Professor Polly Arnold

Photographic portrait of Professor Polly Arnold

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Division: EaStCHEM School of Chemistry
Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Tags: Fellowship: Established Career, Fellowship: Previous Fellow, Researcher, University of Edinburgh
Related theme: Energy Physical Sciences

Biography

  • 2013- Crum Brown Chair of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh.
  • 2009- Chair of Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, University of Edinburgh.
  • 2009-14 EPSRC Leadership Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh.
  • 2007-09 EaStCHEM Reader in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Edinburgh.
  • 2000-05 EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow held with lectureship, University of Nottingham.
  • 1999-07 Lecturer then Reader (from 2006) in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Nottingham.
  • 1997-98 Fulbright Scholar, MIT, Cambridge, USA. PDRA Fellowship with Professor Kit C. Cummins.
  • 1994-97 DPhil Chemistry, Sussex University. Viva date 28/09/97. with Professor F. Geoff N. Cloke.
  • 1990-94 MA Chemistry, Oxford University. Part II research, Professors D. O’Hare and M. J. Rosseinsky.

My Fellowship

The research is focused on exploratory synthetic chemistry that challenges preconceived ideas of structure, reactivity, and bonding. By working with some of the heaviest and most reactive metals, including uranium, new fundamental knowledge that can help with the treatment of nuclear wastes is also gained.

We are designing and making metal compounds that can activate the most inert of the small molecules such as hydrocarbons, and also carbon oxides, and develop these into innovative catalytic transformations. By working with some of the heaviest and most reactive metals, including uranium, new fundamental knowledge that can help with the treatment of nuclear wastes is also gained.