About Steve


I grew up in the Lake District near Keswick, then did my first and second degrees at The Queen's College, Oxford (1986-93) before moving to take up the Addison Wheeler Fellowship at the University of Durham (1993-98) and thence to a Lectureship in Chemistry at the University of Surrey.

In 2001, I moved to the University of Manchester, where I was successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and, from 2005, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry.
I arrived at the Chemical Research Laboratory and Keble College in 2008 and have been here ever since.
Outside chemistry I enjoy my family, airedale terriers, walking, and bell ringing… usually in that order.

I’m interested in the behaviour of metal complexes, particularly f-element complexes, and in their application to problems in the real world, whether in the imaging and diagnosis of disease or in tackling the nuclear legacy.

To do this properly, we need to be able to understand the behaviour of f-electrons- and to take account of the effect of the structure of complexes on their behaviour.

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