Professor Neil Champness FRSC FLSW MAE

Professor Neil Champness

School of Chemistry
Norman Haworth Professor of Chemistry

Neil Champness is the Norman Haworth Professor of Chemistry. He began his academic career at the University of Southampton with a B.Sc. (1989) and PhD (1993) under the supervision of Prof. Bill Levason. Following postdoctoral studies with Prof. Gill Reid, he moved to the University of Nottingham in 1995 and moved up through the ranks being appointed to the Chair of Chemical Nanoscience in 2004. He took up his current position at the University of Birmingham in 2021.

Neil has published over 280 research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of supramolecular chemistry, metal-organic frameworks, mechanically-interlocked molecules and surface self-assembly. He has received major grants from EPSRC, Leverhulme Trust and the Royal Society and is currently an EPSRC Established Career Fellow. 

Neil leads the Champness Supramolecular Chemistry Research Group which has graduated more than 35 PhD students and mentored over 15 postdoctoral researchers. His group’s research has been recognised by a number of awards from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), across the breadth of chemistry including Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize (2006), Supramolecular Chemistry Award (2010) and Surfaces and Interfaces Award (2016). In 2011 he was identified as one of the top 100 most cited chemists of the previous decade worldwide and has been designated a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Chemistry, University of Southampton, 1993. Title: Studies in Ruthenium and Osmium Coordination Chemistry (Supervisor: W. Levason).
  • MPhil in Chemistry, University of Southampton,1990 
  • BSc (Hons.) in Chemistry, University of Southampton, 1990.

Biography

Neil Champness is the Norman Haworth Professor of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. He began his academic career at the University of Southampton with a B.Sc. (1989) and PhD (1993) under the supervision of Prof. Bill Levason. Following postdoctoral studies with Prof. Gill Reid, he moved to the University of Nottingham in 1995 as a Teaching Fellow in Inorganic Chemistry. He took up an appointment as a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry (1998), was promoted to Reader in Chemistry (2003) and to the Chair of Chemical Nanoscience (2004). He took up his current position at the University of Birmingham in 2021.

In recognition of his research he has been awarded the Bob Hay lectureship of the RSC Supramolecular Chemistry Group (2005); the RSC Corday Morgan Medal (2006); the RSC Supramolecular Chemistry Award (2010) and the RSC Surfaces and Interfaces Award (2016). He is a Member of Academia Europaea, a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, the European Academy of Sciences, IUPAC and the Royal Society of Chemistry and was a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Awardee (2011-2016). In 2011 he was named as one of the top 100 most cited chemists of the previous decade and he has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. He is currently an EPSRC Established Career Fellow (2019-2023).

Postgraduate supervision

Neil is interested in supervising MSci and postgraduate students in the following areas:

  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Metal-organic Frameworks and Hydrogen-bonded Organic Frameworks
  • Crystal Engineering
  • Mechanically-interlocked Molecules: Rotaxanes and Catenanes
  • Surface self-assembly

If you are interested in this research, please reach out to Prof. Champness via the contact details above.

Research

The research in the Champness group spans supramolecular chemistry, chemical nanoscience and molecular organization. In particular the group focusses on molecular design and synthetic methods, employing self-assembly to create framework materials on surfaces and in the solid-state and for the creation of interlocked structures in solution.

  • Metal-organic Frameworks and Hydrogen-bonded Organic Frameworks
  • Crystal Engineering
  • Mechanically-interlocked Molecules: Rotaxanes and Catenanes
  • Surface self-assembly

Other activities

Honours and Awards

  • 2020: Member of the Academia Europaea (MAE)
  • 2020-2022: Visiting Professor at Nagaoka University of Technology    
  • 2019: Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences.
  • 2019: EPSRC Established Career Fellowship.
  • 2016: Royal Society of Chemistry Surfaces and Interfaces Award.
  • 2014-2016: Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.
  • 2014: Visiting Professor at the University of Adelaide, Australia.
  • 2013: Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW).
  • 2013: Fellow of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).
  • 2011: Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award.
  • 2011: Visiting Professor at Institut Le Bel, University of Strasbourg, France.
  • 2011: Named as one of the world’s Top 100 Most Cited Chemists by Thomson Reuters.
  • 2010: Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship.
  • 2010: Royal Society of Chemistry Supramolecular Chemistry Award.
  • 2009: Visiting Professor at UNESP (São Paulo State University, Brazil).
  • 2008: Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).
  • 2008-2013: Senior Advisor to the British Council on matters relating to Science & Engineering.
  • 2006: Corday-Morgan Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • 2005: Bob Hay Lectureship of the RSC Macrocycles and Supramolecular Chemistry Group.

Selected Professional Societies, Activities and Service

  • UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships Core Panel College (2019-present).
  • Scientific Advisory Board for the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) (2019-present).
  • Learned Society of Wales A3 Scrutiny Committee (2019-2021).
  • European Science Foundation College of Expert Reviewers (2019-2021).
  • Royal Society Research Appointment Panel A(ii) (2018-2023).
  • Royal Society Newton International Fellowships Committee (2017-2022).
  • Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Science and Engineering Fellowships Committee (2015-present).
  • Member of EPSRC Peer Review College 2006-present.
  • Philip Leverhulme Prizes in Chemistry, Leverhulme Trust (2019).
  • Irish Research Council Laureate Awards Panel (2017-18).
  • Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT), Portuguese Public Funding Agency, "Chemistry and Chemical Engineering" panel (2015).
  • External Advisory Board to Institut de Ciència Molecular (ICMol), University of Valencia (2019-present).
  • External Advisory Board to University of Cambridge NanoDTC (2014-present). Chair from 2019.
  • International Advisory Group for “Integration of Computation and Experiment for Accelerated Materials Discovery” Programme Grant Research Consortium – University of Liverpool.
  • International Advisory Group for “Metastable State Materials” Programme Grant Research Consortium – University of Bath.
  • Honorary Member of the British Council.
  • Senior Advisor to the British Council Science and Engineering Advisory Group.
  • Member of the IUPAC Task Group “Coordination polymers and metal organic frameworks: terminology and nomenclature guidelines”.
  • “Network Champion” for EPSRC Directed Assembly of Extended Structures Grand Challenge Network.
  • Chair of the UK National Crystallography Service Management and Advisory Panel (2013-2017).
  • Member of the UK National Crystallography Service Management and Advisory Panel (2010-2013).
  • Member of Dalton Council of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2005-2012).
  • Member of Materials Chemistry Forum of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2005-2008).
  • Chair of the RSC Chemical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Interest Group (2005-2007).

Journals and Editorial Boards

  • Member of the Advisory Board Molecular Systems Design & Engineering (2017-2021).
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Chem (2015-present).
  • Chairman of the Editorial Board of CrystEngComm (2007-2010).
  • Member of the Editorial Board of CrystEngComm (2003-2006).

Publications

For a full list of publications, please view my Google Scholar.

Steeno, R., Minoia, A., Gimenez-Lopez, M.C., Blunt, M.O., Champness, N.R., Lazzaroni, R., Mali, K. S. De Feyter, S. (2021), Molecular Dopant Determines the Structure of a Physisorbed Self-Assembled Molecular Network, Chem. Commun., 2021, 57,1454-1457.

Almuhana, A.R.Y., Langer, P., Griffin, S.L., Lodge, R. W., Rance, G.A., Champness, N.R. (2021) Retention of Perylene Diimide Optical Properties in Solid-State Materials Through Tethering to Nanodiamonds, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2021, 9, 10317-10323.

Judd, C.J., Junqueira, F.L.Q., Haddow, S.L., Champness, N.R., Duncan, D.A., Jones, R.G., Saywell, A. (2020), Structural characterisation of molecular conformation and the incorporation of adatoms in an on-surface Ullman-type reaction, Commun. Chem., 3: 166.

Young, R. J., Huxley, M. T., Pardo, E., Champness, N. R., Sumby, C. J., Doonan, C.J. (2020), Isolating Reactive Metal-based Species in Metal-organic Frameworks – Viable Strategies and Opportunities.
Chem. Sci., 11: 4031–4050.

Mangham, B., Hanson-Heine, M.W.D., Davies, E.S., Wriglesworth, A., George, M.W., Lewis, W., Kays,D.L., McMaster, J., Besley, N.A., Champness, N.R. (2020), Influence of Molecular Design on Radical Spin Multiplicity: Characterisation of BODIPY Dyad and Triad Radical Anions, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 22: 4429-4438.

Yang, L., Langer, P., Davies, E.S., Baldoni, M., Wickham, K., Besley, N.A., Besley, E., Champness, N.R. (2019), Synthesis and Characterisation of Rylene Diimide Dimers Using Molecular Handcuffs, Chem. Sci., 10: 3723-3732.

Blunt, M.O. Hu, Y. Toft, C.W. Slater, A.G. Lewis, W. Champness, N.R. (2018), Controlling the two-dimensional self-assembly of functionalized porphyrins via adenine-thymine (ATAT) quartet formation, J. Phys. Chem. C., 122: 26070-26079.

Huxley, M.T. Burgun, A. Ghodrati, H. Coghlan, C.J. Lemieux, A. Champness, N.R. Huang, D.M. Doonan, C.J. Sumby, C.J. (2018), Protecting-Group-Free Site-Selective Reactions in a Metal-organic Framework Reaction Vessel, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 140: 6416-6425.

Pearce, N., Davies, E.S., Horvath, R., Pfeiffer, C.R., Sun, X-Z., Lewis, W., McMaster, J., George, M.W., Champness, N.R. (2018) Thionated Naphthalene Diimides: Tuneable Chromophores for Applications in Photoactive Dyads, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 20: 752-764.

Judd, C.J., Champness, N.R., Saywell, A. (2018), An On-surface Reaction Confined within a Porous Molecular Template, Chem. Eur. J., 24: 56-61.

 

Slater, A.G., Hu, Y., Yang, L., Argent, S.P., Lewis, W., Blunt, M.O., Champness, N.R. (2015), Thymine Functionalised Porphyrins, Synthesis and Heteromolecular Surface-based Self-assembly, Chem. Sci., 6: 1562-1569.

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