Our Champions drive the network's activities in their own areas of particular expertise. They promote collaboration and organise discussions and meetings to gather community input in developing the roadmap for future research. Our existing Champions and the themes they support are listed below.
If you would like to help run the network and become a Champion for a theme of particular interest to you, please discuss this further with the network PI, Paul Raithby,
Professor Paul Raithby
Paul Raithby is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bath. He is the Principal Investigator for this network grant.
His research interests are in the area of solid state materials and materials science where he uses a range of synthetic, spectroscopic, diffraction and knowledge mining techniques to probe the correlation between materials and their properties.
He is Champion for network Theme 1.
More details about his work can be found on his university web pages. Contact him at
Dr Harris Makatsoris
Harris Makatsoris is Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing and Engineering systems at Brunel University and head of research of the Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering (AMEE) Group. He is Co-Investigator on the network grant.
His research interests include the design, modelling, analysis and optimisation of complex systems using engineering principles, mathematical modelling techniques and advanced computing technology.
More details can be found on his university web pages. Contact him at
He is Champion for Themes 4 and 5
Dr Niek Buurma
Dr Niek Buurma is a member of the Physical Organic Research Group of the Chemistry Department at the University of Cardiff.
His research interests include studying and modelling the interactions of molecular systems with DNA and the catalysis of reactions in aqueous solution.
Further details can be found on his own webpages. Contact him at
He is Champion for Theme 3
Professor Lee Brammer
Lee Brammer is Professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Sheffield.
His interests include: inorganic supramolecular chemistry, porous coordination framework materials and reactions in molecular crystals.
More details of his work can be found on his university web pages. Contact him at
He is Champion for Theme 1.
Professor George Jackson
George Jackson is Professor of Chemical Physics in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College.
His research interests include understanding and predicting the properties of dense fluids and materials through statistical mechanics and computer simulation. He focuses on systems of particular industrial interest including refrigerants, surfactants and liquid crystals.
Further details can be found on his university web pages. Contact him at
He is Champion for Themes 4 & 5.
Professor Sally Price
Sally Price is Professor of Physical Chemistry at University College London.
Her research interests include modelling intermolecular and intramolecular forces in order to predict crystal structures and polymorphism. She leads the Control and Prediction of the Organic Solid State project CPOSS.
Further details of her work can be found on her university web pages. Contact her at
She is Champion for Themes 2 and 5.
Professor Kevin Roberts
Kevin Roberts is Brotherton Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Leeds.
His research encompasses theoretical and studies of crystalline solids, their interfacial structure and the kinetics associated with their formation. This work focuses on the needs of the pharmaceutical, nuclear, fine chemical and nutritional product sectors.
More details of his research can be found on his university web pages. He can be contacted at
He is Champion for Themes 2 and 4.
Professor Matthew Rosseinsky
Matt Rosseinsky is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Liverpool.
His research targets the synthesis of new inorganic materials such as transition metal oxides, aluminosilicate zeolites and high temperature superconductors. His work explores novel synthesis routes, materials characterisation and computational modelling.
More details of his work can be found on his university web pages. He can be contacted at
He is Champion for Theme 1.
Professor Mike Ward
Mike Ward is Professor and Head of the Chemistry Department at the University of Sheffield.
His research interests are interdisciplinary, covering inorganic, organic, physical and materials chemistry. He studies all aspects of the preparation, structural characterisation, and physical properties of complexes based on transition-metal and lanthanide elements.
Further details of his research can be found on his university web pages. He can be contacted at
He is Champion for Themes 1 and 4.
Professor Chick Wilson
Chick Wilson is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Bath
He has a wide portfolio of research interests in structural chemistry, based around the application of advanced diffraction techniques complemented by computational chemistry and unified by an interest in understanding and controlling hydrogen bonding for intermolecular interactions.
Futher details of his research can be found on his university web pages. He can be contacted at
He is Champion for Themes 2 and 3.
Dr Sophia Yaliraki
Sophia Yaliraki is Reader in Theoretical Chemistry at Imperial College.
Her research examines the structure and dynamics of mesoscopic systems in complex environments. She is particularly interested in understanding the properties of biomolecules and their assembly into molecular-based materials and uses a combination of analytical and computational tools from quantum and statistical mechanics as well as applied mathematics.
Further details of her research can be found at her university web pages. She can be contacted at
She is Champion for Themes 3 and 5.
Professor Neil Hunter
Neil Hunter holds the Krebs Chair in Biochemistry in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Sheffield.
His research interests include the biogenesis, structure and function of photosynthetic membrane proteins and the enzymology of the chlorophyll and carotenoid biosynthetic pathways. He acts as special advisor to the network on Theme 2.
More details of his research can be found on his university web pages.