Richard Grainger graduated with a BSc in Chemistry (1st class Hons) from the University of Sheffield, UK. He carried out his PhD research at the same institution under the supervision of Prof. Varinder Aggarwal, now at the University of Bristol. After two years postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago, working with Prof. Viresh Rawal, he returned to the UK to take up an independent academic position at the Department of Chemistry, King’s College London. In September 2005 he moved to the School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham, as a lecturer in Chemistry. From 2005-2010 he additionally held the position of EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow.
Richard has given over 70 presentations of his research at conferences, chemical companies and Universities across the globe. He has supervised and co-supervised 20 PhD students and 4 MPhil students through to graduation from his research group. He has acted as external examiner to more than 50 PhD and MPhil research theses in the UK and abroad.