University of Nottingham
Dr. Jonathan McMaster obtained his B.A. in Chemistry from St. Anne's College, University of Oxford in 1992. He completed a Ph. D. at the University of Manchester under the supervision of Professor C. D. Garner in 1995 before being appointed as Visiting Assistant Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at Brown University, RI, USA for one year. Subsequently, Dr. McMaster spent three years as a postdoctoral research associate with Professor John H. Enemark at The University of Arizona, USA. He was appointed Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Nottingham in 1999 and is currently an Associate Professor in Inorganic Chemistry in the School.
Dr. McMaster is a Biological Inorganic Chemist with interests in the roles of d-transition metals in biology. The recent progress in protein X-ray crystallography and spectroscopy has lead to detailed static pictures for the structures of the active sites of numerous metalloproteins. As a result, a major challenge for the bioinorganic chemist is to understand the properties and functions of metalloenzymes within this well-defined structural framework. Ultimately, insight into the properties of biological metal centres derives from a description of the electronic structure of the active site and how other enzyme motifs perturb it. Parallel with the advances in physical methods has been the constant discovery of new biological systems containing metal ions in environments that have no precedent in coordination chemistry. Consequently, not only is the field becoming more detailed but its breadth is also increasing, providing new challenges for the synthetic inorganic chemist