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Stephen Liddle

University of Nottingham
United Kingdom


Steve Liddle is Professor and Head of Inorganic Chemistry and co-Director of the Centre for Radiochemistry Research at The University of Manchester. He was born in Sunderland in the North East of England and obtained his BSc (Hons) in 1997 and PhD (Prof. W. Clegg) in 2000 from Newcastle University. After postdoctoral fellowships at Edinburgh University (Dr P. Bailey), Newcastle University (Dr K. Izod) as the Wilfred Hall Research Fellow, and Nottingham University (Prof. P. Arnold) he was appointed to a fixed-term Lectureship at Nottingham University in 2007. He subsequently took up a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2007-2015) with a proleptic Lectureship, and he was promoted to Associate Professor and Reader in 2010 and Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in 2013. He moved to The University of Manchester in 2015. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2011 and as Vice President to the Executive Committee of the European Rare Earth and Actinide Society (2012-now). He was Chairman of COST Action CM1006, a 22 country 120 research group network for f-block chemistry (2011-2015), and he is a National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement Ambassador and advisor to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. He was one of the Periodic Videos team awarded the IChemE Petronas award for excellence in education and training in 2008. He was awarded the RSC Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship and the RSC Radiochemistry Group Bill Newton Awards in 2011, and in 2014 he was a recipient of a Rising Star Award at the 41st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry. He was awarded the RSC Corday-Morgan prize in 2015. He was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starter Grant in 2009 and a ERC Consolidator Grant in 2014. He currently holds an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship (2015-2020). He is a board member of Philosophical Transactions A of the Royal Society and Inorganics and he has published over 150 research articles, reviews, and book chapters.

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The Liddle group's research interests span a wide range of coordination and organometallic chemistry across the periodic table, with a particular emphasis on the chemistry of lanthanide (we include group 3 elements in this definition) and actinide (principally uranium and thorium but also neptunium and plutonium) complexes that challenge preconceived ideas

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