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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem

The international profile enjoyed by the School is evidenced by the recognition of its staff in terms of prizes, invitations and its output (in excess of 1400 research publications during the assessment period).

In addition to the Fellowships of the Royal Society held at the start of the review period (Smith, Stoddart), Edwards was elected FRS in 1996. A number of other prestigious awards have been made during the period of review marking the international recognition of the contributions to chemistry made by our staff. The inaugural Descartes Prize (EU) was awarded to Smith and Sims, for their work in Astrophysical Chemistry. Award of the Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize (Harris), and the Marlow Medal and Prize (Harris) recognize work in Structural Chemistry. Excellence in condensed matter science and laser photochemistry has been acknowledged by receipt of two successive Liversidge Lectureships (Edwards, Smith). A number of other prizes have been awarded including the Aventis Prize of the French Academy of Science (Pikramenou) for work in inorganic photochemistry, the Barrer Prize (Anderson) for work on zeolites, the RSC award for Solid State Chemistry (Greaves), the Philips Prize (Harris) for physical crystallography and the Pfizer Prize (Gani, Percy).

Members of the School have been well represented on Research Councils and have played important advisory roles on national and international research bodies. These include BBSRC Strategy Board (Gani), Biomolecular Science Committee of EPSRC/BBSRC (Gani – Chair), RSC Faraday Council (Smith – President elect), RSC Dalton Council (Edwards – Vice president) and the New Swiss Chemical Society Research Committee (Constable – chair). Members of the School have been involved in advising international bodies for example – assessment of research quality for Greece (Constable), at Strasbourg (Constable), and for Hong Kong (Edwards); advice on research strategy at Gothenburg (Smith), Queensland (Gani), Australian Research Council (Smith, Constable), Royal Society of New Zealand (Smith, Constable), NATO (Smith), US Department of Energy and National Science Foundation (Edwards, Knowles, Smith, Constable), Swiss National Science Foundation (Edwards) and NSERC Canada (Knowles, Smith). Furthermore, we have been represented on government/industry committees as exemplified by membership of the Foresight Phase 2 Chemistry Panel (coordinator for Chemicals and Life Science – Gani), and the OST Chemistry and Health Science Joint Action Group (Gani). Eight staff have been members of EPSRC prioritisation panels, including two chairmen (Gani, Knowles), and staff have also been involved with NERC and PPARC activity. A majority of staff have been involved in grant review procedures for research councils.

In addition to numerous lectures in the UK, 17 staff have been invited to give in excess of 150 plenary lectures, or their equivalent, in a wide variety of other countries. Seven international visiting professorships, of extended duration, have been recently held by members of the School.

Significant EU grants are held in astrophysical chemistry (Smith, Sims), nanochemistry (Preece), hydrogen storage (Edwards) and supramolecular chemistry (Constable). A further 10 staff have approximately 30 collaborative research programmes with non-UK institutions. Of particular significance is the longstanding collaboration with Rennes (Smith, Sims). Members of the School have been involved in a total of 11 EU programmes and RTNs.

Members of the academic staff in the School serve on editorial boards of many leading chemical journals – for example Polyhedron (Housecroft – Editor, Constable), Journal of Materials Chemistry (Greaves – Chair), Coordination Chemistry Reviews (Housecroft, Constable), Chemical Physics Letters (Smith), Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (Smith), Chemical Reviews (Constable), Molecular Physics (Knowles), Chemical Society Reviews (Harris, Constable), New Journal of Chemistry (Constable), Chemical Communications (Constable), Supramolecular Chemistry (Constable), Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry (Gani), Chemistry and Biochemistry (Gani), Superconductor Science and Technology (Greaves), Dalton Transactions (Edwards), Nanostructured Materials (Edwards).

The School of Chemistry is in regular receipt of international visitors and during the period of review approximately 60 visitors of senior status have been resident in the School for significant periods of time. Additionally the School Seminar Programme, and the equivalent more specialist Seminar series, have attracted a high proportion of international speakers. The tenure of 33 non-UK postdoctoral fellows within the review period, and the increasing proportion of non-UK postgraduate research students attests to the international research reputation of the School. In addition the School has five non-UK nationals among the members of academic staff.

Members of the academic staff in the School are involved in many interactions with industry both nationally and internationally as either consultants or in collaborative ventures. In excess of 30 industrial organizations have supported research in the School during the period of review with awards totalling £2.35M. A significant number of patents are held, or have been applied for, and commercial exploitation is encouraged via the University Business and Research Development organizations. This is illustrated by, for example, commercial distribution of computer software (MOLPRO – Knowles), direct industrial support of patents for microwave materials synthesis and advanced stealth materials (Edwards, Gameson) and companies to exploit resins in combinatorial chemistry (Gani) and to exploit aspects of nanochemistry (Preece).

During the review period a total of ca. £4.1M has been invested in additional instrumentation and other capital equipment. Of this 72% (£2.97M) has been from Peer Reviewed Funding sources, including JREI bids, and the remaining 28% (£1.13M) from University related Funding.

Of the major research income awarded to the School during the review period, ca. £14.36M, 59.9% (£8.6M) derives from peer-reviewed Research Council, 16.4% (£2.35M) from Industrial, 13.2% (£1.9M) from Government and 9.3% (£1.33M) from charitable funding sources. Not included in these figures is the substantial support obtained by recent appointees in their former institutions, most notably responsive-mode (CHF 1.8M) and infrastructure (CHF 2.5M) grants from the Swiss national funding agency to Constable.

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