Steve Stanforth is Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Department of Applied Sciences. Steve Stanforth is Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Department of Applied Sciences. He studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield and thereafter continued studying at Sheffield for his PhD degree with Professor David Ollis, FRS. After a further year at Sheffield as a post-doctoral researcher, he was awarded a European Exchange Scholarship and moved to the CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France to work with Professor Sir Derek Barton, FRS. He then took up a lectureship at Northumbria University.
Professor Stanforth's current research activities are interdisciplinary, directed at preparing materials for use in technology and health-care. This includes, for example, substrates to enable the detection and identification of clinically important micro-organisms, compounds that can be used in advanced materials (conducting polymers), anti-cancer chemistry and chemical ‘building blocks’ for the fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries. He has supervised over 20 PhD students as the principal supervisor. The majority of these students have been funded by industry or the EPSRC. In addition to the selected publications given below, a large proportion of recent work has also been patented, with six patents produced in 2011.