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Tim Softley
Professor Tim Softley

The School of Chemistry is delighted to announce that Professor Tim Softley FRS joined the School on 1 October 2021.

Tim Softley is Professor of Chemistry, and formerly Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer) (2015-2021) at the University of Birmingham. He is a Physical Chemist whose recent research interests are concerned with the behaviour of molecules and their chemistry at extremely low temperature – close to the Absolute Zero (zero Kelvin). His pioneering work in the development of experimental methods to study chemical reactions in such an ultracold environment led to his election as Fellow of the Royal Society in 2018. He has received funding for his research from EPSRC (continuously since 1988), the Royal Society, and the EU in particular. Tim has been influential in National research policy in recent years through his role as PVC (Research and KT) and his chairing the Russell Group Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) Group.

The Head of the School of Chemistry, Professor Rachel O’Reilly, said: “I am truly delighted that Professor Softley is joining the School. Tim has a wealth of leadership and research experience and we look forward to working and collaborating with him."

Professor Softley expressed his delight at joining the School of Chemistry, saying: “It is great to be joining the School at this exciting point in its distinguished history, and  I look forward to contributing to its ongoing steep upward trajectory, as we anticipate the opening of the new Molecular Sciences Building.“