry. Martyn presents the periodic table of videos which you can view on www.periodicvideos.com.
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. The principal areas of his research are: Supercritical Fluids: New approaches to monitoring Phase behaviour in Supercritical Fluids; Continuous Reactions of Organic compounds in supercritical carbon dioxide including Hydrogenation, Etherification, Acid-catalysed Reactions and Biocatalysis; Reactions in Supercritical Water including selective oxidation of aromatic compounds, formation of metal oxide nanoparticles and vibrational spectroscopy. From 2005-12, MP Led the EPSRC/HEFCE Science & Innovation project DICE, Driving Innovation in Chemistry & Engineering, which is promoting research collaboration between chemists and chemical engineers at Nottingham and beyond.